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

Staples

Staples
November 8, 2018

New Orleans is the home of the poboy. And the muffuletta. Over the years we’ve gotten pretty good at making French bread and muffuletta buns, but we haven’t become known for any other kinds of bread that might be a little more sophisticated. Well, like a lot of other things around here, bread baking is changing too. Bellegarde Bakery bakes a range of bread, made from the stone-ground flour that they grind... Read More »

Stay Local

Stay Local
October 25, 2018

We’ve been here in New Orleans for 300 years. We wouldn’t still be here if we didn’t have the ability to adapt. But we don’t like change. We still reminisce about long-closed drugstores, bakeries, and supermarkets. And, 300 years later, we’re still on the brink of flooding when it rains for an hour. The Urban Conservancy is on both sides of this street. They want to keep things as they are, and they want... Read More »

Step Out of the Vehicle

Step Out of the Vehicle
October 18, 2018

If you’re a certain age you might remember the telephone. It was a hard-plastic piece of equipment about the size of a small cat. You leased the phone, monthly, from what was known as “The phone company.” There was only one. Eventually, we got multiple phone companies. Then mobile phones. Which came to be known as cell phones. Then we got what we called “smart phones” - which was a cell phone... Read More »

Biomedical Nitpickers

Biomedical Nitpickers
October 4, 2018

One positive thing we can say about social media is, it’s a great leveler. Even CEO’s and celebrities reveal that, although their giant homes and incomes may be far removed from ours, their daily lives and fears are not that different. Nonetheless, even in a world with no secrets, you’d probably still be surprised if a celebrity went on Instagram with photos of their kid’s head lice. Christina Womack says there is still... Read More »

9th and Lower 9th

9th and Lower 9th
September 20, 2018

It’s one thing to come up with an idea for a business and open it in Mid City or Uptown. It’s quite another undertaking to launch and run a business in the 9th Ward. Or the Lower 9th ward. That’s what Peter Ricchiuti's guests on today's Out to Lunch are doing. Mark Sanders is the owner and CEO of Ninth Ward Nursery. Rashida Ferdinand is Executive Director of Sankofa Community Development Corporation. Mark’s nursery is... Read More »

STEM

STEM
September 13, 2018

In 1967, Edward de Bono invented “Lateral Thinking.” It’s a type of reasoning that solves problems by steps that might not be obvious.  For example, how do you get more college grads to enter the workforce wanting to go into technology? Regular logic would suggest employers pay more to people in these positions. Or offer college scholarships. Todd Wackerman has come up with a lateral thinking solution. It’s called STEM Library Lab. It... Read More »

Fashion Function

Fashion Function
September 6, 2018

For a number of years now we’ve talked about New Orleans as a great place to start a business. But we’ve learned it’s not such an easy place to take a startup to the next level. When the business you’re starting up is not technology, but you’re actually manufacturing a real-world product, it becomes even more difficult. Jaime Glas seems to have defied the odds. Jaime started a manufacturing business. She’s based... Read More »

That's a Great Idea

That's a Great Idea
August 30, 2018

Remember that time you had a great idea? You were probably doing something you’ve done a thousand times before and you thought, “There’s got to be an easier way. Why doesn’t somebody invent...” fill in the blank. People who work in universities have these kinds of ideas too. When you think about it, the reason people work at universities is they’re smart. They’re the kinds of people who deal in ideas. But... Read More »

Sugar Frizz

Sugar Frizz
August 23, 2018

Sometimes the stars just line up. Whether it’s fate, destiny, luck, or your own ingenuity, once in a while you find yourself in the right place at the right time and you have one of those “Aha” moments. Turning that aha moment into a successful business is a whole other matter. That’s what Peter's two lunch guests today are hard at work doing. Boyce Clark was a geophysicist and a single dad who came... Read More »

Pelvic Speech

Pelvic Speech
August 16, 2018

In business, we go to great pains to treat men and women equally. But when it comes to pain itself, men and women are not always equal. That’s why Sara Reardon opened NOLA Pelvic Health. NOLA Pelvic Health is the first and only clinic in New Orleans that specializes in the treatment of women’s pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions -including pelvic pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and pregnancy and postpartum recovery.  Dr... Read More »

Healthy Eats

Healthy Eats
August 9, 2018

When people say “New Orleans is known for its food” they mostly mean restaurants. From iconic places like Commander’s, to your favorite hole-in-the-wall poboy joint. What we are less known for in New Orleans is healthy food. But like so much else here, that’s changing. One of the reasons for that change is a company called Supereats. At Supereats they make what they call “snacks with a purpose.” ` Healthy snack food might sound... Read More »

What's Going to Happen to Healthcare?

What's Going to Happen to Healthcare?
August 2, 2018

There are not many subjects that everybody is an expert on. But healthcare is one of them. Many people’s opinions about how healthcare should be provided are formed as a result of interactions with the healthcare system that have involved large sums of money and had less than optimum outcomes. On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti is talking with two experts about the healthcare system as we know it,... Read More »

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