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.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the city of New Orleans. On this week's show, we toast the Crescent City with local culture bearers and historians.

Boasting its iconic pink facade in the French Quarter Brennan's Restaurant has been a New Orleans landmark since 1946. On this week's show, we celebrate the venerable establishment, beginning with a conversation with co-owner Ralph Brennan.

Hogs for the Cause has all of the ingredients for a spectacular spring festival: live music, libations, and prize-winning barbecue.

When the Food Network launched in 1993, the pastime of binge-watching cooking shows didn’t exist, and chefs weren't celebrities. Today, with shows like Chopped and Iron Chef America airing on primetime, the role of the Food Network has transformed.

Another Carnival season is behind us, but the Jewish festival of Purim is right around the corner. First, we learn all about Purim with the help of Benay Bernstein. She provides an introduction to this joyful day – one unlike any other on the Jewish calendar.

It's Carnival time in Louisiana! This week, we join revelers near and far for the biggest free party on earth.

On this week's show, we voyage around the world in search of extraordinary and diasporic flavors. 

Editor's note: this episode contains accounts of sexual assault.

On this week's show, we take a look at sexual harassment and abuse in the restaurant industry.

Chef Carl Schaubhut is a culinary dynamo. The New Orleans native behind Bacobar on the Northshore and DTB in Uptown is known for his innovative menus that marry regional and international flavors. "To say that food was part of life is a literal explanation, Carl told Louisiana Eats host Poppy Tooker. "I mean, it is life. It's every day."

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