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!

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 »

Confection Affection

Confection Affection
November 17, 2018

  On this week’s show, we indulge our sweet tooth with the help of some influential dessert makers.    We visit the Swiss Confectionery, a family-run bakeshop that’s been in business in New Orleans for almost a century. Their custom-made delicacies are fixtures at New Orleans weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations.   Then we learn the rich history of Goetz Caramel Creams, which originated in 1895 as the Baltimore Chewing Gum Company. 123 years later,... Read More »

Quick Bites:  Chasing The Gator With Isaac Toups

Quick Bites: Chasing The Gator With Isaac Toups
November 15, 2018

  Chasing the Gator With Isaac Toups              Chef Isaac Toups has long been a favorite guest on Louisiana Eats! In past episodes we’ve talked hunting rabbits and even had a front row seat on Isaac’s rendition of the Cajun Night Before Christmas!            Isaac has just published his first book, aptly entitled “Chasing the Gator.”  In it he pulls back the curtain on the decidedly Louisiana style “New" Cajun cooking that he... Read More »

Angling for the Elusive Salmon

Angling for the Elusive Salmon
November 10, 2018

  Ora King is a sustainably raised salmon from New Zealand with a delicious history. On this week’s show, we travel to three cities to meet three chefs—all finalists in an international competition to create the most inventive Ora King salmon dish.    To begin the judging process, we visit Austin, Texas to meet Chef Mia Li of Lenoir Restaurant and learn about her theory of cooking, which has been shaped by her... Read More »

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