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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!

 

Any Way You Slice It

Any Way You Slice It
August 11, 2018

On this week's show, we meet the great Dario Cecchini, a world renowned Italian butcher. Dickie Brennan invited the Cecchini family to New Orleans earlier this year to return the exceptional hospitality Dario had extended to Dickie’s son, Richard Brennan III, who served as Dario’s apprentice in Italy.   Dario and his wife, Kim, join us in the studio to talk about their life and work in Panzano, a little village in Italy's Chianti region.... Read More »

Quick Bites:

Quick Bites:
August 8, 2018

Kat Kinsman believes that "An Awkward Conversation Won't Kill You".  In fact, often, it may actually save your life.  Since the suicide of Kat's friend and associate, Anthony bourdain, the conversation about ental health and substance abuse in the hospitality industry has come into sharp focus.  After all it's the hospitality industry that takes care of everyone else - while no one is taking care of them.  Often, with little access... Read More »

Acadiana Road Show

Acadiana Road Show
August 4, 2018

  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 »

Quick Bites:  Deep Cuts, Jackie Blanchard of Coutelier

Quick Bites: Deep Cuts, Jackie Blanchard of Coutelier
August 2, 2018

As a young culinary student, Jackie Blanchard strolled the winding streets of Laguiole, the tiny French town famous for cutlery. She passed store after store, all proudly proclaiming themselves as “Coutelier” which translates, “Knife Shop.”  Today, Jackie and her partner, Brandt Cox have their own Coutelier, two actually – one in New Orleans’ Riverbend area and a new shop in Nashville, Tennessee. Despite the French name, Jackie and Brandt specialize in rare,... Read More »

A Feast For The Senses

A Feast For The Senses
July 28, 2018

This week’s show is, in a word, sensational. Join us as we delve into the many ways that our other four senses experience food.   We begin in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Their food photography exhibit, A Feast for the Eyes, runs the gamut from still lifes to the avant-garde. And it’s on view at LASM through September 16.   Then, author Molly Birnbaum shares the story of losing her sense of... Read More »

Quick Bites:  To Beef Or Not To Beef

Quick Bites: To Beef Or Not To Beef
July 27, 2018

In May 2018, Dickie Brennan hosted Italian butcher, Dario Cecchini at his New Orleans steakhouse and Tableau on Jackson Square for a meaty and amazing demonstration of deliciousness. Dario’s visit was prompted by the hospitality he’d extended to Dickie’s son, Richard III, during his apprenticeship in Panzano, a little village in Italy’s Chianti region. After completing the course work at the Culinary Institute of America, Richard Brennan knew he wanted to pursue the art of butchery.... Read More »

A Shot of History Mixed With Inspiration at Tales

A Shot of History Mixed With Inspiration at Tales
July 21, 2018

It's July in New Orleans, which means two things: scorching temperatures and the hottest event in the spirits world — Tales of the Cocktail! On this week's show, we look at the annual summertime conference that brings the international cocktail scene to the Crescent City.We begin with Maggie Campbell, head distiller at Privateer Rum, a historic rum company in a seaside New England town. A kind of privateer in her own right,... Read More »

Quick Bites:  Art & Whiskey a Conversation with Noah Rothbaum

Quick Bites: Art & Whiskey a Conversation with Noah Rothbaum
July 19, 2018

For spirits expert and author Noah Rothbaum, each whiskey bottle tells a story, and he's proven that idea by writing extensively on the subject. Noah is the Drink + Food Senior Editor for The Daily Beast and the associate editor of the forthcoming book, The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails. In this episode of Quick Bites, Poppy invites Noah into the studio to discuss his book, The Art of American Whiskey, which uncovers American... Read More »

It's All Happening At The Zoo

It's All Happening At The Zoo
July 14, 2018

On this week's show, we take a deep dive into the cuisine of our friends in the animal kingdom. We begin at the Audubon Zoo, where zookeepers forge a nurturing connection with each animal they care for -- especially at meal time. Curators Liz Wilson and Dominique Fleitas invite us along as they make their daily rounds at the Zoo. Next, we meet a Baton Rouge-based entrepreneur who's found a way to combat... Read More »

Quick Bites:  A Conversation with Kate Gerwin

Quick Bites: A Conversation with Kate Gerwin
July 11, 2018

With Tales of the Cocktail 2018 right around the corner, on today’s podcast,  we'll meet one of the most inspirational cocktailians I've ever encountered  at Tales -- that's Kate Gerwin. Kate was the first American and first female  Bols Around The World bartending champion. She and I discussed her  illustrious career owning and operating award-winning establishments, as  well as her journey to become a mentor to female bartenders. Read More »

World Cup of Liquors

World Cup of Liquors
July 7, 2018

Every four years, World Cup fans join together in the spirit of international competition. On this week's show, we raise a glass to intercontinental camaraderie by tasting five exotic spirits produced across the globe.  We begin our celebration the way they do in China, with a baijiu toast. American expat Derek Sandhaus introduces us to this ancient Chinese liquor, which has recently gained popularity in the West. Then we'll hear about a popular... Read More »

Quick Bites:  George Graham

Quick Bites: George Graham
July 4, 2018

From the cities to the swamps, Louisiana’s Cajun Country is known for its food, culture, and joie de vivre. Author and blogger George Graham calls Acadiana home, and has made it his mission to preserve and promote Cajun and Creole culture through stories and recipes. He blogs about his food adventures weekly on AcadianaTable.com and is author of the book Acadiana Table: Cajun and Creole Home Cooking from the Heart of Louisiana.   In this... Read More »

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