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!

East Asian Eats

East Asian Eats
May 12, 2018

On this week's show, we're having a full on East Asian culinary exploration. We begin by commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Sichuan Earthquake with former AP reporter Audra Ang, author of To The People, Food is Heaven. Audra shares what it was like to be there in the aftermath of such a catastrophic event. Then, we’ll learn the history of Chinese restaurants in the U.S. with U.C.... Read More »

Louisiana Eats!:  To Ignatius With Love - A Culinary Tribute to 'A Confederacy of Dunces'

Louisiana Eats!: To Ignatius With Love - A Culinary Tribute to 'A Confederacy of Dunces'
May 5, 2018

John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces is internationally revered for having captured the essence and eccentricity of New Orleans — and for introducing readers to its larger-than-life protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly. On this week's show, we take a culinary look between the pages of the book that, 37 years ago, was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. We begin with Spud McConnell, well known for his portrayal of Ignatius on stage. The Gonzales-born... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Goes To Jazzfest

Louisiana Eats Goes To Jazzfest
April 28, 2018

On this week's show, we head down to the Fairgrounds for some Jazz Fest fun!  We begin by sampling red beans and rice with longtime vendors Judy Burks and Morris Douglas. Judy'sRed Beans booth has been woven into the very fabric of Jazz Fest over the 40 years that she's been stirring the pot at the Fairgrounds.  Then, we meet theSheik! New Orleans music legend Michael O'Hara joins us to talk about his life... Read More »

And The James Beard Award Goes Too...

And The James Beard Award Goes Too...
April 21, 2018

The James Beard Awards honor the best of the best in the American culinary world. With this year's awards gala right around the corner, join us this week for a chat with several James Beard Award nominees and winners.   We begin with 2017's Rising Chef of the Year, Zachary Engel. Zach made a name for himself at the renowned Israeli restaurant, Shaya, and since receiving his James Beard Award, he has reunited with... Read More »


April 19, 2018

Michael Gulotta began a Southeast Asian food revolution when he opened MoPho in New Orleans’ Mid City in 2014. His use of classic Louisiana ingredients like cochon de lait and hogs head cheese in what otherwise might be an authentic Vietnamese bowl of pho or bahn mi sandwich has caught the fancy of the entire nation.  By 2016, Food and Wine Magazine pegged him as one of America’s Best Chefs.  In 2017,Michael opened a second... Read More »

Toasting The Tricentennial

Toasting The Tricentennial
April 14, 2018

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the city of New Orleans. On this week's show, we toast the Crescent City with local culture bearers and historians. We begin with David Blossman, president of the Abita Brewing Company. David shares with us Abita’s latest creation—a tricentennial tribute ale that’s cause for celebration. Then, we join a team of archeologists who are digging deep to learn more about the city’s history. As part of... Read More »

Quick Bites:  An Odyssey of Food With Alon Shaya

Quick Bites: An Odyssey of Food With Alon Shaya
April 11, 2018

In his new cookbook memoir, Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel, New Orleans chef Alon Shaya frankly and unabashedly tells his life’s story. From a lonely childhood to the mean streets of Philadelphia where he was a feared, teenaged drug dealer, to the salvation and purpose he found in cooking, Alon tells all.  At the close of the book, Alon and his father are seen sharing... Read More »

Le Grand Hoorah On The Cajun Prairie

Le Grand Hoorah On The Cajun Prairie
April 7, 2018

Louisiana Eats is on the road again, this time to Evangeline Parish, where residents show pride for their French, Cajun, and Creole heritage through their food, music, and traditions. On this week's show, we participate in the annual Le Grand Hoorah celebration, while hitting many iconic spots along the Cajun Prairie. We begin in downtown Mamou, where our gracious host Valerie Cahill gives us a grand welcome at the historic Hotel Cazan. Then, we grab... Read More »

Quick Bites:  Abita Beer Salutes New Orleans’ Tricentennial

Quick Bites: Abita Beer Salutes New Orleans’ Tricentennial
April 4, 2018

Abita Beer President David Blossman has always been a man ahead of his time. Long before it was legal for him to drink, David was experimenting with home brewing, making small batches of beer as a hobby. At 17 years old, he invested his teenage savings into what would become the Abita Brewing Company. Over 30 years later, he's the top dog!   On this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite, we speak with... Read More »

Springtime For Louisiana Food Lovers

Springtime For Louisiana Food Lovers
March 31, 2018

It's springtime in the Bayou State! On this week's show, we're following the Easter Bunny to Ponchatoula, Louisiana for a tour of the Elmer Candy factory. With a heritage that reaches back to 1855, Elmer Candy is not only the oldest candy maker in Louisiana, but one of the oldest in the nation.    For a completely different take on Louisiana chocolate-making, we tour the workshop at Acalli Chocolate. Carol Morse premiered her chocolate bars at... Read More »

Quick Bites:  Boiling Crawfish With Dr. Boil

Quick Bites: Boiling Crawfish With Dr. Boil
March 28, 2018

Annually, all of Louisiana eagerly anticipates the onset of crawfish season and no one knows more about crawfish than Zatarain’s. After all, they’re the folks who actually invented the seasoning mix we all know as Crab Boil, but is actually used for boiling all sorts of seafood along with an amazing array of other ingredients! No one knows how to boil crawfish quite like Claude Davis, who also goes by the... Read More »

The Brennan's Legacy

The Brennan's Legacy
March 24, 2018

  Boasting its iconic pink façade in the French Quarter, Brennan’s Restaurant has been a New Orleans landmark since 1946.  On this week's show, we celebrate the venerable establishment, beginning with a conversation with co-owner Ralph Brennan.   Ralph Brennan had five restaurants in his portfolio when he learned the flagship Royal Street Brennan's was in danger of passing outside of the family. Ralph tells the inside story of the steps he took to ensure that... Read More »

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