Louisiana Eats!

Saturdays at 1 p.m.
Poppy Tooker

Louisiana Eats! is a radio show for people who cook and people who love to eat well—all with a Louisiana point of view and Poppy’s distinctive Louisiana voice.

In each program listeners join Poppy as she meets people who produce, cook, and eat the foods we enjoy and treasure—exploring kitchens and stores, farms and waterways where favorite foods are produced and prepared. And because Louisianans love all kinds of food, Poppy won’t limit herself to shrimp creole and hot sauce!

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Louisiana Eats!
5:02 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

From Urban Farms To Oyster Reefs: How The LSU AgCenter Improves Lives In Louisiana

LSU AgCenter Extension Agent Grace Peterson with Shalon Lewis at the Valencia Community Center and Garden in Shreveport.

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 9:46 am

The LSU AgCenter fosters agricultural, engineering and scientific programs across the state. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we go across the state to hear how Ag agent Grace Peterson is connecting Shreveport residents with regional food.

We'll also cultivate tomatoes with Bobby Fletcher near the Mississippi River and float downstream with Dr. John Bell to learn how the Louisiana oyster can help rebuild coastal wetlands. We travel from the Gulf of Mexico to Shreveport's urban farms on this week's Louisiana Eats!

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Louisiana Eats!
6:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Celebrating The Frozen Daiquiri

Swirling, electronic tankards ready to serve.

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:56 am

The annual Tales of the Cocktail event is currently underway in New Orleans, celebrating the city's contribution as birthplace of the American cocktail and the culture that has grown out of it. But there is one mixed drink you can get almost anywhere in Louisiana that has spawned a very different kind of culture.

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Louisiana Eats!
6:55 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Make Mine A Double: The American Cocktail

The Absinthe Frappe is just one of the many drinks that was unavailable when production of its base spirit was banned around the world.

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 9:59 am

Despite Louisiana’s scorching temperatures in July, thousands of visitors beat a path to New Orleans in search of a cold cocktail at the annual Tales of the Cocktail event. On this week’s show we’ll hear from the founder of the conference, get a dose of history from the King of Cocktails, and hear how a smear campaign kept absinthe out of our liquor cabinets for 100 years. Break out the ice, the bar’s open on this week’s Louisiana Eats!

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Louisiana Eats!
6:54 am
Wed July 2, 2014

How Hansen's Sno-Bliz Became An 'American Classic'

Combining fluffy ice and homemade syrups, Hansen's Sno-Bliz continues to create their sno-balls from the original machine invented and patented by Ernest Hansen in 1939.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:21 pm

Every year, the James Beard Foundation recognizes cherished local food businesses distinguished by their timeless appeal. This year, the America's Classic honor was awarded to Hansen's Sno-Bliz, the place where the unique style of the New Orleans sno-ball was invented.Click here to listen to Scott Gold's take on the iconic Sno-Bliz.

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Louisiana Eats!
4:40 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Can A Week-Long Trip Mint New Ambassadors To New Orleans?

Each spring, students in NYU's Food Studies program visit Louisiana to learn about the state's unique cultural identity.

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:14 am

Students at NYU's Food Studies program are studying to be professionals in all walks of life, from community organizers and journalists to food-policy experts and public health workers.

The class takes a week-long trip to New Orleans each year, which is often the first time students visit the city. Their professor goes to great lengths to connect them with authentic Louisiana experiences, but is a week enough time to overcome years of media-saturated preconceptions?  

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Louisiana Eats!
4:39 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Cultural Tourism At Its Finest: Food Studies In New Orleans

Professor Meryl Rosofsky, left, connects her students with authentic Louisiana experiences so that their visit here isn't isolated to the French Quarter and other tourist traps.

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 1:46 pm

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Using food as a way to understand the world is something your parents probably never studied in college, but it’s has become a popular discipline in the past decade. Each year, professor Meryl Rosofsky brings students from NYU’s food studies program to New Orleans for a week-long cultural immersion. We join them at Dooky Chase to hear if their preconceptions of New Orleans are being shed.

We’ll also visit the Steamboat Warehouse in St. Landry Parish, take a cooking class with Kyan Douglas, and make leftovers with Scott Gold and his enormous jar of kimchi. 

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Louisiana Eats!
4:37 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Summertime Fun: Hot Dogs, Picnics And Kids

The growing popularity of Louisiana's gourmet sausage vendors has helped catapult the local hot dog scene into the national dialogue.

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 6:06 pm

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As temperatures rise around Louisiana it's become perfectly clear that summer is here. So this week on Louisiana Eats! we're talking about traditional summertime foods, giving you advice for picnics, and hearing how to keep your kids entertained during the hottest part of the year.

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Louisiana Eats!
11:03 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Turning It Around With Food: Triumph Kitchen In Baton Rouge

In order to help fiance Triumph Kitchen, directors Chris and Sommer Wadsworth have sold local businesses wall space and commissioned young artists to paint them.

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 10:00 pm

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In Baton Rouge, teenagers looking to turn their lives around are getting involved with Triumph Kitchen.  Directors Chris and Sommer Wadsworth join us to share Triumph’s story and then we’ll turn to New Orleans to hear how Liberty’s Kitchen, a local non-profit, is doing similar work.

Then we’ll be joined by Louisiana Eats! regulars Dr. Gourmet and Ryan Hughes to hear what they’ve got in store for the summer. Ryan’s traveling to Russia to feed a festival of people and Dr. Gourmet’s ready to share his tips about combating heart disease. Plus, Cory Bahr gives us the scoop about his fine-dining restaurant in Monroe.

And don’t forget to send in your personal stories about finding love at Tales of the Cocktail.

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Louisiana Eats!
11:05 am
Sat May 31, 2014

A Taste Of Home: Finding Cultural Identity At The Table

A nine year old Polish boy shucks oysters in 1911. Of all the things newcomers bring with them to American soil, food offers a direct connection to their homelands.

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 5:03 am

Whether they’re short trips across town or long voyages across the oceans, we all take journeys. On this week’s Louisiana Eats! we’ll speak with writers and restaurateurs about their personal quests for cultural identity.

Kim Sunee’s appetites include travel, knowledge and food. Her trip to Korea is one of the main topics she writes about in A Mouthful of Stars, which explores another dimension of Kim’s creativity: her poetry.

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12:21 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Need A Drink? Raise Your Glass To American Craft Beer Week

Tin Roof Brewing Company's William McGeeHee has plans of building a tap room at his brewery in Baton Rouge, where he'll be able to serve specialty-crafted, small-batch beers to guests.

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:52 am

Need A Drink? Raise Your Glass To American Craft Beer Week

On this week's edition of Louisiana Eats! we raise a glass to American Craft Beer Week with brewers, bar owners, and innovators in the microbrewing industry.

We were lucky enough to snag craft beer pioneer Steve Hindy of Brooklyn Brewery for a conversation about the history of craft beer and where it’s going next.

We’ll also visit a local breweries when we speak with William McGee of Tin Roof Brewing Company in Baton Rouge and Kirk Coco at NOLA Brewing Company. And we top it off with a chat at The Avenue Pub with Polly Watts about her predictions for craft brewing in Louisiana.

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