OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
Photo by Rick Lineberger
Peter Ricchiuti leaves his regular table at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District and travels downtown to the Arts District. He's set up shop at the Contemporary Arts Center where art is taking a back seat to business. This is the current home of the Idea Village’s annual bridge between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest - a party that’s come to be known as NOEW (pronounced "no-wee") an acronym for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
NOEW is an annual business festival celebrating entrepreneurship, innovation, and new thinking in New Orleans. As has become customary, Peter meets some of the more notable party-goers.
Brendan Anthony Dodd is better known to many New Orleanians as Bagel Boy. Brendan’s company, Bagel Boy, specializes in delivering fresh bagels to your home or work, wherever you are in New Orleans. Bagel Boy grew out of Brendan's pretty logical idea to quit delivering bagels on his bike for free and to start charging folks for showing up at their house with fresh bagels.
Alyson Kilday is the co-founder of a company called Damesly. Damesly is a new boutique tour operator that aims to connect creative and professional women. The Damesly experience combines networking with travel. So instead of meeting interesting women on LinkedIn you meet them hiking in the Andes.
Eliel Oliveira is the co-founder of a company called eNre. eNre uses software to streamline the recruiting of patients for clinic-based research trials, with an emphasis on cancer and chronic diseases.
Elia Brodsky s the CEO of Pine Biotech. Pine Biotech is a bioinnovation company that describes itself as delivering solutions to ease multi-omics analysis and integration, allowing industries to seize the challenge and the promise of the future. It's not quite as confusing as it sounds.