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
One criticism that used to be levelled at New Orleans was that we have a thousand restaurants but only ten recipes. Every restaurant served a variation of gumbo, jambalaya and fried seafood.
Those days are gone. Take, for example, Marjie's Grill on Broad Street. Not only is Marjie’s a popular New Orleans restaurant, it was named one of the best new restaurants in America by Bon Appetit magazine. It servesSouth East Asian street food along with local food from the Gulf.
Caitlin Carney is co-founder and CEO of Marjie’s Grill, and today's she's sampling the more traditional stylings of Commander's Palace as Peter Ricchiuti's guest on Out to Lunch.
Max Cusimano is at the lunch table too. Max is a video producer, director and owner of the video production company NOLA Vid. If you've checked out a video for a New Orleans restaurant on YELP lately, you can be pretty sure Max shot it. As well as making videos for restaurants, NOLA Vid makes videos for companies as diverse as Zillow, Daimler, and Walmart.