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!

And The James Beard Award Goes Too...

And The James Beard Award Goes Too...
April 21, 2018

The James Beard Awards honor the best of the best in the American culinary world. With this year's awards gala right around the corner, join us this week for a chat with several James Beard Award nominees and winners.   We begin with 2017's Rising Chef of the Year, Zachary Engel. Zach made a name for himself at the renowned Israeli restaurant, Shaya, and since receiving his James Beard Award, he has reunited with... Read More »

QUICK BITES:  MAKING DIM SUM WITH MAYPOP'S MICHAEL GULOTTA

QUICK BITES: MAKING DIM SUM WITH MAYPOP'S MICHAEL GULOTTA
April 19, 2018

Michael Gulotta began a Southeast Asian food revolution when he opened MoPho in New Orleans’ Mid City in 2014. His use of classic Louisiana ingredients like cochon de lait and hogs head cheese in what otherwise might be an authentic Vietnamese bowl of pho or bahn mi sandwich has caught the fancy of the entire nation.  By 2016, Food and Wine Magazine pegged him as one of America’s Best Chefs.  In 2017,Michael opened a second... Read More »

Toasting The Tricentennial

Toasting The Tricentennial
April 14, 2018

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the city of New Orleans. On this week's show, we toast the Crescent City with local culture bearers and historians. We begin with David Blossman, president of the Abita Brewing Company. David shares with us Abita’s latest creation—a tricentennial tribute ale that’s cause for celebration. Then, we join a team of archeologists who are digging deep to learn more about the city’s history. As part of... Read More »

Quick Bites:  An Odyssey of Food With Alon Shaya

Quick Bites: An Odyssey of Food With Alon Shaya
April 11, 2018

In his new cookbook memoir, Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel, New Orleans chef Alon Shaya frankly and unabashedly tells his life’s story. From a lonely childhood to the mean streets of Philadelphia where he was a feared, teenaged drug dealer, to the salvation and purpose he found in cooking, Alon tells all.  At the close of the book, Alon and his father are seen sharing... Read More »

Le Grand Hoorah On The Cajun Prairie

Le Grand Hoorah On The Cajun Prairie
April 7, 2018

Louisiana Eats is on the road again, this time to Evangeline Parish, where residents show pride for their French, Cajun, and Creole heritage through their food, music, and traditions. On this week's show, we participate in the annual Le Grand Hoorah celebration, while hitting many iconic spots along the Cajun Prairie. We begin in downtown Mamou, where our gracious host Valerie Cahill gives us a grand welcome at the historic Hotel Cazan. Then, we grab... Read More »

Quick Bites:  Abita Beer Salutes New Orleans’ Tricentennial

Quick Bites: Abita Beer Salutes New Orleans’ Tricentennial
April 4, 2018

Abita Beer President David Blossman has always been a man ahead of his time. Long before it was legal for him to drink, David was experimenting with home brewing, making small batches of beer as a hobby. At 17 years old, he invested his teenage savings into what would become the Abita Brewing Company. Over 30 years later, he's the top dog!   On this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite, we speak with... Read More »

Springtime For Louisiana Food Lovers

Springtime For Louisiana Food Lovers
March 31, 2018

It's springtime in the Bayou State! On this week's show, we're following the Easter Bunny to Ponchatoula, Louisiana for a tour of the Elmer Candy factory. With a heritage that reaches back to 1855, Elmer Candy is not only the oldest candy maker in Louisiana, but one of the oldest in the nation.    For a completely different take on Louisiana chocolate-making, we tour the workshop at Acalli Chocolate. Carol Morse premiered her chocolate bars at... Read More »

Boiling Crawfish With Dr. Boil

Boiling Crawfish With Dr. Boil
March 28, 2018

Annually, all of Louisiana eagerly anticipates the onset of crawfish season and no one knows more about crawfish than Zatarain’s. After all, they’re the folks who actually invented the seasoning mix we all know as Crab Boil, but is actually used for boiling all sorts of seafood along with an amazing array of other ingredients! No one knows how to boil crawfish quite like Claude Davis, who also goes by the... Read More »

The Brennan's Legacy

The Brennan's Legacy
March 24, 2018

  Boasting its iconic pink façade in the French Quarter, Brennan’s Restaurant has been a New Orleans landmark since 1946.  On this week's show, we celebrate the venerable establishment, beginning with a conversation with co-owner Ralph Brennan.   Ralph Brennan had five restaurants in his portfolio when he learned the flagship Royal Street Brennan's was in danger of passing outside of the family. Ralph tells the inside story of the steps he took to ensure that... Read More »

Liz Williams’ New Orleans: A Food Biography One Book, One New Orleans’ 2018 Winner

Liz Williams’ New Orleans: A Food Biography One Book, One New Orleans’ 2018 Winner
March 21, 2018

  One Book One New Orleans is a campaign for literacy and community. Every year a book is chosen with the idea that New Orleans residents can share the experience of reading the same book at the same time. Through partnerships with the Literary Alliance of New Orleans, Louisiana Books To Prisoners and the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, the chosen book is provided free of charge to prison... Read More »

Hog Wild

Hog Wild
March 16, 2018

Hogs for the Cause has all of the ingredients for a spectacular spring festival: live music, libations, and prize-winning barbecue. But Hogs is so much more than that. It's one of the top fundraisers for families battling pediatric brain cancer. On this week's Louisiana Eats, we sit down with co-founder Becker Hall to hear the story of how this worthwhile – now legendary – event came to be, and their plans for... Read More »

Elmer’s Chocolates – A Louisiana Eats Tricentennial Tribute

Elmer’s Chocolates – A Louisiana Eats Tricentennial Tribute
March 13, 2018

If your childhood was spent anywhere from Beaumont Texas to Mobile Alabama, it’s a good guess your Easter basket was filled with Elmer Goldbricks, Heavenly Hash and Pecan Eggs.  With a heritage that reaches backt o 1855, Elmer Candy is not only the oldest candy maker in Louisiana, but one of the oldest in the nation.    On this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite, Rob Nelson, third generation of the company’s second owners, today’s president and CEO of Elmer Chocolates, gives us a tour of the state of the... Read More »

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