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're embarking on a virtual trip around the world — from Louisiana to China to Israel and beyond!
We begin with a journey through modern China with Audra Ang, who uncovered the country’s soul by researching its food. Audra is a curator at the Museum of Chinese in America, which is located in New York’s Chinatown.
Then, journalist Andrew Lawler answers the eternal question -- why did the chicken cross the world? -- in his exploration of the chicken's migratory history. Andrew contends that the chicken has played a quintessential role in the development of human civilization.
Next, we go globe-trotting with Zdenek Kastanek. He’s a self-styled "spirits evangelist" for Proof & Company, an elite distribution business that is helping to shape the pre-eminent cocktail bars of Singapore. Zdenek describes his experiences working in some of the world’s most glamorous watering holes.
Finally, we hear about a New Orleans-themed bar in an unexpected locale: Tel Aviv. Oron Lerner, who owns the French 57, discusses how our food and drink culture translates to the nightlife capital of Israel.
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