By Megan M. Hartman, Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB
Louisiana is known for its Cajun and Creole cuisine and food is an important part of the travel experience in the Bayou State. Dishes like boudin, jambalaya, crawfish étoufée, shrimp creole, and gumbo are essential to Louisiana cuisine. Celebrity chef Poppy Tooker, a native Louisianan, will give SEOPA members and their spouses a cooking demonstration and tasting. The CVB will also provide writers with an autographed copy of her latest cookbook, Louisiana Eats, being published this October.
Besides being an award-winning cookbook author and chef, Tooker produces and hosts “Louisiana Eats,” a weekly radio show on NPR that takes listeners into the field, waterways, markets and kitchens to hear from the people who maintain the state’s storied food traditions and create new culinary magic inspired by the wealth of Louisiana’s food culture.
Additionally, Tooker contributes colorful food commentary on WYES, the New Orleans PBS affiliate’s weekly arts and entertainment show, “Steppin’ Out.” She has shared the screen with TV celebrities such as “Extreme Cuisine’s” Jeff Corwin, “Foodography’s” Mo Rocca and even Bobby Flay. Her famous seafood gumbo proved unbeatable on the popular Food Network show! The History Channel enlisted her point of view for the holiday food episode of “America Eats.”
Sought after as a print journalist, Tooker served as contributing editor for Hallmark magazine and is currently contributing editor for Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine. She has written for Fine Cooking, Chili Pepper and Taste of the South.
Join this classically trained chef and cooking teacher in Southwest Louisiana at this year’s SEOPA conference Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m. for a cooking demonstration and taste of what Louisiana eats!