Quick Bites: The Ora King Race To New Zealand Finalist Yael Peet

Quick Bites:  The Ora King Race To New Zealand  Finalist Yael Peet

Ora King is a sustainably raised salmon from New Zealand, whose story is almost as delicious as the fish itself. Back in early 1900, two avid fishermen somehow managed to bring live King salmon home to New Zealand from a fishing trip to California.

The salmon thrived there and the rest is Ora King history.

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Quick Bites: The Ora King Race To New Zealand Finalist Mia Li

Quick Bites:  The Ora King Race To New Zealand  Finalist Mia Li

Ora King is a sustainably raised salmon from New Zealand, whose story is almost as delicious as the fish itself. Back in early 1900, two avid fishermen somehow managed to bring live King salmon home to New Zealand from a fishing trip to California.

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Quick Bites: Bean The Change You Want To See In The World

Quick Bites:  Bean The Change You Want To See In The World

In this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite episode, we travel to Denver, Colorado for Slow Food Nations with our friends from Camellia Brand beans. With the theme, “Food For Change,” Slow Food USA gathered together many of the world’s greatest thinkers and influencers to further their goal of good, clean food for all. For three days in July 2018, Denver’s Larimer Square was the hotspot for tasting and talking – from the Taste Marketplace to panel discussions and cooking demonstrations, we’re taking you there!

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Quick Bites: Italian Creole

Quick Bites:  Italian Creole

On this week’s episode, we sit down with Loyola University history professor Justin Nystrom to explore the influence that Sicilian Americans have had on New Orleans foodways. Surprisingly, that influence didn’tbegin with the heavy influx of Sicilians who populated the city in great numbers during the late 1880’s. Those rural Sicilians made their mark on the French Market and created the sandwich we know as the muffalatta.   Actually, the first wave of Italian immigrants were urban dwellers who arrived on our shores in the 1830’s and became wealthy importers and restaurateurs.  Who knew that Commander’s Palace was actually founded by the son of an immigrant from Ustica whose father had Americanized his surname from Camarda to Commander? Or that those same Ustican immigrants were important members of the Southern Yacht Club – taking their leisure racing sloops on Lake Pontchartrain?  Not exactly the image you might have in your mind of our Sicilian immigrants.

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Quick Bites: A Legacy of Service at the Kemper-Williams Residence

Quick Bites:  A Legacy of Service at the Kemper-Williams Residence

he Historic New Orleans Collection, is a great jewel in the crown of the Crescent City.  Founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper and his wife, Leila Williams, the collection today includes a museum and research center encompassing ten historic French Quarter buildings. At the heart of the HNOC is the Kemper-Williams residence, a house museum, which allows visitors to experience life as the General and Leila lived it there for decades.

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Quick Bites: At the Fish Camp with the Landrys of Don’s Seafood

Quick Bites: At the Fish Camp with the Landrys of Don’s Seafood

When it comes to family, the Landrys of Don’s Seafood are as authentically Louisiana as it gets.  In this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite we travel down to Port Sulphur to fish and cook with Donny, Mike and Tracy Landry of Don's Seafood and honorary Landry family member, Eric Mulina who runs the day to day operations and started at Don's Seafood as a server at just 24 years old. Not only do we get a fish fry lesson, but they also share the secrets about catfish, crawfish and chicken in a bag.

 

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Quick Bites: The Science of Water with Eliot Sherman

Quick Bites:  The Science of Water with Eliot Sherman

On this week’s episode, we’re diving into the tempestuous depths of global water issues. Here in Louisiana, we know quite well that living with water can be a constant struggle. Elsewhere, Americans are dealing with the opposite problem, experiencing annual droughts and wildfires that cause other serious hardships. With a look towards the future, today we’re going to turn to an expert on the subject

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Quick Bites: "Hi, Anxiety!" Kat Kinsman Explores Chefs With Issues

Quick Bites:  "Hi,  Anxiety!"  Kat Kinsman Explores Chefs With Issues

Kat Kinsman believes that "An Awkward Conversation Won't Kill You."  In fact, often, it may actually save your life.  Since the suicide of Kat's friend and associate, Anthony Bourdain, the conversation about mental health and substance abuse in the hospitality industry has come into sharp focus.  After all, it's the hospitality industry that takes care of everyone else - while no one is taking care of them

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Quick Bites: To Beef Or Not To Beef

Quick Bites:  To Beef Or Not To Beef

In May 2018, Dickie Brennan hosted Italian butcher, Dario Cecchini at his New Orleans steakhouse and Tableau on Jackson Square for a meaty and amazing demonstration of deliciousness. Dario’s visit was prompted by the hospitality he’d extended to Dickie’s son, Richard III, during his apprenticeship in Panzano, a little village in Italy’s Chianti region.

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Quick Bites: Art & Whiskey, a Conversation with Noah Rothbaum

Quick Bites:  Art & Whiskey,  a Conversation with Noah Rothbaum

For spirits expert and author Noah Rothbaum, each whiskey bottle tells a story, and he's proven that idea by writing extensively on the subject. Noah is the Drink + Food Senior Editor for The Daily Beast and the associate editor of the forthcoming book, The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails.

