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
In some businesses, like the tech industry, there are regular revolutionary developments that change everything. In other businesses, change is more subtle. Take, for example, the frozen confection industry. Or the jewelry and fashion business. A new taste in ice cream on a stick, or a new design of a ring or handbag might not be as big of a deal as the advent of Uber, but if you’re the person eating the ice cream or making the fashion statement, it can make you just as happy.
Ashley Porter is owner of Porter Lyons, which is both a design company and a store on Toulouse Street in the Quarter. And Ashley is both a business grad and a jewelry and accessory designer whose design are sold across the country and worn by the likes of Taylor Swift and Cameron Diaz.
Adrian Simpson is co-creator of the new frozen treat, Café Bar, which combines his company New Orleans Ice Cream with local icon CoolBrew. The new company, American Cold Brew, produces a variety of popsicle style icecream treats that are real quality ice cream and real coffee on a stick. There's a cup of coffee and chicory in every one.
We often note how New Orleans is different from other parts of the country. And it certainly is. When we say that, though, we’re usually referring to various aspects of our lifestyle. Music, restaurants, politics, and attitude. In this edition of Out toLunch we see New Orleans’ uniqueness reflected in ways you might not normally expect – in ice cream and fashion.