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!
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 Saint Bris, whose family has owned the country manor for generations.
Then we're off to the City of Light for an insider food-centric walking tour, lead by Jennifer Greco of Paris By Mouth. The company takes visitors off the beaten path to epicurean gems that tourists rarely get to experience. Jennifer and Poppy drop by a variety of shops in the Marais neighborhood, including a charcuterie (Caractère de Cochon), a bakery (134 RdT), an ancient spice emporium (Thiercelin) and chocolate shop (La Chocolaterie de Jacques Genin).
Finally, we visit a French marché with two American expats, Patricia Wilson and Raenette di Ciccio. We sample fruit, vegetables, meats and bread, all the while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of a typical Parisian market day.
Parlez-vous français? If not, don’t worry–we're handling the translation on this week's Louisiana Eats!