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!
5:11 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

The Inimitable Andrew

Andrew Zimmern and Poppy Tooker palling around at the Crescent City Farmer's Market.

Television personality Andrew Zimmern visits the Crescent City for a cooking lesson, chats about his web series, and regales Poppy with stories about exotic lands and Bizarre Foods. 

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Louisiana Eats!
6:30 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Here a Chef, There a Chef, Everywhere a Chef

Chef Phillip Lopez.

Chef Phillip Lopez chats about his avant-garde approach to cooking and author Kit Wohl talks about her new book that profiles 25 years of James Beard Award-winning chefs.

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Louisiana Eats!
6:30 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Tribute to Black History Month

Lawyer Rudy Lombard discusses his involvement with the Civil Rights Movement, while Dr. Jessica Harris leads you through a history of African-American foodstuffs. Plus homemaker Billie Carpenter.

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Louisiana Eats!
6:30 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Gettin' Ready for Da Mardi Gras

Hubig's Pies is in their second year of production for that quintessential Mardi Gras treat, the King Cake.

Actor Bryan Batt and Poppy reminisce about Mardi Gras traditions, while Drew Ramsey of Hubig's Pies explains how his family business is involved in the Carnival celebration.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:06 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Sweet Shop & Sweets' Memoir

Chocolatier Cheryl Scripter.

Bittersweet Confections owner Cheryl Scripter discusses her job as a chocolatier. Then, author Ellen Sweets shares her stories about cooking with political commentator Molly Ivins.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:12 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Caw Caw Creek and Louisiana Spirits

Farmer Emile DeFelice

Emile DeFelice of South Carolina's Caw Caw Creek joins Poppy to talk about dissolving southern stereotypes by raising humane hogs. Plus Trey Litel of Louisiana Spirits talks about a new rum distillery opening in Louisiana.  

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Louisiana Eats!
11:07 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Leah Chase Makes 89 and Joe Baker Makes Tea for Two

Chef Leah Chase celebrated her 89th birthday with Louisiana Eats.

On this week of Louisiana Eats we'll spend the day with New Orleans' culinary icon, Leah Chase, to celebrate her birthday. Plus Poppy speaks with Longue Vue Gardens' Joe Baker about their Two for Tea event.

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Louisiana Eats
6:05 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Hunters Vs. Vegans

Scott Gibert's hunting stories are a blast!

In this week's episode we'll host polar opposite points of view. John Morales & O'Shea Cleveland discuss their involvement with a vegan restaurant in New Orleans, and Scott Gibert shares his latest hunting stories.

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Louisiana Eats!
6:18 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

The Family, the Land, and the Tradition

Poppy speaks with Brazilian-born Ana Riehlmann about self-publishing her cookbook, traces Gulf Coast history with Felder Rushing, and learns about a contest taking place during Carnival season.

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Louisiana Eats!

Louisiana Eats! is a radio show for people who cook and people who love to eat well — all with a Louisiana point of view and Poppy’s distinctive Louisiana voice.

In each program listeners join Poppy as she meets people who produce, cook, and eat the foods we enjoy and treasure — exploring kitchens and stores, farms and waterways where favorite foods are produced and prepared. And because Louisianans love all kinds of food, Poppy won’t limit herself to shrimp creole and hot sauce!

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