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!

Quick Bites:  Mermaids of New Orleans

Quick Bites: Mermaids of New Orleans
January 31, 2019

On Mardi Gras Day, it’s never surprising to find magical, mythical creatures mingling with street revelers. In her new book, The Mermaids of New Orleans, author Sally Asher brings the effervescent underwater life of Mississippi River sea nymphs to life. One day a year, all mermaids may walk on earth and in New Orleans, that day is Mardi Gras Day. In this podcast, we sit down with Sally and Melissa Vandiver,... Read More »

Dreams Of A Place At The Table

Dreams Of A Place At The Table
January 26, 2019

On this week’s show, we take a look at immigration and its impact on the American food landscape.    We begin with Rick Bayless, whose award-winning Frontera restaurants are bolstered by workers who come from immigrant backgrounds. Rick explains how many of his staff members were brought to the country as children and are now facing an uncertain future.   Then, Eddie Hernandez talks about harnessing the similarities between his Mexican culinary roots and Southern ingredients. Eddie... Read More »

Talking Trash

Talking Trash
January 19, 2019

Americans waste 373 million pounds of food each day. That’s a pound per person. On this week’s show, we’re talking trash — in a productive way, of course! We meet a few individuals who are working to tackle the widespread problem of food and water waste.   We begin with Baton Rouge-based food industry veteran Susanne Duplantis. Her blog, Makeover My Leftover, offers tips on how to transform yesterday’s scraps into today’s... Read More »

Hitting The Books

Hitting The Books
January 12, 2019

On this week’s show, we delve into the wonderful world of cookbooks. We begin with Chef Isaac Toups, who collaborated with acclaimed food writer Jennifer Cole on his debut cookbook, Chasing the Gator. The book pulls back the curtain on the new guard of Cajun cooking. Visit our website to hear a full-length Quick Bites podcast with Isaac, which includes a cracklins tasting and a round of Cajun games.   Nik Sharma also... Read More »

Quick Bites:  Johnette Downing, Louisiana's Pied Piper

Quick Bites: Johnette Downing, Louisiana's Pied Piper
January 10, 2019

Children in Louisiana grow up with so many local traditions that schools could practically add an extra class to cover all of them! Luckily, songwriter Johnette Downing is around to set these traditional stories to music. Johnette’s award-winning books and songs have earned her many nicknames, from “the pied piper of Louisiana music traditions” to “the musical ambassador to children.”  She described her new album "Swamp Romp like this:  When thinking about a concept for this recording, we... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Leah Chase

Happy Birthday, Leah Chase
January 5, 2019

Join us this week as we celebrate the 96th birthday of a New Orleans icon, our dear friend, Leah Chase. We'll spend the hour honoring Leah's talent and achievements as the undisputed Queen of Creole Cooking.   We begin on a special day we spent with Leah in 2012, when then-Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office kicked off Carnival season at Gallier Hall with king cake and a lovely surprise for Leah.   From there, we look... Read More »

In Memorium 2018: Culinary Legends Lost

In Memorium 2018: Culinary Legends Lost
December 29, 2018

On this week’s show, we look back on the lives of some extraordinary people we lost in 2018. We begin by revisiting our 2011 conversation with the late, great Anthony Bourdain. We had the opportunity to speak with Anthony after he was hired as a scriptwriter for the HBO series, Treme. Seven years later, we were absolutely devastated when we heard of Anthony’s suicide and remembered that long ago conversation.    We... Read More »

Any Way You Slice It

Any Way You Slice It
December 22, 2018

On this week's show, we meet the great Dario Cecchini, a world renowned Italian butcher. Dickie Brennan invited the Cecchini family to New Orleans earlier this year to return the exceptional hospitality Dario had extended to Dickie’s son, Richard Brennan III, who served as Dario’s apprentice in Italy.   Dario and his wife, Kim, join us in the studio to talk about their life and work in Panzano, a little village in... Read More »

Serving Up Great Restaurants With A Slice Of History

Serving Up Great Restaurants With A Slice Of History
December 15, 2018

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... Read More »

Eat It To Eradicate It

Eat It To Eradicate It
December 8, 2018

On this week's show, we explore the intersections between hunting, gathering, fishing, and our changing environment. We begin at the Best of Bycatch dinner at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, where a highly invasive fish is on the menu: the Asian Carp.   Then, we travel to the island of Kauai and meet James Sarme, a fisherman who casts about the traditional Hawaiian way.   Next, we attend a wild boar cook-off in... Read More »

Hold The Liquor

Hold The Liquor
December 1, 2018

A growing trend in the craft cocktail movement has bartenders mixing drinks with little to no alcohol, shifting their focus to flavor. On this week's show, we'll explore the new wave of non-alcoholic craft drinks, starting with cocktail vanguards Don Lee and Bobby Murphy, who experiment with non-alcoholic ingredients at the New York City establishment Existing Conditions.   Then, we hear from Ben Branson, founder of Seedlip—a distillery producing non-alcoholic spirits using peas... Read More »

Not Your Typical  Cup of Joe

Not Your Typical Cup of Joe
November 24, 2018

There’s nothing like a cup of good, hot coffee. On this week's show, we look at the art of the coffee bean in our state and beyond.  We begin with a local favorite—PJ’s Coffee—which Phyllis Jordan founded 40 years ago. Phyllis reflects on the early years, when she became the first commercial iced coffee purveyor in New Orleans. Then, we visit the coffee capital of the world—Seattle—where baristas grind out cutting-edge coffee... Read More »

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