A Voice for Slow Food hits Airwaves
NEW ORLEANS FOOD ACTIVIST
POPPY TOOKER DEBUTS ON RADIO
on 89.9 WWNO FM/KTLN 90.5
Debuts June 9th:
Wednesday 6:30-7:00pm & Saturday 12:00-12:30pm
Listen Live: http://www.wwno.org or On Demand
New Orleans – On June 9, public radio station WWNO and New Orleans food activist Poppy Tooker launch Louisiana Eats!, a weekly thirty-minute radio program about food, the people who cook, and the people who love to eat well—all with a Louisiana point of view and Poppy’s distinctive Louisiana voice. The new show will air Wednesday nights, 6:30pm–7:00pm CT, repeats on Saturdays 12:00n–12:30pm CT, after the popular national food program, The Splendid Table, and on demand: http://www.wwno.org.
The inaugural program will focus necessarily on the effects of oil in the Gulf of Mexico and the dire outlook for Louisiana oysters. Poppy will talk with oystermen and other experts on the Gulf’s beloved bivalves, including: Sal Sunseri, of 134 year-old P & J Oyster Company; Chef Frank Brigtsen of Brigtsen’s Restaurant and Charlies Seafood; and Mark Schexnaydre, Coastal Region Advisor for Louisiana State University’s Sea Grant Program.
In future programs, listeners will join Poppy as she meets people who produce, cook, and eat the foods we enjoy and treasure—exploring kitchens & stores, farms & waterways where favorite foods are produced and prepared. And because Louisianans love all kinds of food, Poppy won’t limit herself to shrimp Creole and hot sauce! Coming up on the schedule: Lolis Eric Elie, screenwriter for HBO television series,Tremé, joins Poppy with tales of his African adventure with Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson.
Louisiana Eats! builds on the popularity of WWNO’s current culinary programs: nationally-distributed The Splendid Table, and local short features Market Minutes and Where Y’Eat? “Listeners have enthusiastically embraced our culinary programming,” said WWNO General Manager Paul Maassen. “Poppy Tooker is the ideal storyteller for this next step. Her life-long commitment to preserving our historic foodways adds depth and perspective that can be heard only on Louisiana Eats!”
Support for Louisiana Eats! comes from: Zatarain’s; Wine Institute of New Orleans; Nottoway Plantation & Resort, Dickie Brennan’s Family of Restaurants; Leidenheimer Baking Company; and Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home. WWNO appreciates their generous support, which helps bring more Louisiana sounds and voices to public radio.
With Louisiana Eats! Poppy Tooker displays the same passion for local foodways that she brought to her award-winning Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook, where she tells city’s story through the eyes of farmers, fishers, and vendors. The book received a special Tabasco Cookbook Award for historic and cultural content. New Orleans Magazine named it Cookbook of the Year. With her motto “Eat It To Save It” she has helped to revive endangered foods across the U.S. and abroad, in collaboration with Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. Poppy’s on-camera flair has made her a sought-after guest on the Food Network, the History Channel and on PBS. She provides restaurant commentary on Steppin’ Out, broadcast weekly on New Orleans public television station WYES-TV. Her many accolades include being named a Times-Picayune Hero of the Storm for her work following Hurricane Katrina. Across the country, Poppy may be best known for beating Food Net- work star Bobby Flay in a Seafood Gumbo Throwdown– he didn’t stand a chance.
WWNO is the listener-supported NPR radio station serving New Orleans and eleven parishes of southeast Louisiana, broadcasting on 89.9 FM, and on KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area. WWNO airs NPR news and classical music, along with jazz, thought-provoking talk and information, and lively cultural entertainment. WWNO is licensed to and operated by the University of New Orleans as a public service.