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 explore the thriving craft beer scene, which takes us from Louisiana to Europe and many places in between.
Locally, the undisputed leader of the craft beer revolution is Polly Watts, owner of the Avenue Pub. We have a conversation with Polly and her team, who recently returned from work outing of a lifetime—a trip to Belgium—where they got the opportunity to meet several of the brewers whose special beers grace their extensive menu.
After we return from our vicarious trip, we visit with Andrew Gerson, Brooklyn Brewery’s Head of Culinary Programming. His job has taken him all over the world, producing international food and beer pairing events called the Brooklyn Mash.
In New Orleans, Courtyard Brewery has become a beer-lover’s destination, offering some of the smallest batches of beer commercially produced and sold. We hear how owner and head brewer Scott Wood went from home brewing in his French Quarter courtyard to professionally brewing at Courtyard.
We’re raising a glass locally and abroad on this week’s Louisiana Eats!