A Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse & Co.

The 13 Seasons of A Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse & Company began in 1990 and cover the range of Louisiana cuisine from wild game to seafood, from creole to cajun, and from healthy to classic recipes. Featured episodes include Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, famous chefs including Leah Chase and Paul Prudhomme, and a healthy dose of Louisiana history and culture.

Christmas Show

25m 4s

Chef John Folse returns to his home parish of St. James, where he visits the St. James Catholic Church and the home of his sister, Ruth Folse Hirsh. He also reminisces about past Christmas celebrations with his father, Roy Folse. In the kitchen, Chef Folse prepares: a Game Pie with duck, rabbit, and venison; Chicken, Oyster, and Andouille Gumbo; Sweet Farre Dressing; and Greens. He also enjoys a p


  • Shrimp - Timbalier Bay, LA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Shrimp - Timbalier Bay, LA

    S13 E1313 - 27m 29s

    In this episode, John meets Bobby Collins and learns how to dry shrimp. John remembers how dried shrimp was like candy when he was growing up. Later John makes a Shrimp File Gumbo with Native American Zoe Verret. Then James Carville drops by John’s deck and they make Mirliton and Shrimp Casserole to go along with everyone’s favorite Barbeque Shrimp.

  • Oysters - Empire, LA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Oysters - Empire, LA

    S13 E1312 - 26m 54s

    John travels the mouth of the Mississippi River and meets the Lepetich family. Mato Lepetich came to Louisiana in the early 20th century and started farming oysters, and his son Matt teaches John all about the oyster industry and how Czechoslovakians came to settle in Louisiana and dominated the industry. Matt then helps John make Oyster Rockefeller Soup. John then meets Curtis Hendon.

  • Turtles - Lake Verret, LA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Turtles - Lake Verret, LA

    S13 E1311 - 27m 36s

    John travels to Lake Verret, LA to hunt for the feisty alligator snapping turtle. John joins two LA Dept. Of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists to trap and catalogue these protected treasures. Then Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary, Robert Barham and John cook a Turtle Sauce Picante. Later, the two state biologists Amity Bass and Kerry Landry cook with John and make a Turtle Stroganoff.

  • Garfish / Caviar - Bayou Dularge, LA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Garfish / Caviar - Bayou Dularge, LA

    S13 E1310 - 26m 4s

    In this episode, John travel to south Louisiana and visits the Houma Native American Nation, and learns about the Houma’s fishing culture and techniques for making Alligator Gar Tasso. John is then joined by Rick Tramanto from Café Revolution and cooks Coushatta Garfish Stew. John Burke from Cajun Caviar tells John how caviar is farmed using local fish.

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    Fishing Tournament - Grand Isle, LA

    S13 E1309 - 26m 48s

    In this episode, John joins the fun at the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Saltwater fishing tournaments are a summer tradition, and the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is the oldest fishing championship in the country. John interviews Ricky Templet with the rodeo and then the pair prepare a Pan-roasted Grouper with Caribbean Sofrito. Afterwards, Captain Theo Bourgeois drops by to visit John.

  • Coastal Erosion - Louisiana Coast: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Coastal Erosion - Louisiana Coast

    S13 E1308 - 27m 9s

    In this episode, John gets a first-hand look at the size and scope of Louisiana’s coastal erosion problem. Louisiana has 40% of our nation’s wetlands and each year experiences the loss of land equal to the size of Rhode Island. John celebrates the coastal bounty by making Sauteed Speckled Trout with a spicy Garlic &Orange Vinaigrette with saltwater fishing champion, Tommy Vidrine.

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    Saltwater Fishing - Gulf of Mexico

    S13 E1307 - 27m 13s

    In this episode, John encounters the endless varieties of fish offered up in the Gulf of Mexico… from fishing along the coast for speckled trout, mango and redfish to fishing the deep water for red snapper, amberjack and tuna… the Gulf of Mexico has it all. John hooks up with champion fisherman Tommy Vidrine for some expert advice.

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    Fish Markets / Gaspergou - Baton Rouge, LA

    S13 E1306 - 27m 22s

    In this episode, John visits the famous Tony’s Seafood Market in Baton Rouge and learns the secrets behind their success. John picks up a beautiful Gaspergou and travels to New Orleans with his friend Leah Chase and creates a gorgeous Backed Gasperou like Leah’s mother used to make on special occasions. Then Leah teaches John how to make her famous Turtle Stew.

  • Bass / Crappie - Toledo Bend Reservoir: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bass / Crappie - Toledo Bend Reservoir

    S13 E1305 - 26m 45s

    In this episode, John takes to world famous Toledo Bend Reservoir to tangle with hard-fighting large mouth bass and the delicious white perch, locally called crappie. Local chef and restaurant owner, Randy Ziegler whips up a mouth-watering Herb-Baked Bass on the pier. John meets local bass legend Harold Allen who talks about his time as a fishing rodeo champion. John cooks Pancake Battered Bass.

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    Catfish - Lake Des Allemand

    S13 E1304 - 25m 14s

    In this episode, John travels to Lake Des Allemand, east of New Orleans where we learn the methods of catching catfish from German descendants. John’s nephew Jay and his daughter Allie, teach John the hoop net method of catching fish and then have a good old fashion catfish fry. Back on the White Oaks Dock, John’s guest is Don Dubuc, famous local outdoorsman and host of a TV and radio show.

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    Tasty Gulf Species / Caminada Pass

    S13 E1303 - 27m 44s

    In this episode, John explains the different varieties of tasty gulf fish species we have off our coast. John introduces to local seafood experts from Tommy Vidrine, champion gulf fisherman, who specializes in catching Speckle Trout to Leah Chase, famous Creole Chef from New Orleans, who describes how Creoles used Red Snapper to adorn their holiday table. John cooks a tasty Red Snapper Mardis Gra

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    Tilapia Scott LA

    S13 E1302 - 26m 56s

    In this episode, John Folse travels to Scott, in south central Louisiana, and learns about all natural aqua farming of Tilapia. Brian Gotreaux and his family raise tilapia without the aid of any chemicals which they say gives their product a fresh, natural taste. Utilizing the farm-raised tilapia, John cooks with BR Diocese Bishop Robert Muench.

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