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!

What’s The Buzz?

The humble little honey bee is one of the most important players in our ecosystem. In one of our favorite episodes from last year, we circle the globe in pursuit of a honey of a tale. We begin right here in our own backyard at the Audubon Zoo. While more exotic creatures may be what draw the crowds, both native and European honey bees can be found bumbling around the zoo’s grounds. Curator Dominique Fleitas gives us a tour of the Pollinator Garden and shows us the hives she helps maintain in the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit.

Next, we speak with David Noll, founder of Pacific Resources International, a company that sells manuka honey products. Known for its antibacterial properties, manuku honey is made by bees pollinating the flowers of the manuka bush, a plant native to New Zealand and Australia.

We then talk all things apian with Chicago superstar chef Rick Bayless, whose passion for bees led him to start his own urban colony. And back home, we discover hidden hives in Mid-City with Poppy’s beekeeping neighbor Bridget Breaux.

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