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

Off The Shelf October 2, 2014

If you grew up in New Orleans there’s two things you learned early on – where to make groceries, and how to make red beans.

If you moved here as an adult it doesn’t take long to find a favorite grocery store - but making beans is a little more difficult. Maybe you secretly buy canned beans. If you do, you’re not alone. Locals do it too. They’ve been doing it since 1950. That’s when the canning company now called Blue Runner started up.

ricky thomas

Richard Thomas, President of Blue Runner Foods, is Peter's guest on Out to Lunch today.

Peter's other guest represents an equally non traditional option for grocery shopping.

pamela senatore

Pamela Senatore is Marketing Manager of the local Costco. Costco is definitely not how your mom’n’em made groceries. 


In the You Heard It Here First segment of the show Jonathan Howes pitches his entrepreneurial startup, Round 1. Hear a fuller conversation about Round 1 with Jonathan, Peter and the show's guests, here

peter ricchiuti, pamela senatore, ricky thomas, jonathan howes

peter ricchiuti, pamela senatore, ricky thomas, jonathan howes

The photos on this page were taken at Commander's Palace by Cheryl DalPozzal

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