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
We talk a lot on this show about how the New Orleans economy is changing. Entrepreneurs are starting up companies that do everything from build apps to 3D printers.
Meanwhile, our traditional industries of hospitality and tourism are rolling right along on a parallel track.
On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter's talking about a couple of unusual points where the tracks cross, with tourism entrepreneurs Rupa Mohan and Chris Rose.
If you’ve lived in New Orleans for a while, yes, it’s the same Chris Rose - one of the city’s finest writers and raconteurs – with his newest venture, the Magical Musical Mystery History tour.
Rupa Mohan flies in the face of tourist tradition with her company, The Sweat Social. Rupa brings tourists together to do things like run, kick box, and Pilates.
It’s the New Orleans tourist road less traveled on today’s Out to Lunch.