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

Surf 'n Turf September 5, 2019

There is, apparently, more than one way to skin a cat. You might imagine, however, that choices become more limited if you think about how many ways you could shuck an oyster. Or buy a steak. Well, time to expand your imagination.

Peter's guests on today’s Out to Lunch have found new ways to shuck oysters. And sell meat.

Becky Wasden

Becky Wasden is the owner of a company called Two Girls One Shuck. Two Girls One Shuck delivers sacks of oysters to your place along with a couple of girls to shuck ‘em, an oyster bar, and all the fixings.

Marshall Bartlett

Marshall Bartlett’s company has a less racy name – Home Place Pastures. Home Place Pastures is the Netflix of organic meat. For a monthly subscription you get farm-raised meat from a family farm that oversees every step of the process - from the animal’s delivery at birth to its eventual delivery to you.

Becky moved from Utah to New Orleans where she tasted her first oyster, while Marshall is the 5th generation to farm his family's land in Mississippi. They're coming from different places and harvesting their products from land and sea, but Marshall's and Becky's experiences in starting and running their businesses have interesting and unexpected parallels.

Becky Wasden, Marshall Bartlett, Peter Ricchiuti

Photos at Commander's Palace by Alison Moon.

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