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!

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 »

Acadiana Road Show

Acadiana Road Show
August 4, 2018

  On this week's show, we're traveling through Acadiana to explore traditional and contemporary Cajun foodways. We begin with George Graham, who shares his obsession through stories of cooking in the region through his nationally recognized  blog and book, Acadiana Table: Cajun and Creole Home Cooking from the Heart of Louisiana. Then, we head up River Road to LaPlace to see just what Chef Jarred Zeringue’s got smoking at Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse, a beloved institution on the... Read More »

Quick Bites:  Deep Cuts, Jackie Blanchard of Coutelier

Quick Bites: Deep Cuts, Jackie Blanchard of Coutelier
August 2, 2018

As a young culinary student, Jackie Blanchard strolled the winding streets of Laguiole, the tiny French town famous for cutlery. She passed store after store, all proudly proclaiming themselves as “Coutelier” which translates, “Knife Shop.”  Today, Jackie and her partner, Brandt Cox have their own Coutelier, two actually – one in New Orleans’ Riverbend area and a new shop in Nashville, Tennessee. Despite the French name, Jackie and Brandt specialize... Read More »

A Feast For The Senses

A Feast For The Senses
July 28, 2018

This week’s show is, in a word, sensational. Join us as we delve into the many ways that our other four senses experience food.   We begin in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Their food photography exhibit, A Feast for the Eyes, runs the gamut from still lifes to the avant-garde. And it’s on view at LASM through September 16.   Then, author Molly Birnbaum shares the story of losing... Read More »

Quick Bites:  To Beef Or Not To Beef

Quick Bites: To Beef Or Not To Beef
July 26, 2018

In May 2018, Dickie Brennan hosted Italian butcher, Dario Cecchini at his New Orleans steakhouse and Tableau on Jackson Square for a meaty and amazing demonstration of deliciousness. Dario’s visit was prompted by the hospitality he’d extended to Dickie’s son, Richard III, during his apprenticeship in Panzano, a little village in Italy’s Chianti region. After completing the course work at the Culinary Institute of America, Richard Brennan knew he wanted... Read More »

A Shot of History Mixed With Inspiration at Tales

A Shot of History Mixed With Inspiration at Tales
July 21, 2018

It's July in New Orleans, which means two things: scorching temperatures and the hottest event in the spirits world — Tales of the Cocktail! On this week's show, we look at the annual summertime conference that brings the international cocktail scene to the Crescent City. We begin with Maggie Campbell, head distiller at Privateer Rum, a historic rum company in a seaside New England town. A kind of privateer... Read More »

Quick Bites:  Art & Whiskey a Conversation with Noah Rothbaum

Quick Bites: Art & Whiskey a Conversation with Noah Rothbaum
July 19, 2018

For spirits expert and author Noah Rothbaum, each whiskey bottle tells a story, and he's proven that idea by writing extensively on the subject. Noah is the Drink + Food Senior Editor for The Daily Beast and the associate editor of the forthcoming book, The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails. In this episode of Quick Bites, Poppy invites Noah into the studio to discuss his book, The Art of American... Read More »

It's All Happening At The Zoo

It's All Happening At The Zoo
July 14, 2018

On this week's show, we take a deep dive into the cuisine of our friends in the animal kingdom. We begin at the Audubon Zoo, where zookeepers forge a nurturing connection with each animal they care for -- especially at meal time. Curators Liz Wilson and Dominique Fleitas invite us along as they make their daily rounds at the Zoo. Next, we meet a Baton Rouge-based entrepreneur who's found a way to... Read More »

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