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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.
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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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Latest News
4:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

More Movie Theaters May Soon Be Allowed To Serve Alcohol

Movie theaters may soon be allowed to obtain liquor licenses.
queenkv Flickr

Legislation legalizing the sale of alcohol at more movie theaters won final passage Friday in the Louisiana legislature, the Times-Picayune reports.

Senate Bill 654 narrowly passed the House. It would allow movie theaters to obtain liquor licenses as long as the alcohol sales are separate from other concessions being sold.

It now heads to Governor Jindal for a signature to become law.

Five Louisiana movie theaters received their liquor permits prior to 1994, and already sell alcohol.

Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Need A Drink? Raise Your Glass To American Craft Beer Week

Tin Roof Brewing Company's William McGeeHee has plans of building a tap room at his brewery in Baton Rouge, where he'll be able to serve specialty-crafted, small-batch beers to guests.
Credit Thomas Walsh

Need A Drink? Raise Your Glass To American Craft Beer Week

On this week's edition of Louisiana Eats! we raise a glass to American Craft Beer Week with brewers, bar owners, and innovators in the microbrewing industry.

We were lucky enough to snag craft beer pioneer Steve Hindy of Brooklyn Brewery for a conversation about the history of craft beer and where it’s going next.

We’ll also visit a local breweries when we speak with William McGee of Tin Roof Brewing Company in Baton Rouge and Kirk Coco at NOLA Brewing Company. And we top it off with a chat at The Avenue Pub with Polly Watts about her predictions for craft brewing in Louisiana.

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Louisiana Eats!
7:00 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Stylish And Debauched: A Guide To The Bars Of The French Quarter

While writing their new pocket guide about bars in the Vieux Carré, the authors of The French Quarter Drinking Companion developed an appreciation for Bourbon Street, despite its often-negative stigma.
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On this week's Louisiana Eats! Poppy goes for a tour around the French Quarter with the authors of the French Quarter Drinking Companion, a new guide to the classy drinking establishments and debauched hole-in-the-walls in the Vieux Carré.

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Food
4:36 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Where Y'Eat: Wine Tastings With More Than Wine

A social wine tasting in progress at Swirl in Faubourg St. John.
Ian McNulty

Across New Orleans, wine merchants are tapping the appeal of comfort food and street eats to promote, and possibly demystify, their product as the market gets more competitive.

Where Y'Eat: Wine Tastings With More Than Wine

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Food
4:23 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Where Y'Eat: Crafting A Cocktail Capital

Craft cocktails, and a whole industry behind them, are shaking things up at New Orleans bars and restaurants.
Ian McNulty

It’s one of those New Orleans clichés that just happens to be true: when we get together to eat in this town, the conversation reliably steers to the last meal we had or the next one we’re already anticipating. But this week that routine might be changed up a bit to focus more on the last and next cocktail and the places to find them.

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Where Y'Eat
4:24 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Food And Drink Light Up Lee Circle

The Hotel Modern is home to both the craft cocktail lounge Bellocq and the new restaurant Tivoli & Lee.
Credit Ian McNulty

It’s time for another look at Lee Circle, where craft cocktails and a contemporary Southern bistro are drawing new interest to the landmark uptown/downtown juncture. 

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Louisiana Eats!
12:02 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Tales Of The Cocktail Inspired By The History Of Drinking And Dining

Each July, the Hotel Monteleone becomes the epicenter for Tales of the Cocktail, an internationally attended event in celebration of the cocktail.
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Tales of the Cocktail has been shaking up the international cocktail scene since 2002. We'll speak with founder Ann Tuennerman for a retrospective of the annual event, and find out her plans for the future.

Then, we'll continue our spirited discussion by talking with the King of Cocktails, Dale Degroff. Dale outlines his involvement in the cocktail scene and discusses its return to popularity in the past decade.

Finally, we'll hear about a new collaboration between the Leidenheimer Baking Company and Tableau, a new restaurant in the French Quarter.

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The Salt
2:16 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Meadmaker Bottles A Taste Of Maine With Roots In South Africa

A bee gathers pollen from goldenrod, a wildflower that's popular with meadmakers, in Scarborough, Me.
Melissa Beuoy NPR

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 7:16 am

A few years ago, your best chance of tasting mead might have been at a Renaissance Fair. We're going to wager the enduring memory is of overpowering sweetness and little desire for a second glass.

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The Salt
2:33 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Japanese Sake Makers Shake Off Tradition, Try Brewing Craft Beer

Kiuchi Brewery vice president Youichi Kiuchi holds a bottle of his company's Hitachino Nest beer. To make beer, the brewery is using equipment that once was used for sake.
Lucy Craft NPR

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 6:25 am

Until recently, if you ordered Japanese beer, there weren't many to choose from. Before the industry was deregulated in the 1990s, four major brewers — Asahi, Suntory, Sapporo and Kirin – controlled the manufacture of Japanese beer.

But the major brands' domination is ebbing, for reasons that have as much to do with Japan's ancient history as with its evolving palates. And now some traditional sake brewers are ditching the tradition and trying their hand at craft beer brewing.

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