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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:  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 »

Louisiana Eats:  A Natchez Sojourn

Louisiana Eats: A Natchez Sojourn
March 17, 2017

On this week's show, we're celebrating the tricentennial of Natchez, Mississippi. We'll visit our neighbors across the river and learn how residents are combining history and innovation to make Natchez a singular destination.   Founded in 1716, the river city is home to an impressive array of antebellum mansions and national landmarks. We settle in at one of these estates, the Dunleith Historic Inn, where we’re greeted by historian Terry Trovato, who gives... Read More »

Cravings Addiction And Recovery In Bars and Restaurants

Cravings Addiction And Recovery In Bars and Restaurants
March 11, 2017

Since we began broadcasting Louisiana Eats! over five years ago, we've noticed a recurring theme when speaking with chefs, bartenders and restaurant owners about a certain aspect of the hospitality and service industry culture. From the front of the house to the back, across Louisiana and the entire country, there is a substance abuse problem in bars and restaurants. On this week's episode, we speak with Will Arendell, a renowned substance... Read More »

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 »

Breaking The Bonds Of Silence:  Louisiana Eats Tours The Whitney Slavery Museum

Breaking The Bonds Of Silence: Louisiana Eats Tours The Whitney Slavery Museum
February 4, 2017

In this special edition of Louisiana Eats, we celebrate the 151st anniversary of Juneteenth — the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. We take a trip to the Whitney Plantation, the only plantation museum in America that focuses entirely on slavery. The vision for the museum originated with attorney and developer John Cummings, who invested 10 million of his own dollars to help educate the public... 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 »

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