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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!

 

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 »

The Cookbook Lovers

The Cookbook Lovers
June 29, 2019

On this week's show, we look at cookbooks as a cultural artifact and biographical portrait. We begin at Kitchen Witch, a store in New Orleans specializing in rare and used cookbooks. With their shop scheduled to close soon, owners Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa look back on two decades of business—and some of their biggest sellers. Then, we dig into our archives to hear late New Orleans civil rights... Read More »

Brewed Awakenings

Brewed Awakenings
June 22, 2019

Coffee, tea, kombucha? What’s brewing in your neck of the woods? On this week’s Louisiana Eats, we’re examining the brewing process from all sides.   First, we’ll meet Austin Sherman and Alexis Korman, founders of Big Easy Bucha – a kombucha brewing business that has set the Gulf South on fire with innovative local flavors. What’s brewing at Big Easy Bucha is a lot more than fermented tea! They’re brewing a healthy, social justice revolution.   Next, we’ll... Read More »

Breaking The Bonds Of Silence: Louisiana Eats Takes A Tour Of The Whitney Slavery Museum

Breaking The Bonds Of Silence: Louisiana Eats Takes A Tour Of The Whitney Slavery Museum
June 15, 2019

In this special edition of Louisiana Eats, we celebrate Juneteenth — the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. We take a trip to the Whitney Plantation, the only plantation museum in America that focuses entirely on slavery. The vision for the museum originated with attorney and developer John Cummings, who invested 10 million of his own dollars to help educate the public about the truths of slavery in... Read More »

The Life And Legacy Of Leah Chase

The Life And Legacy Of Leah Chase
June 8, 2019

This week, we mark the passing of New Orleans icon, and our dear friend, Leah Chase, who died Saturday, June 1 at the age of 96. We spend the hour honoring Leah's talent and achievements and the legacy she leaves behind.   We begin with one of our favorite Louisiana Eats moments: a special day we spent with Leah in 2012, when then-Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office kicked off Carnival season at Gallier... Read More »

Hungry For The Road

Hungry For The Road
June 1, 2019

On this week’s Louisiana Eats we’re taking a vacation with some of our favorite people from the food and drinks world.  Even though Michael Gulotta’s restaurants MoPho and Maypop are known for their Southeast Asian flair, Michael had never been there until a recent trip with Paul Chell, MoPho’s chef de cuisine, changed all that. They join us to share every bite of that wild experience. Then, homegrown, culinary power couple, Cody and Samantha Carroll share... Read More »

The Ladies Who Cook

The Ladies Who Cook
May 25, 2019

Although the kitchen has always been the woman’s domain at home, it’s been a long struggle for the ladies  who cook to rise to the top of their ranks professionally. On this week’s episode, we’re talking with the ladies who have overcome multiple obstacles to reach the top. We begin with Chef Meg Bickford, the first female to be named sous chef at the legendary Commander’s Palace.  We’ll hear all about her... Read More »

Meet Your Farmers

Meet Your Farmers
May 18, 2019

Louisiana Eats ventures from land to sea to learn where our food comes from and meet the people responsible for bringing the bounty to our table. We begin in Grand Isle, Louisiana, where we meet the Guerreros family of Grand Isle Sea Farms. Owner Marcos Guerrero and his son Boris welcome us aboard their compact bay boat for a morning out on the water to learn the process of oyster farming Louisiana-style. Then,... Read More »

Serving Up Great Restaurants With A Slice Of History-

Serving Up Great Restaurants With A Slice Of History-
May 11, 2019

When it comes to historic restaurants, there’s no place like home – if you’re lucky enough to call New Orleans home! On this week's show, we time travel through the storied past of iconic French Quarter landmark, the Napoleon House. Chef Chris Montero gives us a tour of the historic property, from the bar to the cupola and all points in between. As it turns out, in addition to being an accomplished chef,... Read More »

Culinary Historians

Culinary Historians
May 4, 2019

The origins of food and spirits are usually not well known and can sometimes be hard to track down.  After all, how do you figure out where something that’s been around for centuries originated? On this week’s show we’ll speak with several culinary historians about the history of some fabulous foods, and some spirits too.  We begin with author and historical gastronomist Sarah Lohman.  Her book, 8 Flavors:  The Untold Story of American... Read More »

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