Louisiana Eats

Hosted ByPoppy Tooker

On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!

From North To South, Louisiana Eats Family Style – Louisiana Eats – It’s New Orleans

On this week s show, we examine family food traditions from North Louisiana to the most southern tip of the boot First, Chef Nick Lama invites us into the kitchen at Avo, an intimate fine dining restaurant near Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans. A third generation Sicilian and native New Orleanian, Nick most recently worked as Chef de Cuisine at Gautreau s, where he won Gambit s Emerging Chef Challenge. Nick gives us a Northern Italian pasta and truffle lesson and shares some insider pasta tips.Then, we head up north to Shreveport, where our roving reporter, Chris Jay, reports from a Sicilian family run road stop called Gullo s Fresh Produce and Bakeshop, known for its homestyle plate lunches and delectable cannoli.Back in New Orleans, we receive a visit from Chef Cal Peternell of Alice Waters Chez Panisse. Both at the renowned Berkeley restaurant and in his home kitchen, Call is keeping Alice Waters vision for sourcing the very best local, seasonal ingredients alive and well. Cal gives us the scoop on the inspiration for his forthcoming cookbook.Next, we travel back in time and learn the history of The Napoleon House from the family s last owner, Sal Impastato. A place where the Pimm s Cups are always cold and the classic muffalatta sandwiches are always toasty warm, the Napoleon House is a landmark of New Orleans family restaurant heritage. In 2015, the Impastatos passed along that legacy to the hands of another revered family restaurateur, Ralph Brennan. Sal reflects on the 100 year old French Quarter gem.And New Orleanian writer and philanthropist Randy Fertel shares stories about his mother, Ruth U. Fertel, also known as the Empress of Steak. Ruth was the founder of Ruth s Chris Steakhouse, a worldwide establishment today.Get ready for our big family food reunion on this week s Louisiana Eats

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