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

Jazz Fest Economy April 23, 2015

When you go to Jazz Fest do you have stuff you have to do? Is there one band you have to see or one food item you have to eat? For many people that annual treat is Crawfish Monica. It's one of Jazz Fest’s most popular dishes.

On this edition of Out to Lunch we have crawfish, and Monica.

Monica Davidson, the Monica from Crawfish Monica and co-owner of Kajun Kettle Foods, joins Peter for lunch.

Frank Relle is also Peter's guest today. If you don’t know Frank’s name you probably know his iconic New Orleans and Louisiana photos.

Frank Relle shows Monica Davidson and Peter Ricchiuti his new work

If you’ve been to Jazz Fest in the last eleven years you’ve seen Frank out there selling them. You might also have seen Frank’s photos in the New York Times, or at Kanye West’s house the last time you were over there.

In the You Heard It Here First segment of the show, Peter indtroduces Ellio Blox, co-founder of Acrodisiac.

Ellio Blox turns the show on its head

Hear a longer conversation with Peter, Blox, Monica and Frank, here.

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