Poppy Tooker

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.

Poppy provides weekly restaurant commentary on, “Steppin’ Out” (WYES TV). Her book, The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook received a Tabasco cookbook award and was named “Cookbook of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine.She was recognized by the Times-Picayune as a “Hero of the Storm” for her work reviving New Orleans restaurants and food providers following Hurricane Katrina. The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Poppy’s rebuilding efforts at their annual conference in April 2008, with their first ever, Community Service Award.

For over 25 years, Poppy’s cooking classes have centered on history and tradition as well as the food science behind her preparation.

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Louisiana Eats!
8:19 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Crawfish & Barbecue: Staples At Spring Gatherings

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 8:41 am

    

Getting together with family and friends is something Louisianians do best and in springtime, the weather's just right for barbecues and crawfish boils. This week on Louisiana Eats! we're going around the state to investigate two primary foods that feed the masses this time of year.

Sam Irwin grew up in crawfish country, so his fascination with our state's freshwater crustacean seems natural. Sam's the first of many guests to discuss the crawfish, as well as Chris Jay and Scott Gold, who join the conversation with their own advice about the mudbug.

Then we'll turn to members of the Southern Foodways Alliance for some insights into barbecue. Chef Drew Robinson talks about running a barbecue joint with over 30 locations, and John T. Edge discusses the peace-making capabilities of a great smoked pig.  

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Louisiana Eats!
12:59 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Creativity Doesn't Come Overnight: Culinary Mentorships

Whether they attend culinary school or gain an apprenticeship, the finest chefs are students forever looking to sharpen their culinary skills.

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:35 am


Among the many professions that require an ongoing sense of inquiry and creativity is a chef. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear about the illustrious career of Jacquy Pfeiffer,a pastry chef who's helped found The French Pastry School in Chicago and has also been the subject of a documentary by D.A. Pennebaker.

Then we're joined by the Nola Pie Guy, a graduate of The French Pastry School, to hear how his education prepared him for a life in pastry.

And finally we'll hear how Syrena Johnson keeps her ambitions in fine-dining afloat by mentoring with A-list chefs around New Orleans. 

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Louisiana Eats!
12:59 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Come Celebrate Women's History Month With Innovators In Food

Women gather together in the name of food in 1917. The first International Women's Day occurred in 1911 and has become a month-long historical appreciation.

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 6:22 pm

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Louisiana Eats!
11:59 am
Sat March 8, 2014

From The Newsroom To The Classroom: Food Media & Food Studies

Over the course of the past 20 years media coverage of food has expanded into a plethora of beats.

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 6:04 pm

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Louisiana Eats!
1:28 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Mardi Gras Celebrations Around Louisiana

No matter where they are, Louisianans love a celebration.

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 8:44 am

We're getting ready for da Mardi Gras! This week on Louisiana Eats! we'll hear about New Orleans' Mardi Gras traditions from Errol Laborde, and speak with experts from Lafayette about their food customs and celebrations. Plus, we visit Cake Café for a peek at how they make their famous King Cake. 

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Louisiana Eats!
1:31 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Finding New Ways To Stay Healthy And Boost Energy

Raw Republic wants to offer cleaner, healthier ways of living for the New Orleans food community. Their new business specializes is cold-pressed juices, tonics and smoothies.

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 6:05 pm

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Louisiana Eats!
12:56 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Good Eggs: Web-Based Aggregator Expands Its Brick & Mortar Operation

The new Good Eggs warehouse located on Tchoupitoulas Street is the nucleus of their operation. Vendors drop off their products, which are then separated into individual orders and shipped out to pick up spots around New Orleans.

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 4:50 pm

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Louisiana Eats!
1:01 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Louisiana Eats! Celebrates The International Year Of Family Farming

Jamie and Kenny Mauthe with their two daughters, one of their cows, and Louisiana Eats! host Poppy Tooker.

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 3:22 pm

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Louisiana Eats!
11:45 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Traditional Dishes Served At The New Year's Table

One of the most popular New Year's dishes in the American South is Hoppin' John. We'll hear about this dish and more new year's traditions on this week's show.

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 3:22 pm

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Louisiana Eats!
6:12 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

2013: Louisiana Eats! Year In Review

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 11:01 am

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