Louisiana Eats!

Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m.

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!


On this week’s show, we take a look at immigration and its impact on the American food landscape.

We begin with Rick Bayless, whose award-winning Frontera restaurants are bolstered by workers who come from immigrant backgrounds. Rick explains how many of his staff members were brought to the country as children and are now facing an uncertain future.

  On this week's show, we meet the great Dario Cecchini, a world renowned Italian butcher. Dickie Brennan invited the Cecchini family to New Orleans earlier this year to return the exceptional hospitality Dario had extended to Dickie’s son, Richard Brennan III, who served as Dario’s apprentice in Italy.

"Peas on a Plate" by Sandy Skoglund currently on display in the Louisiana Art & Science Museum's "Feast for the Eyes" exhibit.
Sandy Skoglund, Peas on a Plate, 1978. © 1978 Sandy Skoglund / Courtesy RYAN LEE Gallery, New York

This week’s show is, in a word, sensational. Join us as we delve into the many ways that our other four senses experience food.

We begin in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Their food photography exhibit, Feast for the Eyes, runs the gamut from still lifes to the avant-garde. And it’s on view at LASM through September 16.

It's July in New Orleans, which means two things: scorching temperatures and the hottest event in the spirits world — Tales of the Cocktail! On this week's show, we look at the annual summertime conference that brings the international cocktail scene to the Crescent City.

  

  On this week's show, we take a deep dive into the cuisine of our friends in the animal kingdom.

We begin at the Audubon Zoo, where zookeepers forge a nurturing connection with each animal they care for -- especially at meal time. Curators Liz Wilson and Dominique Fleitas invite us along as they make their daily rounds at the Zoo.

The World Cup
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  Every four years, World Cup fans join together in the spirit of international competition. On this week's show, we raise a glass to intercontinental camaraderie by tasting five exotic spirits produced across the globe. 

Poppy with George and Linda Meyers
Reggie Morris / Louisiana Eats

On this week's show, we're celebrating the 4th of July holiday by savoring the remarkable diversity that shapes America's food culture. 

Michel Nischan
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On this week's show, we discuss sustainable food policy with culinary revolutionaries from around the world.

While growing up, Michel Nischan spent a lot of time on his grandfather’s farm. So the thought of eating fresh food was second nature to him. Now he's focused on changing food policy on a federal level.

Happy Birthday, Louisiana Eats!
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On this week's show, we’re celebrating the 8th anniversary of our show's debut! 

Host Poppy Tooker with Phyllis Jordan of PJ's Coffee
Reggie Morris / Louisiana Eats

There's nothing like a cup of good, hot coffee. On this week's show, we look at the art of the coffee bean in our state and beyond.

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