Louisiana Eats!

Saturdays at 1pm
  • Hosted by 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!

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.

Louisiana Eats: Mindfulness And Medicine

Feb 3, 2018

This week, we learn the health benefits of paying closer attention to what we consume and our emotional well-being.

We begin with Dr. Ronald D. Siegel, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. A long-time student of mindfulness meditation, he explains the psychology of happiness, and why humans use food and drink as a pathway to achieve it.

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.

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