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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!
 
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If you've ever had a New Orleans Po-Boy then you know it's all about the bread... Real New Orleans French bread is something you can't just get anywhere, or at least that's what we thought. We decided it was time to get down to the dough of it and see what is happening with bread in New Orleans We begin the show with Graison Gill, pre-pandemic his …
 
On this week’s episode, we take a deep dive into the cuisine and culture of Asia, with an emphasis on China. We begin with Karen Christensen, founder of Berkshire Publishing who has pursued her interest in Asia through the amazing books she’s compiled. Karen shares her thoughts and experiences on all things culinary from East Asia to Afghanistan. K…
 
Over the past 30 years, Chef Kim Kringlie’s restaurant, the Dakota, has become a mainstay of Northshore fine dining. Along the way, he’s been recognized as culinary artist of the year by the St. Tammany Arts Commission and named one of New Orleans’ top 25 chefs by the American Culinary Federation. You may be surprised to learn that Chef Kim hails f…
 
People in Louisiana are renowned for food, from top restaurants to tailgate cooking. But no culinary magic is required for the most important meals we ever put on a plate: the ones we serve to others in need. Once again many people in Louisiana have been thrust into that position by Hurricane Laura.By Ian McNulty
 
On August 29th, 2005 Hurricane Katrina and the resulting levee failures changed everything for many Louisiana residents. This week, we hear stories about the hurricane's aftermath from individuals within the city's food industry. We discover the countless obstacles faced by Vance Vaucresson before the storm and after, as he labored to reopen his mu…
 
Food isn’t the first thing that comes to mind on Hurricane Katrina anniversaries. And yet, for me, the story of how New Orleans people fought their way back after Katrina is entwined with tales of our food. These are sense memories, anchored somewhere latent and deep, involuntarily evoked now by everyday life in this city.…
 
Food is an inspirational muse for artists of all disciplines. On this week's show, we explore the many intersections of food and art from the visual to the written word. We begin with muralist Zac Maras who recently turned the exterior of Toups Meatery on North Carrollton in New Orleans into a riotous celebration of Louisiana foods. The story behin…
 
There’s no getting around it – August is HOT down here in Louisiana, so we thought a virtual vacation in Scandinavia just might provide a little chill. We begin with chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. His Scandinavian connection is that although Ethiopian born – he was raised by adoptive parents in Sweden, giving him an unusual world view. Th…
 
Just south of highway 190 in Mandeville and only about 45 minutes from downtown New Orleans on Girod St lies Duman Artisan Kitchen a husband and wife collaboration that is producing some extraordinary fare in a beautiful setting. Influenced by Turkish, Italian, Israeli and American cooking Ozgur and Bulent Duman have cultivated an eclectic menu the…
 
Chickens and their eggs play essential roles in our global cuisine. A part of human life since before recorded history, the chicken has also left its mark on our civilization as a cultural icon. On this week’s show, we explore the world of our fine, feathered, fowl-est friends—and learn why their eggs are everything they're cracked up to be. We beg…
 
The menu at Brigtsen’s Restaurant has always told stories. Between the brown butter, bright remoulade and smoky gumbo you can read the heritage of Louisiana food, the evolution of the modern New Orleans restaurant and friendships reaching back generations. Right now, the menu at Brigtsen‘s also tells a story of our times, all packed for takeout.…
 
On this week's show, we’ve got your full pandemic market report. We begin with Darlene Wolnik, training and technical assistance director for the national Farmers Market Coalition. She gives us an overview of how farmers markets across the country are coping with the changing landscape of Covid-19. Then, we’ll share the wonder of a totally touchles…
 
On this week’s show, we gather together some of the best of the cookbook world for some vicarious travel. We begin with culinary superstar Sean Brock. In his bestselling cookbook, “South,” the award-winning chef breaks down the essential elements of Southern cuisine, from corn bread to shrimp and grits, highlighting regional differences in certain …
 
Until 2020, to every bartender, bar owner, distiller and cocktailian, the third week of July meant Tales of the Cocktail — the annual, international gathering that has dominated the beverage industry scene for the past 16 years. This year's Tales, planned as a virtual, online event, has been postponed until late September. But don’t worry. This wee…
 
On this week's show, we meet fathers and sons who are working together to make business work across generations. We begin with Baumer Foods, the third-generation company that makes Crystal Hot Sauce. Al Jr. and his son "Pepper" explain how in their family business, there are no shortcuts to the top. Then, we visit father-son duo Carlos and Will Ave…
 
Café Porche & Snowbar is a small, low key Central City spot with good Creole flavors and a modern feel. People come for breakfast meetings, roll in for brunch or head over from the CBD for lunch. Kids stop by after school for snowballs from a stand built like a pint-sized fairy cottage trimmed in gingerbread and stocked with nectar.…
 
On this week's show, we're celebrating the 4th of July holiday by savoring the remarkable diversity that shapes America's food culture. We begin with Gabrielle Langholtz, author of "America: The Cookbook." Gabrielle’s encyclopedic tome explores our nation’s identity through the immigrant stories and recipes that created American food as we know it.…
 
As in cities worldwide, the streets of New Orleans have come alive this spring with protests, marches, and rallies for racial justice. The Crescent City has long been a hotbed for activism and played an important role in civil rights era organizing that helped put an end to Jim Crow. This week, we take a look at the legacy of the segregated South t…
 
You’ve had BBQ shrimp six ways to Sunday. How about BBQ crawfish? Served over grits, buttery, boldly spicy, just a bit sweet, it's a signature flavor at Backatown Coffee Parlour. It’s also part of an effort to sustain a singular black-owned community space through the coronavirus crisis so that it can return to its original purpose, one badly in ne…
 
It’s officially summertime here in South Louisiana, and that means long days of sunshine and humidity. What better way to beat the heat than with some ice cream? On North Columbia Street in Covington’s historic St. John District, Hoodoo Ice Cream has been offering a variety of locally sourced homemade flavors since 2018. Co-owners Billy Sussky and …
 
What does it take to make a name for yourself in the restaurant business? You need nerves of steel, the heart of a hero, and maybe you have to be a little bit crazy. This week we’re visiting with chefs and restauranteurs who are legends in the business. We begin with Northshore legend, Pat Gallagher. Pat has been a major player in the industry ther…
 
This week, Louisiana Eats celebrates Juneteenth—the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. We revisit our 2016 trip to the Whitney Plantation, the only plantation museum in Louisiana that focuses entirely on the lives of enslaved people. The vision for the museum originated with attorney and developer John Cummings, who inve…
 
In this time of coronavirus it might be hard to believe that any restauranteur could be expanding their business instead of contracting it. But that is precisely what Chef Pat Gallagher is doing. Gallagher’s 527 Restaurant & Bar in Mandeville, Gallagher’s Grill in Covington and Gallagher’s on Front Street have been Northshore favorites for years. P…
 
On this week's show, we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of our show's debut! We've dug through our archives for some of our favorite moments over the past decade, with an emphasis on Louisiana culture and cuisine. The first episode of Louisiana Eats broadcast on June 9, 2010. That year also marked the 125th anniversary of New Orleans’ streetcar…
 
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