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!

The Ladies Who Cook

The Ladies Who Cook
May 25, 2019

Although the kitchen has always been the woman’s domain at home, it’s been a long struggle for the ladies  who cook to rise to the top of their ranks professionally. On this week’s episode, we’re talking with the ladies who have overcome multiple obstacles to reach the top. We begin with Chef Meg Bickford, the first female to be named sous chef at the legendary Commander’s Palace.  We’ll hear all about... Read More »

Meet Your Farmers

Meet Your Farmers
May 18, 2019

Louisiana Eats ventures from land to sea to learn where our food comes from and meet the people responsible for bringing the bounty to our table. We begin in Grand Isle, Louisiana, where we meet the Guerreros family of Grand Isle Sea Farms. Owner Marcos Guerrero and his son Boris welcome us aboard their compact bay boat for a morning out on the water to learn the process of oyster farming... Read More »

Serving Up Great Restaurants With A Slice Of History-

Serving Up Great Restaurants With A Slice Of History-
May 11, 2019

When it comes to historic restaurants, there’s no place like home – if you’re lucky enough to call New Orleans home! On this week's show, we time travel through the storied past of iconic French Quarter landmark, the Napoleon House. Chef Chris Montero gives us a tour of the historic property, from the bar to the cupola and all points in between. As it turns out, in addition to being an accomplished chef,... Read More »

Culinary Historians

Culinary Historians
May 4, 2019

The origins of food and spirits are usually not well known and can sometimes be hard to track down.  After all, how do you figure out where something that’s been around for centuries originated? On this week’s show we’ll speak with several culinary historians about the history of some fabulous foods, and some spirits too.  We begin with author and historical gastronomist Sarah Lohman.  Her book, 8 Flavors:  The Untold Story of... Read More »

Celebrating 50 Years Of Jazz Fest And Louisiana Food Heritage

Celebrating 50 Years Of Jazz Fest And Louisiana Food Heritage
April 27, 2019

2019 marks a huge milestone for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival… 50 years! Yet, there is another benchmark being met this year. The Food Heritage Stage, which was conceived 20 years after the first Jazzfest, is turning 30. This week on Louisiana Eats, we’ll explore the Food Heritage Stage through the lens of chefs that have presented over the years, along with the people that helped pull it... Read More »

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 Neal Bodenheimer of Cure, James Beard Award Winner Zach Engel of Galit, Vance Vaucresson of Vaucresson Sausage, and Becky Wasden of 2 Girls 1 Shuck. ... 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 »

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