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

Made In New Orleans

Made In New Orleans
November 16, 2017

Many of our greatest artists liked cocktails. Degas, Van Gogh, Manet, and many others spoke glowingly of the effect of alcohol on their work, and painted bottles, glasses, and folks drinking. Here in New Orleans, and in 36 states across the U.S, you can find out if a couple of cocktails can turn you into a master painter at Painting With a Twist, where partying and painting go hand in hand. The... Read More »

The Incomparable Magazine Street

The Incomparable Magazine Street
November 9, 2017

We assume people like to visit New Orleans for the food and music. Which they do. But most music is at night. And there’s only so many hours a day you can eat. If you visit Magazine Street on any given day you’ll find tourists shopping alongside locals on almost every block of the 6 miles of stores that stretch from the Lower Garden District to Uptown. Magazine Street has been a... Read More »

Sanderford & Son

Sanderford & Son
November 2, 2017

Remember that time you had a good idea that was going to make you a millionaire? It was probably an idea for an app, right? In the back of your mind you’re still thinking about doing it - if you could just find the time to figure it out. And find someone who builds apps. And find someone to kick in some money. Brice Sanderford knows the process. He built the app MySquad.... Read More »

Bio Scan

Bio Scan
October 26, 2017

Before you get on a plane, you go through a number of layers of security. The airline and the TSA both check to make sure you are who your ID claims you are. One of the methods the TSA uses is a version of a security check system that’s also used by IBM, Tesla, and some of the world’s largest retailers when you check out with a debit or credit card. The... Read More »

Jambalaya Wedding Cake

Jambalaya Wedding Cake
October 19, 2017

In Louisiana, although gumbo and jambalaya are everyday foods, finding the time to make a good gumbo or jambalaya from scratch is not so easy. You can cut down on prep time by making these traditional dishes with a mix out of a box. If you’re a purist, you might turn your nose up at that. On the other hand, there's Jambalaya Girl. Jambalaya Girl is a mix in a box... Read More »

Roof Local

Roof Local
October 12, 2017

If you’re like most Americans, you like to shop. Either in a store or on your phone. Every single retailer in America right now – from Walmart to your local shoe shop – is trying to figure out how to get you off your phone and into their store. Somebody somewhere is going to have to figure that out to save retail stores from going the way of the dinosaur. That somebody might... Read More »

Virtually Real

Virtually Real
October 5, 2017

From the beginning of recorded history we’ve  had a fascination with the blurred lines between the real world and the supernatural world. Greek gods and Hindu gods were described as humans with superpowers who lived in other dimensions and interacted with people on Earth. In biblical times, an all-powerful but invisible God granted some humans super powers, like parting seas and feeding multitudes. In our own times we’ve continued to blur the lines... Read More »

Cyber Sure

Cyber Sure
September 14, 2017

There are very few things that you pay for every month, and hope that you get nothing back for your money. Except insurance. Nobody enjoys paying their insurance premium. But you know your insurance agent is right. You need it. Which is where the old classic Frank Crumit song comes from, “There is no one with endurance like the man who sells insurance.” (If you don’t know that song it’s worth clicking on the... Read More »

Kid Biz

Kid Biz
September 7, 2017

According to government statistics, about 30 million Americans are under 5 years old. That’s a big market. But even in today’s generation of accelerated development, it takes a while before kids want to buy stuff. But little kids sure like to do stuff. Peter's guests on Out to Lunch have businesses whose clients are little kids who like to do stuff. Stuff like big kids do. Or even adults. Bella Brown Bedortha’s business... Read More »

Worldwide Thibodaux

Worldwide Thibodaux
August 31, 2017

In  the 1600’s, Galileo discovered that the Earth was not the center of the universe. Until  then, we thought everything revolved around us. There are still people who believe the universe revolves around New Orleans. It’s Caitlin Cain’s job to convince anyone who does not believe it, that it’s true. Caitlin is the CEO of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. (Just as an aside – there is proof that we are the... Read More »

Win Win

Win Win
August 24, 2017

People often compare business strategy to combat, and sports.   In sports, we grow up learning it’s the game that counts - winning isn’t everything. Which is true, unless you’ve got money on the game.  It’s not always legal to bet on the outcome of games. But Zach Dixon has found a way. Zach is the co-founder of Players Lounge - a real and virtual place where you can bet on the outcome... Read More »

The Economy of Crime

The Economy of Crime
August 17, 2017

The difference between successful people and the rest of us is that when successful people have an idea they don’t just say “Wouldn’t it be great if somebody did X, Y or Z,” they do it. Like Sidney Torres IV.. While most of us complained for years about the putrid smell in the French Quarter, Sidney started a sanitation company and cleaned it up.  While we’re all complaining about crime, Sidney has created... Read More »

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