Blue Oak BBQ opened recently in Mid-City, the latest in a growing number of serious barbecue purveyors in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

Is New Orleans a barbecue town? For a long time, the answer was generally, even if grudgingly, no. But times are changing.

Rodrigo Mondragon and host Poppy Tooker. Rodrigo is co-owner of Ki’ Mexico, a Shreveport restaurant he runs with members of his family.
Chris Jay

On this week's show, we journey across the state to learn about the flourishing flavors of Latin American cuisine in Louisiana.

Photo courtesy of Cafe Reconcile.

Cafe Reconcile brings innovative life skills and job training to young people from severely at-risk communities.




“So the word of the day today is open-mindedness. What does it mean to have an open mind, and is it important to have an open mind?” asks Rachel Crump, a social worker at Cafe Reconcile.

One of The Remedy Room's mobile clinics stationed on a street in New Orleans.
Poppy Tooker

It's really true what they say: You are what you eat — and drink! On this week's show, we call in the experts to learn about the effects of our eating and drinking habits on the human mind, body and spirit.

Crawfish Monica is one of the classic tastes of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Ian McNulty

The food served up around the Fair Grounds each year at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival isn’t typical event food. It is specifically Jazz Fest food. It rarely changes and as a result Jazz Fest regulars anticipate and crave certain dishes each year as part of their festival experience.

Phyllis Jordan and Wes Palmisano.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

  This edition of Out to Lunch is a fascinating view of New Orleans business that looks at the past, present and future of the city and surrounding economies with unusual insight. Host Peter Ricchiuti is joined by Phyllis Jordan and Wes Palmisano.

Michael Guidry

Then, Jazz Fest kicks off weekend two.  We catch up with Louisiana nature painter Michael Guidry.

And, the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the non-profit owner of Jazz Fest is offering entrepreneurs in the culinary arts, training and funding, with its Catapult grant program.

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Lunch is prepared at El Paraiso, an organic farm and family-run restaurant in Viñales, Cuba.
Poppy Tooker

As the diplomatic thaw between the United States and Cuba continues, new opportunities for Americans to visit Cuba are opening all kinds of doors. In an incredible stroke of luck, Louisiana Eats! host Poppy Tooker had the opportunity to join the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on their landmark visit to Cuba for the Havana Jazz Festival. On this week's show, Poppy shares an audio travelogue from her week-long trip in the Rome of the Caribbean.

The bronze statue of Ignatius J. Reilly, on Canal Street.
Todd Murray / Flickr

John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces is internationally revered for having captured the essence and eccentricity of New Orleans — and for introducing readers to its larger-than-life protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly. On this week's show, we take a culinary look between the pages of the book that, 35 years ago, was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.