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
Fri April 26, 2013

Jazz Fest Performers Take You Inside Their Kitchens and Out on the Road

Members of Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes rock out at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2005. The band returns to the Acura Stage on Thursday, May 2nd at 1:35pm.
Credit Douglas Mason

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Life on the road might be difficult for traveling musicians and their crews, but the perks of this lifestyle are almost impossible to replicate.

Chef Anne Churchill spends her summers traveling as a cook for one of rock's most popular touring bands and has the stories to prove it. She joins us on Louisiana Eats! to talk about the mammoth responsibilities of cooking at amphitheaters across the country.

We'll also hear from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, whose decade together on the road has honed their tastes for the weird and wild. Their firsthand accounts with late-night diners will get you hungry for donuts, Philly cheese steaks, and kangaroo burgers.

And when it's finally time to come home, few know our musicians better than Elsa Hahne. She'll share stories about getting these public figures to open up to her privately in their own kitchens.

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Louisiana Eats!
1:00 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Meet The Microbrewery That's Spreading Brooklyn's 'Funkiness'

Throughout the year Brooklyn Brewery will trek into 11 different cities to celebrate the growing cultural link between food and art.
Mark Faviell

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Many people might be familiar with Brooklyn Brewery, the New York-based microbrewery. But did you know they've organized a highly collaborative project called The MASH? It's an interactive tour of the brewery's favorite food, music, comedy, literature, and beer that's traversing the country over the next year.

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear all about this modern cavalcade's cross-country trip.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Distilled & Fermented: Alcohol's Past, Present and Future

Mixologist Adam Segar consults many bars and fine dining establishments across the country, including New Orleans' Restaurant R'evolution.
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On this week's episode of Louisiana Eats! sommelier Molly Wismeier and mixologist Adam Seger discuss their involvement inside the wine cellar and behind the bar of Restaurant R'evolution.

Then, documentarian Ken Burns talks about the era of Prohibition in American history.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat March 30, 2013

A Smorgasbord of Guests

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On this week’s Louisiana Eats! Poppy chats with actor Christian LeBlanc, her co-host during this summer’s Dining Out for Life Event.

Then, Joe Brock and Harold McGee talk about raising chickens in the city and what you can do with the eggs they lay.

We’ll wrap things up with a discussion about Food Hubs from Kathleen Merrigan, the USDA’s Deputy Secretary, and hear about a favorite dining spot in Shreveport from our newest roving reporter.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Behind the Bread of Louisiana

Whether it's used for making a Po-Boy or served along side a bowl of gumbo, bread such a staple in Louisiana that it's often overshadowed in local cuisine.

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On this week's edition of Louisiana Eats!, we'll sit down to explore New Orleans' rich baking culture with historians, bakers, and other assorted experts. We'll hear about forgotten bakeries, special baking techniques, and unique delicacies throughout Southern Louisiana.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat March 16, 2013

New Orleans' Cultural Mashup

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This week on Louisiana Eats! we'll hear from Liz Williams, the director of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, who will talk about her new book, New Orleans: A Food Biography. We'll also hear from Chef Matt Murphy about how and why he celebrates St. Patrick's Day with gratitude.

Plus, Ian McNulty swings by to chat about a great spot in Port Allen for Cajun meats and boudin.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Where the Water Beats Against the Land

This is one of several photographs that Alexander Allison shot of the flooded conditions along the Mississippi River at the turn of the 20th century. Tulane University professor Oliver Houck used this picture on the cover of his recently released book, Down on the Batture
Credit Alexander Allison

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll go Down on the Batture with Professor Oliver Houck. He'll explain the ecology of this small sliver of land, the bounty of foodstuffs found there, and the opportunities it provides for fringe living.

We'll also hear about the partnership forged between Tulane University's School of Medicine and Johnson & Wales University, a prominent culinary institute in the United States.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Hughes Goes South; Seafood Goes Digital

Chef Ryan Hughes' new restaurant, Purloo, currently operates as a pop-up restaurant located on Prytania Street in Uptown New Orleans.

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On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll have an extended chat with Chef Ryan Hughes. Ryan talks with us about  his transformation into a certifiable Southerner and explains the association between his new restaurant and the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

We'll also hear how technology and food are becoming intertwined when Poppy speaks with representatives from the Gulf Seafood Trace program.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat February 16, 2013

The Importance of Going Slow

Slow Food USA's new executive director, Richard McCarthy.

On this week's episode of Louisiana Eats!, Poppy sits down for an extended chat with Richard McCarthy, a homegrown hero who's provided leadership to the Crescent City Farmer's Market for more than fifteen years. Richard speaks about the work he's done in New Orleans and discusses his recent appointment as Slow Food USA's  executive director.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Butchery: From Snout to Tail

 

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This week we'll take an extended look into the meat markets of Louisiana. First, we'll hear from the owners and operators of Cleaver & Co., a new boutique butcher shop in New Orleans. Then, historian Lawrence Powell discusses the consequences of the 1873 U.S. Slaughterhouse Cases, which inadvertently paved the way for Jim Crow laws to be enacted in the 20th Century.

Plus, Poppy spends time with Wynton Marsalis and chats with foodie Betty Fussell.

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