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

Marjie's Vid

Marjie's Vid
May 23, 2019

One criticism that used to be levelled at New Orleans was that we have a thousand restaurants but only ten recipes. Every restaurant served a variation of gumbo, jambalaya and fried seafood.  Those days are gone. Take, for example, Marjie's Grill on Broad Street. Not only is Marjie’s a popular New Orleans restaurant, it was named one of the best new restaurants in America by Bon Appetit magazine. It servesSouth East Asian street... Read More »

Peanuts Pot 'n Syrup

Peanuts Pot 'n Syrup
May 16, 2019

It’s probably no exaggeration to say that the boom in entrepreneurial business in New Orleans wouldn’t have happened without the business incubator, Idea Village.   Robbie Vitrano was one of the founders of Idea Village. He was also one of the founders of the ad agency Trumpet and the revolutionary Naked Pizza. Today, Robbie talk to Peter Ricchiuti about  his newest ventures, among them Good Spread, peanut butter that’s, literally, setting out to... Read More »

P J Waitr

P J Waitr
May 2, 2019

For most of recorded history, we humans have had a home from which we have gone forth to find food. Now, things have changed. Today, thanks to food delivery apps like Waitr, we can stay home and have food brought to us. In the course of human activity, it’s a fundamental shift. Maybe that’s why Waitr has caused such a sensation. Starting life in Lake Charles in 2015, Waitr is listed on... Read More »

What Do You Know

What Do You Know
April 18, 2019

There’s a fine line between business and gambling. In both, you’re taking an amount of money and by doing something with it hoping to make it into a larger amount of money. Real gamblers will tell you it’s not all chance, there’s an element of skill in whatever it is they’re doing. Real business people will tell you what they’re doing is not all skill, there’s an element of luck. What Andy Ellis... Read More »

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property
April 11, 2019

Whether you’re listening to this as a podcast, or on the radio, you’re not paying for it. You’re not stealing it. So you’re on the right side of the law. But when you listen to a song on YouTube, or you repost a photo on Facebook, can you be sure that’s totally legal? As a consumer, it can be hard to know. If you’re the creator of intellectual property, like music or... Read More »

One World

One World
April 4, 2019

Typically, on shows about business, hosts and guests talk about business in a way that avoids discussion of politics, socio-economic conditions, or social activism. In the real world, though, business is connected to everything else in our community. And so, once in a while, it’s valuable to acknowledge that, and to talk to people who are in the business of creating social change. Melissa Sawyer is CEO and Executive Director of an... Read More »

Recharging

Recharging
March 28, 2019

You can break everything in the world down to the cellular level. Cells create energy. And energy is what runs you, me, and every contraption we’ve built, from cell phones to the world wide web.  When energy ebbs, things get bad. Have you ever had your cell service go out on your phone? Or, personally, have you felt so worn out during the middle of the afternoon that you don’t know how you’re... Read More »

NOCHI

NOCHI
March 7, 2019

If you eat out in New Orleans you’ve probably noticed two things. One, there seem to be a lot more restaurants to choose from these days. And, two, everywhere you go seems to be busy. You’re right on both counts. New Orleans has more restaurants than ever. Over twelve hundred. And we have a larger population than we’ve had in some time, so that means more people eating out. Although this is... Read More »

Hollywood South 2: The Resurrection

Hollywood South 2: The Resurrection
February 28, 2019

Movie plots often fall into one of a number of formulas. One of them is “Local boy makes good.” Both of Peter Ricchiuti's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch fall into that category. Nobody is making a movie about either of them, but they’re both making movies. Trey Burvant grew up in Covington. After a successful nationwide and international career as an actor, Trey returned to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.... Read More »

Mardi Gras Mansions

Mardi Gras Mansions
February 21, 2019

One of the great things about the movie The Wizard of OZ, is the discovery that what makes everything in this magical world happen, is the man behind the curtain. Without likening New Orleans to Oz, there is a lot of magic here. From Mardi Gras to the splendor of the mansions in the Garden District. And, because it’s New Orleans and not Oz, sometimes the man behind the curtain, is a... Read More »

Water

Water
February 14, 2019

Whatever you’re doing today, whether you’re at work or at home, or somewhere in between, you spend a great deal of the day thinking about yourself. Not in a bad or selfish way, just in the normal way most of us do.   There are other people who are not thinking about themselves in quite the same way. They’re thinking about the lives of others. And how to save them.   Anoop Jain is... Read More »

Who Doesn't Like Pie?

Who Doesn't Like Pie?
February 7, 2019

We often hear people say they don’t like certain foods. Like Brussels sprouts. Or blue cheese. But when was the last time you heard somebody say, “I don’t like pie”? Everybody likes pie, right? So, if you have a company that makes pies, and they’re pies everybody likes, you’d think it wouldn’t take long till you’re a household name. Well, like most things, the pie business isn’t quite as straight-forward as it... Read More »

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