Ian McNulty

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Vietnamese New Year was officially Thursday, but the festivities in New Orleans East have just started. The largest of these events is a three-day Tet festival hosted by Mary Queen of Vietnam Church (14001 Dwyer Blvd.) beginning Friday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Drawing in thousands of locals and visitors from across the region, the neighborhood festival features live music, dancing, fireworks and, of course, exceptional Vietnamese cuisine. Food writer Ian McNulty gives Poppy the scoop on what dishes to sample this weekend and why you should arrive with an empty stomach.

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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.

This week on Louisiana Eats! we'll hear from Liz Williams, the director of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, who will talk about her new book, New Orleans: A Food Biography. We'll also hear from Chef Matt Murphy about how and why he celebrates St. Patrick's Day with gratitude.

Plus, Ian McNulty swings by to chat about a great spot in Port Allen for Cajun meats and boudin.

On this week's Louisiana Eats! Poppy celebrates the Chinese New Year and begins the countdown to Mardi Gras.  First, the folks at Bayou Teche Brewery talk about the preparations they've made for Carnival Season and what they've brewed for the occasion. Then, Audra Ang discusses the time she spent in China as a journalist and the book her journey produced: To the People, Food is Heaven.

Michael Twitty

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, Poppy hears expert advice from a bartender, a culinary historian, and a doctor. First, New York City bartender Don Lee discusses the science of mixing drinks in the Big Apple. Then, Michael Twitty talks about his travels along the Southern Discomfort tour. Finally, Dr. Gourmet returns with advice about keeping healthy in the new year.

  

  

This week, on Inside the Arts, we’ll explore Something Old, Something New an exhibit of recent acquisitions at the Historic New Orleans Collection. We'll talk YAT with Chris Champagne and explore a cultural center that’s bringing a Hindu system of philosophy to the 9th Ward. Then, we'll spin a yarn with an English textile artist.

New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, 1932 (Private Collection)

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear from Professor Jim Heimann as he talks about the evolution of restaurant menus in the the 20th century and how they chart the cultural values of America. Then, documentary filmmaker Peggy Scott Laborde gets nostalgic about New Orleans' favorite food and drinks.

This week on Louisiana Eats! Chef Jeff Henderson talks about his transformation from prison inmate to head chef at the Bellagio in Las Vegas; Chef Matt Murphy recounts his near-fatal encounter with flesh-eating bacteria; and writer Molly Birnbaum regains her sense of smell after losing it in an automobile accident.

Rouse's Jack Treuting gives Poppy a tour of the new rooftop garden installed at the grocery store's downtown New Orleans location. Plus, Ian McNulty tells us where to find the best fried chicken down the bayou.

Love At First Bite

Feb 9, 2011

Chocolate Truffles (Yields 30)

1/3 cup heavy cream
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup cocoa powder (or combination of other powdered ingredients) for dusting