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!
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

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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

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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

Staying healthy is a challenge for us all, particularly in Louisiana, where food-obsession is a way of life. But being food-obsessed doesn't mean you have to have a penchant for heavy cream and butter. This week on Louisiana Eats! we'll speak from the owners of a new wellness boutique in New Orleans to hear about the foods and philosophies that guide their approach to living well. 

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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

Good Eggs New Orleans is connecting farmers, value-added products, and consumers together in a single system. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll speak with leaders of the organization's local branch to hear how their work helps reduce farm waste and keeps money circulating locally.

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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

Every holiday has its own of traditions, and New Year's Day is no exception. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear about a bowl of hoppin' john made with the freshest ingredients, the superstitions behind black-eyed peas, and a roasted cabbage beyond your wildest dreams.

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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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Louisiana Eats!
6:20 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Stylish And Debauched: A Guide To The Bars Of The French Quarter

While writing their new pocket guide about bars in the Vieux Carré, the authors of The French Quarter Drinking Companion developed an appreciation for Bourbon Street, despite its often-negative stigma.

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 3:11 am

On this week's Louisiana Eats! Poppy goes for a tour around the French Quarter with the authors of the French Quarter Drinking Companion, a new guide to the classy drinking establishments and debauched hole-in-the-walls in the Vieux Carré.

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