Poppy Tooker

 Civil Rights activists sit in protest at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Durham, North Carolina, February 10, 1960.
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The South has a rich and varied food history, but too often it's reduced to stereotype. On this week's show, we explore the influence of the South on America’s culinary identity, and the central role African-American and immigrant cooks played in its formation. 

Miriam Horn's book "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman."
Image courtesy of Miriam Horn

On this week’s show, we take an in-depth look at the unlikely conservationists who work along the Mississippi River watershed.

We begin with author Miriam Horn, whose book Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman profiles five people who sustain production while preserving their environment. Miriam joins us to talk about her discovery — that there’s much more that unites Americans than divides us.

The Pool Room at the former Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City.
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On this week’s show, we take an in-depth look the evolution of restaurant dining in the America and speak with the co-owner of one the nation's top restaurants.

Poppy & Chef John Besh
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On this week's show, we look at the role food television plays in the lives of several chefs here in New Orleans. 

We begin with one of the youngest stars of food TV, Kaj Hecht, the recent winner of Chopped Junior. To get an understanding of how the 10-year-old New Orleans local came to be a contestant on the program, we invited Kaj and his father Michael into our studio.

Poppy receiving a "beard award" from Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes.
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On this week’s show, we’re taking you behind the scenes of the Jazz & Heritage Festival! 

The amazing array of food is one of the many things that sets Jazz Fest apart from all other festivals. We start off by visiting with our own house band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. They’ve just wrapped up a recording session for their newest album, Sketch. The band shares some of their Jazz Fest gig memories with us, along with the meals they enjoy off the stage.

The Jewish festival of Passover celebrates of the freedom of the Israelites from slavery and exodus from Egypt.
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Every year, households across Louisiana celebrate the eight-day festival of Passover. On this week's show, we’re bringing in the experts to help us explore Jewish food traditions old and new. 

 

We speak with Joyce Goldstein, author of The New Mediterranean Jewish Table, about sephardic recipes of the Jewish diaspora. In compiling her book, Joyce set out to demystify the diverse traditions of Jewish cooking in the Mediterranean region.

Chef John Besh holding a freshly caught redfish
Randy Schmidt

On this week’s show, we’re looking at the role fishing plays in the lives of some of the greatest chefs in the South.

 

We begin with Susan Schadt, author of Reel Masters. Susan went fishing and caught portraits of eight renowned chefs who treasure the sport.

 

Next, we send you a postcard from Susan’s book launch event, where chefs and guests gathered together to enjoy incredible seafood dishes. We speak to several of the chefs at the book launch, including John Besh, John Currence, and Kelly English.

It takes more than raw talent to become a successful chef. On this week’s show, we speak with culinary masters about the importance of mentorship in and out of the kitchen.

 

We begin with Chefs Aarón Sánchez and John Besh, who discuss how their scholarship programs aim to help aspiring young cooks, and the essential role mentorship has played in their own lives.

On this week’s show, we bid farewell to 2016 and raise a toast to the New Year by looking back at legends and looking forward to new beginnings. 

 

First, we celebrate the life and legacy of Edgar “Dooky” Chase, who passed away this year at the age of 88. Leah Chase shares stories from their 70 years of marriage, an era marked by the civil rights movement and other transformative moments at their Treme establishment. 

Isaac Toups Family Christmas
Joe Shriner

The holidays are here and we’re celebrating family food traditions old and new! 

 

We begin at the home of Chef Isaac Toups, where he and his family celebrate Christmas Cajun-style! Culminating an eventful year for Isaac— he earned the title of “fan favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef: California and opened up a new restaurant in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum: Toups’ South — we join the Toups family for an unforgettable meal. After we finish our s’mores for dessert, we gather round for Isaac’s annual reading of “The Cajun Night Before Christmas.”

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