Author: Poppy Tooker

To Market, To Market...

A native New Orleanian, Poppy Tooker has spent her life devoted to the cultural essence that food brings to Louisiana, a topic she explores weekly on her NPR-affiliated radio show, Louisiana Eats! From farmers markets to the homes and restaurants…

Classrooms in the Kitchen

A native New Orleanian, Poppy Tooker has spent her life devoted to the cultural essence that food brings to Louisiana, a topic she explores weekly on her NPR-affiliated radio show, Louisiana Eats! From farmers markets to the homes and restaurants…

A New Iceman Commeth

Any cocktail connoisseur will agree, ice quality has a huge impact on your drink. The science behind why is fascinating to contemplate over your next Sazerac. The true magic of ice is in its actual energy, which remains stored until…

Don’t Call It a Food Court

  In October 2014, young visionaries Will Donaldson and Barre Tanguis were experiencing an early flush of success with their co-working space concept Launch Pad. When they learned that the lease on the refurbished St. Roch market was available, the…

Come Get Some Kombucha

  Something delicious is brewing on Euphrosine. Nestled between Earhart Boulevard and I-10, in what’s become an industrial, culinary corner of New Orleans known as “Maker’s Mile,” Austin Sherman and his wife, Alexis Korman, are creating their own bit of…

Jazz Fest’s Coolest Spot

  One of the best-kept secrets at JazzFest, is a spot just inside the Fairground’s Grandstand where festival-goers avail themselves of air-conditioned, comfortable seats and free food provided by some of New Orleans’ greatest chefs. That’s what you’ll find at…

All the Ingredients Are Here

  Are you renowned for your salad dressing? A backyard BBQ legend thanks to your sauce? If you love food, and have a bit of the entrepreneur in you, the food business just might be for you! Culinary entrepreneurship is…

Changing of the Kitchen Guard

  Back in 2009, Rick Blount, fifth generation at Antoine’s Restaurant, made a daring move. He opened a bar inside his family’s venerable dining establishment, a place renowned for its formality and tradition. Blount knew that in order for the…

French Renaissance

  For over a century, New Orleans restaurant menus often required translation. Offerings of fruit de mer, poisson and viandes sauced with béarnaise, bordelaise and marchand du vin were commonplace in this Francophone city. Today, only Antoine’s menu items retain…

The State of the Loaf

A native New Orleanian, Poppy Tooker has spent her life devoted to the cultural essence that food brings to Louisiana, a topic she explores weekly on her NPR-affiliated radio show, Louisiana Eats! From farmers markets to the homes and restaurants…

Foraging For Flavor

A native New Orleanian, Poppy Tooker has spent her life devoted to the cultural essence that food brings to Louisiana, a topic she explores weekly on her NPR-affiliated radio show, Louisiana Eats! From farmers markets to the homes and restaurants…

Hold The Alcohol, Please

A native New Orleanian, Poppy Tooker has spent her life devoted to the cultural essence that food brings to Louisiana, a topic she explores weekly on her NPR-affiliated radio show, Louisiana Eats! From farmers markets to the homes and restaurants…

New Orleans Groceries : 21st Century Style

A native New Orleanian, Poppy Tooker has spent her life devoted to the cultural essence that food brings to Louisiana, a topic she explores weekly on her NPR-affiliated radio show, Louisiana Eats! From farmers markets to the homes and restaurants…

A Healthy Revolution

Have you noticed the distinctive blue bikes that began to proliferate across the streets of New Orleans earlier this year? Aside from being an affordable and convenient travel alternative, they provide exercise while functioning as rolling billboards for outgoing Mayor…

Jazz Fest

Every spring in New Orleans, a mega food operation magically pops up in a field where horses usually run. From the time racing ends at the Fair Grounds Race Course, Michelle Nugent, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival food director,…

Bean Business

Nielsen Research recently identified Camellia Brand as America’s No. 1 selling red bean. It seems the rest of the U.S. has learned what New Orleanians have known for generations — nothing else cooks up creamy quite like Camellia red beans…

Healthy Eats Around the City

It’s that time of year again, when New Orleanians make New Year’s resolutions about health, wellness and weight loss, then promptly break them when the first king cake appears. New Orleans has never been known as the healthy eating capital…

On The Cutting Edge

Strolling down the tiny winding streets of Laguiole in southern France, Napoleonville, Louisiana native Jackie Blanchard passed store after store, all proudly proclaiming themselves as “Coutelier” which translates, “Knife Shop.” Through the windows, she could spy dazzling arrays of knives…

Sweet Taste of Success

Driving through central Louisiana’s rolling hills in Concordia Parish, you may do a double take as you pass fields of sugar cane. Since 1990, research botanists at LSU Ag have worked to develop cold tolerant varietals of cane. Until this…