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!
On this week's show, we meet the great Dario Cecchini, a world renowned Italian butcher. Dickie Brennan invited the Cecchini family to New Orleans earlier this year to return the exceptional hospitality Dario had extended to Dickie’s son, Richard Brennan III, who served as Dario’s apprentice in Italy.
Dario and his wife, Kim, join us in the studio to talk about their life and work in Panzano, a little village in Italy's Chianti region. Then, we hear from Richard Brennan III about his extraordinary apprenticeship.
Next, we revisit our 2015 trip to Paris, when Paris By Mouth’s Jennifer Greco introduced us to a charming charcuterie in the Marais called Caractère de Cochon, a play on words that means “pigheaded.”
Then, we meet a local knife enthusiast, Jackie Blanchard. Jackie and her partner Brandt Cox specialize in rare, hand-forged Japanese knives at their Riverbend shop, Coutelier.
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