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!
8:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Brett on the Paper and Linda on the Tube

A popular shirt sold at Dirty Coast pokes fun at the upcoming publication schedule of New Orleans' newspaper.

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we'll hear from Brett Anderson about his career as a food critic in New Orleans and what he's experienced at The Times-Picayune since it announced cutbacks earlier this summer. Then we'll speak with chef Linda Green about her victorious battle on the Food Network's Chopped.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:00 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

A Toast to the Cocktail

Raise your glass to the first hour-long edition of Louisiana Eats! We'll speak with cocktail experts, bar chefs, and even a Louisiana Senator to bring you all sorts of insights about your favorite drinks.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:48 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Smokin' Hot & Smokin' Cold

Listen as John T. Edge talks about what's right, and what's wrong, with barbeque.

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, author John T. Edge offers fresh perspectives on one of America's favorite foods: barbecue. Plus Chef Brian Landry will talk about a fancy culinary technique used in professional kitchens that you can use at home.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Eat for the Right Reasons

Dr. Tim Harlan

Today on Louisiana Eats!, Tim Harlan, also known as Dr. Gourmet, discusses how food can be the best medicine for a healthy lifestyle. Plus, TJ Rogers from the NO AIDS Task Force talks about his organization's largest annual fundraiser.

Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Wed July 4, 2012

A Humane Farm & A Heritage Breed

Justin Pitts at his farm in southern Mississippi.

This week on Louisiana Eats!, South Carolina pig farmer Emile DeFelice talks about the humanitarian efforts he practices at Caw Caw Creek Farms. Plus, farmer Justin Pitts talks to us about raising Piney Woods cattle.

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Louisiana Eats!
4:44 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Chasing After the Louisiana Blue Crab

Gary Bauer, owner of Pontchartrain Blue Crab

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we investigate why the Marine Stewardship Council's certifiable Louisiana Blue Crab is not being supplied to restaurateurs around the country. Plus we'll speak with Jeannie Fonseca, a local crabber. 

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Louisiana Eats!
3:54 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

A Pair of Fishing Tales

Listen to two award-winning authors speak about the importance of the sea and its inhabitants this week on Louisiana Eats!. Paul Greenberg talks about the importance of preserving fish, and a children's book by Mark Kurlansky spreads the word about marine ecology.

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Louisiana Eats!
6:13 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Big Daddies in the House

Chef Aaron McCargo originally came to prominence when he became the winner of The Next Food Network Star.

On this week's Louisiana Eats!Chef Aaron McCargo, host of Big Daddy's House, talks about his new role as a culinary consultant for people undergoing dialysis treatment. Then, listen to learn the family history of the Bon Ton Café from restaurateur, Wayne Pierce.

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Louisiana Eats!
6:04 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

An Innovative Garden and a Delightful Cajun Restaurant

A group of aquaponic towers created by A.M.P.S. allow Rouse's to grow fresh produce on location.

Rouse's Jack Treuting gives Poppy a tour of the new rooftop garden installed at the grocery store's downtown New Orleans location. Plus, Ian McNulty tells us where to find the best fried chicken down the bayou.

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Louisiana Eats!
3:45 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Eating Locally at Home and at Restaurants

On this week's show we'll hear about the growing urge to eat local. Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko talk about their new book and how they practice its ideologies on their farm. Plus Dickie Brennan discusses the initiatives he's taken to source duck locally for restaurants in the New Orleans area.

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