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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!

 

Louisiana Eats:  Delta Hot Tamales

Louisiana Eats: Delta Hot Tamales
June 17, 2017

On this week’s show, we travel to Greenville, Mississippi for their annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival.    We begin by speaking with author Julia Reed, who participates as the festival’s official Pizzazz Consultant. Julia’s writing has graced the pages of Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue Magazine and Garden and Gun. She shares memories of the very first Hot Tamale Festival and the significance of the hot tamale in the Mississippi Delta.   Leading off the festival, Julia facilitates a... Read More »

Champions Of Breakfast

Champions Of Breakfast
June 10, 2017

On this week's show, we're up at the crack at dawn to examine what many consider to be the most important meal of the day: breakfast. First, we speak with John Currence, the James Beard Award-winning chef who has earned the title of "Big Bad Chef" at his revered restaurant, Big Bad Breakfast. John tells us tall tales from his breakfast joint in Oxford, Mississippi. Next, we experience breakfast after midnight at the 24-hour Trolley Stop... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Ten Restaurants, Four Seasons

Louisiana Eats: Ten Restaurants, Four Seasons
June 3, 2017

On this week’s show, we take an in-depth look the evolution of restaurant dining in the America and speak with the co-owner of one the nation's top restaurants.We begin by exploring two centuries of historical and cultural changes with acclaimed Yale historian Paul Freedman. His book Ten Restaurants That Changed America weaves together culinary and social history, from the innovators of roadside dining to the vanguards of haute cuisine.On Paul Freedman's short list... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Tours Farms Afield And At Sea

Louisiana Eats Tours Farms Afield And At Sea
May 27, 2017

On this week's show, we hit the road to tour a variety of farms that do everything from growing fresh produce to raising colonies of honeybees. We begin with a tour of Mahaffey Farms in Princeton, Louisiana, where Evan McCommon has been converting his family's timber ranch into a biodiverse farm. The changes have been slow, but his resolve steady as the 1,100 acres change from a dense forest to... Read More »

Angling For Dinner: Louisiana's Catch And Cook Program

Angling For Dinner: Louisiana's Catch And Cook Program
May 20, 2017

On this week’s show, we’re traveling from Lafitte bayous to French Quarter kitchens for a look at Louisiana’s Catch and Cook Program. Under Catch and Cook, charter fishing groups can bring their catch to a participating restaurant, where the chef will prepare their fresh-caught fish to order.   We begin by angling on the water with Dickie Brennan, Executive Chef Gus Martin, and Captain Theophile Bourgeouis. Theophile, a lifelong Louisiana fisherman, navigates the... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Greece On The Bayou

Louisiana Eats: Greece On The Bayou
May 13, 2017

On this week’s show, we visit the Greek Isles without ever leaving the bayou. Holy Trinity Cathedral on Bayou St. John in New Orleans is home to the oldest Greek Orthodox community in North America. For over 150 years, this tight-knit community has combined food and faith in the traditional way of their ancient ancestors. For 44 years, Trinity members have welcomed thousands of visitors to their annual Greek Festival. Months before the... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Food TV On The Radio

Louisiana Eats: Food TV On The Radio
May 6, 2017

On this week's show, we look at the role food television plays in the lives of several chefs here in New Orleans.  We begin with one of the youngest stars of food TV, Kaj Hecht, the recent winner of Chopped Junior. To get an understanding of how the 10-year-old New Orleans local came to be a contestant on the program, we invited Kaj and his father Michael into our studio. Next, we visit with Michael... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Backstage Eats & Jazz Fest Treats

Louisiana Eats: Backstage Eats & Jazz Fest Treats
April 29, 2017

On this week’s show, we’re taking you behind the scenes of the Jazz & Heritage Festival!  The amazing array of food is one of the many things that sets Jazz Fest apart from all other festivals. We start off by visiting with our own house band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. They’ve just wrapped up a recording session for their newest album, Sketch. The band shares some of their Jazz Fest gig memories with... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Having A (Matzah) Ball

Louisiana Eats: Having A (Matzah) Ball
April 12, 2017

Every year, households across Louisiana celebrate the eight-day festival of Passover. On this week's show, we’re bringing in the experts to help us explore Jewish food traditions old and new.    We speak with Joyce Goldstein, author of The New Mediterranean Jewish Table, about sephardic recipes of the Jewish diaspora. In compiling her book, Joyce set out to demystify the diverse traditions of Jewish cooking in the Mediterranean region.   Next, we check in with a kosher experimentalist,... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  So You Want To Open A Restaurant?

Louisiana Eats: So You Want To Open A Restaurant?
April 8, 2017

On this week’s show, we’re looking at the role economics plays in running a flourishing food and beverage operation.   We begin with hospitality tech entrepreneur Damian Mogavero, who explains the importance of raw data in managing a restaurant. Damian has been able to use his dual passions for dining and data to create a system for “new garde restaurateurs,” a story now chronicled in his book, The Underground Culinary Tour.   Next, we put Damian’s system... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  April Fools

Louisiana Eats: April Fools
April 1, 2017

This week, we’re bringing you a special April Fools edition of Louisiana Eats! One of the stories in this hour is a joke, but the rest are so wild, you may not be able to separate the fact from the fiction!   We begin with zoologist and author Bill Schutt, whose new book focuses on the most taboo of topics: cannibalism. Bill gives us the full story on a truly humanist cuisine.   Next, Top Chef star Isaac Toups tells... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  The Count, The Cooper, & A Nip Of Courage

Louisiana Eats: The Count, The Cooper, & A Nip Of Courage
March 24, 2017

Behind every cocktail bar and liquor cabinet is a wealth of history and elaborate effort. On this week’s show, we take a look at some hidden elements of the cocktail industry.   First, we meet Master Cooper Ger Buckley, One of only 4 master coopers in Ireland, Ger Buckley of Jameson, who creates & repairs whiskey barrels using age-old techniques.  Ger tell us about his relationship to the craft and how he learned the art of the barrel.   Next, we... Read More »

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