Food

Food
4:30 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Where Y'Eat: A Short Order Long-Timer Endures At Leni’s

Leni's Diner is a lunch spot that doubles as a time capsule for downtown's dining past.
Ian McNulty

New Orleans restaurant culture is abuzz with different flavors, new fashions and even a new lexicon these days. Some places set the pace and others struggle to keep up. But then there are those that ignore them altogether, and in some cases stand apart, by essentially standing still. Leni's Café is one example.

Leni's Café on Where Y'Eat.

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Food
8:39 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Cinco De Mayo: How To Dip Without Breaking The Chip

Claire O'Neill NPR

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 9:13 am

The Mexican army's May 5 victory in 1862's Battle of Puebla is a pretty small holiday in Mexico. But in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has grown into a kind of Mexican St. Patrick's Day. So this weekend, in honor of that holiday, thousands of Americans will be dipping tortilla chips into guacamole, and when they do they'll have an important decision to make: how best to dip without breaking the chip.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Will Louisiana's Seafood System Go Commercially Extinct?

Louisiana shrimpers and fishermen are finding new ways to stay economically viable in the changing landscape of the 21st century.
Credit geauxlouisiana/flickr

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Fresh seafood has helped define Louisiana's cuisine for centuries. This week a field of experts join us on Louisiana Eats! to discuss how our local seafood is caught, distributed and consumed.

We'll hear from Paul Greenberg about the environmental changes that threaten the Mississippi River shrimp; listen how members of the Gulf Seafood Trace program improve consumer relationships with local fishers; and find out how the shrimp industry has changed in the past 20 years from seafood distributor Louis Raines.

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Jazz Fest 2013
1:35 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Photos: Jazz Fest Food

Crawfish Almondine. Perfect for when you're done with your set on stage.
Allyce Andrew WWNO

Music isn't the only thing that draws people to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival each year. The astounding variety of food all in one spot is one of the biggest pluses for locals and visitors alike.

Do you have your own Jazz Fest food favorite? Did we miss something important? Let us know in the comments below.

Jazz Fest 2013
12:24 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Keeping It Delicious With Jazz Fest Food Director Michelle Nugent

It wouldn't be a spring festival in New Orleans without crawfish!
Credit Allyce Andrew / WWNO

With nearly 70 food vendors and over 200 dishes, Jazz Fest isn’t simply a music destination, it’s a foodie paradise. But that makes vendor selection and organization an arduous task.

Fortunately, just the right woman is leading the process. Michelle Nugent has been the Jazz Fest Food Director since 1999 and has a culinary résumé befitting a world-class chef. She spent 17 years working with chef Susan Spicer, first as an apprentice, then as Bayona’s sous chef, and finally as the executive chef at Spice Inc.

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Food
8:15 am
Sat April 27, 2013

What To Eat At Jazz Fest If You Stayed Up Too Late

Ya Ka Mein is an African-American traditional food, also known as "Old Sober"
Hallie Sheck WWNO

As Jazz Fest enters its second day, folks may be waking up this morning a bit haggard from yesterday’s festivities. For those battling the brown bottle blues, fear not: there may be help for you at the Fair Grounds.

Poppy Tooker, host of Louisiana Eats!, says first you’ll need to visit Ms. Linda’s Ya Ka Mein stand, right near the Congo Square Stage.

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Jazz Fest 2013
3:51 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Jazz Fest Food: New Tastes For 2013

Our own Poppy Tooker at the Jazz Fest with a pork chop sandwich from Ms. Linda’s Catering.
Hallie Sheck WWNO

On average, Jazz Fest adds $300 million to the local economy and is expected to draw nearly half a million attendees this year.

And all of those people need to be fed.

With over 70 food and beverage vendors, Jazz Fest does not disappoint. We spoke with Poppy Tooker, the host of WWNO's Lousiana Eats!, as she went through her annual ritual surveying the food booths at Jazz Fest. We got to preview some of the new dishes hitting the festival food scene.

Poppy's top picks to try?

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Jazz Fest Performers Take You Inside Their Kitchens and Out on the Road

Members of Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes rock out at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2005. The band returns to the Acura Stage on Thursday, May 2nd at 1:35pm.
Credit Douglas Mason

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Life on the road might be difficult for traveling musicians and their crews, but the perks of this lifestyle are almost impossible to replicate.

Chef Anne Churchill spends her summers traveling as a cook for one of rock's most popular touring bands and has the stories to prove it. She joins us on Louisiana Eats! to talk about the mammoth responsibilities of cooking at amphitheaters across the country.

We'll also hear from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, whose decade together on the road has honed their tastes for the weird and wild. Their firsthand accounts with late-night diners will get you hungry for donuts, Philly cheese steaks, and kangaroo burgers.

And when it's finally time to come home, few know our musicians better than Elsa Hahne. She'll share stories about getting these public figures to open up to her privately in their own kitchens.

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Where Y'Eat
4:35 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Feeding the Fest in Overtime

Some of the food vendors at Jazz Fest also run standalone restaurants throughout the year, including Lil' Dizzy's, the eatery behind trout Baquet.
Ian McNulty

New Orleans, La. –
The procedure for ordering at Jazz Fest food booths is pretty straightforward: you name your dish and fork over cash. At some booths, however, it's common for festival-goers to try to make dinner reservations too.

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Louisiana Eats!
1:00 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Meet The Microbrewery That's Spreading Brooklyn's 'Funkiness'

Throughout the year Brooklyn Brewery will trek into 11 different cities to celebrate the growing cultural link between food and art.
Mark Faviell

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Many people might be familiar with Brooklyn Brewery, the New York-based microbrewery. But did you know they've organized a highly collaborative project called The MASH? It's an interactive tour of the brewery's favorite food, music, comedy, literature, and beer that's traversing the country over the next year.

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear all about this modern cavalcade's cross-country trip.

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