Going Lo-No at Tales of the Cocktail

Going Lo-No at Tales of the Cocktail

Every July, thousands of visitors from all over the world beat a path to steamy New Orleans for the annual Tales of the Cocktail. As Tales kicks off its 17th year, we look at how the organization evolved recently under new leadership and has a whole new mission.

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We're Talking Trash

We're Talking Trash

Americans waste 373 million pounds of food each day. That s a pound per person. On this week s show, we re talking trash in a productive way, of course We meet a few individuals who are working to tackle the widespread problem of food and water waste. We begin with Baton Rouge based food industry veteran Susanne Duplantis. Her blog, Makeover My Leftover, offers tips on how to transform yesterday s scraps into today s delicious meal. Next, Lindsay Jean Hard tells us about her her book, Cooking with Scraps, which provides a reference guide for zero waste cooking. Then, Michael Hurwitz of GrowNYC joins us to discuss how highly motivated citizens have been working to make composting a regular part of New York life. Finally, we dive into the tempestuous depths of global water issues. EPA water scientist Eliot Sherman discusses water conservation and its impacts on the food and beverage industry. For more of all things Louisiana Eats, be sure to visit us at PoppyTooker.com.

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The Cookbook Lovers

The Cookbook Lovers

On this week's show, we look at cookbooks as a cultural artifact and biographical portrait. We begin at Kitchen Witch, a store in New Orleans specializing in rare and used cookbooks. With their shop scheduled to close soon, owners Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa look back on two decades of business—and some of their biggest sellers.

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Brewed Awakenings

Brewed Awakenings

Coffee, tea, kombucha? What’s brewing in your neck of the woods? On this week’s Louisiana Eats, we’re examining the brewing process from all sides.

First, we’ll meet Austin Sherman and Alexis Korman, founders of Big Easy Bucha – a kombucha brewing business that has set the Gulf South on fire with innovative local flavors. What’s brewing at Big Easy Bucha is a lot more than fermented tea! They’re brewing a healthy, social justice revolution.

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The Life And Legacy Of Leah Chase

The Life And Legacy Of Leah Chase

This week, we mark the passing of New Orleans icon, and our dear friend, Leah Chase, who died Saturday, June 1 at the age of 96. We spend the hour honoring Leah's talent and achievements and the legacy she leaves behind.

 

We begin with one of our favorite Louisiana Eats moments: a special day we spent with Leah in 2012, when then-Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office kicked off Carnival season at Gallier Hall with king cake and a lovely surprise for Leah.

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The Ladies Who Cook

The Ladies Who Cook

Although the kitchen has always been the woman’s domain at home, it’s been a long struggle for the ladies  who cook to rise to the top of their ranks professionally. On this week’s episode, we’re talking with the ladies who have overcome multiple obstacles to reach the top.

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Meet Your Farmers

Meet Your Farmers

Louisiana Eats ventures from land to sea to learn where our food comes from and meet the people responsible for bringing the bounty to our table.

We begin in Grand Isle, Louisiana, where we meet the Guerreros family of Grand Isle Sea Farms. Owner Marcos Guerrero and his son Boris welcome us aboard their compact bay boat for a morning out on the water to learn the process of oyster farming Louisiana-style.

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Culinary Historians

Culinary Historians

The origins of food and spirits are usually not well known and can sometimes be hard to track down.  After all, how do you figure out where something that’s been around for centuries originated? On this week’s show we’ll speak with several culinary historians about the history of some fabulous foods, and some spirits too. 

We begin with author and historical gastronomist Sarah Lohman.  Her book 8 Flavors:  The Untold Story of American Cuisine recognizes the relationship between 8 flavors that she considers the foundation of American cuisine.  She shares a tale of how a slave named Edward Albius changed the world by learning to pollinate Vanilla, a plant native to Mexico, outside of its native environment.  

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Celebrating 50 Years Of Jazz Fest And Louisiana Food Heritage

Celebrating 50 Years Of Jazz Fest And Louisiana Food Heritage

2019 marks a huge milestone for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival… 50 years! Yet, there is another benchmark being met this year. The Food Heritage Stage, which was conceived 20 years after the first Jazzfest, is turning 30. This week on Louisiana Eats, we’ll explore the Food Heritage Stage through the lens of chefs that have presented over the years, along with the people that helped pull it all together.

