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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For some, Louisiana summers mean oppressive heat and thick humidity. For others, it means backyard barbecues and ice cold cocktails! On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we bask in the sunshine as we look at locally produced rum, outdoor grilling, and the recent resurgence of interest Tiki cocktails.

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Pop-up restaurants have been becoming increasingly popular all over Louisiana. These nomadic entrepreneurs move into bars and restaurants, often serving delicious, unconventional food for armies of devoted diners. To find out more about these indie bands of the restaurant world, we go to the source, speaking with some of the newest and most exciting pop-ups in New Orleans at the 2015 Propeller Pop event.

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This week on Louisiana Eats!, we go behind the scenes at the biggest annual cocktail gathering in the world, Tales of the Cocktail.

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Sooner or later, we all have to grow up, but exactly what that process entails can vary dramatically. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we investigate what it means to be an adult and the journey of self-discovery.

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On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we're celebrating our one-year anniversary on the airwaves of Red River Radio by highlighting the burgeoning food scene of northern Louisiana. We tour Mahaffey Farms with innovative farmer Evan McCommon and even get to meet his heritage breed pigs and chickens.

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Just in time for Father’s Day, Mayor Mitch Landrieu talks about his special relationship with his dad, former mayor Moon Landrieu, and how he benefits from Moon’s 40-year perspective on what it takes to be mayor of New Orleans.

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Ella Brennan, the octogenarian doyenne of New Orleans dining, is the matriarch of the Brennan dynasty. Here, Ella remembers the family's history, beginning with her brother, Owen, founder of the original Brennan’s restaurant.

Ella goes on to discuss her life in restaurants, hobnobbing with celebrities like Lucius Beebe, and helping launch the careers of superstar chefs in the Commander’s Palace kitchen, including Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse.

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Have you ever noticed how many family business center around food? That’s especially true of the restaurant business! On this week’s Louisiana Eats!, we hear from several multigenerational restaurateurs of note.

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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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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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