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.

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."

Join us this week as we celebrate the 95th birthday of a New Orleans icon, our dear friend, Leah Chase. We'll spend the hour honoring Leah's talent and achievements as the undisputed Queen of Creole Cooking.

This week, we’re sharing portraits of two chef-artists, tracing their paths from cradle to culinary greatness. 

First, we hear from James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence, whose upbringing in New Orleans has informed his illustrious restaurant career based in Oxford, Mississippi. John describes the through-lines of his craft, which includes a strong sense of place and a healthy dose of humility.

On this week's show, we’re sharing stories from modern day hunters and gatherers.

We begin on the forest floor with Danlyn Brennan, who has spent her life foraging wild edibles. Her passion for wild craft is clear yet complicated by a desire to keep her methods and locations hidden. 

December is upon us, and we're gearing up for the holiday revelry by learning tricks of the trade from a few remarkable cocktailians. 

 

We begin with David Wondrich, one of the world's leading experts on the cocktail. He tell us about the early days of the craft cocktail revolution.

On this week's show, we meet some mad scientists of the culinary world and uncover some of the greatest technical secrets of the kitchen and bar. We begin with culinary inventor Dave Arnold at New York’s former Booker and Dax, whose collaborations with Chef Wylie Dufresne have resulted in magical molecular gastronomy. He tells us about some of his wildest experiments in the kitchen.

On this week's show, we take a look at invasive species in our region and meet some people who live by the motto: if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em. 

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