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Louisiana Eats: Time Travels Through Historic Restaurants

Ten Restaurants That Changed America
Ten Restaurants That Changed America


On this week’s show, we’re taking a tour of the iconic restaurants that have made a transformative impact on American cuisine.


We begin with acclaimed Yale history professor Paul Freedman, who explores two centuries of historical and cultural changes in his book Ten Restaurants That Changed America. Paul's list weaves together culinary and social historyfrom the innovators of roadside dining to the vanguards of haute cuisine.


Next, we take a visit to Antoine’s, the essential New Orleans restaurant that graces the pages of Paul’s book. Established in 1840, Antoine’s Restaurant is the longest running family operated restaurant in America. Today, CEO Rick Blount is working hard to ensure Antoine’s staying power in the 21st century restaurant landscape.


Then, we learn about another national dining treasure, Delmonico’s Restaurant, which opened in 1837. Located in New York’s Financial District, Delmonico’s is the nation’s oldest restaurant still open today. We speak with Executive Chef Billy Oliva and Marketing Director Carin Sarafian, who illuminate Delmonico’s remarkable history.


We’re time traveling through restaurant history on this week’s Louisiana Eats!  

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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.