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!

An Acadiana Road Show

An Acadiana Road Show
August 17, 2019

  On this week's show, we're traveling through Acadiana to explore traditional and contemporary Cajun foodways. We begin with George Graham, who shares his obsession through stories of cooking in the region through his nationally recognized  blog and book, Acadiana Table: Cajun and Creole Home Cooking from the Heart of Louisiana. Then, we head up River Road to LaPlace to see just what Chef Jarred Zeringue’s got smoking at Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse, a beloved institution on the... Read More »

Ain't Dere No More

Ain't Dere No More
August 10, 2019

Then, we learn about Schwegmann Brothers’ Giant Super Market and the grocer who revolutionized the way New Orleanians make groceries. David Cappello discusses his biography of John G. Schwegmann, a complex figure whose influence extended far beyond the checkout aisle.  Finally, we revisit Hubig’s Pies, the beloved New Orleans treat that has been missing from the scene since a tragic fire in 2012. With the news that Hubig’s Pies will be... Read More »

Changing Course

Changing Course
August 3, 2019

Change is constant, but that doesn’t make it easy. On this week's show, we meet some individuals who have transformed their lives or business.   The Avenue Pub had been a family business for nearly 20 years before Polly Watts claimed it for herself. It was the kind of place where patrons bought cheap beer and knocked back shots of Jagermeister, but Polly knew there wasn't a future down that road, at... Read More »

Five Generations

Five Generations
July 27, 2019

On this week's show, we look at family businesses that have been finding success through five generations. We begin with Swiss Confectionery, a New Orleans bakeshop that’s been in operation for almost a century. Their custom-made delicacies are fixtures at New Orleans weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations. Then, we meet Master Cooper Ger Buckley of Jameson Whiskey. He builds and maintains wooden whiskey barrels using age-old techniques passed down from a lineage of... Read More »

Angling for the Elusive Salmon-

Angling for the Elusive Salmon-
July 20, 2019

Ora King is a sustainably raised salmon from New Zealand with a delicious history. On this week’s show, we travel to three cities to meet three chefs—all finalists in their 2018 international competition to create the most inventive Ora King salmon dish. To begin the judging process, we visit Austin, Texas to meet Chef Mia Li of Lenoir Restaurant and learn about her theory of cooking, which has been shaped by... Read More »

Going Lo-No at Tales of the Cocktail

Going Lo-No at Tales of the Cocktail
July 13, 2019

Every July, thousands of visitors from all over the world beat a path to steamy New Orleans for the annual Tales of the Cocktail. As Tales kicks off its 17th year, we look at how the organization evolved recently under new leadership and has a whole new mission. We begin with Caroline Rosen, who came on board as executive director in 2018. She shares the foundation’s revamped vision and how they... Read More »

We're Talking Trash

We're Talking Trash
July 6, 2019

Americans waste 373 million pounds of food each day. That’s a pound per person. On this week’s show, we’re talking trash — in a productive way, of course! We meet a few individuals who are working to tackle the widespread problem of food and water waste.   We begin with Baton Rouge-based food industry veteran Susanne Duplantis. Her blog, Makeover My Leftover, offers tips on how to transform yesterday’s scraps into today’s delicious... Read More »

The Cookbook Lovers

The Cookbook Lovers
June 29, 2019

On this week's show, we look at cookbooks as a cultural artifact and biographical portrait. We begin at Kitchen Witch, a store in New Orleans specializing in rare and used cookbooks. With their shop scheduled to close soon, owners Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa look back on two decades of business—and some of their biggest sellers. Then, we dig into our archives to hear late New Orleans civil rights... Read More »

Brewed Awakenings

Brewed Awakenings
June 22, 2019

Coffee, tea, kombucha? What’s brewing in your neck of the woods? On this week’s Louisiana Eats, we’re examining the brewing process from all sides.   First, we’ll meet Austin Sherman and Alexis Korman, founders of Big Easy Bucha – a kombucha brewing business that has set the Gulf South on fire with innovative local flavors. What’s brewing at Big Easy Bucha is a lot more than fermented tea! They’re brewing a healthy, social justice... Read More »

Breaking The Bonds Of Silence: Louisiana Eats Takes A Tour Of The Whitney Slavery Museum

Breaking The Bonds Of Silence: Louisiana Eats Takes A Tour Of The Whitney Slavery Museum
June 15, 2019

In this special edition of Louisiana Eats, we celebrate Juneteenth — the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. We take a trip to the Whitney Plantation, the only plantation museum in America that focuses entirely on slavery. The vision for the museum originated with attorney and developer John Cummings, who invested 10 million of his own dollars to help educate the public about the truths of slavery in... Read More »

The Life And Legacy Of Leah Chase

The Life And Legacy Of Leah Chase
June 8, 2019

This week, we mark the passing of New Orleans icon, and our dear friend, Leah Chase, who died Saturday, June 1 at the age of 96. We spend the hour honoring Leah's talent and achievements and the legacy she leaves behind.   We begin with one of our favorite Louisiana Eats moments: a special day we spent with Leah in 2012, when then-Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office kicked off Carnival season at Gallier... Read More »

Hungry For The Road

Hungry For The Road
June 1, 2019

On this week’s Louisiana Eats we’re taking a vacation with some of our favorite people from the food and drinks world.   Even though Michael Gulotta’s restaurants MoPho and Maypop are known for their Southeast Asian flair, Michael had never been there until a recent trip with Paul Chell, MoPho’s chef de cuisine, changed all that. They join us to share every bite of that wild experience.   Then, homegrown, culinary power couple, Cody... Read More »

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