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: Mardi Gras Madness! – Louisiana Eats – It’s New Orleans

 On this week’s show, we’re talking Mardi Gras traditions with newcomers and locals alike. 

To begin, we learn some surprises about the Krewe of Mid-City, a very local parading organization that is about to be graced by an expected king and queen. Originally from Minnesota, business moguls Duane and Susan Hoff are the owners of Fantesca Estate and Winery in Napa Valley. About to take their thrones, we visit with Duane and Susan to find out how they came to reign over this community-focused krewe.


One of the many awe-inspiring parts of Carnival are the exquisite costumes that revelers labor over year round to premier on Fat Tuesday morning. Veteran thespians Bryan Batt and Tom Cianfichi share their thoughts on how to best experience — and dress for — Mardi Gras Day.

We’ll also speak with Tim Trapolin, artist to the Krewe of Rex. No one knows more about the behind-the-scenes artistry that makes each year’s parade special than the Artist of the Realm, who helps Rex declare Mardi Gras the day that care forgot.

Then, Mark Latter of Tujague’s Restaurant shows us the infamous Krewe d’Etat Room, a place of revelry and mystery.

And we speak with Max Messier, founder of Cocktail & Sons, a company that produces a line of all-natural and handcrafted syrups using South Louisiana ingredients. Max brings us a King Cake Syrup he’s just created that could put a whole new spin on your Mardi Gras season.

Let’s get the Carnival party rolling on this week’s Louisiana EatsFor more of all things Louisiana Eats, be sure to visit us at PoppyTooker.com.