Louisiana Eats

On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!

Thanksgiving Eats

Thanksgiving Eats
November 20, 2015

This week on Louisiana Eats!, we gather around the table to delve into Thanksgiving traditions old and new. We hear about an unlikely culinary partnership between cookbook author Brandon Schultz and his cat, Lucy Schultz-Osenlund, who collaborated on a cookbook called Cooking for Two: Your Cat & You, a collection of recipes that will appeal to both man and man's best feline friend.Brandon tells us how he and Lucy celebrate... Read More »

Pearls Of Wisdom From Grand Isle

Pearls Of Wisdom From Grand Isle
November 14, 2015

On this week's show, we venture down to Grand Isle to explore the current state of Louisiana's shellfish industry. We begin with a visit with the Guerreros family, owners of the Caminada Bay Premium Oyster Company, who are leading the way in new product with Louisiana's first farm-raised oysters. Marcos and Boris Guerrero take us on their compact bay boat to give us a first-hand look at their off-bottom cage... Read More »

Growing Up Brennan

Growing Up Brennan
November 6, 2015

When Owen Brennan opened the Vieux Carre restaurant in 1946, he created a Louisiana dynasty that today numbers more than a dozen establishments run by multiple members of the Brennan’s clan. On this week’s show, we explore what it’s like to grow up Brennan. Lally Brennan and Ti Martin share childhood memories and discuss what it’s like to be at the helm of Commander’s Palace today. Ralph Brennan had five restaurants in his portfolio... Read More »

Cemetery Tales And French Quarter Ghosts

Cemetery Tales And French Quarter Ghosts
October 28, 2015

It's that time of year, when the cemeteries of Louisiana come alive and the streets are haunted by tethered spirits. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we celebrate All Hallows' Eve by time traveling through the storied tombs of St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 with photographer and historian Sally Asher. Sally takes us through the grave sites of our dearly departed culinary legends, and we hear some spooky stories along the way. We... Read More »

Besh, Black Pots & Beyond

Besh, Black Pots & Beyond
October 23, 2015

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we join Chef John Besh in the Rouse’s Culinary Innovation Center, located at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, for a lesson in cooking up some oyster stew. We also talk about John's newly released book, Besh Big Easy, which focuses on traditional dishes that he believes are disappearing from Louisiana dinner tables. We'll also meet several talented chefs at the Blackpot Festival & Cookoff held... Read More »

Sweet Eats: Sugar And Honey

Sweet Eats: Sugar And Honey
October 16, 2015

What’s sweeter than honey? Sugar! Or is it the other way around? On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we try to answer that question as we examine the sweetest things from Louisiana, California and across the world. At over 100 years old, the Domino Sugar Refinery in Arabi, Louisiana is not only one of the country's oldest sugar refineries, it's also the largest in the western hemisphere. Every day, the installation processes... Read More »

Longevity & Success In The Restaurant Biz

Longevity & Success In The Restaurant Biz
October 9, 2015

There are few businesses harder to succeed in than the restaurant business. On this week's show, we hear some of America's greatest success stories from the hospitality world. We begin with a conversation with Danny Meyer, founder and CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group. Danny has won a staggering 26 James Beard awards for his family of successful businesses in New York City. He explains the importance of customer... Read More »

Cravings, Addiction And Recovery In Restaurants And Bars

Cravings, Addiction And Recovery In Restaurants And Bars
October 3, 2015

Since we began broadcasting Louisiana Eats! over five years ago, we've noticed a recurring theme when speaking with chefs, bartenders and restaurant owners about a certain aspect of the hospitality and service industry culture. From the front of the house to the back, across Louisiana and the entire country, there is a substance abuse problem in bars and restaurants. On this week's episode, we speak with Will Arendell, a renowned substance... Read More »

An American Harvest Celebration

An American Harvest Celebration
September 25, 2015

Since 1986, Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley has gathered together a small group of chefs, journalists and food enthusiasts for an intensive four-day seminar at the American Harvest Workshop. Recently, the Louisiana Eats! team was invited to participate, so we've brought back some of our favorite stories from the West Coast. We begin this week's show by joining members of the workshop for a challenging morning of hand-harvesting chardonnay in the... Read More »

Poppy In Paris

Poppy In Paris
September 19, 2015

Recently, Louisiana Eats! host Poppy Tooker packed up her recording equipment, bid a cheery adieu to her company of sound engineers and went rogue to make Louisiana Eats! radio in France. On this week's episode, we share Poppy's incredible experience abroad. We begin the journey in the Loire River Valley at Château du Clos Lucé, with a personal tour of the final residence of Leonardo da Vinci from Count Hubert... Read More »

A Serving Of Edible Education

A Serving Of Edible Education
September 12, 2015

Knowing the human history behind any dish just makes it taste better. On this week's episode of Louisiana Eats!, we hit the books with several food historians to hear tales of our culinary past. First, we speak with Dr. David Shields of the University of South Carolina, who shares his years of research on American culinarians. His book, Culinarians: American Chefs, Caterers & Restaurateurs, due to be published this year, is... Read More »

Crawfish, Chicken And Cold Pop

Crawfish, Chicken And Cold Pop
September 5, 2015

Author Andrew Lawler sits down with us on this week’s Louisiana Eats! to discuss Why Did The Chicken Cross The World, which is also the title of his new book. You’ll be amazed by the many ways that simple bird has impacted humanity over the ages. Even Queen Victoria gets into the act, with her fascination for fancy hybrid chickens helping to bring about the “chicken bubble.” Would you pay thousands... Read More »

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