Louisiana Eats!

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.

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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Major Support for Louisiana Eats! comes from: 

Zatarain's, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Rouses Supermarkets.

With additional support from:

Dickie Brennan Family of Restaurants, LCI Workers' Comp and Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home.

We've got a veritable cornucopia of Thanksgiving stories to share on this week's Louisiana Eats!
vxla / Flickr

This week on Louisiana Eats!, we gather around the table to delve into Thanksgiving traditions old and new. We hear about an unlikely culinary partnership between cookbook author Brandon Schultz and his cat, Lucy Schultz-Osenlund, who collaborated on a cookbook called Cooking for Two: Your Cat & You, a collection of recipes that will appeal to both man and man's best feline friend. Brandon tells us how he and Lucy celebrate something we're calling Catsgiving.

Two marine biologists working triangular cages used in raising the baby oysters, known as spat.
Poppy Tooker

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we venture down to Grand Isle to explore the current state of Louisiana's shellfish industry.

From haunted restaurants to spine-chilling cemeteries, we explore the spooky side of Louisiana on this week's show.
Sally Asher

It's that time of year, when the cemeteries of Louisiana come alive and the streets are haunted by tethered spirits.

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we celebrate All Hallows' Eve by time traveling through the storied tombs of St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 with photographer and historian Sally Asher. Sally takes us through the grave sites of our dearly departed culinary legends, and we hear some spooky stories along the way.

Poppy Tooker and Chef John Besh
Shaun Johnson

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we join Chef John Besh in the Rouse’s Culinary Innovation Center, located at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, for a lesson in cooking up some oyster stew. We also talk about John's newly released book, Besh Big Easy, which focuses on traditional dishes that he believes are disappearing from Louisiana dinner tables.

Thibodaux-born Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois and hospitality guru Danny Meyer at the 2015 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party.
Nicole Savitsky

There are few businesses harder to succeed in than the restaurant business. On this week's show, we hear some of America's greatest success stories from the hospitality world.

"Man, in New Orleans we really are fortunate — we got some of the best things in the world," Chef Paul Prudhomme once said. "And one of those things is the muffuletta sandwich."

And one of the best things about New Orleans was Prudhomme himself.

He was known for introducing blackened redfish to the rest of us, for his cooking demos and for his line of magic spices. Needless to say, Prudhomme changed the way the world saw Louisiana cooking.

He has died at the age of 75.

Across Louisiana and the entire country, there is a substance abuse problem in bars and restaurants.
Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

Since we began broadcasting Louisiana Eats! over five years ago, we've noticed a recurring theme when speaking with chefs, bartenders and restaurant owners about a certain aspect of the hospitality and service industry culture. From the front of the house to the back, across Louisiana and the entire country, there is a substance abuse problem in bars and restaurants.

The harvest: 2,000 pounds of chardonnay reserve picked in half an hour. The professionals can pick just as many grapes in a quarter as much time.
Terry McCarthy

Since 1986, Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley has gathered together a small group of chefs, journalists and food enthusiasts for an intensive four-day seminar at the American Harvest Workshop. Recently, the Louisiana Eats! team was invited to participate, so we've brought back some of our favorite stories from the West Coast.

Count Bernard Saint Bris and host Poppy Tooker in the gardens of his family's château, Clos Lucé.
Courtesy of Poppy Tooker

Recently, Louisiana Eats! host Poppy Tooker packed up her recording equipment, bid a cheery adieu to her company of sound engineers and went rogue to make Louisiana Eats! radio in France. On this week's episode, we share Poppy's incredible experience abroad.

Marie Saint Bris sets the table for "le dîner bleu" in the dining room of her family's Château Beauchêne in France's Loire River Valley.
Poppy Tooker

Knowing the human history behind any dish just makes it taste better. On this week's episode of Louisiana Eats!, we hit the books with several food historians to hear tales of our culinary past.

First, we speak with Dr. David Shields of the University of South Carolina, who shares his years of research on American culinarians. His upcoming book, "Culinarians: American Chefs, Caterers & Restaurateurs," is the first ever biographical collection of culinary movers and shakers in America.