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
Thu July 25, 2013

A Show Full Of Folksy Southern Storytellers

After a year's worth of ups and downs, Hubig's Pies has found a new place to call home.
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On this week's show we're hosting a southern comedian, a southern business, and a southern chef.

Listeners may have seen Jeff Foxworthy hosting The American Baking Competition, but his connection to food runs deeper than some might expect. Jeff joins Poppy to discuss his relationship with food using his signature redneck humor.

It's been a long road of recovery for Drew Ramsey and the Hubig's Pie factory, but a year's worth of planning has found the business a new home. Drew's back to tell us the story.

Finally, Jarred Zeringue of Eat New Orleans discusses the family recipes that inspire his cooking.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Familiar Voices At The Louisiana Eats! Table

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We've invited some of our favorite guests back for this week's edition of Louisiana Eats! They might have all been on the program before, but they've each got something new to bring to the table.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:02 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Tales Of The Cocktail Inspired By The History Of Drinking And Dining

Each July, the Hotel Monteleone becomes the epicenter for Tales of the Cocktail, an internationally attended event in celebration of the cocktail.
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Tales of the Cocktail has been shaking up the international cocktail scene since 2002. We'll speak with founder Ann Tuennerman for a retrospective of the annual event, and find out her plans for the future.

Then, we'll continue our spirited discussion by talking with the King of Cocktails, Dale Degroff. Dale outlines his involvement in the cocktail scene and discusses its return to popularity in the past decade.

Finally, we'll hear about a new collaboration between the Leidenheimer Baking Company and Tableau, a new restaurant in the French Quarter.

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Louisiana Eats!
7:38 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

Why Do Louisianians Invest In Culinary Expertise?

Students at the Louisiana Culinary Institute had their professional and personal lives taped for an entire semester for a new reality television show called "The Freshmen Class."
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The Tulane University Center for Culinary Medicine has found a new home on Broad Street. We'll be joined by the movers and shakers of the program on this week's Louisiana Eats!, including Dr. Gourmet and the country's first medical school chef.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

'Table Talk' From The Delta And 'Good Eggs' From The Bay

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Many people within the culinary scene of New Orleans are not originally from here. Leah Chase calls them "foreigners." We'll hear from several of those "foreigners" on this week's Louisiana Eats!

Writer Julia Reed joins us to talk about her early years in the Mississippi Delta, her travels around the world, and her home in the Crescent City. We'll also hear about a new program coming to New Orleans called Good Eggs, which connects people together online so they can source their food locally.  

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Let's Hear It For The Boys

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In honor of Father's Day we're chatting with the boys on this week's Louisiana Eats!.

Chocolatier Tariq Hanna joins us to discuss what inspires his work at Sucré and how cakes have brought him to the White House. Then we'll hear how Jay Bentley, a very masculine chef from Montana, imports the flavors of New Orleans to Big Sky country.

We'll also be joined by Ian McNulty, who tells us which town in Louisiana has the most mouthwatering balls — boudin balls, that is. And we round out the show with a discussion about the "chill" attitude of Louisianians from culinary heavyweight David Chang.

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Louisiana Eats!
2:11 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Natural Food Advocates Share Their Tips For Healthy Living

Eliminating processed food from your diet does not mean you have to compromise flavor. For example, fried sage can bring a new dimension to some of your favorite dishes.
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We're cutting out processed foods on this week's Louisiana Eats! First we'll speak with Loretta Barrett Oden about the pragmatic culinary heritage of her Native American people. Then Penelope Dane joins the conversation to talk about gluten-free living. Finally, we'll wrap things up with a conversation about the different vegan dining experiences across the country.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:39 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Know Your Fisherman: Louisiana Direct Seafood Mends A Forgotten Relationship

A series of technological advancements in the past decade has allowed Louisiana fishermen to sell their catches directly to the public, thereby eliminating middlemen and putting more money in their pockets.
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On this week's edition of Louisiana Eats! we hear about a new program developed by LSU that allows consumers the opportunity to buy fresh catches directly from our state's fishermen.

Then we'll visit the kitchen of GW Finns to speak with Chef Tenney Flynn about safely handling seafood before it hits the pan.

And you’ll want to hear about the secret ingredient Ryan Hughes received from one of his hip friends in California. Here’s a hint: it had to be sent through the mail in an airtight container.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

What's To Become Of The New Orleans Food Truck Scene?

The New Orleans Food Truck Coalition is collaborating with members of the New Orleans City Council to change legislation regarding mobile food vendors in Orleans Parish.

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On this week's Louisiana Eats! New Orleans' councilwoman Stacy Head and Rachel Billow of the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition draft new food truck ordinances in New Orleans' political system.

We'll hear how the laws are outdated, find out why an approved ordinance was vetoed, and discuss plans for the future. Then, Greg Reggio joins us to talk about his involvement with the Taste Buds, a culinary and restaurant development company based in Louisiana. Plus, Jyl Benson and Ryan Hughes discuss great places to eat and unexpected ingredients to use in your kitchen.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Will Louisiana's Seafood System Go Commercially Extinct?

Louisiana shrimpers and fishermen are finding new ways to stay economically viable in the changing landscape of the 21st century.
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Fresh seafood has helped define Louisiana's cuisine for centuries. This week a field of experts join us on Louisiana Eats! to discuss how our local seafood is caught, distributed and consumed.

We'll hear from Paul Greenberg about the environmental changes that threaten the Mississippi River shrimp; listen how members of the Gulf Seafood Trace program improve consumer relationships with local fishers; and find out how the shrimp industry has changed in the past 20 years from seafood distributor Louis Raines.

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