Poppy Tooker

Host of Louisiana Eats!

Poppy is the host and executive producer of the weekly show, Louisiana Eats! Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table.

Poppy provides weekly restaurant commentary on, “Steppin’ Out” (WYES TV). Her book, The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook received a Tabasco cookbook award and was named “Cookbook of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine.She was recognized by the Times-Picayune as a “Hero of the Storm” for her work reviving New Orleans restaurants and food providers following Hurricane Katrina. The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Poppy’s rebuilding efforts at their annual conference in April 2008, with their first ever, Community Service Award.

For over 25 years, Poppy’s cooking classes have centered on history and tradition as well as the food science behind her preparation.

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Orlando Vega At Congreso Cubano booth w/ yucca fries & chimichurri.
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2019 marks a huge milestone for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival… 50 years! Yet, there is another benchmark being met this year. The Food Heritage Stage, which was conceived 20 years after the first Jazzfest, is turning 30. This week on Louisiana Eats, we’ll explore the Food Heritage Stage through the lens of chefs that have presented over the years, along with the people that helped pull it all together.

Karlos Knott of Bayou Teche Brewery with host Poppy Tooker
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Something’s brewing on Louisiana Eats! On this week’s show we’re taking a look at our local craft beer industry.

We begin with Bayou Teche brewery owner Karlos Knott.  Considering they are celebrating their 10th year in operation, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit with Karlos to see what’s been brewing in Arnaudville and get a glimpse of what the future holds.

Poppy Visits the Remedy Room
Joe Shriner

Spring festival season is upon us, so on this week’s Louisiana Eats we’re going to get you ready to be the host—or hostess—with the mostess!

Hans and Ragnar Karlsson, former and current owner of the Trolley Stop Cafe  in New Orleans. The family restaurant was featured in the season premiere of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back."
Photo courtesy of Ragnar Karlsson

Reality food TV may be a boon for networks, but what happens to local chefs and restaurants after the cameras stop rolling? On this week's Louisiana Eats, we talk to people who have participated in food TV in its various forms, with varying results.

On this week's show, we take a close look at superstar chefs to learn what it takes to reach the top.

We begin with Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace. Through determination and dedication to his craft, Tory has secured his place in the Commander’s Palace family, as well as the restaurant’s chef legacy. Tory discusses his career and relationship with the late Chef Jamie Shannon.

It’s Carnival time on Louisiana Eats! On this week’s show, we take to the streets with a distinctive krewe of food lovers.

We begin with author and songwriter Johnette Downing, who’s also known as “the pied piper of Louisiana music traditions.” Johnette shares her latest album, Swamp Romp, which, among other things, seeks to answer the eternal question, Who put the baby in the king cake?

On this week’s show, we look at New Orleans history through the lens of the city’s material culture. 

We begin at the Historic New Orleans Collection, which has played host to an annual gathering of antiques experts, collectors, and aficionados  for over a decade. We speak to Philippe Halbert, who presented original research at the Antiques Forum centered on the material culture of the French Atlantic world. 

Americans waste more than 373 Million pounds of food each day. That’s a pound per person. On this week’s show, we’re talking trash — in a productive way, of course! We meet a few individuals who are working to tackle the widespread problem of food and water waste.

On this week’s show, we delve into the wonderful world of cookbooks. We begin with Chef Isaac Toups, who collaborated with acclaimed food writer Jennifer Cole on his debut cookbook, Chasing the Gator. The book pulls back the curtain on the new guard of Cajun cooking. Visit our website to hear a full-length Quick Bites podcast with Isaac, which includes a cracklins tasting and a round of Cajun games.

The legendary Ella Brennan in the kitchen with Emeril Lagasse
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On this week’s show, we look back on the lives of some extraordinary people we lost in 2018. We begin by revisiting our 2011 conversation with the late, great Anthony Bourdain. We had the opportunity to speak with Anthony after he was hired as a scriptwriter for the HBO series, Treme. Seven years later, we were absolutely devastated when we heard of Anthony’s suicide and remembered that long ago conversation.

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