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Louisiana Eats!
4:00 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

It's Carnival Time On Louisiana Eats!

Carnival traditions may vary across the state, but all Louisianians love a celebration.
Credit Poppy Tooker

It's Carnival time in Louisiana! We'll take you into the secret realm of some of New Orleans' oldest Mardi Gras krewes by visiting Antoine's and Tujague's Restaurants. Antoine's fifth-generation proprietor Rick Blount gives us a tour of the Rex Room, the Proteus Room, the Twelfth Night Room, and the Hermes Bar. Then, Mark Latter of Tujague's shows us the infamous Krewe d'Etat Room, a place of rollicking misbehavior.

In sharp contrast to elaborate parades and krewes of New Orleans, Mardi Gras in Cajun Country is altogether different. From Lafayette, Toby Rodriguez and Lucius Fontenot talk to us about the prairie Mardi Gras traditions that make Acadiana unique.

Also, Robin Young, host of NPR's Here & Now, turns the tables on Poppy with an interview about Mardi Gras food. There's more to it than just King Cake!

Allons au Mardi Gras!

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Food
2:07 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Getting Ready For Mardi Gras

King cakes are a popular Mardi Gras / Carnival tradition. (Eric Wagner/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 2:48 pm

King Cakes, fancy balls and brandymilk punch are some of the staples of Mardi Gras season in New Orleans. Poppy Tooker, a native New Orleanian and host of the public radio program Louisiana Eats!, explains the traditions to Here & Now’s Robin Young. She also shares this recipe for Milk Punch:

Milk Punch

Serves 6.

Ingredients:

1 cup (8 oz.) brandy or bourbon

1/2 cup cream

2 cups whole milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

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Food
4:34 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Where Y'Eat: Salvation By Sandwich At Carnival Time

Though it lacks the flash and fanfare of some traditional Carnival time foods, the humble finger sandwich helps keep the celebration running.
Ian McNulty

Some of the city's old-guard restaurants hold heralded places in Carnival tradition, and king cakes have been glittering extra brightly lately as chefs and bakers around New Orleans put their own stamp on its form and flavors.   

But, when it comes to keeping people going through the long haul of Carnival, the heavy lifting often falls to much more humble fare from unsung suppliers. These are the grocery stores, the delis and the specialty caterers of New Orleans, businesses that work at fever pitch once the parade season reaches its prime time. 

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Louisiana Eats!
12:50 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Home Cooking: Black Pots & Beyond

Ryan Trahan of Dark Roux in Lafayette prepares cracklings at the Blackpot Festival & Cookoff.
Christina Walsh

In Louisiana, home cooking requires a lot of artisanal skill. Whether it’s spending hours in the kitchen laboring over a pastry or hours alongside a black pot perfecting a roux, the Pelican State’s best foods are often labors of love. That’s what we’ll discover as we tour the state for our latest edition of Louisiana Eats!

In Shreveport we’ll meet with Scott Roebuck and Lizz Bowen, owners of Sevendipity, an up and coming restaurant in the Highlands neighborhood. We’ll learn how Scott’s self-taught cooking technique led him to create Louisana’s answer to the cronut.

We’ll also meet dozens of talented chefs at the Blackpot Festival & Cookoff held annually in Lafayette’s Acadian Village. This gathering of south Louisiana musicians and cooks draws in more and more attendees each year with its come-one, come-all hospitality and generosity of spirit. We’ll hear how community outweighed all the competition at this year’s cook off. And stir your appetite for roux, rice, and gumbo with author Stanley Dry. From North to South, we’ve got a real taste of the state.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Where Y'Eat: Fed Up With Football? TV-Free Havens From Super Bowl Hype

Cure on Freret Street is among the local spots that have traded high-def for high-style, providing TV-free atmosphere for casual outings.
Ian McNulty

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Where Y'Eat: The King Cake Extends Its Reign

King cake has become something far more pervasive than a simple Carnival time treat.
Ian McNulty


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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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Food
1:23 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Where Y'Eat: History And Evolution At Antoine's

Inside Antoine's Restaurant, the oldest in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

For Antoine’s Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in New Orleans, 2015 marks its 175th birthday. And, naturally, events and promotions will unfold through the year tied to its long history and deep well of tradition. But, even as it celebrates its past, Antoine’s is also using this anniversary to introduce changes that are aimed squarely at the future, and even at its very survival.

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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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Food
6:30 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Where Y'Eat: Making the rounds with Turkish meze

A sampling of traditional Turkish flavors at the Uptown restaurant Mezze.
Ian McNulty

Picture some friends sharing and sampling a progression of small plates and you have a very modern portrait of casual dining. But, in another example of how new trends at the dinner table often reflect old customs, you can assemble that same scene around Turkish flavors and see a very traditional view of social dining. That’s one on display in New Orleans these days at an Uptown eatery called Mezze.

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