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!
9:50 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Make Mine A Double: The American Cocktail

The Absinthe Frappe is just one of the many drinks that was unavailable when production of its base spirit was banned around the world.
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Despite Louisiana’s scorching temperatures in July, thousands of visitors beat a path to New Orleans in search of a cold cocktail at the annual Tales of the Cocktail event. On this week’s show we’ll hear from the founder of the conference, get a dose of history from the King of Cocktails, and hear how a smear campaign kept absinthe out of our liquor cabinets for 100 years. Break out the ice, the bar’s open on this week’s Louisiana Eats!

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Louisiana Eats!
3:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A Salute To The James Beard Awards

Chef Ryan Prewitt won Best Chef of the South at The James Beard Awards this past spring. His restaurant, Peche Seafood Restaurant, won best New Restaurant in America.
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Every year The James Beard Awards are bestowed on the most talented individuals in the professional food industry.

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Louisiana Eats!
6:02 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Cultural Tourism At Its Finest: Food Studies In New Orleans

Professor Meryl Rosofsky, left, connects her students with authentic Louisiana experiences so that their visit here isn't isolated to the French Quarter and other tourist traps.
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Using food as a way to understand the world is something your parents probably never studied in college, but it’s has become a popular discipline in the past decade. Each year, professor Meryl Rosofsky brings students from NYU’s food studies program to New Orleans for a week-long cultural immersion. We join them at Dooky Chase to hear if their preconceptions of New Orleans are being shed.

We’ll also visit the Steamboat Warehouse in St. Landry Parish, take a cooking class with Kyan Douglas, and make leftovers with Scott Gold and his enormous jar of kimchi. 

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Louisiana Eats!
1:15 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Summertime Fun: Hot Dogs, Picnics And Kids

The growing popularity of Louisiana's gourmet sausage vendors has helped catapult the local hot dog scene into the national dialogue.
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As temperatures rise around Louisiana it's become perfectly clear that summer is here. So this week on Louisiana Eats! we're talking about traditional summertime foods, giving you advice for picnics, and hearing how to keep your kids entertained during the hottest part of the year.

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Louisiana Eats!
10:00 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Turning It Around With Food: Triumph Kitchen In Baton Rouge

In order to help fiance Triumph Kitchen, directors Chris and Sommer Wadsworth have sold local businesses wall space and commissioned young artists to paint them.
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In Baton Rouge, teenagers looking to turn their lives around are getting involved with Triumph Kitchen.  Directors Chris and Sommer Wadsworth join us to share Triumph’s story and then we’ll turn to New Orleans to hear how Liberty’s Kitchen, a local non-profit, is doing similar work.

Then we’ll be joined by Louisiana Eats! regulars Dr. Gourmet and Ryan Hughes to hear what they’ve got in store for the summer. Ryan’s traveling to Russia to feed a festival of people and Dr. Gourmet’s ready to share his tips about combating heart disease. Plus, Cory Bahr gives us the scoop about his fine-dining restaurant in Monroe.

And don’t forget to send in your personal stories about finding love at Tales of the Cocktail.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat May 31, 2014

A Taste Of Home: Finding Cultural Identity At The Table

A nine year old Polish boy shucks oysters in 1911. Of all the things newcomers bring with them to American soil, food offers a direct connection to their homelands.
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Whether they’re short trips across town or long voyages across the oceans, we all take journeys. On this week’s Louisiana Eats! we’ll speak with writers and restaurateurs about their personal quests for cultural identity.

Kim Sunee’s appetites include travel, knowledge and food. Her trip to Korea is one of the main topics she writes about in A Mouthful of Stars, which explores another dimension of Kim’s creativity: her poetry.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Need A Drink? Raise Your Glass To American Craft Beer Week

Tin Roof Brewing Company's William McGeeHee has plans of building a tap room at his brewery in Baton Rouge, where he'll be able to serve specialty-crafted, small-batch beers to guests.
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Need A Drink? Raise Your Glass To American Craft Beer Week

On this week's edition of Louisiana Eats! we raise a glass to American Craft Beer Week with brewers, bar owners, and innovators in the microbrewing industry.

We were lucky enough to snag craft beer pioneer Steve Hindy of Brooklyn Brewery for a conversation about the history of craft beer and where it’s going next.

We’ll also visit a local breweries when we speak with William McGee of Tin Roof Brewing Company in Baton Rouge and Kirk Coco at NOLA Brewing Company. And we top it off with a chat at The Avenue Pub with Polly Watts about her predictions for craft brewing in Louisiana.

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Louisiana Eats!
8:23 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

The Ebb And Flow Of Louisiana Seafood

Scientists and writers have speculated that Louisiana's bounty of redfish, shrimp, crab, and other seafood could be jeopardized in the changing global landscape.
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Fresh seafood has defined Louisiana's cuisine for centuries. We're joined by a field of experts to discuss how the our seafood catches impact us ecologically, economically and culturally. 

We'll hear from Paul Greenberg about the environmental changes that threaten the Louisiana's shrimping industry and then pass the buck to Louis Raines, a local shrimp distributor. Gerard Marias also joins the program to share his shrimp boiling recipe and techniques. 

Plus author Mark Kurlansky talks about the impact we're having on the wildlife in the ocean, and chef Tenney Flynn explains how to treat fish with the utmost respect once you've brought it home from the grocery.

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Louisiana Eats!
2:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

You Don't Have To Be Fancy: New Variations On Fish & Vietnamese Food

Ryan Prewitt uses Uruguayan cooking techniques to prepare seared, grilled and smoked fish at Peche Seafood Grill in New Orleans.
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Fine dining restaurants are often where innovations take place in the restaurant industry, but quality food is never limited to those locations. After spending years in white tablecloth restaurants, Jeff and Michael Gulotta started their own place, MoPho, which caters to the palates and pocketbooks of their working class industry friends. 

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Crawfish & Barbecue: Staples At Spring Gatherings

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Getting together with family and friends is something Louisianians do best and in springtime, the weather's just right for barbecues and crawfish boils. This week on Louisiana Eats! we're going around the state to investigate two primary foods that feed the masses this time of year.

Sam Irwin grew up in crawfish country, so his fascination with our state's freshwater crustacean seems natural. Sam's the first of many guests to discuss the crawfish, as well as Chris Jay and Scott Gold, who join the conversation with their own advice about the mudbug.

Then we'll turn to members of the Southern Foodways Alliance for some insights into barbecue. Chef Drew Robinson talks about running a barbecue joint with over 30 locations, and John T. Edge discusses the peace-making capabilities of a great smoked pig.  

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