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!

Sex, Violence & Hospitality

Sex, Violence & Hospitality
January 19, 2018

Editor's note: this episode contains accounts of sexual assault. On this week's show, we take a look at sexual harassment and abuse in the restaurant industry. We speak with service industry leader Tyler Chauvin, who has confronted sexual harassment directly over the course of her career. Now the general manager at Trèo in New Orleans, Tyler has become an unapologetic voice for change, advocating the need to challenge industry norms. Then, we hear... Read More »

Victuals And Spider Legs

Victuals And Spider Legs
January 12, 2018

On this week’s show, we take a sonic journey through Appalachia to explore the history and legacy of its unique foodways.   We begin with Troy Ball, whose hobby as a moonshiner became a means of helping her family survive financial ruin. Troy’s memoir, Pure Heart, tells a very personal story of raising two special needs sons while becoming the first legal female moonshiner in Southern history.   In the heart of Kentucky, there is no drink... Read More »

Happy 95th Birthday, Leah Chase

Happy 95th Birthday, Leah Chase
January 6, 2018

Join us this week as we celebrate the 95th birthday of a New Orleans icon, our dear friend, Leah Chase. We'll spend the hour honoring Leah's talent and achievements as the undisputed Queen of Creole Cooking.We begin on a special day we spent with Leah in 2012, when Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office kicked off Carnival season at Gallier Hall with king cake and a lovely surprise for Leah.From there, we look... Read More »

2017 Louisiana Eats Year in Review

2017 Louisiana Eats Year in Review
December 30, 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, we take a look back at some of our favorite Louisiana Eats moments from the past year.   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.   Next, Top Chef star Isaac Toups tells... Read More »

Portraits Of Two Chefs

Portraits Of Two Chefs
December 23, 2017

This week, we’re sharing portraits of two chef-artists, tracing their paths from cradle to culinary greatness. First, we hear from James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence, whose upbringing in New Orleans has informed his illustrious restaurant career based in Oxford, Mississippi. John describes the through-lines of his craft, which includes a strong sense of place and a healthy dose of humility.In the second half of the show, we speak with Carl Schaubhut, who... Read More »

Angling For Dinner: Louisiana's Catch And Cook Program

Angling For Dinner: Louisiana's Catch And Cook Program
December 16, 2017

On this week’s show, we’re traveling from Lafitte bayous to French Quarter kitchens for a look at Louisiana’s Catch and Cook Program. Under Catch and Cook, charter fishing groups can bring their catch to a participating restaurant, where the chef will prepare their fresh-caught fish to order.   We begin by angling on the water with Dickie Brennan, Executive Chef Gus Martin, and Captain Theophile Bourgeouis. Theophile, a lifelong Louisiana fisherman, navigates the... Read More »

A Hunt On The Wild Side!

A Hunt On The Wild Side!
December 9, 2017

On this week's show, we’re sharing stories from modern day hunters and gatherers. We begin on the forest floor with Danlyn Brennan, who has spent her life foraging wild edibles. Her passion for wild craft is clear yet complicated by a desire to keep her methods and locations hidden.  Author Susan Schadt discusses her book Wild Abundance, which explores Southern hunting tradition through a blend of photography, stories, and recipes. Then, we travel to the island of Kauai... Read More »

Making Spirits Bright

Making Spirits Bright
December 2, 2017

December is upon us, and we're gearing up for the holiday revelry by learning tricks of the trade from a few remarkable cocktailians.    We begin with David Wondrich, one of the world's leading experts on the cocktail. He tell us about the early days of the craft cocktail revolution.   Next, we mix it up with the bar crew at Zocolo Neighborhood Eatery & Drinkery in Shreveport. Bartender Aulden Morgan has been transforming the cocktail menu into... Read More »

Give Peas A Chance

Give Peas A Chance
November 25, 2017

On this week's show, we're celebrating peas on earth.We meet farmers, distillers, and plant breeders who are pioneers in their fields. We begin with Ben Branson, founder of Seedlip—a distillery producing non-alcoholic spirits using peas grown on his 300-year-old family farm in Northern England.Then, we learn about Dr. Calvin Lamborn, known as the Father of the Sugar Snap Pea. We speak with his son, Rod Lamborn, who is a cinematographer working hard to preserve his... Read More »

Blinded By Science

Blinded By Science
November 18, 2017

On this week's show, we meet some mad scientists of the culinary world and uncover some of the greatest technical secrets of the kitchen and bar. We begin with culinary inventor Dave Arnold at New York’s former Booker and Dax, whose collaborations with Chef Wylie Dufresne have resulted in magical molecular gastronomy. He tells us about some of his wildest experiments in the kitchen. Then, we visit with food scientist and scholar Harold McGee,... Read More »

Can't Beat 'Em?  Eat 'Em!

Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em!
November 11, 2017

On this week's show, we take a look at invasive species in our region and meet some people who live by the motto: if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em.  We begin at the Best of Bycatch dinner at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, where a highly invasive fish is on the menu: the Asian Carp. The event's expert attendees show us the culinary and economic benefits of incorporating Asian Carp into... Read More »

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams
November 3, 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 »

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