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!

Louisiana Eats Hunts Hometown Hidden Kitchens – Louisiana Eats – It’s New Orleans

On this week’s show, we take a journey in sound with two radio luminaries, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, also known as the Kitchen Sisters.

Host Poppy Tooker with NPR's Kitchen Sisters Davia Nelson, left, and Nikki Silva, right.

Davia and Nikki visit our kitchen at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum to discuss their amazing trajectory on NPR as well as how they came to uncover Hidden Kitchens, their duPont-Columbia Award-winning series.

As we hear the Kitchen Sisters’ stories, we also delve into a sampling of their soundscape, from their early days at KUSP, Santa Cruz’s community radio station, to some of their favorite Hidden Kitchen visions.

With their help, we’ll even hear from heavyweight champion George Foreman about his famous grill — a tool used in many marginalized communities.

The Trinity Loaves and Fishes mobile food truck serving on the corner of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Clio Street in Central City.

Our conversation with the Kitchen Sisters inspired us to explore a hidden kitchen in our own backyard, so we spend a day with two communities in New Orleans who come together through food. One is a set of volunteers from Trinity Episcopal Church, the Loaves and Fishes team, who prepare and deliver meals.  The other is the community to whom they cater — the homeless, the transient and those simply in need of a meal — in the greater metropolitan area.

We’re having our very own hidden kitchen visions on this week’s Louisiana Eats!