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
When people visit New Orleans and drive in from the airport, they assume they’re in New Orleans from the minute they figure out how to get on the I-10 till they get to their French Quarter accommodation.
If you live in New Orleans, you wouldn’t say you were in New Orleans till you got to... well, where exactly?
In business, the Orleans-Jefferson connection can be somewhat murky too.
On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti sorts it all out with the President of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Todd Murphy.
The matchup is not as David and Goliath as you might think. New Orleans cultural economy is big business – in fact there’s only one sector of the local economy that’s bigger and that's hospitality.
The photos on this page were taken at Commander's Palace restaurant by Ashley George.