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

Steamy Eyes September 29, 2016

When you live in a place for a while you get used to things. So much so that you hardly notice them anymore, no matter how outlandish they might be.

For example, you can wander around New Orleans' French Quarter with the sound of the calliope blasting over the whole city and not think anything of it. If you do ever stop to think about that calliope music, one of the things you might wonder is, “Who is playing that?” 

The answer is, a delightful woman called Debbie Fagnano.

Debbie Fagnano

Debbie is Peter's guest on Out to Lunch today.

Here’s another thing that might cross your mind: if you’re Uptown, or when you pass any of the 6 St Charles Vision stores in New Orleans, do you ever wonder, “Who is Saint Charles?”

There are two possible answers. One is the Archbishop of Milan who invented the seminary in 1564. The other is Dr. Charles Glaser, who founded St Charles Vision in 1976.

Dr Charlie Glaser

Charlie Glaser joins Peter here for lunch.

Charlie Glaser, Debbie Fagnano, Peter Ricchiuti

We’re taking a look at New Orleans from inside the eyeglass store and from the top of the steamboat Natchez on this edition of Out to Lunch.

Photos at Commander's Palace by Alison Moon.

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