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!

Acadiana Road Show – Louisiana Eats – It’s New Orleans


On this week’s show, we’re traveling through Acadiana to explore traditional and contemporary Cajun foodways. We begin with George Graham, who shares his obsession through stories of cooking in the region through his nationally recognized  blog and bookAcadiana Table: Cajun and Creole Home Cooking from the Heart of Louisiana.

Then, we head up River Road to LaPlace to see just what Chef Jarred Zeringue’s got smoking at Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse, a beloved institution on the Cajun Coast. We tour the generations-old business famous for its Andouille sausage, and learn about their newly added offerings — from fresh eggs to smoked hogshead cheese and dry roux!Hog's Head Cheese and Hot Sauce at Wayne Jacob's Smokehouse

And when it comes to touring from coast to coast, musician Leroy Thomas, also known as “the Jewel of the Bayou” makes sure his band, the Zydeco RoadRunners, and his audience, are well fed with home-cooked meals. We speak to Leroy backstage at a recent Thursday night at New Orleans’ Rock ‘N’ Bowl.
Fried Andouille Strips with Remoulade Sauce

Finally, we wind through the back roads of Cajun country with Alex Cook, an expert on out-of-the-way, unusual places to experience the very best of Louisiana cuisine. He shares some of his favorites featured in his book, Seat Yourself: The Best of South Louisiana’s Local Diners, Lunch Houses, and Roadside Stops.

Allons à l’Acadie, chères! For more of all things Louisiana Eats, be sure to visit us at PoppyTooker.com.