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!
5:00 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Creativity Doesn't Come Overnight: Culinary Mentorships

Whether they attend culinary school or gain an apprenticeship, the finest chefs are students forever looking to sharpen their culinary skills.
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Among the many professions that require an ongoing sense of inquiry and creativity is a chef. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear about the illustrious career of Jacquy Pfeiffer,a pastry chef who's helped found The French Pastry School in Chicago and has also been the subject of a documentary by D.A. Pennebaker.

Then we're joined by the Nola Pie Guy, a graduate of The French Pastry School, to hear how his education prepared him for a life in pastry.

And finally we'll hear how Syrena Johnson keeps her ambitions in fine-dining afloat by mentoring with A-list chefs around New Orleans. 

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Come Celebrate Women's History Month With Innovators In Food

Women gather together in the name of food in 1917. The first International Women's Day occurred in 1911 and has become a month-long historical appreciation.
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March is Women's History Month in the United States and the United Kingdom. To honor the month-long event, this week on Louisiana Eats! we'll speak with some of our favorite ladies in the Louisiana food scene.

Julia Reed joins us for a reflection on her life in the Mississippi Delta and why New Orleans is so dear to her heart. We'll also speak with the co-founder of the Red Stick Market in Baton Rouge and hear how Linda Green helped unit a Korean soup with a New Orleans cultural celebration.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:03 am
Sat March 8, 2014

From The Newsroom To The Classroom: Food Media & Food Studies

Over the course of the past 20 years media coverage of food has expanded into a plethora of beats.
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Over the past twenty years, conversations about food have entered mainstream American culture. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear how food has grown in the newsrooms and classrooms of American society with food writer Brett Anderson and professor Elizabeth Engelhardt.

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Found Recipes
5:14 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

In The Land Of Floats And Beads, You'd Better Bring Deviled Eggs

At Mardi Gras, cup dispensers wear a little extra flair. Pictured in the top left corner is your future milk punch container — temporarily airborne.
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Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 6:57 pm

The morning of Mardi Gras calls for something a little hardier — and a little more indulgent — than your average bowl of Wheaties. After all, a long day lies ahead, thick with flying beads, outlandish parade floats and food in every form and function. When partying in New Orleans starts as early as dawn, a good breakfast is crucial.

And don't forget, Poppy Tooker adds: "This is the one city in America where breakfast drinking is totally socially acceptable." Why let such a splendid opportunity go to waste?

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Louisiana Eats!
12:30 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Mardi Gras Celebrations Around Louisiana

No matter where they are, Louisianans love a celebration.
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We're getting ready for da Mardi Gras! This week on Louisiana Eats! we'll hear about New Orleans' Mardi Gras traditions from Errol Laborde, and speak with experts from Lafayette about their food customs and celebrations. Plus, we visit Cake Café for a peek at how they make their famous King Cake. 

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Louisiana Eats!
11:45 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Finding New Ways To Stay Healthy And Boost Energy

Raw Republic wants to offer cleaner, healthier ways of living for the New Orleans food community. Their new business specializes is cold-pressed juices, tonics and smoothies.
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Staying healthy is a challenge for us all, particularly in Louisiana, where food-obsession is a way of life. But being food-obsessed doesn't mean you have to have a penchant for heavy cream and butter. This week on Louisiana Eats! we'll speak from the owners of a new wellness boutique in New Orleans to hear about the foods and philosophies that guide their approach to living well. 

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Louisiana Eats!
2:04 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Good Eggs: Web-Based Aggregator Expands Its Brick & Mortar Operation

The new Good Eggs warehouse located on Tchoupitoulas Street is the nucleus of their operation. Vendors drop off their products, which are then separated into individual orders and shipped out to pick up spots around New Orleans.
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Good Eggs New Orleans is connecting farmers, value-added products, and consumers together in a single system. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll speak with leaders of the organization's local branch to hear how their work helps reduce farm waste and keeps money circulating locally.

We'll also turn to Chef Ryan Hughes for cooking tips about bottarga: a cured strip of roe sacks used for finishing salads, pastas and  pizzas.

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Louisiana Eats!
9:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Louisiana Eats! Celebrates The International Year Of Family Farming

Jamie and Kenny Mauthe with their two daughters, one of their cows, and Louisiana Eats! host Poppy Tooker.
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The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization declared that 2014 is the International Year of Family Farming. Over the course of the next year, Louisiana Eats! will periodically profile local family farms to find out how their family farms impact our community.  

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Louisiana Eats!
12:03 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Traditional Dishes Served At The New Year's Table

One of the most popular New Year's dishes in the American South is Hoppin' John. We'll hear about this dish and more new year's traditions on this week's show.
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Every holiday has its own of traditions, and New Year's Day is no exception. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear about a bowl of hoppin' john made with the freshest ingredients, the superstitions behind black-eyed peas, and a roasted cabbage beyond your wildest dreams.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

2013: Louisiana Eats! Year In Review

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As 2013 comes to an end we're looking back at some of our favorite interviews from the past year on Louisiana Eats!. We spoke with the team from Bayou Teche Brewing during Carnival season to find out what they'd been brewing for the holiday and how they celebrate Mardi Gras Day in Acadiana. And as the festival season continued, we hung out with Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes to find out what fuels them in the studio and on the road. 

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