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!

Saber-Brandishing Bunnies and Tiny Turtles

Since Ralph Brennan and Terry White reopened the venerable Brennan’s Restaurant in 2014, they’ve initiated some new traditions, like champagne sabering in the patio and an annual turtle parade. On this week’s show, we speak with general manager Christian Pendleton, who, since the coronavirus shutdown, has been demonstrating the art of sabrage in a series of funny videos posted online. One in particular, which featured him dressed up as the Easter Bunny, became a worldwide sensation.


This Mother’s Day weekend would have marked the restaurant’s sixth annual Turtle Parade, which has been dubbed “The Slowest Second Line on Earth.” We take you to last year’s party, where we hear from some of the people who make the event possible, including a rapping judge.


Finally, Ralph Brennan tells us the inside story of the steps he took to ensure that Brennan’s Restaurant remained in the family, and shares some personal tales of first dates that included a champagne-fueled carriage ride through the French Quarter.


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