Horse racing returns to New Orleans on Thanksgiving Day, featuring the Thanksgiving Classic as the Fair Grounds Racecourse opens the gates for the 148th racing season. Opening day will have a special post time of 12:00 pm. The winter meet at Fair Grounds stretches from November 28-March 29, highlighted by the Fair Grounds Oaks and Louisiana Derby.

Veteran announcer John G. Dooley returns to the Big Easy oval to be the voice of the Fair Grounds, which he has been for over 15 years. John joined Karl Lengel in the WWNO studios to talk about the track and the new season.

Ian McNulty

New Orleans is famous for restaurants. But if you really want to understand New Orleans food culture, there’s no better place than around the home table. This is where the bigger picture of the New Orleans food obsession unfurls.

The Trinity Loaves and Fishes mobile food truck serving on the corner of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Clio Street in Central City.
Poppy Tooker

On this week’s show, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving by saving a place at the table for several remarkable stories.

We've got a veritable cornucopia of Thanksgiving stories to share on this week's Louisiana Eats!
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This week on Louisiana Eats!, we gather around the table to delve into Thanksgiving traditions old and new. We hear about an unlikely culinary partnership between cookbook author Brandon Schultz and his cat, Lucy Schultz-Osenlund, who collaborated on a cookbook called Cooking for Two: Your Cat & You, a collection of recipes that will appeal to both man and man's best feline friend. Brandon tells us how he and Lucy celebrate something we're calling Catsgiving.

Turkey Confidential 2012

Nov 19, 2012
The Splendid Table

Turkey Confidential is a live call-in show on Thanksgiving (10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT) that airs on public radio stations nationwide and will be streamed live on the web.