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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!

 

Flavors Of The African Diaspora

Flavors Of The African Diaspora
September 21, 2019

On this week’s show, we speak with three James Beard Award-winners to explore the history and culture of African American cooking and learn how African flavors are inspiring new dishes today.   We begin with soul food scholar Adrian Miller, who describes his book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, as love-letter to African-American cooks. Since it was first published in 2013, the book has gone on to receive... Read More »

Keto, Carbs & Cocktails

Keto, Carbs & Cocktails
September 14, 2019

Whether your dietary concerns are based on weight loss, muscle gain, or heart health, there's so much information and professional advice out there that it's hard to know who to believe or what to eat. On this week's show, we hear from the experts on everything from the current diet du jour, keto, to omega-3 supplements.   Internal medicine physician Mignonne Mary of the Remedy Room explains why she has been teaching keto since... Read More »

Change The Channel, Please

Change The Channel, Please
September 7, 2019

Reality food TV may be a boon for networks, but what happens to local chefs and restaurants after the cameras stop rolling? On this week's Louisiana Eats, we talk to people who have participated in food TV in its various forms, with varying results. We begin with Helen Freund, restaurant critic and dining editor at Gambit. Earlier this year, she wrote a front-page article about the positive and negative effects food TV hosts... Read More »

The Ladies Who Brunch

The Ladies Who Brunch
August 31, 2019

On this week's show, we meet some people who are working hard to make your weekend brunch an unforgettable experience. We begin with Jennifer Weishaupt, founder and CEO of the Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group. The Ruby Slipper Café has prospered and multiplied in a way that Jennifer and her husband Eric could never have anticipated when they opened their very first Mid City location in 2008. She tells us about her ever-expanding... Read More »

Time Traveling At The HNOC

Time Traveling At The HNOC
August 24, 2019

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... Read More »

An Acadiana Road Show

An Acadiana Road Show
August 17, 2019

  On this week's show, we're traveling through Acadiana to explore traditional and contemporary Cajun foodways. We begin with George Graham, who shares his obsession through stories of cooking in the region through his nationally recognized  blog and book, Acadiana Table: Cajun and Creole Home Cooking from the Heart of Louisiana. Then, we head up River Road to LaPlace to see just what Chef Jarred Zeringue’s got smoking at Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse, a beloved institution on the... Read More »

Ain't Dere No More

Ain't Dere No More
August 10, 2019

On this week's show, we look back on bygone New Orleans businesses that "ain't dere no more," but continue to hold a place in the city’s collective heart. We begin with Bryan Batt and Katy Danos, authors of Pontchartrain Beach: A Family Affair. Founded by Bryan’s grandfather Harry Batt in 1928, the amusement park was a summer destination for 55 years.   Then, we learn about Schwegmann Brothers’ Giant Super Market and... Read More »

Changing Course

Changing Course
August 3, 2019

Change is constant, but that doesn’t make it easy. On this week's show, we meet some individuals who have transformed their lives or business.   The Avenue Pub had been a family business for nearly 20 years before Polly Watts claimed it for herself. It was the kind of place where patrons bought cheap beer and knocked back shots of Jagermeister, but Polly knew there wasn't a future down that road, at... Read More »

Five Generations

Five Generations
July 27, 2019

On this week's show, we look at family businesses that have been finding success through five generations. We begin with Swiss Confectionery, a New Orleans bakeshop that’s been in operation for almost a century. Their custom-made delicacies are fixtures at New Orleans weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations. Then, we meet Master Cooper Ger Buckley of Jameson Whiskey. He builds and maintains wooden whiskey barrels using age-old techniques passed down from a lineage of coopers before... Read More »

Angling for the Elusive Salmon-

Angling for the Elusive Salmon-
July 20, 2019

Ora King is a sustainably raised salmon from New Zealand with a delicious history. On this week’s show, we travel to three cities to meet three chefs—all finalists in their 2018 international competition to create the most inventive Ora King salmon dish. To begin the judging process, we visit Austin, Texas to meet Chef Mia Li of Lenoir Restaurant and learn about her theory of cooking, which has been shaped by her personal experiences... Read More »

Going Lo-No at Tales of the Cocktail

Going Lo-No at Tales of the Cocktail
July 13, 2019

Every July, thousands of visitors from all over the world beat a path to steamy New Orleans for the annual Tales of the Cocktail. As Tales kicks off its 17th year, we look at how the organization evolved recently under new leadership and has a whole new mission. We begin with Caroline Rosen, who came on board as executive director in 2018. She shares the foundation’s revamped vision and how they are... Read More »

We're Talking Trash

We're Talking Trash
July 6, 2019

Americans waste 373 million pounds of food each day. That’s a pound per person. On this week’s show, we’re talking trash — in a productive way, of course! We meet a few individuals who are working to tackle the widespread problem of food and water waste.   We begin with Baton Rouge-based food industry veteran Susanne Duplantis. Her blog, Makeover My Leftover, offers tips on how to transform yesterday’s scraps into today’s delicious... Read More »

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