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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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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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    Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on businesses of all stripes, none more than the hospitality industry. In that struggling sector, there is one category seemingly without hope – the New Orleans neighborhood bar. These watering holes, where for generations people have gathered to celebrate and mourn, are on the brink of extinction. Since the initial shutdown in March, most Orleans Parish bars were only allowed to operate for a brief and very confusing time between June 13th and midnight on July 12th.

    Trying to comply with the ever-changing regulations, some have pivoted to conditional restaurant licenses, but many others don’t have the kitchen space or ability to serve food. These bar owners are left in a cruel sort of limbo. While all across the state to-go drinks are being allowed and even encouraged by our state government, here – in the home of the go cup – to-go drinks are banned.

     

    This week, we tackle this topic in the hopes that listeners everywhere will understand the true plight of New Orleans’ neighborhood bars, a place essential to the very fabric of this city’s culture.

     

    We begin with retired New Orleans' firefighter, Kevin Lee, and learn why every day, he sits alone inside of his Irish Channel bar, Pete's Out in the Cold. Then, Kelder Summers Jones of Whiskey and Sticks shares the story of her Bayou Road bar and the hoops she and her husband have had to jump through to comply with rapidly changing regulations.

    Polly Watts of the Avenue Pub, one of the leading voices in this fight, reveals why recent calls with city hall have left many bar owners despondent and why even she is questioning her next move. Finally, T. Cole Newton of the Domino and Twelve Mile Limit joins us. He explains to us why the shutdown is only the most recent existential threat to neighborhood bars.

     

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    • 50 min
    Born And Bread In New Orleans

    Born And Bread In New Orleans

    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 Bellegarde bakery was milling and baking fresh bread for over 120 local restaurants and markets.  During a visit to his apple street bakery he explained to us  how his affinity for New Orleans and baking came to be.

    Then we speak with John and Jason Gendusa of the John Gendusa bakery the originators of the the Poor Boy and that famous loaf.  We even get to hear who they think bakes the best bread.  

    Finally, we get a bit of New Orleans Cultcha with the Leidenheimers.  Sandy and William Whann joined us via zoom to tell us about their famous loaf and how their bakery has survived for nearly 125 years.  

    We're buttering our bread on this week's Louisiana Eats.

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    Tastes And Tales From The East.

    Tastes And Tales From The East.

    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.

    Karen Christensen of Berkshire Publishing

    Then, Sean Chen joins us to discuss a centuries-old Chinese cookbook called the Suiyuan Shidan, or Way of Eating, written by Qing dynasty poet and gastronome Yuan Mei. Sean has just published a groundbreaking translation of the work that offers readers a window into a bygone world.

    Finally, we learn the history of Chinese restaurants in the U.S. with U.C. Irvine professor, Yong Chen. Chen’s book, Chop Suey, USA, follows the history of Chinese cuisine in America – from the first four restaurants in California during the Gold Rush to the nearly 50 thousand Chinese restaurants found across the country today.

    For more of all things Louisiana Eats, be sure to visit us at PoppyTooker.com.

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    • 50 min
    Louisiana Eats Tammany Taste Quick Bite: Chef Kim Kringlie

    Louisiana Eats Tammany Taste Quick Bite: Chef Kim Kringlie

    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 from Grand Forks,

    North Dakota where, as a 15 year old, he discovered his love for the business at a steakhouse there,

    called The Bronze Boot.

    But in Louisiana, the self described “mashed potatoes and gravy flatlander” works magic with our bountiful local seafood. If you have any doubts, you’ve never tasted his sublime crabmeat and brie soup!

    Louisiana Eats sat down with Chef Kim to hear the story of his amazing life journey.

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    Katrina - A Long Look Back

    Katrina - A Long Look Back

    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 multigenerational sausage business. We also learn the story of the former Natco Food Service facility in Uptown, as Natco proprietors Anne Babin and John Lalla dealt with vandalism, martial law, and mounds of spoiled meat before the company regained its footing. Insurance adjusters didn’t believe the century-old Domino Sugar Refinery in St. Bernard Parish could be salvaged but dedicated employees had the place up and running again in just a few weeks.

     

    But first, we revisit inspirational conversations about the gifts of Katrina from the one and only Leah Chase.

     

    For more of all things Louisiana Eats, be sure to visit us at PoppyTooker.com.

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    • 50 min
    An Artistic Feast

    An Artistic Feast

    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 behind the mural is the subject of a new
    documentary by filmmakers Jonathan Evans and Marian Gay.  Video of the mural being made can be seen on the Louisiana Eats youtube channel here:  Mural  

    Next, there's a TV soap opera star in the house! Christian Le Blanc of "The Young and the Restless" discusses his life as a visual artist and how oysters have recently inspired an entire catalog of new work.

     

    Then, legendary Louisiana storyteller Glen Pitre joins us. He reveals the role that food plays in his new historical novel, "Advice for the Wicked."

     

    Finally, New Orleans metal artist Thomas Mann, known for his "Techo-Romantic" jewelry objects, explains how he has turned favorite Louisiana foods like gumbo, shrimp, and oysters into highly sought after pieces of personal adornment.

     

    For more of all things Louisiana Eats, be sure to visit us at PoppyTooker.com.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

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Do Listen!

This is a very informative and entertaining podcast. Many insightful journeys and curious discoveries about the Crescent City. Highly recommend.

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We LOVE Ms. Poppy & her adventures in her hometown!🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

Happy New Years Poppy!

pattidonofrio ,

Love visiting Louisiana whenever I want.

I love New Orleans & Food and live in NY. Every-time I go away I try and convince my traveling companions to take one more trip back to New Orleans. It’s not a hard sell. So when I can’t be there I sit back and listen to Poppy Tooker take me to some of my favorite places and new places I can’t wait to discover on my next trip back to New Orleans. ❤️

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