Stories From The Back Of The House

Stories From The Back Of The House

Behind every great restaurant is a great chef. But that chef would be nothing without the scores of people in the front and the back of the house who turn a meal into a memorable experience. On this week's show, we get to know two unsung heroes of hospitality in New Orleans.

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

On this week's show, we indulge our sweet tooth with the help of several influential dessert makers.


We begin with Anne Byrn, also known as "The Cake Mix Doctor," whose book American Cake takes readers back to the origins of baking in America. From birthday to wedding cake, Anne has the history behind each delicious layer.

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Louisiana Eats: Miss Ella Of Commander's Palace

Louisiana Eats: Miss Ella Of Commander's Palace

On this week's show, we celebrate Commander's Palace and its visionary matriarch Ella Brennan, whose highly-anticipated memoir is coming out next week.

First, we speak with Ella’s daughter and co-author, Ti Adelaide Martin. Born into her family’s restaurant dynasty, Ti knows all too well her mother’s revered place both in the food industry and in New Orleans history.  Aware of the fascination with her mother’s life story, Ti wrote down a number of stories about Ella over the years that she eventually incorporated into the memoir.

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Louisiana Eats: Lady Legends In Their Own Time

Louisiana Eats: Lady Legends In Their Own Time

What turns an ordinary woman into a legend? On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we attempt to answer that question by taking an in-depth look at four inspiring women who have conquered life's challenges and become legends in their own time.

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Louisiana Eats: Pearls Of Wisdom From Grand Isle

Louisiana Eats: Pearls Of Wisdom From Grand Isle

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we venture down to Grand Isle to explore the current state of Louisiana's shellfish industry.We begin with a visit with the Guerreros family, owners of the Caminada Bay Premium Oyster Company, who are leading the way in new product with Louisiana's first farm-raised oysters. Marcos and Boris Guerrero take us on their compact bay boat to give us a first-hand look at their off-bottom cage system method that creates an entirely new oyster that lives its life without ever touching the muddy bottom.

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Ella Brennan Reflects On Restaurant Life & Remembers Her Brother

Ella Brennan Reflects On Restaurant Life & Remembers Her Brother

Ella Brennan, the octogenarian doyenne of New Orleans dining, is the matriarch of the Brennan dynasty. Here, Ella remembers the family's history, beginning with her brother, Owen, founder of the original Brennan’s restaurant.

Ella goes on to discuss her life in restaurants, hobnobbing with celebrities like Lucius Beebe, and helping launch the careers of superstar chefs in the Commander’s Palace kitchen, including Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse.

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Louisiana Eats! Keeps It All In The Family

Louisiana Eats! Keeps It All In The Family

Have you ever noticed how many family business center around food? That’s especially true of the restaurant business! On this week’s Louisiana Eats!, we hear from several multigenerational restaurateurs of note.

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Growing Up Brennan

Growing Up Brennan

When Owen Brennan opened the Vieux Carré restaurant in 1946, he created a Louisiana dynasty that today numbers more than a dozen establishments run by multiple members of the Brennan’s clan. On this week’s show, we explore what it’s like to grow up Brennan.

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