Poppy Tooker

Poppy is the host and executive producer of the weekly show, Louisiana Eats! Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table.

Poppy provides weekly restaurant commentary on, “Steppin’ Out” (WYES TV). Her book, The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook received a Tabasco cookbook award and was named “Cookbook of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine.She was recognized by the Times-Picayune as a “Hero of the Storm” for her work reviving New Orleans restaurants and food providers following Hurricane Katrina. The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Poppy’s rebuilding efforts at their annual conference in April 2008, with their first ever, Community Service Award.

For over 25 years, Poppy’s cooking classes have centered on history and tradition as well as the food science behind her preparation.


On this week’s show, we take a look at immigration and its impact on the American food landscape.

We begin with Rick Bayless, whose award-winning Frontera restaurants are bolstered by workers who come from immigrant backgrounds. Rick explains how many of his staff members were brought to the country as children and are now facing an uncertain future.


  On this week's show, we meet the great Dario Cecchini, a world renowned Italian butcher. Dickie Brennan invited the Cecchini family to New Orleans earlier this year to return the exceptional hospitality Dario had extended to Dickie’s son, Richard Brennan III, who served as Dario’s apprentice in Italy.

This week’s show is, in a word, sensational. Join us as we delve into the many ways that our other four senses experience food.

We begin in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Their food photography exhibit, Feast for the Eyes, runs the gamut from still lifes to the avant-garde. And it’s on view at LASM through September 16.


  

  On this week's show, we take a deep dive into the cuisine of our friends in the animal kingdom.


We begin at the Audubon Zoo, where zookeepers forge a nurturing connection with each animal they care for -- especially at meal time. Curators Liz Wilson and Dominique Fleitas invite us along as they make their daily rounds at the Zoo.



  

  Every four years, World Cup fans join together in the spirit of international competition. On this week's show, we raise a glass to intercontinental camaraderie by tasting five exotic spirits produced across the globe. 


On this week's show, we're celebrating the 4th of July holiday by savoring the remarkable diversity that shapes America's food culture. 

On this week's show, we discuss sustainable food policy with culinary revolutionaries from around the world.


While growing up, Michel Nischan spent a lot of time on his grandfather’s farm. So the thought of eating fresh food was second nature to him. Now he's focused on changing food policy on a federal level.

On this week's show, we’re celebrating the 8th anniversary of our show's debut! 

There's nothing like a cup of good, hot coffee. On this week's show, we look at the art of the coffee bean in our state and beyond.

On this week's show, we continue our tricentennial tribute to New Orleans with a look at brand new research in the field of archeology. We speak to Jim Bruseth and Toni Turner, who reveal a surprising turn of events that preceded the city's official founding. Evidently, if the French explorer La Salle hadn't blundered in his attempt to form a colony here, we would have been celebrating our 300th birthday 30 years ago.

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