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Quick Bites: George Graham

Quick Bites:  George Graham

From the cities to the swamps, Louisiana’s Cajun Country is known for its food, culture, and joie de vivre. Author and blogger George Graham calls Acadiana home, and has made it his mission to preserve and promote Cajun and Creole culture through stories and recipes. He blogs about his food adventures weekly on AcadianaTable.com and is author of the book Acadiana Table: Cajun and Creole Home Cooking from the Heart of Louisiana.

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Quick Bites: Alfred Singleton, A Singular Chef

Quick Bites:  Alfred Singleton, A Singular Chef

Café Sbisa Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Alfred Singleton has always had a passion for food and entrepreneurship. Born and raised in the lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Alfred spent nights and weekends at his family's popular sandwich shop, peeling shrimp and paying attention to the details of running a business. 

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Quick Bites: De-cyphering Buttermilk Graffiti

Quick Bites:  De-cyphering Buttermilk Graffiti

If you are a devoted foodie – it’s a good guess you already know who Edward Lee is. Especially if you caught his Emmy nominated season of Mind of a Chef.  Born in Korea, Edward grew up in

Brooklyn, but a single trip to the Kentucky Derby transformed him into a new style Southerner, one whose world includes kimchi with a side of fried boloney.

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Au Revoir, Ms Ella.

Au Revoir, Ms Ella.

Au Revoir, Ms. Ella

 

There will only be one Ella Brennan.  For over seven decades, the matriarch of the Brennan clan influenced and elevated American hospitality like no other.  On Thursday, May 31, 2018. Ella Brennan passed away in her Garden District home surrounded by loving family.

 

In the spring of 2015, Ella welcomed the Louisiana Eats team into her home for a conversation about her life and thoughts on the restaurant industry.  In this Louisiana Eats podcast, we’re remembering the unmistakable grand dame and listening once again, to Ella Brennan, in her own words.

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Quick Bites: An Arnaud's Centennial Celebration

On February 29th, 1918, a French wine salesman named Arnaud Cazenave opened Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The extravagant, eccentric “Count”—as he dubbed himself—spent decades expanding the restaurant in size and scope, creating an institution specializing in French Creole cuisine. One hundred years later, the legendary restaurant remains an institution, with endless stories to tell.

On this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite, we sit down with the Casbarian family, for an intimate look at Arnaud’s amazing history. Archie Casbarian convinced Germaine Wells, the Count’s eccentric daughter to hand over the keys to Arnaud’s in 1978, beginning a grand new era of fine Creole dining rivaling the Count’s.

Sadly, Archie Casbarian passed away in 2009. His wife Jane and their two offspring, Katie and Archie, Jr. remember the indelible mark Archie made on the restaurant and tell family stories of their forty years at Arnaud’s.

 Arnauds restaurant

Arnauds restaurant

Quick Bites: MAKING DIM SUM WITH MAYPOP'S MICHAEL GULOTTA

 Chef Michael Gulotta

Chef Michael Gulotta

Michael Gulotta began a Southeast Asian food revolution when he opened MoPho in New Orleans’ Mid City in 2014. His use of classic Louisiana ingredients like cochon de lait and hogs head cheese in what otherwise might be an authentic Vietnamese bowl of pho or bahn mi sandwich has caught the fancy of the entire nation.  By 2016, Food and Wine Magazine pegged him as one of America’s Best Chefs.  In 2017, Michael opened a second restaurant in New Orleans’ Market District, Maypop. Here, he’s continuing to bend the lines on what Southeast Asian cooking means in South Louisiana. On weekends at Maypop, Michael is serving dim sum brunch – his way.  He invited the Louisiana Eats crew into the Maypop kitchen to learn how to make soup dumplings, one of the most difficult dim sum dishes to execute.  Michael’s secret? House made hogshead cheese! When it comes to Chinese cuisine, I love chili wonton! Hsiao-Ching Chou, Seattle based cooking teacher, shares her secrets on how to make them and other delicious dumplings in her new book, Chinese Soul Food.  Hsiao-Ching joins us on a future episode of Louisiana Eats, but in the meantime, learn how to make her chili wonton here.

They’re delicious, but those hogshead soup dumplings at Maypop, are some real – Louisiana Eats!

 

Quick Bites: An Odyssey of Food With Alon Shaya

In his new cookbook memoir, Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel, New Orleans chef Alon Shaya frankly and unabashedly tells his life’s story. From a lonely childhood to the mean streets of Philadelphia where he was a feared, teenaged drug dealer, to the salvation and purpose he found in cooking, Alon tells all.  At the close of the book, Alon and his father are seen sharing a meal at his James Beard award winning restaurant, Shaya.  That was Alon’s life in the spring of 2017.

In this episode of Quick Bites, Poppy and Alon talk about the book and explore his journey since being fired from his namesake restaurant last fall, by former mentor and partner, John Besh.

One thing is certain, Alon has been busy! We’ll learn about his new company, Pomegranate Hospitality and the inspiration behind his two new modern Israeli restaurants, Saba and Safta.

Join Louisiana Eats as we say “Mazel Tov” to our friend, Alon Shaya!

 

 

 

 

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