The Food Show

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tom fitzmorris

tom fitzmorris

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. Thirty 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. While I think a show like ours would be successful in any city with a decent inventory of interesting restaurants, there is truly no place with the cooking and eating passions of New Orleans. It has the dining scene of a much bigger city, and a heritage of good taste that unites everybody who lives here.

The program focused almost entirely on dining out in its first years. Listeners called either to report on a meals they enjoyed or disliked in restaurants, or to ask about untried places and better sources of favorite dishes. Over the years, the program’s cooking aspect has slowly but steadily increased. Eating and cooking each take up about the same amount of time now.

Other features come and go. The Mystery Restaurant Contest gave us a way to give away the freebies that restaurants sometimes give us. An oddly popular gambit was our Ciao Number game. We gave each caller a number. If they heard their number selected, they’d win a prize. The Ciao Numbers died over twenty years ago when the computer tracking them crashed. Yet callers still remember and announce their Ciao Numbers proudly, if inexplicably.

The most successful annex to the radio show is our Eat Club dinner series. Since 1994, I’ve hosted about dinners each year in a variety of restaurants as wide as the restaurant scene itself. They’re attended by around fifty diners every week, who sit at big tables and meet new friends, try new dishes, and taste new wines. The restaurant assembles a special menu for us, and it’s a grand evening. But not always, we honestly admit. It all comes out on the radio in the days following an Eat Club event.

Exciting recent developments in the Food Show include two new ways for people to listen. You can listen to the show live right here on this station, on the radio at 990 AM or on your computer through this website, Wgso.com. Podcasts of the entire show can be downloaded and listened to at your convenience. They will also be on nomenu.com.

All that has brought a new dimension to the program. Every day, we get two or three calls from somewhere far away from New Orleans–including places on the other side of the Earth, but usually from people who know what it means to miss New Orleans.

My favorite listener comment is, “I’d listen to you even more than I do, but you make me ravenously hungry!”

That’s the whole idea. I hope you’ll listen and call in.

The Food Show – July 13th, 2020

Welcome to the Food Show with Tom & Mary-Ann Fitzmorris! Today our hosts are joined by a variety of guests and callers from around the city and far flung locations. At 2:30 Jeff Mattia, Chef and partner at Pyre Provisions, joins us for “ask the chef”...

The Food Show – July 13th, 2020

Welcome to the Food Show with Tom & Mary-Ann Fitzmorris! Today our hosts are joined by a variety of guests and callers from around the city and far flung locations. Then in the final hour of the broadcast they talk about fond memories in a segment called “Vintage...

The Food Show – July 10th, 2020

Welcome to the Food Show with Tom & Mary-Ann Fitzmorris! Today our hosts are joined by a variety of guests and callers from around the city and far flung locations. At 2:30 we are joined by Michael Gottlieb, the Chef of both Anchor and Tchefuncte’s. Then in...

The Food Show – July 9th, 2020

Welcome to the Food Show with Tom & Mary-Ann Fitzmorris! Today our hosts are joined by a variety of guests and callers from around the city and far flung locations. At 3:00 we are joined by the grocery goddess Nicole Dorignac at 3:00! Then in the final hour of the...

The Food Show – July 7th, 2020

Welcome to the Food Show with Tom & Mary-Ann Fitzmorris! Today our hosts are joined by a variety of guests and callers from around the city and far flung locations. At 3:00 we are joined by the trevelin man, Stan Meadows of Trenasse! Then in the final hour of the...