Louisiana Eats! is a radio show for people who cook and people who love to eat well—all with a Louisiana point of view and Poppy’s distinctive Louisiana voice. In each program listeners join Poppy as she meets people who produce, cook, and eat the foods we enjoy and treasure — exploring kitchens and stores, farms and waterways where favorite foods are produced and prepared. And because Louisianans love all kinds of food, Poppy won’t limit herself to shrimp creole and hot sauce!
Chef, Bartenders & History Buffs
There’s no getting around it. If you want to be a successful chef or bartender, you have to have a consuming passion for food, drink, and hospitality. Especially in New Orleans. But what distinguishes our city from many other dining destinations is the fact that we’re one of the oldest cities in America – with three centuries of history and tales too delicious to believe. On this week’s show, we meet three foodies whose appetite for history is as keen as their love for cooking and cocktails.
A Culinary Tribute To A Confederacy Of Dunces
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. The Gonzales-born actor has become so recognized for his embodiment of the role, that the statue of the portly protagonist, which is located on a sidewalk in front of the old D.H. Holmes building on Canal Street, was modeled after him. Then, we speak with Cynthia LeJeune Nobles, who examines food as a character in the novel, compiling recipes for her gastronomical homage to Ignatius, A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook. Cynthia spent 18 months engrossed in the novel, and much like Spud, developed a personal relationship with Ignatius and his world, jelly doughnuts and all.Finally, we wash it all down with Ignatius's favorite local soft drink: Dr. Nut! Having disappeared from grocery shelves decades ago, Dr. Nut is as enigmatic as Ignatius himself. Designer Phillip Collier, author of Making New Orleans, sheds some light on the mysterious Dr. Nut and provides us with an alcoholic version that he believes closely resembles the original recipe.From there, we venture through the streets of the French Quarter to a Lucky Dog hot dog cart, which served as the setting for one of the most memorable — and gluttonous — moments in the novel. Lucky Dog's owner, Jerry Strahan, is the author of Managing Ignatius: The Lunacy of Lucky Dogs and Life in the Quarter, and he discusses his iconic business and its legendary employees.
Fortuna’s wheel is spinning upward on this week's Louisiana Eats!
Louisiana Eats: Sherds and Shipwrecks
On this week’s show, we look at New Orleans history through the lens of the city’s material culture.
We begin with Jim Bruseth and Toni Turner, who reveal a surprising turn of events that preceded the official founding of New Orleans. Evidently, if the French explorer La Salle hadn’t blundered in his attempt to form a colony here, the city would have celebrated its 300th birthday in 1988 instead of 2018.
Louisiana Eats 2020 Year In Review
Stick a fork in it! 2020 is done – well done in fact! While this has been a year filled with unparalleled trials and tribulations, there has been much to inspire, uplift, and downright laugh about! On this week's show, we hear from New Orleans activist Devin De Wulf, who inspired his Krewe of Red Beans to make a significant difference in the lives of healthcare workers who put their lives on the line this year for us all.
Remembering K-Paul's and Julia Reed
2020 has been a tumultuous year filled with loss – and the toll on our hospitality industry continues with many restaurants having to shutter their doors after decades in business. One of New Orleans' most significant losses came in July when K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen closed permanently. Chef Paul Prudhomme and his wife Kay opened the restaurant in 1979, making it into one of the most popular eating places in the city and among the most influential in the United States.
Tammany Taste Quick Bites: Robert Vazquez
Louisiana has a new Seafood King!
The Northshore’s very own, Chef Robert Vasquez of Pepe’s Sonoran Cuisine in Covington handily won the 2020 crown with his red snapper,
crawfish sofrito. On this St. Tammany Taste Quick Bite, we zoom in with Chef Robert to learn all about this year’s competition and just how the Southwestern native came to win this special Louisiana Seafood honor.