David Blossman is a man ahead of his time. Long before it was legal for him to drink, David was experimenting with home brewing, making small batches of beer as a hobby. At 17 years old, he invested his teenage savings into what would become the Abita Brewing Company. Over 30 years later, he's now the president.Read More
On Mardi Gras Day, it’s never surprising to find magical, mythical creatures mingling with street revelers. In her new book, The Mermaids of New Orleans, author Sally Asher brings the effervescent underwater life of Mississippi River sea nymphs to life. One day a year, all mermaids may walk on earth and in New Orleans, that day is Mardi Gras Day.
In this podcast, we sit down with Sally and Melissa Vandiver, the book’s illustrator to learn the story of their inspirations and collaboration that resulted in one of the most charming children’s books every written about New Orleans.Read More
Children in Louisiana grow up with so many local traditions that schools could practically add an extra class to cover all of them! Luckily, songwriter Johnette Downing is around to set these traditional stories to music. Johnette’s award-winning books and songs have earned her many nicknames, from “the pied piper of Louisiana music traditions” to “the musical ambassador to children.”Read More
Chef Isaac Toups has long been a favorite guest on Louisiana Eats! In past episodes we’ve talked hunting rabbits and even had a front row seat on Isaac’s rendition of the Cajun Night Before Christmas!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
The 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.Read More
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.
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 themRead More
As a young culinary student, Jackie Blanchard strolled the winding streets of Lag-Yol, the tiny French town famous for cutlery. She passed store after store, all proudly proclaiming themselves as “Coutelier” which translates, “Knife Shop.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
With Tales of the Cocktail 2018 right around the corner, on today’s podcast,
we'll meet one of the most inspirational cocktailians I've ever encountered
at Tales -- that's Kate Gerwin. Kate was the first American and first female
Bols Around The World bartending champion.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More