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!

Postcards From A Pandemic

On this week’s show, we learn how the restaurant sector is coping with COVID-19 around the state and beyond. We begin with the story of business partners Emery Whalen and Chef Brian Landry. After the coronavirus shuttered their company, QED Hospitality, the duo were able to change gears to keep employees on the payroll and meet a growing need in healthcare.

 

Then, we speak with Justin Girouard, four-time James Beard semi-finalist from his restaurant,
The French Press in Lafayette. Following the COVID-19 shutdown, all 18 French Press employees were laid off, leaving Justin and his wife Margaret as sole operators of the
business.

 

We also hear reports from Stuffed and Busted‘s Chris Jay in Shreveport and Susie Cantor in Seattle to learn how businesses are dealing with the virus there.

 

For more of all things Louisiana Eats, be sure to visit us at PoppyTooker.com.

 

During this crisis, folks statewide are stepping up to help their communities through food. Is there an individual, group, or organization that is making a difference to you or your community? Give these Covid Culinary Heroes a shout out by tagging us on social media or leaving us a message on our phone line. We may share your story on a future program. We can be reached at 504-264-3149.

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