Food

Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Tradition Begs For Evolution: Changing Federal Policy & Reviving Local Customs

Toby Rodriguez has helped revive Cajun traditions with his group, Lache Pas Boucherie et Cuisine.
Thomas Walsh

Michel Nischan, Toby Rodriguez and Brian Kyzar are all men with grand ambitions. Even though they work in different parts of the country, they each plan to bring about changes within their niche of the food industry. 

Michel's been in the game for over 35 years. Among the many jobs he's had, Michel's done farm work, cooked in a kitchen, and opened a restaurant with Paul Newman. Now he's focused on changing food policy on the federal level. We hope you'll be as inspired by Michel as we have.

Then we'll speak with Toby Rodriguez and Brian Kyzar as they prepare for a pop-up dinner on Frenchmen Street. They're joining us to talk about reviving the Cajun traditions that were on the verge of extinction as little as five years ago.  

Plus, Dr. Gourmet returns and Poppy shares a recipe for fried shrimp heads: don't let them go to waste!

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Louisiana Eats!
12:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Farm To Table International Symposium Hosts Food Policy Advocate Michel Nischan

As the keynote speaker at this year's Farm to Table Symposium, Michel Nischan will address the conference at 9 o'clock on Saturday morning.
Credit Farm to Table Symposium

Michel Nischan grew up spending time on his grandfather’s farm, so the thought of eating fresh food was second nature to him.

As he got older, he worked in kitchens and found out most of his customers weren’t too keen on the idea. He had to lie to them about where he was getting their food. 

But as people's attitudes toward food changed, Michel's ideas gained in popularity. He's often cited as on the most influential food policy makers in the past decade.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Exploring Authentic Chinese Flavors In Metairie

Shanghai wonton soup with bitter greens at Soho Asian Cuisine in Metairie.
Ian McNulty

Two restaurants with deep menus of traditional Chinese flavors seem to be hiding in plain sight directly across from each other along one of the area's busiest boulevards.

The sound of broiled oysters sizzling in their shells is a familiar one in southeast Louisiana, and it will always turn heads. But it wasn't just the sound effects or wafting smell of garlic that captured our attention as a waitress crossed the dining room with one particular order.

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Where Y'Eat
4:35 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Breakfast soup: rise, shine and simmer

Pho with all the fixings at Pho Hoa.
Ian McNulty

New Orleans, La. –

I get pretty excited about going out for a Vietnamese meal. But I usually don't set an alarm for one. Still, that's just what I found myself doing before a recent visit to Pho Hoa, a casual Vietnamese noodle house in Harvey.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014

From Urban Farms To Oyster Reefs: How The LSU AgCenter Improves Lives In Louisiana

LSU AgCenter Extension Agent Grace Peterson with Shalon Lewis at the Valencia Community Center and Garden in Shreveport.
Credit Robert and Talbot Trudeau / Flickr

The LSU AgCenter fosters agricultural, engineering and scientific programs across the state. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we go across the state to hear how Ag agent Grace Peterson is connecting Shreveport residents with regional food.

We'll also cultivate tomatoes with Bobby Fletcher near the Mississippi River and float downstream with Dr. John Bell to learn how the Louisiana oyster can help rebuild coastal wetlands. We travel from the Gulf of Mexico to Shreveport's urban farms on this week's Louisiana Eats!

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Something New Between The Bread At The Sammich

Duck confit with Brie makes is one of the unconventional po-boys on the Sammich menu.
Ian McNulty

An exploration of a new po-boy shop with some different ideas for New Orleans' favorite sandwich, and some po-boy wine pairings too.

No matter what goes into it, the key to a po-boy is always the bread. That's the crucial difference that manifests from one po-boy shop to the next around New Orleans. And it’s the X-factor that has frustrated so many attempts to faithfully recreate a po-boy very far outside the 504 area code.

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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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Food
4:35 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Throw It Back, Or Throw A Dinner Party? Exploring 'Trash Fish'

Gulf squid and lionfish prepared as a Mexican seafood cocktail at GW Fins.
Ian McNulty

Food writer Ian McNulty sits down for a meal of under-utilized seafood meant to showcase what diners might be missing in the bounty of the Gulf.

The prospect of an exotic dining experience may conjure the unfamiliar food traditions of far-off lands or ingredients too luxurious for everyday meals. But recently I sat down for an intriguingly original dinner built around seafood that is not only found close to home but is also routinely discarded as soon as it’s caught — or else chopped up as bait to catch other fish.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Exploring The Latin Deli At Norma's

Mexican pan dulce fills the bakery cases at Norma's.
Ian McNulty

Eating your way through the deli — and falling for impulse-buy ceviche — at a new Latin American market in Mid-City.


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