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:  A Haunting Halloween

Louisiana Eats: A Haunting Halloween
October 26, 2016

It’s Halloween and there’s no place better in the world to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve than in the the ghost laden state of Louisiana! To get you in the spirit, on this week’s show, we tour the cities of the dead, learning tombside all about our dearly departed culinary legends from Sally Asher, author of Stories From the Saint Louis Cemetaries of New Orleans.   Then, we learn all about the business of... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Time Travels Through Historic Restaurants

Louisiana Eats: Time Travels Through Historic Restaurants
October 22, 2016

On this week’s show, we’re taking a tour of the iconic restaurants that have made a transformative impact on American cuisine.   We begin with acclaimed Yale history professor Paul Freedman, who explores two centuries of historical and cultural changes in his book Ten Restaurants That Changed America. Paul's list weaves together culinary and social history, from the innovators of roadside dining to the vanguards of haute cuisine.   Next, we take a visit to Antoine’s, the essential New Orleans restaurant... Read More »

LOUISIANA EATS:  CHAMPIONS OF BREAKFAST

LOUISIANA EATS: CHAMPIONS OF BREAKFAST
October 8, 2016

On this week's show, we're up at the crack at dawn to examine what many consider to be the most important meal of the day: breakfast.  First, we speak with John Currence, the James Beard Award-winning chef who has earned the title of "Big Bad Chef" at his revered restaurant, Big Bad Breakfast. John tells us tall tales from his breakfast joint in Oxford, Mississippi. Next, we experience breakfast after midnight at the 24-hour Trolley Stop... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Farms from Near and Far

Louisiana Eats: Farms from Near and Far
October 1, 2016

On this week's show, we're looking at farming across the state and the Americas.  We begin on the West Coast, with a tour of Gourmet Mushrooms in Sonoma County, California, where they are mimicking natural growing conditions to cultivate specialty mushrooms indoors. This farm harvests eight different varieties of organic mushrooms for food wholesalers, gourmet grocers, and restaurants all across America.   Then, we return to an urban farm in our own backyard. Three years... Read More »

Louisiana eats Meets the Neighbors on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd

Louisiana eats Meets the Neighbors on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
September 17, 2016

t's hard to believe that it has been a whole year since we moved our Louisiana Eats! studio into the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. On this week's show, we celebrate this one-year anniversary by meeting our neighbors in the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard corridor in Central City. Of course, our move wouldn't have been possible if it hadn't been for the museum's intrepid director, Liz Williams. Liz joins us to reflect back on a year... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Ms Ella of Commander's Palace

Louisiana Eats: Ms Ella of Commander's Palace
September 10, 2016

On this week's show, we celebrate Commander's Palace and its visionary matriarch Ella Brennan, whose highly-anticipated memoir is coming out next week.   First, we speak with Ella’s daughter and co-author, Ti Adelaide Martin. Born into her family’s restaurant dynasty, Ti knows all too well her mother’s revered place both in the food industry and in New Orleans history.  Aware of the fascination with her mother’s life story, Ti wrote down a number of stories... Read More »

Edible Education With Emeril

Edible Education With Emeril
September 3, 2016

On this week's show, we go back to school for no ordinary education. We take an in-depth look at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and their flourishing Culinary Arts division — the only chef's training program offered at the high school level in the nation. It wasn't until recently that the culinary arts discipline was added to the Institute's curriculum. The program's inception was due, in no small... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Cooking for the Young and the Young at Heart

Louisiana Eats: Cooking for the Young and the Young at Heart
August 26, 2016

Cooking For The Young And Young At Heart   With the proliferation of kid’s cookbooks and cooking shows these days, it’s evident that the kitchen is increasingly becoming the favorite playground of many a child. This week’s show is dedicated to the budding chefs of tomorrow and everyone who is young at heart.   We begin with a conversation with Melina Hammer, author of KidChef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook. Filled with over 75 surprisingly sophisticated and healthy... Read More »

Lousiana Eats:  Sipping Suds From Belgium & Beyond

Lousiana Eats: Sipping Suds From Belgium & Beyond
August 19, 2016

On this week's show, we explore the thriving craft beer scene, which takes us from Louisiana to Europe and many places in between.Locally, the undisputed leader of the craft beer revolution is Polly Watts, owner of the Avenue Pub. We have a conversation with Polly and her team, who recently returned from work outing of a lifetime—a trip to Belgium—where they got the opportunity to meet several of the brewers whose... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Coffee, Tea, Or???

Louisiana Eats: Coffee, Tea, Or???
August 12, 2016

On this week’s show, we’re taking a look at the coffee and tea scene across Louisiana.   We begin with Geoffrey Meeker, owner of French Truck Coffee. It took only one cup of coffee from San Francisco to inspire him to become a New Orleans coffee purveyor. Now, Geoffrey and his team are at the vanguard of what many are calling the third wave coffee movement.    Then, we visit one of the many coffee shops that... Read More »

Natchez Sojourn

Natchez Sojourn
August 6, 2016

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 »

A Region of Extremes: Nordic Culinary Traditions

A Region of Extremes: Nordic Culinary Traditions
July 29, 2016

On this week's show, we voyage to the Land of the Midnight Sun and explore Nordic culinary traditions. To begin our journey, we visit with Chef Magnus Nilsson, the genius behind Fäviken, a world renowned restaurant in a far-flung farming region of Sweden. Magnus has taken on the whole of Scandinavia and beyond in his newly-released Nordic Cookbook, an enormous tome that illustrates the way Nordic food traditions emerged from the... Read More »

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