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It's All About The Biz... The Food Biz That Is

It's All About The Biz... The Food Biz That Is

Louisiana Eats! is all about the biz, the Food business that is.  On this week’s show we talk with hospitality entrepreneurs about how they got their businesses off the ground. 

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What's Brewing?

What's Brewing?

Something’s brewing on Louisiana Eats! On this week’s show we’re taking a look at our local craft beer industry.

We begin with Bayou Teche brewery owner Karlos Knott.  Considering they are celebrating their 10th year in operation, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit with Karlos to see what’s been brewing in Arnaudville and get a glimpse of what the future holds.

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Partying With The Pros

Partying With The Pros

Spring festival season is upon us, so on this week’s Louisiana Eats we’re going to get you ready to be the host—or hostess—with the mostess!

 

No one knows how to entertain quite like like Julia Reed. In her book, But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria! she offers a number of stories from a lifetime of rollicking culinary escapades. Julia lets us in on some tips for hosting a cocktail party for the ages.

 

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Creole Italian Manale's Style

Creole Italian Manale's Style

On this week's show, we'll explore the immense influence that Italian foodways had on the development of New Orleans cuisine. We'll time travel through the years of the family-operated Uptown gem, Pascal's Manale. This history, which is now immortalized in Poppy's new book, The Pascal's Manale Cookbook, focuses on two Sicilian immigrant families, the Manales and the Radostas, forebearers of today's Defelice clan, who continue the Manale tradition today. Three generations of family share their stories with us.

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Journeys To The Top

Journeys To The Top

On this week's show, we take a close look at superstar chefs to learn what it takes to reach the top.

 

We begin with Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace. Through determination and dedication to his craft, Tory has secured his place in the Commander’s Palace family, as well as the restaurant’s chef legacy. Tory discusses his career and relationship with the late Chef Jamie Shannon.

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Et Tous Un Bon Mardi Gras

Et Tous Un Bon Mardi Gras

It’s Carnival time on Louisiana Eats! On this week’s show, we take to the streets with a distinctive krewe of food lovers.

 

We begin with author and songwriter Johnette Downing, who’s also known as “the pied piper of Louisiana music traditions.” Johnette shares her latest album, Swamp Romp, which, among other things, seeks to answer the eternal question, Who put the baby in the king cake?

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Sherds & Shipwrecks

Sherds & Shipwrecks

On this week’s show, we look at New Orleans history through the lens of the city’s material culture. 

 

We begin at the Historic New Orleans Collection, which has played host to an annual gathering of antiques experts, collectors, and aficionados  for over a decade. We speak to Philippe Halbert, who presented original research at the Antiques Forum centered on the material culture of the French Atlantic world. 

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Dreaming Of A Place At The Table

Dreaming Of A Place At The Table

On this week’s show, we take a look at immigration and its impact on the American food landscape. 

 

We begin with Rick Bayless, whose award-winning Frontera restaurants are bolstered by workers who come from immigrant backgrounds. Rick explains how many of his staff members were brought to the country as children and are now facing an uncertain future.

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Hitting The Books

On this week’s show, we delve into the wonderful world of cookbooks. We begin with Chef Isaac Toups, who collaborated with acclaimed food writer Jennifer Cole on his debut cookbook, Chasing the Gator. The book pulls back the curtain on the new guard of Cajun cooking. Visit our website to hear a full-length Quick Bites podcast with Isaac, which includes a cracklins tasting and a round of Cajun games.

 

Nik Sharma also joins us to discuss Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food, his delicious take on experimental Indian cuisine. 

 

Then, we take a visit to Kitchen Witch, a shop of books for cooks. When Philippe LaMancusa began his career in the restaurant industry back in the Sixties, he quickly learned that the more cookbooks he collected, the more culinary experience he could gain. With 10,000 books now in their collection, Philippe and his partner Debbie Lindsey have found a new home for their books and other collectibles in the Seventh Ward.

 

And we meet Robert Palestina, Executive Director of The Cookbook Project. This New Orleans-based nonprofit works to combat chronic disease by promoting food justice and preserving local foodways. 

 

 

In Memorium 2018: Culinary Legends Lost

In Memorium 2018: Culinary Legends Lost

On this week’s show, we look back on the lives of some extraordinary people we lost in 2018. We begin by revisiting our 2011 conversation with the late, great Anthony Bourdain. We had the opportunity to speak with Anthony after he was hired as a scriptwriter for the HBO series, Treme. Seven years later, we were absolutely devastated when we heard of Anthony’s suicide and remembered that long ago conversation. 

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