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 visit the Historic New Orleans Collection’s new expansion at 520 Royal Street, the first to house the city’s only continuing exhibit about our most famous neighborhood, the French Quarter.
John Lawrence, Director of Museum Programs at the HNOC shows us the renovated Seignouret-Brulatour House and galleries, which paint a portrait of the Vieux Carré, framed by topics like transportation, communications, and commerce.
Then, we meet the legendary Louisiana director Glen Pitre, who along with his wife Michelle Benoit, created an immersive film experience for the HNOC. “The French Quarter by Night" fills a room with imagery and sound, showcasing over three centuries of the Quarter after nightfall. Glen explains why it took them almost three years and to shoot this 17-minute production.
Next, we learn what's cooking in the Seignouret-Brulatour Courtyard with chef and New Orleans history buff Dana Honn. He and and his wife Christine Honn have opened an offshoot of Carmo called Café Cour, which offers traditional New Orleans and regional cuisine.
Finally, we visit the reading room at the Williams Research Center, where the HNOC's holdings are available to the general public. Daniel Hammer, president and CEO of the HNOC tells us about this resource, and shares the story of one of his favorite objects in their collection.
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