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Louisiana Eats: Any Way You Slice It

Dario Cecchini

  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.

Dario and his wife, Kim, join us in the studio to talk about their life and work in Panzano, a little village in Italy's Chianti region. Then, we hear from Richard Brennan III about his extraordinary apprenticeship.


Next, we revisit our 2015 trip to Paris, when Paris By Mouth’s Jennifer Greco introduced us to a charming charcuterie in the Marais called Caractère de Cochon, a play on words that means “pigheaded.” 


Then, we meet a local knife enthusiast, Jackie Blanchard. Jackie and her partner Brandt Cox specialize in rare, hand-forged Japanese knives at their Riverbend shop, Coutelier.  


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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.