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 January 26, 2013

Tales from the Happy Country Home

Brothers Dorsey, Karlos, and Byran Knott work together at Bayou Teche Brewery to create regional, food-friendly beers.

On this week's Louisiana Eats! Poppy celebrates the Chinese New Year and begins the countdown to Mardi Gras.  First, the folks at Bayou Teche Brewery talk about the preparations they've made for Carnival Season and what they've brewed for the occasion. Then, Audra Ang discusses the time she spent in China as a journalist and the book her journey produced: To the People, Food is Heaven.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

From the Big Apple to the Big Easy

Culinary historian Michael Twitty harvests rice in South Carolina. Twitty talks about exploring his ancestry on The Southern Discomfort Tour.
Credit Michael Twitty

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On this week's Louisiana Eats!, Poppy hears expert advice from a bartender, a culinary historian, and a doctor. First, New York City bartender Don Lee discusses the science of mixing drinks in the Big Apple. Then, Michael Twitty talks about his travels along the Southern Discomfort tour. Finally, Dr. Gourmet returns with advice about keeping healthy in the new year.

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Louisiana Eats!
11:04 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Jump-Start Your New Year

"Hoppin' John" Martin Taylor has been spreading the culinary gospel of South Carolina since 1986.

Whether you're shedding weight, saving money, or sharing traditions, we've got you covered on this week's Louisiana Eats!

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Wed December 26, 2012

2012 Year in Review

This past spring, Terrance Osborne designed this year's official New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster.

As we look back at the past year we'll listen to some of our fan favorite interviews on Louisiana Eats!, including Leah Chase, Terrance Osborne, and Aaron McCargo.

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Louisiana Eats
3:32 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Christmas Treats & Trips

Since opening in 2007, Sucre Sweet Boutiques and Confection Studio has become a popular destination for New Orleanians.

Join us as we celebrate Christmas on Louisiana Eats! Tariq Hanna of Sucre discusses a recent trip to Switzerland that resulted in his own customized chocolate. Then, after we travel to Natchitoches for the Christmas Festival of Lights, historian Rien Fertel tells us forgotten stories about the praline.

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Louisiana Eats!
4:20 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Fathers, Sons, Mothers & Daughters

Chef David Guas discusses the overlapping cultural inflluences of Cuba and New Orleans, his hometown.

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we'll hear a pair of heartfelt stories about the bonds of family. First, David Guas talks about the trip he took to his father's homeland of Cuba. Then, mother-daughter team Grace and Kate Bauer collaborate on a book that documents desserts in Los Angeles. Plus, Frank McMains visits a great boudin and cracklin' spot near Baton Rouge.

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Louisiana Eats!
2:02 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

A Festive Chanukah Celebration

Since they're prepared in hot oil, latkes are often thought of as a perfect way to commemorate the miracle of Chanukah.

We're celebrating Chanukah on this week's Louisiana Eats! First, we'll hear from Michael Twitty about the overlapping food customs between his African-American heritage and his Jewish faith. Then, Joan Nathan returns to the program to talk about Jewish culinary influences across the South. Plus, Andrew Zimmern recounts stories from around the world.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:58 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Cooking Tips for Your Thanksgiving Feast

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll celebrate Thanksgiving by speaking with expert chefs, roasters, and bakers. First, Molly Stevens provides us with tricks of the trade for roasting everything from vegetables to seafood. Then, Chef Chris DeBarr and Lee Stafford collaborate to serve a Thanksgiving meal made entirely from local foods available at the time of Louisiana's settlement. Plus, Poppy teaches us how to deep-fry a turkey and Kate McDermott shares tips for baking pies.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:16 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Revelations from Unexpected Artifacts

Jim Heimann's new book about restaurant menus contains over 500 detailed images.
Credit New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, 1932 (Private Collection)

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear from Professor Jim Heimann as he talks about the evolution of restaurant menus in the the 20th century and how they chart the cultural values of America. Then, documentary filmmaker Peggy Scott Laborde gets nostalgic about New Orleans' favorite food and drinks.

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Louisiana Eats!
11:11 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Building Elaborate Restaurants

Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramanto have joined forces to open a new restaurant that reflects the complex palette of Louisiana.

On this week's episode of Louisiana Eats! we'll speak with Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramanto about opening Restaurant R'evolution, their new joint venture in the French Quarter. And then producers from Treme talk about building a restaurant set for the television series' third season.

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