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!

Happy Birthday, Louisiana Eats!

Happy Birthday, Louisiana Eats!
June 8, 2018

On this week's show, we’re celebrating the 8th anniversary of our show's debut!    We're digging through the archives for some of our favorite moments from the past 8 years, starting from the very beginning. The first episode of Louisiana Eats broadcast on June 9, 2010. That year also marked the 125th anniversary of New Orleans’ streetcar line. We look back at our very first field piece, when we took a streetcar... Read More »

Quick Bites:  Au Revoir, Ms Ella

Quick Bites: Au Revoir, Ms Ella
June 1, 2018

Au Revoir, Ms. Ella   There will only be one Ella Brennan.  For over seven decades, the matriarch of the Brennan clan influenced and elevated American hospitality like no other.  On Thursday, May 31, 2018. Ella Brennan passed away in her Garden District home surrounded by loving family.   In the spring of 2015, Ella welcomed the Louisiana Eats team into her home for a conversation about her life and thoughts on the restaurant... Read More »

Holy Spirits, A Quick Bite with Father Bill Dailey

Holy Spirits, A Quick Bite with Father Bill Dailey
May 31, 2018

The Reverend Father Bill Dailey, is a Catholic priest with an   unusual resume. Along with his holy orders, Father Bill is a lawyer,   law professor, instructor of philosophy, and cocktailian mentor to   bartenders across the country! We spoke with Father Bill about the   spiritual service he provides during Tales of the Cocktail and his   thoughts on how to imbibe with virtue.   Despite his wide exposure to the most cutting edge of cocktails,... Read More »

Toasting The Tricentennial - Part Deux

Toasting The Tricentennial - Part Deux
May 26, 2018

On this week's show, we continue our tricentennial tribute to New Orleans with a look at brand new research in the field of archeology. We speak to Jim Bruseth and Toni Turner, who reveal a surprising turn of events that preceded the city's official founding. Evidently, if the French explorer La Salle hadn't blundered in his attempt to form a colony here, we would have been celebrating our 300th birthday 30 years... Read More »

Quick Bites:  An Arnaud's Centennial Celebration

Quick Bites: An Arnaud's Centennial Celebration
May 21, 2018

On February 29th, 1918, a French wine salesman named Arnaud Cazenave opened Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The extravagant, eccentric “Count”—as he dubbed himself—spent decades expanding the restaurant in size and scope, creating an institution specializing in French Creole cuisine. One hundred years later, the legendary restaurant remains an institution, with endless stories to tell. On this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite, we sit down with the Casbarian family, for... Read More »

Collection Or Obsession:  Louisiana Eats Explores The World of Culinary Collecting

Collection Or Obsession: Louisiana Eats Explores The World of Culinary Collecting
May 19, 2018

On this week’s show, we spend a day in the life of Louisiana’s most fascinating culinary collectors.   We begin in the French Quarter at Lucullus Antiques, where owner Patrick Dunne takes us into the mind of a collector and describes his favorite hidden gems of the culinary collecting world.   Then, we take a visit to Kitchen Witch, a shop of books for cooks. When Philippe LaMancusa began his career in the restaurant industry back... Read More »

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 »

QUICK BITES:  MAKING DIM SUM WITH MAYPOP'S MICHAEL GULOTTA

QUICK BITES: MAKING DIM SUM WITH MAYPOP'S MICHAEL GULOTTA
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 »

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