craft cocktails

Louisiana Eats!
6:31 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Why Are These Beverage Craftsmen Concerned With Water Conservation?

Bruce Cakebread, left, of Napa Valley's Cakebread Cellars has faced a terrible drought for the past four years. He's partnered with other family wineries and UC Davis to help develop water conversation programs.
Terry McCarthy

Water conservation and ecology are at the utmost concern to beverage makers like Great Raft Brewery and Cakebread Cellars. Andrew Nations has gone to great lengths to figure out ways to change the taste profile of Shreveport's water, and Bruce Cakebread has helped organize a group of winemakers to ensure that their family businesses will survive the ongoing drought in California. We'll join each of them on site as they focus their attention towards these environmental issues.

And once you hear Molly Kimball's advice about the benefits of a daily glass of wine, you'll be glad these beverage makers are so disciplined. New research suggests that a little alcohol is great for a healthy heart: a perfect pairing, if you will. Should that not be enough for a perfect pairing, then turn to Scott Gold for his take on what makes a bowl of chili great, a great companion on a cold winter night. 

Plus food writer Jason Wilson joins the show and Poppy shares her recipe for Coq Au Vin.

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Louisiana Eats!
10:30 am
Mon January 12, 2015

How Three Foodies Stay At The Top Of Their Field

Graison Gill makes the final touches to a batch of epis before they're baked at 550 degrees. These loaves are cut with scissors so they resemble a stalk of wheat.
Thomas Walsh

For the past twenty years Dana Cowin has been Food & Wine's editor in chief, but has keep a secret from her readers. Despite being surrounded by food nearly every single day, she never learned how to cook. But with the help of her friends, many of them famous celebrity chefs, Dana has mastered her mistakes in the kitchen and learned some invaluable life skills along the way. 

We're also joined by Tony Abu-Ganim, one of the world's leading mixologists. He's seen the profession go from being a secondary job to a respected career during his 30 years behind the bar and joins us to talk about the hardships he's encountered along that journey.

And for a set of bakers with roughly five years of experience on their hands, the crew at Bellegarde Bakery is making quite a name for themselves. We'll join Graison Gill and Brett Guadagnino at their Broadmoor bakery for an early morning baking session.  

Plus Ian McNulty and Chris Jay both join us for reports from the road

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

American Distillers On A Quest For Quality

The Carousel Bar & Lounge was first installed in 1949 and has undergone renovations on several occasions, the latest in 2009.
Credit Christine Rigamer

It probably won’t surprise you that people who distill, prepare and sell alcohol are generally cheery. But what is it about their job that puts them in such a good mood? Some get to meet new faces every day, while others study the history of their profession, while even fewer teach the trade to apprentices. Whatever the case, they’re all willing to share their knowledge with others and pursue a comprehensive understanding of their profession.

Marvin Allen has tended bar at The Carousel Bar for twelve years and in that time he’s watched the American cocktail enter the mainstream. Marvin has advice about mixing drinks and shares some stories about the lively characters of the French Quarter.

We’ll also speak with three men about their commitment to distilling quality spirits like boutique hibiscus liquor, extra strength gin, and even a multi-million dollar Bourbon operation. We hope these spirited conversations will leave you informed and thirsty.   

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Celebrating The Frozen Daiquiri

Swirling, electronic tankards ready to serve.
Credit Angry Julie Monday / Flickr

The annual Tales of the Cocktail event is currently underway in New Orleans, celebrating the city's contribution as birthplace of the American cocktail and the culture that has grown out of it. But there is one mixed drink you can get almost anywhere in Louisiana that has spawned a very different kind of culture.

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Louisiana Eats!
9:50 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Make Mine A Double: The American Cocktail

The Absinthe Frappe is just one of the many drinks that was unavailable when production of its base spirit was banned around the world.
Credit Bart Everson / Flickr

Despite Louisiana’s scorching temperatures in July, thousands of visitors beat a path to New Orleans in search of a cold cocktail at the annual Tales of the Cocktail event. On this week’s show we’ll hear from the founder of the conference, get a dose of history from the King of Cocktails, and hear how a smear campaign kept absinthe out of our liquor cabinets for 100 years. Break out the ice, the bar’s open on this week’s Louisiana Eats!

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Where Y'Eat
4:24 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Food And Drink Light Up Lee Circle

The Hotel Modern is home to both the craft cocktail lounge Bellocq and the new restaurant Tivoli & Lee.
Credit Ian McNulty

It’s time for another look at Lee Circle, where craft cocktails and a contemporary Southern bistro are drawing new interest to the landmark uptown/downtown juncture. 

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