Poppy Tooker

Host of Louisiana Eats!

Poppy is the host and executive producer of the weekly show, Louisiana Eats! Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table.

Poppy provides weekly restaurant commentary on, “Steppin’ Out” (WYES TV). Her book, The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook received a Tabasco cookbook award and was named “Cookbook of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine.She was recognized by the Times-Picayune as a “Hero of the Storm” for her work reviving New Orleans restaurants and food providers following Hurricane Katrina. The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Poppy’s rebuilding efforts at their annual conference in April 2008, with their first ever, Community Service Award.

For over 25 years, Poppy’s cooking classes have centered on history and tradition as well as the food science behind her preparation.

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Louisiana Eats!
1:45 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Louisiana Eats: Greece On The Bayou

Greek and American flags line Bayou St. John outside of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in New Orleans.
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On this week’s Louisiana Eats!, we visit the Greek Isles without ever leaving the bayou. Holy Trinity Cathedral on Bayou St. John in New Orleans is home to the oldest Greek Orthodox community in North America. For over 150 years, this tight-knit community has combined food and faith in the traditional way of their ancient ancestors. For 42 years, Trinity members have welcomed thousands of visitors to their annual Greek Festival.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:14 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Crawfish, Chicken And Cold Pop On Louisiana Eats!

Al Scramuzza, owner of Seafood City, holding his signature crawfish boil seasoning blend.
Credit Joe Shriner

Author Andrew Lawler sits down with us on this week’s Louisiana Eats! to discuss Why Did The Chicken Cross The World, which is also the title of his new book. You’ll be amazed by the many ways that simple bird has impacted humanity over the ages. Even Queen Victoria gets into the act, with her fascination for fancy hybrid chickens helping to bring about the “chicken bubble.” Would you pay thousands of dollars for a clucker? Nineteenth century Europeans did!

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Louisiana Eats!
2:15 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Bringing Racial Justice To The Table

Hoeing Young Cotton between 1865 and 1895 - albumen stereograph photoprints mounted on board by Samuel Tobias Blessing.
Credit Courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection

This episode of Louisiana Eats! examines African-American culinary life and culture in slavery times and today. Historic New Orleans Collection curator Erin Greenwald gives us a private tour of Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808–1865, an exhibit that examines the domestic slave trade in America. Solomon Northup, the free man of color who wrote the memoir "Twelve Years A Slave," comes to life with some amazing documents that shed light on his true story.

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Louisiana Eats!
3:30 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Reopening St. Roch Market: An Interview With Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Poppy Tooker and Mayor Mitch Landrieu
Credit Chris Kehoe

The recently renovated St. Roch Market was vandalized Thursday evening, with the front and side walls covered in paint and several windows broken, according to WDSU.com.

St. Roch Market is one of the last of the original city markets that formerly dotted New Orleans' cityscape. Built in 1875, the landmark has just recently been reopened to the public.

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Louisiana Eats!
3:10 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Louisiana Eats! Takes A Virtual Tour Of France

This week, Louisiana Eats takes a virtual tour of France, beginning with a discussion about connecting the future and the past with Mayor Mitch Landrieu at the newly-renovated St. Roch Market.
Credit Poppy Tooker

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we take a virtual trip to Paris. Our first stop is a rendezvous with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu at the St. Roch Market – a place where charcuterie, crepes and cheeses are served – much like in a Parisian marché.

St. Roch is the last of the original city markets that formally dotted New Orleans' cityscape. Built in 1875, this landmark has recently been renovated and restored to its former glory.

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Louisiana Eats!
11:30 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Seafood Innovation After The BP Spill

Shrimp boats docked in Venice, Louisiana.
Credit finchlake2000 / Flickr

On this week’s Louisiana Eats!, we’re remembering the devastation of the BP oil spill, which took place five years ago this week. Six weeks after the spill, we produced our very first episode of Louisiana Eats!, and there was no way we could ignore the disaster that was unfolding in the Gulf.

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Louisiana Eats!
1:00 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Louisiana Eats! Moves To The Fabulous SoFAB

Host Poppy Tooker carries equipment into the Southern Food and Beverage Museum for the show's big move. SoFAB is now the new home of the Louisiana Eats! studios.
Credit Chris Kehoe

Big news on this week’s Louisiana Eats! We move into our new studios, located in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Oretha Castle Haley in Central City.

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Louisiana Eats!
11:20 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Growing Up Brennan

Lally Brennan and Ti Martin, co-proprietors of Commander's Palace.
Chris Kehoe

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.

Lally Brennan and Ti Martin share childhood memories and discuss what it’s like to be at the helm of Commander’s Palace today.

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Louisiana Eats!
9:10 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Sweet Eats: Sugar And Honey

Spencer Marshall, beekeeping guru of Northern California, shows how he harvests honey from hives on his farm in Napa Valley.
Credit Terry McCarthy

What’s sweeter than honey? Sugar! Or is it the other way around? On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we try to answer that question as we examine the sweetest things from Louisiana, California and across the world.

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Louisiana Eats!
9:35 am
Sat March 14, 2015

These Pubs Are Homes Away From Home

The Irish Channel Parade is one of several St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Louisiana.
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This week, we are headed straight to the living room. But we don’t mean the living room in your house; we’re talking about the nearest Irish Pub! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Louisiana Eats! is exploring all things Irish.

Tulane History Professor and author of the new book “The Irish in New Orleans,” Laura Kelley gives us a history of Irish immigrants in the Crescent City and how they influenced Louisiana culture in some unexpected ways.

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