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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!

 

Quick Bites:  An Arnaud's Centennial Celebration

Quick Bites: An Arnaud's Centennial Celebration
May 21, 2018

On February 29th, 1918, a French wine salesman named Arnaud Cazenave opened Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The extravagant, eccentric “Count”—as he dubbed himself—spent decades expanding the restaurant in size and scope, creating an institution specializing in French Creole cuisine. One hundred years later, the legendary restaurant remains an institution, with endless stories to tell. On this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite, we sit down with the Casbarian family, for an intimate... Read More »

Collection Or Obsession:  Louisiana Eats Explores The World of Culinary Collecting

Collection Or Obsession: Louisiana Eats Explores The World of Culinary Collecting
May 19, 2018

On this week’s show, we spend a day in the life of Louisiana’s most fascinating culinary collectors.   We begin in the French Quarter at Lucullus Antiques, where owner Patrick Dunne takes us into the mind of a collector and describes his favorite hidden gems of the culinary collecting world.   Then, we take a visit to Kitchen Witch, a shop of books for cooks. When Philippe LaMancusa began his career in the restaurant industry back... Read More »

East Asian Eats

East Asian Eats
May 12, 2018

On this week's show, we're having a full on East Asian culinary exploration.We begin by commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Sichuan Earthquake with former AP reporter Audra Ang, author of To The People, Food is Heaven. Audra shares what it was like to be there in the aftermath of such a catastrophic event.Then, we’ll learn the history of Chinese restaurants in the U.S. with U.C. Irvine professor, Yong Chen. Chen's book, Chop... Read More »

Louisiana Eats!:  To Ignatius With Love - A Culinary Tribute to 'A Confederacy of Dunces'

Louisiana Eats!: To Ignatius With Love - A Culinary Tribute to 'A Confederacy of Dunces'
May 5, 2018

John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces is internationally revered for having captured the essence and eccentricity of New Orleans — and for introducing readers to its larger-than-life protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly. On this week's show, we take a culinary look between the pages of the book that, 37 years ago, was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. We begin with Spud McConnell, well known for his portrayal of Ignatius on stage. The Gonzales-born... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Goes To Jazzfest

Louisiana Eats Goes To Jazzfest
April 28, 2018

On this week's show, we head down to the Fairgrounds for some Jazz Fest fun!  We begin by sampling red beans and rice with longtime vendors Judy Burks and Morris Douglas. Judy'sRed Beans booth has been woven into the very fabric of Jazz Fest over the 40 years that she's been stirring the pot at the Fairgrounds.  Then, we meet theSheik! New Orleans music legend Michael O'Hara joins us to talk about his life and career... Read More »

And The James Beard Award Goes Too...

And The James Beard Award Goes Too...
April 21, 2018

The James Beard Awards honor the best of the best in the American culinary world. With this year's awards gala right around the corner, join us this week for a chat with several James Beard Award nominees and winners.   We begin with 2017's Rising Chef of the Year, Zachary Engel. Zach made a name for himself at the renowned Israeli restaurant, Shaya, and since receiving his James Beard Award, he has reunited with... Read More »

Toasting The Tricentennial

Toasting The Tricentennial
April 14, 2018

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the city of New Orleans. On this week's show, we toast the Crescent City with local culture bearers and historians. We begin with David Blossman, president of the Abita Brewing Company. David shares with us Abita’s latest creation—a tricentennial tribute ale that’s cause for celebration. Then, we join a team of archeologists who are digging deep to learn more about the city’s history. As part of... Read More »

Le Grand Hoorah On The Cajun Prairie

Le Grand Hoorah On The Cajun Prairie
April 7, 2018

Louisiana Eats is on the road again, this time to Evangeline Parish, where residents show pride for their French, Cajun, and Creole heritage through their food, music, and traditions. On this week's show, we participate in the annual Le Grand Hoorah celebration, while hitting many iconic spots along the Cajun Prairie. We begin in downtown Mamou, where our gracious host Valerie Cahill gives us a grand welcome at the historic Hotel Cazan. Then, we grab... Read More »

Springtime For Louisiana Food Lovers

Springtime For Louisiana Food Lovers
March 31, 2018

It's springtime in the Bayou State! On this week's show, we're following the Easter Bunny to Ponchatoula, Louisiana for a tour of the Elmer Candy factory. With a heritage that reaches back to 1855, Elmer Candy is not only the oldest candy maker in Louisiana, but one of the oldest in the nation.    For a completely different take on Louisiana chocolate-making, we tour the workshop at Acalli Chocolate. Carol Morse premiered her chocolate bars at... Read More »

The Brennan's Legacy

The Brennan's Legacy
March 24, 2018

  Boasting its iconic pink façade in the French Quarter, Brennan’s Restaurant has been a New Orleans landmark since 1946.  On this week's show, we celebrate the venerable establishment, beginning with a conversation with co-owner Ralph Brennan.   Ralph Brennan had five restaurants in his portfolio when he learned the flagship Royal Street Brennan's was in danger of passing outside of the family. Ralph tells the inside story of the steps he took to ensure that... Read More »

Hog Wild

Hog Wild
March 17, 2018

Hogs for the Cause has all of the ingredients for a spectacular spring festival: live music, libations, and prize-winning barbecue. But Hogs is so much more than that. It's one of the top fundraisers for families battling pediatric brain cancer. On this week's Louisiana Eats, we sit down with co-founder Becker Hall to hear the story of how this worthwhile – now legendary – event came to be, and their plans for... Read More »

Stories From The Back Of The House

Stories From The Back Of The House
March 10, 2018

Behind every great restaurant is a great chef. But that chef would be nothing without the scores of people in the front and the back of the house who turn a meal into a memorable experience. On this week's show, we get to know two unsung heroes of hospitality in New Orleans. We begin with the remarkable story of Chef Serigne Mbaye, a 24-year-old Senior Line Cook at Commander's Palace. Though he was... Read More »

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