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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 who are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future with inspiration and innovation. Let's eat!

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 who are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future with inspiration and innovation. Let's eat!
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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 who are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future with inspiration and innovation. Let's eat!

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Growing Culinary Empires

1/18/2020
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On this week’s show, we learn the ins and outs of building a culinary empire from restaurant vanguards in Louisiana and beyond. We begin with self-styled lapsed anarchist Ari Weinzweig, who built a business empire called Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, Michigan—beginning in 1982 with just one deli. Rather than open up a franchise, Ari and his business partner opted to develop new, independent companies rooted within their little college town. Next, we catch up with Jennifer Weishaupt,...

Duration:00:51:00

Five Generations

1/11/2020
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On this week’s show, we look at family businesses that have been finding success through five generations. We begin with Swiss Confectionery, a New Orleans bakeshop that’s been in operation for almost a century. Their custom-made delicacies are fixtures at New Orleans weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations. Then, we meet Master Cooper Ger Buckley of Jameson Whiskey. He builds and maintains wooden whiskey barrels using age-old techniques passed down from a lineage of coopers before...

Duration:00:49:59

Time Traveling At The HNOC

1/4/2020
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On this week’s show, we visit the Historic New Orleans Collection’s new expansion at 520 Royal Street, the first to house the city’s only continuing exhibit about our most famous neighborhood, the French Quarter. John Lawrence, Director of Museum Programs at the HNOC shows us the renovated Seignouret-Brulatour House and galleries, which paint a portrait of the Vieux Carré, framed by topics like transportation, communications, and commerce. Then, we meet the legendary Louisiana director...

Duration:00:50:30

2019 - The Loves & The Losses

12/28/2019
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As 2019 comes to an end, we take a look back at some memorable Louisiana Eats highlights from the past year. We begin by remembering our favorite New Orleans cookbook nook, Kitchen Witch, which sadly closed earlier this year after 20 years in business. Like so many independent bookstores, this local gem was squeezed from multiple directions, including online retail and technology. Then we have a toast to Bayou Teche Brewing, which has been brewing up Louisiana magic in the little town of...

Duration:00:49:59

High Proof Holiday Spirits

12/21/2019
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It’s the holiday season, which means that spirits are high – high proof that is! On this week’s show, we’re throwing a holiday party with some cocktail professionals! Is there a bottle of jenever in your bar at home? Unless you’re from the Netherlands – that might not be the case. Gin and jenever expert Philip Duff joins us to explain the difference between these two distinct spirits and tells us about his intoxicating career. Then, Few Spirits founder Paul Hletko takes us back to the...

Duration:00:50:29

Ain't Dere No More

12/14/2019
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On this week's show, we look back on bygone New Orleans businesses that "ain't dere no more," but continue to hold a place in the city’s collective heart. We begin with Bryan Batt and Katy Danos, authors of Pontchartrain Beach: A Family Affair. Founded by Bryan’s grandfather Harry Batt in 1928, the amusement park was a summer destination for 55 years. Then, we learn about Schwegmann Brothers’ Giant Super Market and the grocer who revolutionized the way New Orleanians make groceries. David...

Duration:00:51:00

Channel Surfing Safari

12/7/2019
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On this week's show, we meet food television stars from the newest to the medium's most seasoned. We begin by checking in with one of our favorite home grown celebs—Chef Isaac Toups. After several years in front of the camera, he and his wife Amanda have seen food TV as both a boon for their business and an exploitative behemoth. We join them to discuss how they have been taming that beast, and get the scoop on Amanda's first foray into television. Then, we speak with chef and TV...

Duration:00:51:00

Tasty Memoirs

11/30/2019
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The great food writer M.F.K. Fisher once said that writing about food is writing about love. On this week's show, we explore culinary memoirs that reveal how our heart strings are connected to our taste buds. We begin with award-winning writer Ann Hood. Her writings explore the human condition, frequently drawing upon her own life experiences, including her journey with grief following a terrible family tragedy. While none of her previously published eight books fall into the food genre,...

Duration:00:51:00

Remembering Chef Carl Schaubhut

11/24/2019
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On this week's show, we remember New Orleans culinary dynamo Carl Schaubhut, whose life was cut tragically short on September 9, 2019 at the age of 37 following a five-year battle with cancer. We begin by revisiting our 2017 conversation with Carl, where he tells us about his electrifying career that included opening two critically acclaimed restaurants DTB in New Orleans and Bacobar in Covington. After his cancer diagnosis in 2014, Carl remained active both in the kitchen and as a...

Duration:00:49:59

Culinary Historians

11/16/2019
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The origins of food and spirits are usually not well known and can sometimes be hard to track down. After all, how do you figure out where something that’s been around for centuries originated? On this week’s show we’ll speak with several culinary historians about the history of some fabulous foods, and some spirits too. We begin with author and historical gastronomist Sarah Lohman. Her book, 8 Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine recognizes the relationship between the eight...

