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

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 »

Bill Gates Walks Into a Bar

Bill Gates Walks Into a Bar
January 31, 2019

Have you heard this one? Bill Gates walks into a bar... Actually, it’s not a joke. It’s a lesson about the definition of averages. Bill Gates walks into a bar. There’s 20 people in there. The average net worth of everybody in the bar is now 5 billion dollars. In a similar manner, New Orleans business boosters like to say these days, “New Orleans is the fastest growing tech city in... Read More »

The Kids Are Alright

The Kids Are Alright
January 24, 2019

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... Read More »

Kicked Up Local

Kicked Up Local
January 17, 2019

The Small Business Association defines a small business as having fewer than 500 employees. By that definition, over 99% of all businesses in the US are small businesses.  Even so, the businesses in the remaining 1% that they’re competing against have a hugely outsized influence when it comes to marketing and other resources. How does a small business compete with the likes of Amazon and WalMart? In New Orleans you could be... Read More »

The Most Non-Profit Time of the Year

The Most Non-Profit Time of the Year
December 13, 2018

Each year around the holidays, we shift our collective focus for a few weeks. In addition to thinking about our own needs, we think about others. We buy gifts. We listen to music that’s all about unanimity. And we give to charity. For some people, this kind of largesse is not confined to the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s what they do every day. Oji Alexander is Executive Director of a... Read More »

Curbed Lionheart

Curbed Lionheart
December 6, 2018

We hear a lot about the link between the online world and the real world these days. Most real-world purchases begin with an online search. Even purchases as big as a house. There’s no better example of the influence of the online world on the real world of real estate than Curbed. Curbed is technically a nationwide real estate blog. But it’s also an influencer. It reports on real estate trends, but... Read More »

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 »

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