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Louisiana Eats: Hot Ham And Cold Beer

Whether it “ain’t der no more” or it’s a holiday tradition, iconic brands have a particular staying power over New Orleanians. We love the foods and flavors of nostalgia. On this week’s show, we look back at some favorite brands of the past, and celebrate others that are still thriving!

For over 100 years, Chisesi Brothers’ southern-style smoked meat products have been staples in homes, grocery stores and restaurants throughout New Orleans. Fourth- and fifth-generation owners give us a tour of their company and fill us in on the remarkable story of Chisesi Brothers Meats.. 

Host Poppy Tooker With Ben Hales Of Dixie Beer
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Louisiana Eats
Host Poppy Tooker With Ben Hales Of Dixie Beer


Do you remember Dixie Beer? Thanks to the Benson family of Saints football fame, the classic New Orleans beer is back. We sit down with Ben Hales at Saints headquarters to learn more about what Dixie signified in the past and what it means today.


Next, we dig into the Monday red beans tradition with Vince Hayward of Camellia Beans.  He gives us a tour of Camellia’s new exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and offers us a unique perspective on his family business.


Finally, we learn about Schwegmann Brothers’ Giant Super Market and the grocer who revolutionized the way New Orleanians make groceries. David Cappello

  discusses his biography of John G. Schwegmann, a complex figure whose influence extended far beyond the checkout aisle.


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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.