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!
We begin with a discussion about the history of Irish immigration to the Crescent City with Tulane History Professor Laura Kelley, author of “The Irish in New Orleans.” Laura explains how Irish expatriates over the past 200 years developed a thriving community and influenced Louisiana culture in some unexpected ways.
Then, we learn about the cultural importance of the traditional Irish pub with Pauline and Stephen Patterson, Irish immigrants and owners of Finn McCool’s. Originally from Northern Ireland, Pauline and Stephen tell the story of how they resettled to New Orleans, eventually building their traditional Irish Pub from the ground up. When Finn's was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Katrina, the Pattersons' decision to reopen played an essential role in the the revitalization of the Mid-City neighborhood.
Also, Scott Gold describes his discovery and love affair with the "Full Irish," Chef Matt Murphy reminisces about St. Patrick's Day traditions in his native Ireland, and we hear about St. Patrick's Day radio pranks, weddings, and near-death experiences in local pubs.
We've got the luck of the Irish with us, on this week's Louisiana Eats!