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!
On this week’s show, we bid farewell to 2016 and raise a toast to the New Year by looking back at legends and looking forward to new beginnings.
First, we celebrate the life and legacy of Edgar “Dooky” Chase, who passed away this year at the age of 88. Leah Chase shares stories from their 70 years of marriage, an era marked by the civil rights movement and other transformative moments at their Treme establishment.
Then, we check in with Cody and Samantha Carroll, the chef-owners of Hot Tails and Sac-a-Lait restaurants. The Carrolls recently found themselves in a particularly challenging place, even for a Cajun chef – Japan! Cody and Samantha describe the many obstacles they faced preparing gumbo for conventioneers in Tokyo.
We also visit Michael Gulotta at Mopho in Mid-City, as he prepares for his weekly whole hog celebration. Out on the restaurant’s patio is a huge fire pit where Michael roasts a whole hog on a spit, suspended over an open flame. We join him at the smoky pit and in the kitchen to see just how he goes the whole hog.
Finally, we raise a glass with champagne expert and master sommelier Molly Wismeier. Molly illuminates how champagne works its bubbly magic on any and all special occasions.
We're ringing in the New Year on this week's Louisiana Eats!
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