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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!

And The James Beard Award Goes Too...

And The James Beard Award Goes Too...
April 21, 2018

The James Beard Awards honor the best of the best in the American culinary world. With this year's awards gala right around the corner, join us this week for a chat with several James Beard Award nominees and winners.   We begin with 2017's Rising Chef of the Year, Zachary Engel. Zach made a name for himself at the renowned Israeli restaurant, Shaya, and since receiving his James Beard Award, he has reunited with... Read More »

Toasting The Tricentennial

Toasting The Tricentennial
April 14, 2018

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the city of New Orleans. On this week's show, we toast the Crescent City with local culture bearers and historians. We begin with David Blossman, president of the Abita Brewing Company. David shares with us Abita’s latest creation—a tricentennial tribute ale that’s cause for celebration. Then, we join a team of archeologists who are digging deep to learn more about the city’s history. As part of... Read More »

Le Grand Hoorah On The Cajun Prairie

Le Grand Hoorah On The Cajun Prairie
April 7, 2018

Louisiana Eats is on the road again, this time to Evangeline Parish, where residents show pride for their French, Cajun, and Creole heritage through their food, music, and traditions. On this week's show, we participate in the annual Le Grand Hoorah celebration, while hitting many iconic spots along the Cajun Prairie. We begin in downtown Mamou, where our gracious host Valerie Cahill gives us a grand welcome at the historic Hotel Cazan. Then, we grab... Read More »

Springtime For Louisiana Food Lovers

Springtime For Louisiana Food Lovers
March 31, 2018

It's springtime in the Bayou State! On this week's show, we're following the Easter Bunny to Ponchatoula, Louisiana for a tour of the Elmer Candy factory. With a heritage that reaches back to 1855, Elmer Candy is not only the oldest candy maker in Louisiana, but one of the oldest in the nation.    For a completely different take on Louisiana chocolate-making, we tour the workshop at Acalli Chocolate. Carol Morse premiered her chocolate bars at... Read More »

The Brennan's Legacy

The Brennan's Legacy
March 24, 2018

  Boasting its iconic pink façade in the French Quarter, Brennan’s Restaurant has been a New Orleans landmark since 1946.  On this week's show, we celebrate the venerable establishment, beginning with a conversation with co-owner Ralph Brennan.   Ralph Brennan had five restaurants in his portfolio when he learned the flagship Royal Street Brennan's was in danger of passing outside of the family. Ralph tells the inside story of the steps he took to ensure that... Read More »

Hog Wild

Hog Wild
March 17, 2018

Hogs for the Cause has all of the ingredients for a spectacular spring festival: live music, libations, and prize-winning barbecue. But Hogs is so much more than that. It's one of the top fundraisers for families battling pediatric brain cancer. On this week's Louisiana Eats, we sit down with co-founder Becker Hall to hear the story of how this worthwhile – now legendary – event came to be, and their plans for... Read More »

Stories From The Back Of The House

Stories From The Back Of The House
March 10, 2018

Behind every great restaurant is a great chef. But that chef would be nothing without the scores of people in the front and the back of the house who turn a meal into a memorable experience. On this week's show, we get to know two unsung heroes of hospitality in New Orleans. We begin with the remarkable story of Chef Serigne Mbaye, a 24-year-old Senior Line Cook at Commander's Palace. Though he was... Read More »

Food Network Binge

Food Network Binge
March 3, 2018

When the Food Network launched in 1993, the pastime of binge-watching cooking shows didn’t exist, and chefs weren't celebrities. Today, with shows like Chopped and Iron Chef America airing on primetime, the role of the Food Network has transformed.   On this week's show, we speak with one of the network’s first stars, David Rosengarten. Since he was "discovered" by the Food Network many years ago, David has enjoyed a remarkable career enlightening America about food.    Then, we speak with... Read More »

Heroes, Villains, and Hamentaschen: Louisiana Eats Celebrates Purim

Heroes, Villains, and Hamentaschen: Louisiana Eats Celebrates Purim
February 24, 2018

Another Carnival season is behind us, but the Jewish festival of Purim is right around the corner.  First, we learn all about Purim with the help of Benay Bernstein. She provides an introduction to this joyful day – one unlike any other on the Jewish calendar. To continue, author Joan Nathan shares her knowledge of global Jewish foodways. As she tells us, the Jewish diaspora even reached the Mississippi River -- to Louisiana’s early... Read More »

Nourishing Change

Nourishing Change
February 17, 2018

The South has a rich and varied food history, but too often it's reduced to stereotype. On this week's show, we explore the influence of the South on America’s culinary identity, and the central role African-American and immigrant cooks played in its formation.    We speak with John T. Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South. John T., who serves as director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, describes the... Read More »

Beans About Mardi Gras

Beans About Mardi Gras
February 10, 2018

It's Carnival time in Louisiana! This week, we join revelers near and far for the biggest free party on earth. We begin with Devin De Wulf, founder of the Krewe of Red Beans. Devin gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how the krewe puts together their intricate bean suits to roll on Lundi Gras Day. The party continues as we meet some of New Orleans' "unofficial ambassadors." Producers Joe Shriner and Sarah Holtz hit... Read More »

Mindfulness and Medicine

Mindfulness and Medicine
February 3, 2018

This week, we learn the health benefits of paying closer attention to what we consume and our emotional well-being. We begin with Dr. Ronald D. Siegel, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. A long-time student of mindfulness meditation, he explains the psychology of happiness, and why humans use food and drink as a pathway to achieve it. Dr. John J. Hutchings is a doctor of both psychiatry and gastroenterology in the New Orleans... Read More »

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