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 take a look at invasive species in our region and meet some people who live by the motto: if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em.
We begin at the Best of Bycatch dinner at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, where a highly invasive fish is on the menu: the Asian Carp. The event's expert attendees show us the culinary and economic benefits of incorporating Asian Carp into the seafood market.
Next, we catch up with Chef Tenney Flynn, who has a "license to kill" invasive species, after which he cooks them up in his kitchen! Tenney tell us about his wide range of experiences, from hunting lionfish to serving raccoon and possum to Dr. John.
Then, we meet Hansel Harlan of Marsh Dog Treats, the Baton Rouge-based company producing all-natural dog biscuits made from nutria meat.
And Mississippi stockman Justin Pitts discusses the invasive presence of wolves and bears on his pastures, a counterpoint that complicates the conservation debate throughout the country.
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