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:  Ten Restaurants, Four Seasons

Louisiana Eats: Ten Restaurants, Four Seasons
September 29, 2018

On this week’s show, we take an in-depth look the evolution of restaurant dining in the America and speak with the co-owner of one the nation's top restaurants.We begin by exploring two centuries of historical and cultural changes with acclaimed Yale historian Paul Freedman. His book Ten Restaurants That Changed America weaves together culinary and social history, from the innovators of roadside dining to the vanguards of haute cuisine.On Paul Freedman's short list... Read More »

Quick Bites:  Italian Creole

Quick Bites: Italian Creole
September 27, 2018

On this week’s episode, we sit down with Loyola University history professor Justin Nystrom to explore the influence that Sicilian Americans have had on New Orleans foodways. Surprisingly, that influence didn’tbegin with the heavy influx of Sicilians who populated the city in great numbers during the late 1880’s. Those rural Sicilians made their mark on the French Market and created the sandwich we know as the muffalatta.   Actually, the first... Read More »

Following Fish Tales From Antartica To Barataria Bay

Following Fish Tales From Antartica To Barataria Bay
September 22, 2018

On this week’s show, we’re celebrating all things pescatarian across Louisiana. To begin, we travel from Port Sulphur to Barataria Bay for a taste of authentic Louisiana seafood with the Landry family of Don’s Seafood. The Landrys host us at their fishing camp and share stories that have been passed down through the generations.   Next, we meet Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish and The Omega Principle. Paul spent three years investigating... Read More »

Quick Bites:  A Legacy of Service at the Kemper-Williams Residence

Quick Bites: A Legacy of Service at the Kemper-Williams Residence
September 19, 2018

The Historic New Orleans Collection, is a great jewel in the crown of the Crescent City.  Founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper and his wife, Leila Williams, the collection today includes a museum and research center encompassing ten historic French Quarter buildings. At the heart of the HNOC is the Kemper-Williams residence, a house museum, which allows visitors to experience life as the General and Leila lived it there... Read More »

Culinary Empire Builders

Culinary Empire Builders
September 15, 2018

On this week’s show, we follow three chefs on their journeys from cooks to culinary entrepreneurs.    We begin with New Orleans chef Alon Shaya, who recently launched a new company, Pomegranate Hospitality. Alon describes his path, starting from unassuming culinary origins in Philadelphia, to his tenure at Domenica, and finally, to the evolving theory of Diasporic foodways that underlies his two new modern Israeli restaurants, Saba and Safta.   Then, we speak with... Read More »

Quick Bites:  At the Fish Camp with the Landrys of Don’s Seafood

Quick Bites: At the Fish Camp with the Landrys of Don’s Seafood
September 12, 2018

When it comes to family, the Landrys of Don’s Seafood are as authentically Louisiana as it gets.     In this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite we travel down to Port Sulphur to fish and cook with Donny, Mike and Tracy Landry of Don's Seafood and honorary Landry family member, Eric Mulina who runs the day to day operations and started at Don's Seafood as a server at just 24 years old. Not only... Read More »

Suicide And Rebirth At Tales Of The Cocktail

Suicide And Rebirth At Tales Of The Cocktail
September 8, 2018

The suicide of Anthony Bourdain in June sent shock waves through the world, but especially the industry he loved. Since then, the conversation about mental health in the hospitality community has come into sharp focus. On this week's show, we speak with individuals close to the issue who gathered in New Orleans in July as part of Tales of the Cocktail's new Beyond The Bar initiative. Intended to help the... Read More »

Stories From The Back Of The House

Stories From The Back Of The House
September 1, 2018

Behind every great restaurant is a great chef. But that chef would be nothing without the scores of people in the front and the back of the house who turn a meal into a memorable experience. On this week's show, we get to know two unsung heroes of hospitality in New Orleans. We begin with the remarkable story of Chef Serigne Mbaye, a 24-year-old Senior Line Cook at Commander's Palace. Though he was... Read More »

When Chefs And Anarchists Meet — Slow Food Nations Denver

When Chefs And Anarchists Meet — Slow Food Nations Denver
August 25, 2018

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... Read More »

Quick Bites:  The Science of Water with Eliot Sherman

Quick Bites: The Science of Water with Eliot Sherman
August 22, 2018

On this week’s episode, we’re diving into the tempestuous depths of global water issues. Here in Louisiana, we know quite well that living with water can be a constant struggle. Elsewhere, Americans are dealing with the opposite problem, experiencing annual droughts and wildfires that cause other serious hardships. With a look towards the future, today we’re going to turn to an expert on the subject. Eliot Sherman works on water issues... Read More »

Dreaming Of A Place At The Table

Dreaming Of A Place At The Table
August 18, 2018

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... Read More »

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Quick Bites: "Hi, Anxiety!” Kat Kinsman Explores Chefs With Issues
August 8, 2018

Kat Kinsman believes that "An Awkward Conversation Won't Kill You."  In fact, often, it may actually save your life.  Since the suicide of Kat's friend and associate, Anthony Bourdain, the conversation about mental health and substance abuse in the hospitality industry has come into sharp focus.  After all, it's the hospitality industry that takes care of everyone else - while no one is taking care of them.  Often, with little access... Read More »

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