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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9:03 am
Fri December 5, 2014

From Kitchens To Cocktails — Entertaining Louisiana Eats! Style

A couple gathers together at an office party in 1957.
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Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 2:48 pm

With so much to do during the holidays and so little time to do it, they often don't feel like "the most wonderful time of the year." But if you pocket a word of wisdom from our guests, perhaps you'll be able to go about the next couple weeks breathing easier. 

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3:24 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Closest To The Original Source: Biodiverse Farms & Ayurvedic Cocktails

Evan McCommon, right, stands by one of the movable chicken coops that he built after visiting Polyface Farms in Virginia.
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Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 8:22 pm

Evan McCommon has been converting his family's timber ranch into a biodiverse farm. The changes have been slow, but his resolve steady as the 1,100 acres change from a dense forest to an open savannah. 

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9:03 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Imitators Vs. Innovators: Imported Asian Seafood & Modern Mexican Cuisine

John Besh and Aaron Sanchez's became close friends on the set of Iron Chef and at subsequent charity cooking events.
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Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 9:21 am

The interior of Aaron Sanchez and John Besh’s new restaurant is split into two designs: one that looks like the iconic architecture of New Orleans, and the other is an homage to Sanchez’s vibrant tattooed body. Even though both of these chefs have found success independently, their new collaboration at Johnny Sanchez is having each chef second guess what they took for granted. 

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10:38 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Halloween Treats That Are Beyond Delicious

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 6:13 pm

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5:02 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Combining History With Gin: A Glimpse Into The Craft Distilling Industry

Poppy Tooker with New York Distilling Company co-founder Allen Katz.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 10:20 am

Allen Katz believes that a shot of history in every glass makes for a better cocktail. Allen is co-founder of the New York Distilling Company located in Brooklyn, where he crafts Perry Tot's Navy Strength Gin and Dorothy Parker American Gin.

Taking a cue from America's pre-Prohibition cocktail heritage, Allen has joined the flourishing community of what he describes as "boutique distilleries" that make pure alcohol in small quantities across the country.

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9:46 am
Fri October 10, 2014

American Distillers On A Quest For Quality

The Carousel Bar & Lounge was first installed in 1949 and has undergone renovations on several occasions, the latest in 2009.

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 4:48 pm

It probably won’t surprise you that people who distill, prepare and sell alcohol are generally cheery. But what is it about their job that puts them in such a good mood? Some get to meet new faces every day, while others study the history of their profession, while even fewer teach the trade to apprentices. Whatever the case, they’re all willing to share their knowledge with others and pursue a comprehensive understanding of their profession.

Marvin Allen has tended bar at The Carousel Bar for twelve years and in that time he’s watched the American cocktail enter the mainstream. Marvin has advice about mixing drinks and shares some stories about the lively characters of the French Quarter.

We’ll also speak with three men about their commitment to distilling quality spirits like boutique hibiscus liquor, extra strength gin, and even a multi-million dollar Bourbon operation. We hope these spirited conversations will leave you informed and thirsty.   

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4:48 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller Of Wild Turkey Bourbon, Celebrates 60 Years Of Service

Poppy Tooker and Jimmy Russell at this year's Tales of the Cocktail.

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 2:17 pm

Master Distiller Jimmy Russell has been making Wild Turkey Bourbon in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky for 60 years, beginning his unprecedented career in distilling in 1954 at 19 years old. In 2014, he set the record for longest tenured Master Distiller in the industry.

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8:31 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Community Potlucks — Same Old Values, Brand New Flavors

Since most Louisianians are nurtured to embrace an extraverted social life, getting together is second nature to life in the Bayou State. But as often as bombastic parades and revelries help build our communities, spending time over at ya mom’s house is just as important.

On this week’s Louisiana Eats! we’re joined by a group of guests who want nothing more than for you to be comfortable in your own home.

Nancy Vienneau tells us how the monthly gatherings at her house turned her neighbors into friends; David and Lesley Solomonson help build an inexpensive liquor cabinet; and Johnette Downing keeps the kids entertained with upbeat songs about Louisiana cuisine.  

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10:28 am
Fri September 5, 2014

On The Record With Donald Link: Candid Stories From A Bold Chef

Donald Link decided that pursuing a finance degree at LSU wasn't his style, so he opted for a life in the kitchen instead. He's done well for himself: in the past seven years the Link Restaurant Group has won five James Beard Awards.

At one point during his cooking career, Donald Link's co-workers nicknamed him "Hot Shot." Was it deserved? That depends on who you ask. Donald shares his side of the story with us in a revealing interview that takes you from the rock and roll kitchens of San Francisco to his award-winning restaurants in New Orleans.

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