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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:  Fishes With The Reel Masters

Louisiana Eats: Fishes With The Reel Masters
March 3, 2017

On this week’s show, we’re looking at the role fishing plays in the lives of some of the greatest chefs in the South.    We begin with Susan Schadt, author of Reel Masters. Susan went fishing and caught portraits of eight renowned chefs who treasure the sport.       Next, we send you a postcard from Susan’s book launch event, where chefs and guests gathered together to enjoy incredible seafood dishes. We speak to several of the... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Mardi Gras Madness!

Louisiana Eats: Mardi Gras Madness!
February 22, 2017

It’s Carnival time in Louisiana! On this week's show, we're talking Mardi Gras traditions with newcomers and locals alike.  To begin, we learn some surprises about the Krewe of Mid-City, a very local parading organization that is about to be graced by an expected king and queen. Originally from Minnesota, business moguls Duane and Susan Hoff are the owners of Fantesca Estate and Winery in Napa Valley. About to take their thrones, we... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Live Fire And Cool Bars

Louisiana Eats: Live Fire And Cool Bars
February 17, 2017

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we set out to discover hot spots both literally and figuratively in our backyard. We begin at Pêche Seafood Grill, where Chef Ryan Prewitt has been replicating live fire techniques he learned on a trip to Uruguay. Ryan explains how this new process has changed his entire perspective on cooking, and we get close to the flames as he shows us his kitchen's open hearth. If this is beyond... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Sweet Dreams

Louisiana Eats: Sweet Dreams
February 11, 2017

On this week's show, we indulge our sweet tooth with the help of several influential dessert makers.   We begin with Anne Byrn, also known as "The Cake Mix Doctor," whose book American Cake takes readers back to the origins of baking in America. From birthday to wedding cake, Anne has the history behind each delicious layer.   Then we get a crash-course in the art of sugar blowing and sculpting with Sidney Galpern at the New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio.... Read More »

Chefs Mentoring Chefs Of Tomorrow

Chefs Mentoring Chefs Of Tomorrow
January 27, 2017

It takes more than raw talent to become a successful chef. On this week’s show, we speak with culinary masters about the importance of mentorship in and out of the kitchen.   We begin with Chefs Aarón Sánchez and John Besh, who discuss how their scholarship programs aim to help aspiring young cooks, and the essential role mentorship has played in their own lives.   Then, we visit with Chef Alfred Singleton, who co-owns the historic Cafe Sbisa in... Read More »

Spice World

Spice World
January 20, 2017

On this week's show, we’re getting an aromatic education in herbs and spices.    First, we speak with Lior Lev Sercarz, a chef, spice blender, and owner of La Boîte in New York City. Lior discusses his career's trajectory from sergeant of the Israeli army to spice master, and explains why he believes both home cooks and professional chefs will benefit from delving into spices.   Then, Natasha MacAller, also known as “The Dancing Chef,” describes her journey... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Bids Adieu to 2016

Louisiana Eats Bids Adieu to 2016
December 28, 2016

On this week’s show, we bid farewell to 2016 and raise a toast to the New Year by looking back at legends and looking forward to new beginnings.    First, we celebrate the life and legacy of Edgar “Dooky” Chase, who passed away this year at the age of 88. Leah Chase shares stories from their 70 years of marriage, an era marked by the civil rights movement and other transformative moments at... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Christmas And Hanukkah Present And Past

Louisiana Eats: Christmas And Hanukkah Present And Past
December 21, 2016

The holidays are here and we’re celebrating family food traditions old and new!    We begin at the home of Chef Isaac Toups, where he and his family celebrate Christmas Cajun-style! Culminating an eventful year for Isaac— he earned the title of “fan favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef: California and opened up a new restaurant in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum: Toups’ South — we join the Toups family for an unforgettable meal. After we... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Does Cuba: Paladares, Cigars and Jazz

Louisiana Eats Does Cuba: Paladares, Cigars and Jazz
December 17, 2016

As the diplomatic thaw between the United States and Cuba continues, new opportunities for Americans to visit Cuba are opening all kinds of doors. In an incredible stroke of luck, Louisiana Eats! host Poppy Tooker had the opportunity to join the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on their landmark visit to Cuba for the Havana Jazz Festival. On this week's show, Poppy shares an audio travelogue from her week-long trip in... Read More »

Louisiana Eats!  Up and Coming Chefs:  Louisiana and Beyond

Louisiana Eats! Up and Coming Chefs: Louisiana and Beyond
December 10, 2016

On this week’s show, we’re capturing portraits in sound of several superstar chefs in Louisiana and beyond.  We begin with Chef Rick Bayless of Chicago's Frontera Restaurants, who spent his childhood poring over Julia Child’s books and watching her on TV before launching his own successful career. Now, Rick’s the 2016 recipient of the Julia Child Award for his transformative Mexican cuisine.   Then, we bring it back home with Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace. Through determination and dedication to... Read More »


December 3, 2016

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 »

Louisiana Eats:  HolidayEntertaining

Louisiana Eats: HolidayEntertaining
November 26, 2016

The holiday season is upon us and we’re throwing the ultimate cocktail party.   No one knows how to entertain quite like like Julia Reed. In her book, But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria! she offers a number of stories from a lifetime of rollicking culinary escapades. Julia lets us in on some tips for hosting a cocktail party for the ages.   Then, we turn to the topic of wine with master sommelier... Read More »

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