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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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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Giving "The Help " A Hand: Applauding Lives Spent In Service.

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On this week s show, we re sharing untold stories of lives spent in service. We begin with a tour of the Kemper Williams Residence at the Historic New Orleans Collection with decorative arts curator Lydia Blackmore, who conducted exhaustive research on the individuals who worked for the Williams family. Next, we revisit our interview with the late historian Michael Mizell Nelson. In 2010, Michael took us on a streetcar ride for a history lesson about the streetcar strikes of 1929 and their connection to the advent of the poor boy sandwich. Then, Adrian Miller discusses the African American men and women who fed our First Families, from George Washington to Barack Obama. Finally, we hear from the great Dr. Rudy Lombard, who passed away in 2014 after a lifetime of civil rights activism. Rudy s vision for change was spurred in part by his personal experience as the child of the housekeeper and cook at the Uptown residence of prominent New Orleanians. For more of all things Louisiana Eats, be sure to visit us at PoppyTooker.com. 

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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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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Any Way You Slice It

Any Way You Slice It

On this week's show, we meet the great Dario Cecchini, a world renowned Italian butcher. Dickie Brennan invited the Cecchini family to New Orleans earlier this year to return the exceptional hospitality Dario had extended to Dickie’s son, Richard Brennan III, who served as Dario’s apprentice in Italy.

 

Dario and his wife, Kim, join us in the studio to talk about their life and work in Panzano, a little village in Italy's Chianti region. Then, we hear from Richard Brennan III about his extraordinary apprenticeship.

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Serving Up Great Restaurants With A Slice Of History

Serving Up Great Restaurants With A Slice Of History

When it comes to historic restaurants, there’s no place like home – if you’re lucky enough to call New Orleans home! On this week's show, we time travel through the storied past of iconic French Quarter landmark, the Napoleon House. Chef Chris Montero gives us a tour of the historic property, from the bar to the cupola and all points in between. As it turns out, in addition to being an accomplished chef, Chris is also a passionate preservationist and historian. He shares two centuries worth of Girod and Impastato family lore and talks about the future of the establishment.

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Eat It To Eradicate It

Eat It To Eradicate It

On this week's show, we explore the intersections between hunting, gathering, fishing, and our changing environment. We begin at the Best of Bycatch dinner at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, where a highly invasive fish is on the menu: the Asian Carp.

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Hold The Liquor

Hold The Liquor

A growing trend in the craft cocktail movement has bartenders mixing drinks with little to no alcohol, shifting their focus to flavor. On this week's show, we'll explore the new wave of non-alcoholic craft drinks, starting with cocktail vanguards Don Lee and Bobby Murphy, who experiment with non-alcoholic ingredients at the New York City establishment Existing Conditions.

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Not Your Typical Cup of Joe

Not Your Typical Cup of Joe

There’s nothing like a cup of good, hot coffee. On this week's show, we look at the art of the coffee bean in our state and beyond. 

We begin with a local favorite—PJ’s Coffee—which Phyllis Jordan founded 40 years ago. Phyllis reflects on the early years, when she became the first commercial iced coffee purveyor in New Orleans.

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Confection Affection

Confection Affection

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

 

We visit the Swiss Confectionery, a family-run bakeshop that’s been in business in New Orleans for almost a century. Their custom-made delicacies are fixtures at New Orleans weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations.

 

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Angling for the Elusive Salmon

Angling for the Elusive Salmon

Ora King is a sustainably raised salmon from New Zealand with a delicious history. On this week’s show, we travel to three cities to meet three chefs—all finalists in an international competition to create the most inventive Ora King salmon dish. 

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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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Listening To The Flip Side Of History

Listening To The Flip Side Of History

To tell a truly engaging story, you have to dig deep beneath the surface. When it comes to radio storytelling, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, also known as the Kitchen Sisters, are masters. Through projects like Lost and Found Sound and Hidden World of Girls, the independent producers tell stories for NPR and online "from the flip side of history."

On this week's show, we take a journey in sound with these two radio luminaries, discuss their amazing trajectory on NPR, and learn how they came to uncover Hidden Kitchens, their duPont-Columbia and James Beard Award-winning radio series.

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