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Louisiana Eats! Quick Bite: Tammany Taste

Love podcasts? Us too! Get to know the restaurateurs and farmers, and bakers and brewers of St. Tammany Parish through these fun stories.

Cultural ambassador and host, Poppy Tooker, guides us through the history and expansion of St. Tammany's culinary scene as we get to know more about the passionate individuals who make Louisiana Northshore's #TammanyTaste culinary scene so inviting. Learn more about Poppy and her initiatives to promote the Greater New Orleans culinary and cultural community at PoppyTooker.com.

Listen here or anywhere that you get your podcasts on the Louisiana Eats! Podcast.

Backwater Foie Gras, Bush

Foie gras – that’s French for fat liver. This celebrated luxury food is found mostly in high-end restaurants where even a small amount is quite costly. Traditionally, foie gras production has centered in the Aquitaine region of France where for hundreds of years ducks and geese have been carefully fattened in order to produce the large, ivory-colored lobes. There has been limited foie gras production attempted in the U.S. but today, Ross McKnight is creating some of the most beautiful fois gras seen this side of the Atlantic Ocean at his farmstead, Backwater Foie Gras in Bush, Louisiana. Photo Credit: Kate Gauthreaux, Louisiana Eats!


Abita Brew Pub, Abita Springs

The story of Abita Beer, Louisiana's first craft brewery, all began in the sleepy little town of Abita Springs. In 1986, the Blossman family ventured into the business at a downtown Abita Springs location — a 100-seat brew pub, which they completely outgrew by 1994. Today, Abita Brew Pub is owned and operated by the second generation of the Essaied family who continue to serve delicious American fare in a comfortable, casual atmosphere right on the Abita Springs Trailhead.


Restaurant Cote & The Maple Room, Slidell

Restaurant Cote and the Maple Room in Olde Towne Slidell is best described as a family-owned and family-focused business. Chef Jeremy Reilly and his wife Allysa opened their family business almost ten years ago and while growing the restaurant, grew their own family as well, adding two children to the Reilly family mix. Chef Jeremy’s food has deep roots in traditional French cuisine with distinctively Louisiana accents.


Wild Bush Farm + Vineyard, Bush

Monica Bourgeois and Neil Gernon are experts on that topic. The two wine lovers met while working in the New Orleans hospitality industry. They gained retail experience managing bottle shops before transitioning to wholesale wine distribution, making great California vineyard friends along the way. When these two locals learned that Louisiana’s only premiere winery, Pontchartrain Vineyards was for sale, their ambition grew. Wandering along St. Tammany Parish roads, we spotted the Wild Bush sign and stopped in for a visit.


The Blue Crab Restaurant, Slidell

When the Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar opened in 2013, Nick Asprodites brought the tradition of lakefront seafood dining back to the New Orleans Lakefront. After finding a waterfront property on the Louisiana Northshore, Nick and his family expanded and opened a second Blue Crab at the Pointe Marina in Slidell that is reachable by car and boat soon.


Pyre Provisions, Covington & Pyre BBQ, Mandeville

 Chef Jeff Mattia's story began in Hartford, Connecticut. The Marine vet and his family moved to New Orleans in 2010 where they quickly found themselves in St. Tammany Parish. In 2019, just three months before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, he opened Pyre Provisions. Despite the challenges, his methods of live-fire cooking have carried Chef Mattia through to begin a food truck and second location, Pyre BBQ.


Tchefuncte's Restaurant & The Anchor, Madisonville

Michael Gottlieb, of Tchefuncte's and The Anchor in Madisonville, began his culinary journey the day he was born. His family bakery, The family bakery, Gottlieb’s was established in 1884 making him a 5th generation baker at birth. Gottlieb’s of Savannah, GA was famous for many things, including being the bakery that first baked cookies for the Girl Scouts of America. Chef Gottlieb is now the executive chef of the "worldly destination" dual-concept restaurants along the Tchefuncte River 


The English Tea Room, Covington

In the quaint little downtown of Covington, there’s a charming yellow cottage filled with English tradition and taste. That’s the English Tea Room, established in 2002 by Jan and Tim Lantrip. Guests of the establishment experience one of the finest High Teas to be found anywhere on this side of the pond. A word to the wise, make reservations before you visit the English Tea Room, as the seats tend to fill quickly. If you’d like to try the experience yourself at home, you can visit the tearoom virtually.


Forks & Corks, Covington

The Northshore’s very own, Chef Robert Vasquez formerly with Pepe’s Sonoran Cuisine and now Forks & Corks in Covington handily won the 2020 King of Louisiana Seafood crown with his red snapper, crawfish sofrito. Learn all about this year’s competition and just how the Southwestern native came to win this special Louisiana Seafood honor.

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Randazzo's Camellia City Bakery, Slidell

Since 1965, the Randazzo family name has been closely tied to New Orleans’ king cake tradition. In 1997, Tricia and Lou decided to open their own bakery in Slidell where they continue the family tradition today. Order your king cake online at KingCakes.com for pick-up and shipping in 2022.

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Emma's Famous Pralines, Slidell

        Emma’s Famous Pralines is a compact but cozy space filled with the rich aroma of butter and sugar. There you’ll find individually wrapped pralines for sale, along with homemade goods, both sweet and savory. You can find Miss Emma at her shop at 705 Spanish Trail in Slidell and she does ship! She’s on Facebook and you may give her a ring at 985-641-9151.

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Liz's Where Y'at Diner, Mandeville

Everybody needs a little love sometimes and there is a place on the Northshore where that love is served with every bite. From the palm trees to the peace signs to the tie-dyed T-shirts, everything about Liz Munson’s diner is laid back. Be forewarned – Liz's happiness is perfectly contagious!

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Our culinary scene is deep and delicious, influenced by the bounty of the bayou and sure to satisfy everyone.

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