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!

Louisiana Eats:  Live Fire And Cool Bars

Louisiana Eats: Live Fire And Cool Bars
February 17, 2017

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we set out to discover hot spots both literally and figuratively in our backyard. We begin at Pêche Seafood Grill, where Chef Ryan Prewitt has been replicating live fire techniques he learned on a trip to Uruguay. Ryan explains how this new process has changed his entire perspective on cooking, and we get close to the flames as he shows us his kitchen's open hearth. If this is beyond... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Sweet Dreams

Louisiana Eats: Sweet Dreams
February 10, 2017

On this week's show, we indulge our sweet tooth with the help of several influential dessert makers.   We begin with Anne Byrn, also known as "The Cake Mix Doctor," whose book American Cake takes readers back to the origins of baking in America. From birthday to wedding cake, Anne has the history behind each delicious layer.   Then we get a crash-course in the art of sugar blowing and sculpting with Sidney Galpern at the New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio.... Read More »

Breaking The Bonds Of Silence:  Louisiana Eats Tours The Whitney Slavery Museum

Breaking The Bonds Of Silence: Louisiana Eats Tours The Whitney Slavery Museum
February 4, 2017

In this special edition of Louisiana Eats, we celebrate the 151st anniversary of 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... Read More »

Chefs Mentoring Chefs Of Tomorrow

Chefs Mentoring Chefs Of Tomorrow
January 27, 2017

It takes more than raw talent to become a successful chef. On this week’s show, we speak with culinary masters about the importance of mentorship in and out of the kitchen.   We begin with Chefs Aarón Sánchez and John Besh, who discuss how their scholarship programs aim to help aspiring young cooks, and the essential role mentorship has played in their own lives.   Then, we visit with Chef Alfred Singleton, who co-owns the historic Cafe Sbisa in... Read More »

Spice World

Spice World
January 20, 2017

On this week's show, we’re getting an aromatic education in herbs and spices.    First, we speak with Lior Lev Sercarz, a chef, spice blender, and owner of La Boîte in New York City. Lior discusses his career's trajectory from sergeant of the Israeli army to spice master, and explains why he believes both home cooks and professional chefs will benefit from delving into spices.   Then, Natasha MacAller, also known as “The Dancing Chef,” describes her journey... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Bids Adieu to 2016

Louisiana Eats Bids Adieu to 2016
December 28, 2016

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... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Christmas And Hanukkah Present And Past

Louisiana Eats: Christmas And Hanukkah Present And Past
December 21, 2016

The holidays are here and we’re celebrating family food traditions old and new!    We begin at the home of Chef Isaac Toups, where he and his family celebrate Christmas Cajun-style! Culminating an eventful year for Isaac— he earned the title of “fan favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef: California and opened up a new restaurant in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum: Toups’ South — we join the Toups family for an unforgettable meal. After we... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Does Cuba: Paladares, Cigars and Jazz

Louisiana Eats Does Cuba: Paladares, Cigars and Jazz
December 17, 2016

As the diplomatic thaw between the United States and Cuba continues, new opportunities for Americans to visit Cuba are opening all kinds of doors. In an incredible stroke of luck, Louisiana Eats! host Poppy Tooker had the opportunity to join the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on their landmark visit to Cuba for the Havana Jazz Festival. On this week's show, Poppy shares an audio travelogue from her week-long trip in... Read More »

Louisiana Eats!  Up and Coming Chefs:  Louisiana and Beyond

Louisiana Eats! Up and Coming Chefs: Louisiana and Beyond
December 10, 2016

On this week’s show, we’re capturing portraits in sound of several superstar chefs in Louisiana and beyond.  We begin with Chef Rick Bayless of Chicago's Frontera Restaurants, who spent his childhood poring over Julia Child’s books and watching her on TV before launching his own successful career. Now, Rick’s the 2016 recipient of the Julia Child Award for his transformative Mexican cuisine.   Then, we bring it back home with Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace. Through determination and dedication to... Read More »

COLLECTION OR OBSESSION?  LOUISIANA EATS EXPLORES THE WORLD OF CULINARY COLLECTING

COLLECTION OR OBSESSION? LOUISIANA EATS EXPLORES THE WORLD OF CULINARY COLLECTING
December 3, 2016

On this week’s show, we spend a day in the life of Louisiana’s most fascinating culinary collectors.   We begin in the French Quarter at Lucullus Antiques, where owner Patrick Dunne takes us into the mind of a collector and describes his favorite hidden gems of the culinary collecting world.   Then, we take a visit to Kitchen Witch, a shop of books for cooks. When Philippe LaMancusa began his career in the restaurant industry back... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  HolidayEntertaining

Louisiana Eats: HolidayEntertaining
November 26, 2016

The holiday season is upon us and we’re throwing the ultimate cocktail party.   No one knows how to entertain quite like like Julia Reed. In her book, But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria! she offers a number of stories from a lifetime of rollicking culinary escapades. Julia lets us in on some tips for hosting a cocktail party for the ages.   Then, we turn to the topic of wine with master sommelier... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  A Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Louisiana Eats: A Thanksgiving Cornucopia
November 19, 2016

    On this week’s show, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving by saving a place at the table for several remarkable stories.   First, we spend a day riding along with the volunteers of the Trinity Loaves and Fishes food truck as they cater to the hungry and transient in New Orleans. All year long, volunteers at Trinity Episcopal Church prepare and deliver food throughout the Greater Metropolitan Area.   Then, we join students, parents, teachers, and neighbors gathered for Edible... Read More »

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