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!

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 »

Quick Bites:  Liz Williams’ New Orleans: A Food Biography One Book, One New Orleans’ 2018 Winner

Quick Bites: Liz Williams’ New Orleans: A Food Biography One Book, One New Orleans’ 2018 Winner
March 21, 2018

  One Book One New Orleans is a campaign for literacy and community. Every year a book is chosen with the idea that New Orleans residents can share the experience of reading the same book at the same time. Through partnerships with the Literary Alliance of New Orleans, Louisiana Books To Prisoners and the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, the chosen book is provided free of charge to prison... Read More »

Hog Wild

Hog Wild
March 16, 2018

Hogs for the Cause has all of the ingredients for a spectacular spring festival: live music, libations, and prize-winning barbecue. But Hogs is so much more than that. It's one of the top fundraisers for families battling pediatric brain cancer. On this week's Louisiana Eats, we sit down with co-founder Becker Hall to hear the story of how this worthwhile – now legendary – event came to be, and their plans for... Read More »

Elmer’s Chocolates – A Louisiana Eats Tricentennial Tribute

Elmer’s Chocolates – A Louisiana Eats Tricentennial Tribute
March 13, 2018

If your childhood was spent anywhere from Beaumont Texas to Mobile Alabama, it’s a good guess your Easter basket was filled with Elmer Goldbricks, Heavenly Hash and Pecan Eggs.  With a heritage that reaches backt o 1855, Elmer Candy is not only the oldest candy maker in Louisiana, but one of the oldest in the nation.    On this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite, Rob Nelson, third generation of the company’s second owners, today’s president and CEO of Elmer Chocolates, gives us a tour of the state of the... Read More »

Food Network Binge

Food Network Binge
March 3, 2018

When the Food Network launched in 1993, the pastime of binge-watching cooking shows didn’t exist, and chefs weren't celebrities. Today, with shows like Chopped and Iron Chef America airing on primetime, the role of the Food Network has transformed.   On this week's show, we speak with one of the network’s first stars, David Rosengarten. Since he was "discovered" by the Food Network many years ago, David has enjoyed a remarkable career enlightening America about food.    Then, we speak with... Read More »

Silence Of The Hams And Hogs

Silence Of The Hams And Hogs
February 28, 2018

Silence of the Hams and Hogs   In 2008, childhood buddies, Becker Hall and Rene Louape founded Hogs For the Cause during a casual backyard pig roast. Today, Hogs for the Cause has grown into New Orleans largest BBQ event,  spanning two days with 85 teams from across the country competing for the big prize.  But the real cause is pediatric brain cancer. Over the last decade Hogs has awarded 600 grants, partnering with  Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, Oschner,... Read More »

Heroes, Villains, and Hamentaschen: Louisiana Eats Celebrates Purim

Heroes, Villains, and Hamentaschen: Louisiana Eats Celebrates Purim
February 24, 2018

Another Carnival season is behind us, but the Jewish festival of Purim is right around the corner.  First, we learn all about Purim with the help of Benay Bernstein. She provides an introduction to this joyful day – one unlike any other on the Jewish calendar. To continue, author Joan Nathan shares her knowledge of global Jewish foodways. As she tells us, the Jewish diaspora even reached the Mississippi River -- to Louisiana’s early... Read More »

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