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:  So You Want To Open A Restaurant?

Louisiana Eats: So You Want To Open A Restaurant?
April 8, 2017

On this week’s show, we’re looking at the role economics plays in running a flourishing food and beverage operation.   We begin with hospitality tech entrepreneur Damian Mogavero, who explains the importance of raw data in managing a restaurant. Damian has been able to use his dual passions for dining and data to create a system for “new garde restaurateurs,” a story now chronicled in his book, The Underground Culinary Tour.   Next, we put Damian’s system... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  April Fools

Louisiana Eats: April Fools
April 1, 2017

This week, we’re bringing you a special April Fools edition of Louisiana Eats! One of the stories in this hour is a joke, but the rest are so wild, you may not be able to separate the fact from the fiction!   We begin with zoologist and author Bill Schutt, whose new book focuses on the most taboo of topics: cannibalism. Bill gives us the full story on a truly humanist cuisine.   Next, Top Chef star Isaac Toups tells... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  The Count, The Cooper, & A Nip Of Courage

Louisiana Eats: The Count, The Cooper, & A Nip Of Courage
March 24, 2017

Behind every cocktail bar and liquor cabinet is a wealth of history and elaborate effort. On this week’s show, we take a look at some hidden elements of the cocktail industry.   First, we meet Master Cooper Ger Buckley, One of only 4 master coopers in Ireland, Ger Buckley of Jameson, who creates & repairs whiskey barrels using age-old techniques.  Ger tell us about his relationship to the craft and how he learned the art of the barrel.   Next, we... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  A Natchez Sojourn

Louisiana Eats: A Natchez Sojourn
March 17, 2017

On this week's show, we're celebrating the tricentennial of Natchez, Mississippi. We'll visit our neighbors across the river and learn how residents are combining history and innovation to make Natchez a singular destination.   Founded in 1716, the river city is home to an impressive array of antebellum mansions and national landmarks. We settle in at one of these estates, the Dunleith Historic Inn, where we’re greeted by historian Terry Trovato, who gives... Read More »

Cravings Addiction And Recovery In Bars and Restaurants

Cravings Addiction And Recovery In Bars and Restaurants
March 11, 2017

Since we began broadcasting Louisiana Eats! over five years ago, we've noticed a recurring theme when speaking with chefs, bartenders and restaurant owners about a certain aspect of the hospitality and service industry culture. From the front of the house to the back, across Louisiana and the entire country, there is a substance abuse problem in bars and restaurants. On this week's episode, we speak with Will Arendell, a renowned substance... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Fishes With The Reel Masters

Louisiana Eats: Fishes With The Reel Masters
March 3, 2017

On this week’s show, we’re looking at the role fishing plays in the lives of some of the greatest chefs in the South.    We begin with Susan Schadt, author of Reel Masters. Susan went fishing and caught portraits of eight renowned chefs who treasure the sport.       Next, we send you a postcard from Susan’s book launch event, where chefs and guests gathered together to enjoy incredible seafood dishes. We speak to several of the... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Mardi Gras Madness!

Louisiana Eats: Mardi Gras Madness!
February 22, 2017

 On this week's show, we're talking Mardi Gras traditions with newcomers and locals alike.  To begin, we learn some surprises about the Krewe of Mid-City, a very local parading organization that is about to be graced by an expected king and queen. Originally from Minnesota, business moguls Duane and Susan Hoff are the owners of Fantesca Estate and Winery in Napa Valley. About to take their thrones, we visit with Duane and Susan to find out... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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