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
Show business has all kinds of folklore and superstitions. One of them is, “Never work with pets or kids.” Not because entertainers don’t like pets or kids, it’s because they don’t want to be up-staged by them.
Peter Ricchiuti's guests on today's Out to Lunch are both entertainers who have chosen to ignore this advice. They’re not just working with kids, they’re working for kids.
Ann Mahoney is a successful TV and Movie actress. You might recognize her from The Walking Dead or any of the more than 30 movies she's been in. Ann is augmenting her acting career with a kids’ clothing company, called Peeky Designs. Ann is the clothing designer and owner of the company.
CR Gruver is a successful musician. As well as being a sought after piano player, he's a member of super-group, The New Orleans Suspects along with members of the Neville Brothers and James Brown's band. CR is augmenting his career as a piano player by founding the local chapter of School of Rock. School of Rock is a nationwide music school, popularized by the Jack Black movie and Broadway show of the same name.
There’s no business like show business. Except maybe children’s fashion and music school.