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!

California Field Trip: Lessons From The American Harvest Workshop October 18, 2014

For 28 years, Cakebread Cellers 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.  The Louisiana Eats! team was invited to participate at this year’s program, so we’ve brought back some of our favorite stories from the West Coast.

Toby Halkovich, director of vineyard operations for Cakebread Cellars, explains how the hand-harvesting process yields better wine.

On this week’s show, we harvest chardonnay in the vineyard, take a wine tasting class with professor Michael Weiss, and improvise in the kitchen with chef David Slater of Emeril’s flagship restaurant. Of course, we couldn’t leave California without speaking to our host, so we round out the program with an oral history from Dolores Cakebread, the co-founder of Cakebread Cellars.

Professor Michael Weiss provided guidance and advice for wine pairings and appreciation at the American Harvest Workshop.

 David Slater’s Bagna Cauda

1 pound unsalted butter

1 tablespoon chopped capers

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1/8 teaspoon chili flakes

1/4 cup chopped parsley

Salt and fresh cracked pepper

Zest of 1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon chopped anchovies

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons of honey

Mix together all the ingredients to make a compound butter.  As you take the hot food off of the grill, put some of the butter in a bowl and toss to coat the grilled food with the butter.  Serve immediately.

Jack and Dolores Cakebread, seated left and right of Poppy Tooker, founded Cakebread Cellars in 1973 and the American Harvest Workshop in 1986.

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