Duration:00:51:00

Cooking Up Some Science, With An Educational Side

11/9/2019
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Is a career in food the right choice for you? On this week’s show, we’re exploring culinary careers from all angles. We begin by looking at two educational food programs in New Orleans. First, we’ll meet members of the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute’s first graduating class along with their instructor, Chef Alison Vines-Rushing. NOCHI offers a fast track into professional kitchens, awarding a professional degree in just 100 days. Then, we’ll explore food science careers...

Duration:00:49:59

SoFab, So good

11/2/2019
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Since 2015, Louisiana Eats has called the Southern Food and Beverage Museum home. Now in its eleventh year, SoFAB showcases culinary highlights of 15 Southern states and Washington D.C. It's more than just a museum, though. It’s also an active part of New Orleans' food and beverage world, with a state-of-the-art kitchen where cooking classes are regularly held and budding entrepreneurs try their hand at launching new food businesses. On this week's show, we introduce you to SoFAB's new...

Duration:00:49:59

Eat, Drink & Be Scary

10/26/2019
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There's a little something spooky in the air because it’s that time of year again! On this year’s special Halloween edition of Louisiana Eats, we’re getting up close and personal with some ghostly friends and the places they haunt. We begin with a visit with our resident medium, Debbie Duvall who recently put host Poppy Tooker in touch with Tujague’s famous cross-dressing ghost, ⁠Julian Eltinge—but not after giving her the fright of her life! Then, we’ll learn about one Mid City...

Duration:00:51:00

Eat It To Eradicate It

10/19/2019
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On this week’s show, we explore the intersections between hunting, gathering, fishing, and our changing environment. We begin at the Best of Bycatch dinner at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, where a highly invasive fish is on the menu: the Asian Carp. Then, we travel to the island of Kauai and meet James Sarme, a fisherman who casts about the traditional Hawaiian way. Next, we attend a wild boar cook-off in Violet, Louisiana, where we speak with young hunter Meagan Dragon. Meagan...

Duration:00:51:00

Viva Cuba!

10/13/2019
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Cuba and New Orleans are tied together in many ways, from our Creole flavors to our laid back attitude – but maybe most of all, in our music. Later in this episode we’ll meet veteran travel agent Alina Fernández. She's a Cuba native and president of Cuba Travel New Orleans, a company that specializes in organizing legal trips to Cuba. She helps explain the new travel restrictions and tells us about the trip she's organized for the Havana Jazz Festival in January 2020 (cubaneworleans.com)...

Duration:00:51:00

What's The Buzz? - Louisiana Eats - It's New Orleans

10/5/2019
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The humble little honey bee is one of the most important players in our ecosystem. On this week's show, we circle the globe in pursuit of a honey of a tale. We begin right here in our own backyard at the Audubon Zoo. While more exotic creatures may be what draw the crowds, both native and European honey bees can be found bumbling around the zoo's grounds. Curator Dominique Fleitas gives us a tour of the Pollinator Garden and shows us the hives she helps maintain in the Louisiana Swamp...

Duration:00:49:55

Tammany Taste Quick Bite: David Blossman - Louisiana Eats - It's New Orleans

10/1/2019
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David Blossman is a man ahead of his time. Long before it was legal for him to drink, David was experimenting with home brewing, making small batches of beer as a hobby. At 17 years old, he invested his teenage savings into what would become the Abita Brewing Company. Over 30 years later, he's now the president.

Duration:00:34:06

To Ignatious With Love: A Culinary Tribute To: A Confederacy Of Dunces - Louisiana Eats - It's New Orleans

9/28/2019
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John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces is internationally revered for having captured the essence and eccentricity of New Orleans - and for introducing readers to its larger-than-life protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly. On this week's show, we take a culinary look between the pages of the book that, 37 years ago, was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. We begin with Spud McConnell, well known for his portrayal of Ignatius on stage.

Duration:00:39:19

Flavors Of The African Diaspora - Louisiana Eats - It's New Orleans

9/21/2019
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On this week's show, we speak with three James Beard Award-winners to explore the history and culture of African American cooking and learn how African flavors are inspiring new dishes today. We begin with soul food scholar Adrian Miller, who describes his book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, as love-letter to African-American cooks. Since it was first published in 2013, the book has gone on to receive numerous accolades and was awarded a James Beard for...

Duration:00:49:55

Keto, Carbs & Cocktails - Louisiana Eats - It's New Orleans

9/14/2019
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Whether your dietary concerns are based on weight loss, muscle gain, or heart health, there's so much information and professional advice out there that it's hard to know who to believe or what to eat. On this week's show, we hear from the experts on everything from the current diet du jour, keto, to omega-3 supplements. Internal medicine physician Mignonne Mary of the Remedy Room explains why she has been teaching keto since she first began her practice, and why she believes...

Duration:00:49:55