Out to Lunch

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

Bitter Nature June 21, 2018

For nearly 200 of our 300-year history, New Orleans has laid claim to being the birthplace of the cocktail. Whether or not that is strictly true, the cocktail is still a New Orleans icon.

A company called New Orleans Beverage Group is helping to keep that tradition alive, and to update it, with their products, El Guapo Bitters, and cocktail syrups.

Christa Cotton

The CEO of the New Orleans Beverage Group, Christa Cotton, joins Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch. 

Back in the days before air conditioning, at the end of a hot day in New Orleans, all you could do was sit still and sip a drink. Today we spend as little time as we can outdoors in the heat. And we’re handing that behavior on to our kids. Clare Loughran is looking to change that.

Clare Loughran

Clare is the founder and director of NOLA Nature School, an educational institution that stresses the importance of being outdoors, with a nature-based curriculum.

Peter Ricchiuti

Photos over lunch at Commander's Palace by Alison Moon.

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