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!

Becky Wasden, Barrie Schwartz and Host Poppy Tooker
Reggie Morris / Louisiana Eats

Louisiana Eats! is all about the biz, the Food business that is.  On this week’s show we talk with hospitality entrepreneurs about how they got their businesses off the ground. 

Karlos Knott of Bayou Teche Brewery with host Poppy Tooker
Reggie Morris / Louisiana Eats

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?

Louisiana Eats: Culinary Couples

Feb 9, 2019

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we’re in the mood for love on this week’s episode! In this hour, we meet two culinary couples who are making a mark on the New Orleans restaurant scene. 

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.

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