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!
On this week’s show, we’re taking a tour of the iconic restaurants that have made a transformative impact on American cuisine.
We begin with acclaimed Yale history professor Paul Freedman, who explores two centuries of historical and cultural changes in his book Ten Restaurants That Changed America. Paul's list weaves together culinary and social history, from the innovators of roadside dining to the vanguards of haute cuisine.
Next, we take a visit to Antoine’s, the essential New Orleans restaurant that graces the pages of Paul’s book. Established in 1840, Antoine’s Restaurant is the longest running family operated restaurant in America. Today, CEO Rick Blount is working hard to ensure Antoine’s staying power in the 21st century restaurant landscape.
Then, we learn about another national dining treasure, Delmonico’s Restaurant, which opened in 1837. Located in New York’s Financial District, Delmonico’s is the nation’s oldest restaurant still open today. We speak with Executive Chef Billy Oliva and Marketing Director Carin Sarafian, who illuminate Delmonico’s remarkable history.
We’re time traveling through restaurant history on this week’s Louisiana Eats!