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!

A Serving Of Edible Education

A Serving Of Edible Education
September 12, 2015

Knowing the human history behind any dish just makes it taste better. On this week's episode of Louisiana Eats!, we hit the books with several food historians to hear tales of our culinary past. First, we speak with Dr. David Shields of the University of South Carolina, who shares his years of research on American culinarians. His book, Culinarians: American Chefs, Caterers & Restaurateurs, due to be published this year, is... Read More »

Crawfish, Chicken And Cold Pop

Crawfish, Chicken And Cold Pop
September 5, 2015

Author Andrew Lawler sits down with us on this week’s Louisiana Eats! to discuss Why Did The Chicken Cross The World, which is also the title of his new book. You’ll be amazed by the many ways that simple bird has impacted humanity over the ages. Even Queen Victoria gets into the act, with her fascination for fancy hybrid chickens helping to bring about the “chicken bubble.” Would you pay thousands... Read More »

10 Years After Katrina, Part 2 - Evolution And Expansion

10 Years After Katrina, Part 2 - Evolution And Expansion
August 29, 2015

The food scene of New Orleans has grown tremendously since Hurricane Katrina. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we complete our two-part series on the storm by taking a look at the changing face of the city's food scene over the past 10 years. We begin in Gentilly at Arthur Ashe Charter School, where we investigate the edible education revolution that is the Edible Schoolyard. This program, founded by Alice Waters in... Read More »

10 Years After Katrina, Part 1 - Tragedy To Triumph

10 Years After Katrina, Part 1 - Tragedy To Triumph
August 22, 2015

As the 10th anniversary of the storm approaches, the echoes of Hurricane Katrina and resulting levee failures continue to affect individuals and businesses within the food industry. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we begin our two-part series on the storm with stories about the aftermath of Katrina on local bars, restaurants, and facilities; and learn how the community has come back in a big way. We begin with Pauline and Steven... Read More »

Live Fires And Cool Bars

Live Fires And Cool Bars
August 14, 2015

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... Read More »

Conservation And Conscience On Gulf Coast Farms

Conservation And Conscience On Gulf Coast Farms
August 7, 2015

On this week's episode of Louisiana Eats!, we visit two Gulf Coast farms where, through collaboration and innovation, farmers are creating better products that will help preserve the environment and give back to the community. We begin in Washington Parish at Stoney Point Farm, where farmer Tim Roper is collaborating with Dan Ballister of Smoke Hall Foods to create a new product, the General's Hot Sauce. We learn about the new... Read More »

Beach Bums And Barbecue

Beach Bums And Barbecue
July 31, 2015

For some, Louisiana summers mean oppressive heat and thick humidity. For others, it means backyard barbecues and ice cold cocktails! On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we bask in the sunshine as we look at locally produced rum, outdoor grilling, and the recent resurgence of interest Tiki cocktails. We begin with a tour the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery where artist James Michalopoulos has been using Louisiana sugarcane to handcraft small batches... Read More »

American Distillers On A Quest For Quality

American Distillers On A Quest For Quality
July 24, 2015

It probably won’t surprise you that people who distill, prepare and sell alcohol are generally cheery. But what is it about their job that puts them in such a good mood? Some get to meet new faces every day, while others study the history of their profession, while even fewer teach the trade to apprentices. Whatever the case, they’re all willing to share their knowledge with others and pursue a... Read More »

Popping Up All Over

Popping Up All Over
July 17, 2015

Pop-up restaurants have been becoming increasingly popular all over Louisiana. These nomadic entrepreneurs move into bars and restaurants, often serving delicious, unconventional food for armies of devoted diners. To find out more about these indie bands of the restaurant world, we go to the source, speaking with some of the newest and most exciting pop-ups in New Orleans at the 2015 Propeller Pop event. Then, for a closer look at... Read More »

Shaken And Stirred: Inside Tales Of The Cocktail

Shaken And Stirred: Inside Tales Of The Cocktail
July 10, 2015

This week on Louisiana Eats!, we go behind the scenes at the biggest annual cocktail gathering in the world, Tales of the Cocktail. We begin with Mr. Cocktail himself, Paul Tuennerman, husband of the visionary leader and founder of Tales, Ann Tuennerman. Mr. Cocktail spills the beans on what life is like as the husband of the powerhouse who is Mrs. Cocktail. Then, legendary Las Vegas bartender Tony Abou-Ganim recounts his illustrious history... Read More »

On The Record With Donald Link: Candid Stories From A Bold Chef

On The Record With Donald Link: Candid Stories From A Bold Chef
July 4, 2015

At one point during his cooking career, Donald Link's co-workers nicknamed him "Hot Shot." Was it deserved? That depends on who you ask. Donald shares his side of the story with us in a revealing inteview that takes you from the rock and roll kitchens of San Francisco to his award-winning restaurants in New Orleans. We'll also hear about Skip Murray's new restaurant, Scott Gold's advice about French fries, and Ian... Read More »

Growing Into Adulthood

Growing Into Adulthood
June 27, 2015

Sooner or later, we all have to grow up, but exactly what that process entails can vary dramatically. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we investigate what it means to be an adult and the journey of self-discovery. First, we speak with Zdenek Kastanek, a self-styled "spirits evangelist" for Proof & Company, an elite distribution business that is helping to shape the pre-eminent cocktail bars of Singapore. Zdenek explains how his journey... Read More »

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