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Louisiana Eats! is a radio show for people who cook and people who love to eat well—all with a Louisiana point of view and Poppy’s distinctive Louisiana voice. In each program listeners join Poppy as she meets people who produce, cook, and eat the foods we enjoy and treasure — exploring kitchens and stores, farms and waterways where favorite foods are produced and prepared. And because Louisianans love all kinds of food, Poppy won’t limit herself to shrimp creole and hot sauce!
 
Coming to you from the iconic Middendorf’s Restaurant… Owner Horst Pfeifer will bring you behind the scenes and introduce you to the unique people from near and far who we get to know through the restaurant. The original Middendorf’s, established in 1934, is located in the middle of the Manchac, Louisiana swamp. The 2nd Middendorf’s location opened 85 years later in Slidell, Louisiana. Two locations – double the delicious and double the fun!
 
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It's graduation time in Louisiana and the horizons are wide for this year's culinary students. The New Orleans Career Center is celebrating the first graduating class of their Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Academy – and Louisiana Eats is joining in. We begin with Chef Alon Shaya, whose foundation plays an integral part in the new trade schoo…
 
Cajun Nation is a Louisiana made seasoning blend that is catching fire in the world of flavor. Created by brothers, Alfonzo and Troy Bolden who grew up on a working plantation in the 1970’s, their voyage from sharecropper’s cabin to owning and operating a successful seasoning business makes for quite an amazing tale. The distinctive red cans of Caj…
 
It's full on festival time in the state that knows how to fest better than most – except once again, due to pandemic restrictions, there are no fests right now. Though with vaccines widely available, and the recent easing of Covid-19 rules, a future with safe public gatherings suddenly doesn’t seem so implausible. Inspired by WWOZ and local restaur…
 
One of the hidden gems of St. Tammany Parish is the Tammany Trace. Originally a well travelled corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, today the Trace travels 31 miles through five Northshore communities – accessible only by bike or on foot. The official trailhead is located on Koop Drive where Sarah and Billy Rieger are waiting to welcome you.…
 
How many varieties of bitters are stocked in your bar? Once upon a time, there were only two choices – our beloved, local Peychaud bitters and Angostura – originally crafted in Angostura, Venezuela. Today, there are literally hundreds of varieties – a dizzying selection to say the least. One of the biggest players in the bitters field is New Orlean…
 
Located just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, the area widely known as Louisiana's Northshore is a mere 40 minute drive from the French Quarter. As close as the Northshore is geographically, in every other way it is a world apart. Made up of multiple small towns, each with its own identity, St. Tammany Parish is a wonder to wander – whic…
 
Just as with everything in this ongoing pandemic, this year’s Covid Carnival is a far cry from anything we've seen in the past. But there is one constant that remains unchanged and that’s our beloved king cake. No balls, no parades but don’t worry – there is more king cake than ever to go around. On this week’s show, we celebrate that sweet treat l…
 
One year ago this week, the first case of the coronavirus was confirmed in the United States. In the 12 months since, Covid-19 has devastated communities and economies across the country, and fundamentally altered our lives. Progress is being made on the vaccine front, and there’s a glimmering light at the end of the tunnel. But without a doubt, th…
 
Morgan Street Bakery In the tiny town of Madisonville, located on Louisiana’s Northshore, there is a little bakery turning out some of the most perfect French pastries found anywhere on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. Christine Schmitz is the owner and baker at Morgan Street Bakery and if you’ve never tasted her king cake – you’ve never lived. It’…
 
There’s no getting around it. If you want to be a successful chef or bartender, you have to have a consuming passion for food, drink, and hospitality. Especially in New Orleans. But what distinguishes our city from many other dining destinations is the fact that we’re one of the oldest cities in America – with three centuries of history and tales t…
 
John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces is internationally revered for having captured the essence and eccentricity of New Orleans — and for introducing readers to its larger-than-life protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly. On this week's show, we take a culinary look between the pages of the book that, 37 years ago, was posthumously awarded t…
 
Stick a fork in it! 2020 is done – well done in fact! While this has been a year filled with unparalleled trials and tribulations, there has been much to inspire, uplift, and downright laugh about! On this week's show, we hear from New Orleans activist Devin De Wulf, who inspired his Krewe of Red Beans to make a significant difference in the lives …
 
2020 has been a tumultuous year filled with loss – and the toll on our hospitality industry continues with many restaurants having to shutter their doors after decades in business. One of New Orleans' most significant losses came in July when K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen closed permanently. Chef Paul Prudhomme and his wife Kay opened the restaurant i…
 
Louisiana has a new Seafood King! The Northshore’s very own, Chef Robert Vasquez of Pepe’s Sonoran Cuisine in Covington handily won the 2020 crown with his red snapper, crawfish sofrito. On this St. Tammany Taste Quick Bite, we zoom in with Chef Robert to learn all about this year’s competition and just how the Southwestern native came to win this …
 
One of the most charming things about Louisiana are the people you find along the way. On this special podcast, you’ll meet a true treasure of the Northshore, Miss Emma Giron, of Emma’s Famous Pralines in Slidell, Louisiana. Miss Emma is a true food hero, who has devoted much of her life to our most emblematic candy creations, the praline. Located …
 
Since 1965, the Randazzo family name has been closely tied to New Orleans’ king cake tradition. It all began back in 1952 when the Randazzo family owned and operated a bar and restaurant in St. Bernard Parish known as the Camellia Club. In 1965, the Randazzo brothers, Manuel Sr., Lawrence and Tony turned what had been the Camellia Club’s dance hall…
 
John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces is internationally revered for having captured the essence and eccentricity of New Orleans — and for introducing readers to its larger-than-life protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly. On this week's show, we take a culinary look between the pages of the book that, 37 years ago, was posthumously awarded t…
 
On this week’s show, we speak with three James Beard Award-winners to explore the history and culture of African American cooking and learn how African flavors are inspiring new dishes today. We begin with soul food scholar Adrian Miller, who describes his book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, as love-letter to African-Ameri…
 
Horst Pfeifer Chit Chats with Cultural Ambassador Poppy Tooker. Poppy does it all. She's a Television Host, Radio Host, Author, Speaker, Culinary Activist, Spokesperson and Cooking Instructor (whew!). Learn about her love of food, New Orleans and her brand new book "Drag Queen Brunch." Questions/Comments: Contact us at chitchat@middendorfsrestauran…
 
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