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

NOJO Robinette March 8, 2018

If there’s one thing everybody around the world knows about New Orleans, it’s that we were the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The other thing they probably know is, we’re the birthplace of jazz.

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra was, for a time, one of the most successful and well-funded jazz institutions in the city. 

Sarah Bell

Today, a new CEO, Sarah Bell, is guiding the orchestra out of the financial crisis it found itself in when its founder, Irvin Mayfield, ran afoul of the law.

Garland Robinette

And one of the most influential voices of the city’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina, Garland Robinette, has left radio to continue a career as a visual artist, co-owning with his wife, Nancy Rhett, Robinette Studios.

Artist and media luminary Garland Robinette, and NOJO CEO Sarah Bell join Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch. 

Peter Ricchiuti, Garland Robinette, Sarah Bell

We find out what it’s like for Garland to go from being one of the city’s most influential voices, to sitting down behind an easel, alone, painting. And find out from Sarah what it’s like trying to run an orchestra when people know more about your criminal record than your latest record.

Photos at Commander's Palace by Alison Moon.

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