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Saber-Brandishing Bunnies and Tiny Turtles

Brennan's Sabre Brandishing Bunny

Since Ralph Brennan and Terry White reopened the venerable Brennan's Restaurant in 2014, they've initiated some new traditions, like champagne sabering in the patio and an annual turtle parade. On this week's show, we speak with general manager Chris Pendleton, who, since the coronavirus shutdown, has been demonstrating the art of sabrage in a series of funny videos posted online. One in particular, which featured him dressed up as the Easter Bunny, became a worldwide sensation.

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This Mother's Day weekend would have marked the restaurant's sixth annual Turtle Parade, which has been dubbed “The Slowest Second Line on Earth.” We take you to last year's party, where we hear from some of the people who make the event possible, including a rapping judge.

Finally, Ralph Brennan tells us the inside story of the steps he took to ensure that Brennan's Restaurant remained in the family, and shares some personal tales of first dates that included a champagne-fueled carriage ride through the French Quarter.

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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.