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!
Big news on this week’s Louisiana Eats! We move into our new studios, located in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans’ Central City. SoFAB, as the museum is affectionately called, is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and related culture of the South. At SoFAB, all of the cultures that are part of the South’s unique culinary heritage come together, bringing all races and ethnicities to the table to tell the tale – from the farmer and the homemaker, to the line cook and the celebrity chef – exactly what we strive to do every week on Louisiana Eats!
SoFAB founder Liz Williams gives a tour of the museum’s exhibits, including a newly installed one, dedicated to the 90-year-old Natco Food Service. Naturally, we sought out third generation Natco proprietors, Anne Babin and John Lalla to hear the history of their family’s business.
Then, Jyl Benson and Poppy make exciting cooking plans together in the Rouse’s Culinary Innovation Center, located just steps away from the Louisiana Eats! studio. How about a Louisiana Eats and Cooks Club, bringing together listeners, cooks, cookbook authors and enthusiastic eaters for monthly cooking classes that conclude with a delicious communal meal? That project is in the works, scheduled to begin at the end of May 2015. Wait till you see that kitchen!
We serve up some Southern grits in our Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Quiz Question, and finally, we explore food and segregation with Leah Chase and the late Rudy Lombard as we tour the Leah Chase Gallery at SoFAB. Don’t miss our big move, on this week’s Louisiana Eats!