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!

It's All About The Biz... The Food Biz That Is

It's All About The Biz... The Food Biz That Is
April 20, 2019

Louisiana Eats! is all about the biz, the Food business that is.  On this week’s show we talk with hospitality entrepreneurs about how they got their businesses off the ground.  We begin with a panel discussion held at Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of business.  During the panel we hear from Neil Bodenheimer of Cure, Vance Vaucresson of Vaucresson Sausage, and Becky Wasden of 2 girls 1 shuck.  They delve into how... Read More »

When Chefs and Anarchists Meet - Slow Food Nations Denver-

When Chefs and Anarchists Meet - Slow Food Nations Denver-
April 13, 2019

On this week's show, we're bringing listeners along to Slow Food Nations 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The event celebrates slow and sustainable food systems through summits, workshops, and a street festival.   The festival’s theme for this year was Food for Change, and Slow Food USA’s Executive Director Richard McCarthy was more than ready to share his thoughts with us, particularly about food’s potential to be an antidote to our society’s polarizations.    Next, we meet Paolo di... Read More »

What's Brewing

What's Brewing
April 6, 2019

Something’s brewing on Louisiana Eats! On this week’s show we’re taking a look at our local craft beer industry. We begin with Bayou Teche brewery owner Karlos Knott.  Considering they are celebrating their 10th year in operation, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit with Karlos to see what’s been brewing in Arnaudville and get a glimpse of what the future holds. Dylan Lintern president of NOLA Brewing Company also... Read More »

Partying With The Pros

Partying With The Pros
March 30, 2019

Spring festival season is upon us, so on this week’s Louisiana Eats we’re going to get you ready to be the host—or hostess—with the mostess!   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... Read More »

Change The Channel, Please

Change The Channel, Please
March 23, 2019

Reality food TV may be a boon for networks, but what happens to local chefs and restaurants after the cameras stop rolling? On this week's Louisiana Eats, we talk to people who have participated in food TV in its various forms, with varying results. We begin with Helen Freund, restaurant critic and dining editor at Gambit. Earlier this year, she wrote a front-page article about the positive and negative effects food... Read More »

Creole Italian Manale's Style-

Creole Italian Manale's Style-
March 16, 2019

On this week's show, we'll explore the immense influence that Italian foodways had on the development of New Orleans cuisine. We'll time travel through the years of the family-operated Uptown gem, Pascal's Manale. This history, which is now immortalized in Poppy's new book, The Pascal's Manale Cookbook, focuses on two Sicilian immigrant families, the Manales and the Radostas, forebearers of today's Defelice clan, who continue the Manale tradition today. Three generations of... Read More »

Journeys To The Top

Journeys To The Top
March 9, 2019

On this week's show, we take a close look at superstar chefs to learn what it takes to reach the top.   We begin with Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace. Through determination and dedication to his craft, Tory has secured his place in the Commander’s Palace family, as well as the restaurant’s chef legacy. Tory discusses his career and relationship with the late Chef Jamie Shannon.   Then, we visit with Chef Alfred... Read More »

Live Fire And Cool Bars_

Live Fire And Cool Bars_
March 2, 2019

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 your... Read More »

Et Tous Un Bon Mardi Gras

Et Tous Un Bon Mardi Gras
February 23, 2019

It’s Carnival time on Louisiana Eats! On this week’s show, we take to the streets with a distinctive krewe of food lovers.   We begin with author and songwriter Johnette Downing, who’s also known as “the pied piper of Louisiana music traditions.” Johnette shares her latest album, Swamp Romp, which, among other things, seeks to answer the eternal question, Who put the baby in the king cake?   Next, writer Sally Asher and illustrator Melissa Vandiver... Read More »

Giving

Giving "The Help " A Hand: Applauding Lives Spent In Service-
February 16, 2019

On this week s show, we re sharing untold stories of lives spent in service. We begin with a tour of the Kemper Williams Residence at the Historic New Orleans Collection with decorative arts curator Lydia Blackmore, who conducted exhaustive research on the individuals who worked for the Williams family. Next, we revisit our interview with the late historian Michael Mizell Nelson. In 2010, Michael took us on a streetcar... Read More »

Culinary Couples

Culinary Couples
February 9, 2019

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we’re in the mood for love on this week’s episode! In this hour, we meet two culinary couples who are making a mark on the New Orleans restaurant scene.    We begin with Chef Susan Spicer and Chip Martinson. Back in 1998, The New York Times named Susan the “Quiet Star of New Orleans.” Over twenty years later, Susan remains one of the city’s... Read More »

Sherds & Shipwrecks

Sherds & Shipwrecks
February 2, 2019

On this week’s show, we look at New Orleans history through the lens of the city’s material culture.    We begin at the Historic New Orleans Collection, which has played host to an annual gathering of antiques experts, collectors, and aficionados  for over a decade. We speak to Philippe Halbert, who presented original research at the Antiques Forum centered on the material culture of the French Atlantic world.    Next, we meet Jim Bruseth and... Read More »

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