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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!

Louisiana Eats Poppy Tooker

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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!

    Festing In Place, Louisiana Eats Style

    Festing In Place, Louisiana Eats Style

    It's full on festival time in the state that knows how to fest better than most – except once again, due to pandemic restrictions, there are no fests right now. Though with vaccines widely available, and the recent easing of Covid-19 rules, a future with safe public gatherings suddenly doesn’t seem so implausible. Inspired by WWOZ and local restaurants whipping up everything from cheesy crawfish bread to high-proof strawberry lemonade, on this week's show, we look back at some of our favorite festival experiences as we gaze hopefully into the future.
    We begin by meeting dozens of talented chefs at the Blackpot Festival & Cookoff, held annually in Lafayette. This gathering of musicians and cooks draws in more and more attendees each year with its come-one, come-all hospitality and generosity of spirit.
    Then, we participate in "The Slowest Second Line on Earth" at Brennan's in the French Quarter, where we meet ten terrific turtles and a rapping judge.
    Next, we join students, parents, teachers, and neighbors gathered for Edible Schoolyard's Sweet Potato Fest. We visit the garden at Arthur Ashe Charter School in Gentilly to help harvest crops and celebrate all things sweet potato.

    Finally, we travel to Greenville, Mississippi for the annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival.

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

    Louisiana Eats: Asian Foodways In America

    Louisiana Eats: Asian Foodways In America

    Children's picture books often contain stories that grown ups can benefit from too. That's certainly true of Andrea Wang's new picture book, Watercress, an autobiographical tale of a child of immigrants discovering and connecting with her heritage. With illustrations by Jason Chin, Watercress takes taste memories to new highs and lows as Andrea recalls a moment in her childhood when her family foraged for the perennial plant on the roadsides of her rural Ohio home.

    Andrea and Jason join Louisiana Eats for a conversation about the heart-rending book before we speak with New Orleanian Christina Quackenbush of the Filipino food pop up Milkfish. Christina was born in the Philippines and raised in Indiana farm country before finding a career in food. She tells us about her contribution to The New Filipino Kitchen, a collection of 30 recipes and stories from chefs and home cooks of the Filipino diaspora.

    Next, we speak with cooking teacher and author, Hsiao-Ching Chou. Her book, Chinese Soul Food, offers recipes for beloved Chinese restaurant dishes – like pork spare ribs and chili wontons – which she demystifies using ingredients you're likely to already have in your pantry.

    Finally, we join Chef Michael Gulotta in the kitchen of his New Orleans Market District restaurant Maypop. Michael explains how he's bending the rules and blurring the lines on where Southeast Asia ends and South Louisiana begins.

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

    Louisiana Eats: A Taste Of The State

    Louisiana Eats: A Taste Of The State

    From beignets to poor boys, gumbo to jambalaya, and crawfish to boudin, Louisiana’s cuisine is as eclectic as it is delectable. On this week’s show, we explore our state’s rich food culture, based on centuries of Creole and Cajun traditions.

    We begin with New Orleans native and Southern Food & Beverage Museum founder Liz Williams. She spent many years researching her award-winning book New Orleans: A Food Biography, which would go on to be selected for the One Book One New Orleans program during the city’s tricentennial year. Liz explores the roles history, geography, and economics played in shaping the Crescent City’s distinct culinary identity.

    Then, we take a close up look at Louisiana’s most emblematic foods with author Maggie Heyn Richardson, author of Hungry for Louisiana. Maggie tells us about red boudin and why it's in danger of disappearing from our state.

    Finally, we stir our appetite for roux, rice, and gumbo with The Essential Louisiana Cookbook author Stanley Dry.

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

    Louisiana Eats Tammany Taste Quick Bite: Rieger's On The Trace

    Louisiana Eats Tammany Taste Quick Bite: Rieger's On The Trace

    One of the hidden gems of St. Tammany Parish is the Tammany Trace.
    Originally a well travelled corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad,
    today the Trace travels 31 miles through five Northshore communities –
    accessible only by bike or on foot. The official trailhead is located on
    Koop Drive where Sarah and Billy Rieger are waiting to welcome you.
    Breakfast, lunch, afternoon ice cream cones and more – it’s the perfect way
    to begin or end your Tammany Trace adventure.

    It may amaze to learn that the Rieger’s culinary adventures all began on a
    food truck in Canada!

    Louisiana Eats: Taste Memories From The Marigny

    Louisiana Eats: Taste Memories From The Marigny

    On this week's show, we meet some folks who have moved on to new adventures in their lives. We begin with Chef Steve Himelfarb and his wife Becky Retz. In the summer of 2020, they closed their beloved bakery, the Cake Café, after 13 years of business. But this isn't the first major life change for them. Long before there was a Cake Café, Steve worked solely as a music engineer and producer – doing Grammy-nominated work with artists like Buckwheat Zydeco and Beausoleil. We hear about his career in music and food and learn about the new Cake Café Cookbook.

    Next, we catch up with Chef Corbin Evan, formerly of Lulu's in Exchange Alley and Lulu’s in the Garden in New Orleans. Today, he owns and operates Oxford Canteen, a highly-acclaimed restaurant in Oxford, Mississippi.

    Finally, guitarist Pete Murano of Trombone Shorty’s longtime band Orleans Avenue joins us to explain what he has been up to since the pandemic took him and the band off of the road. Suffice it to say that Pete has become one of Instagram's newest cooking stars!

    Louisiana Eats: Give Peas A Chance

    Louisiana Eats: Give Peas A Chance

    On this week's show, we meet farmers, distillers, and plant breeders who are pioneers in their fields – and celebrate peas on earth. We begin with Ben Branson, founder of Seedlip – a distillery that produces non-alcoholic spirits using peas grown on his 300-year-old family farm in Northern England.

    Then, we learn about plant breeder Dr. Calvin Lamborn, known as the Father of the Sugar Snap Pea. We speak with his son, Rod Lamborn, who is working hard to preserve his late father’s legacy.

    We also meet distiller Jeff Quint, whose family tree can be traced back nine generations to the Mosel River Valley in Germany. He now uses his vast stores of corn to produce award-winning bourbons in Swisher, Iowa.

    Finally, we hear about a very happy marriage between dairy farming and distilling. Paul Archie explains how he and his farmer friend Jason Barber were inspired to experiment with cow's milk to make a totally unexpected beverage – a whey-based vodka. They call it Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

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Inside the food industry

Love Louisiana? Love to eat? This show gives you history, interviews and a beyond Bourbon street view of the area and what’s cooking

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

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Happy New Years Poppy!

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