Programs about food and cooking have been on the air since radio’s earliest days. But The Food Show With Tom Fitzmorris is an anomaly, occupying more hours of prime airtime every week than any other show about taste in the history of the medium. It’s the longest-running talk show of any kind in New Orleans. Twenty-five years, three hours every weekday, same station, same host, same food-and-drink-only concept.
The main ingredient in the Food Show’s recipe is, of course, the New Orleans food culture.
Tom reflects on his nearly 50-year career. His introduction to fine dining at UNO, where a gourmet meal with all the finery went for under $2 at the Flambeau Room, the on-site restaurant for professors and meetings, and curious students like Tom.
The Sicilian-New Orleans connection and the evolution of Italian restaurants in New Orleans. Italian immigrants arriving in New Orleans in the 1880s had no idea how they would shape the food of their new home. Includes a broad discussion of present-day New Orleans Italian food.
The Food Show with Tom Fitzmorris returns after a COVID-19 hiatus. Enjoy this first attempt at podcasting from home while the studio is on shutdown. We will be working to improve this quality in the coming days.