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

The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On
November 20, 2014

Now that the Katrina-darkened footlights are back on at the Saenger, the Mahalia Jackson and the Civic, theater is big business in New Orleans. Peter's guests on out to Lunch are two of the people who brought these theaters back to life and who operate them.  Bryan Bailey is co-owner and Managing Partner of the Civic Theater. David Skinner is General Manager of the Saenger and the Mahalia Jackson theaters. After millions of dollars... Read More »

Bio Bayou

Bio Bayou
November 13, 2014

There are a number of New Orleans businesses that are as much a part of the unique vocabulary of New Orleanians as “muffuletta” and “poboy.” Some of them – like K&B and Schwegmans – are in the “aint dere no more” category. One New Orleans institution that is still here is what we call either “Oxner” or “Oshner.” However you say it, everybody in New Orleans knows what you mean. Its real... Read More »

The Power and The Shrimp

The Power and The Shrimp
October 30, 2014

If you live in New Orleans you’re familiar with this scenario: You’re having a perfectly normal day when suddenly you groan, “Oh noooo.” You're not watching the Saints’ defense, it's that other sinking feeling you get as a New Orleanian - when the power goes off. Today on Out to lunch Peter takes a look at the other 364 days, 23 hours in the life of New Orleans’ Fortune 500 company,... Read More »

French Market Film Market

French Market Film Market
October 16, 2014

In New Orleans we have an uneasy relationship with progress. We want to grow, but not like Atlanta. Or Houston. Or Austin. Or pretty much any economically successful Southern city.  One of the battlegrounds where we fight to retain our local identity and accommodate a changing economy is The French Market. A glance at the French Market’s website summarizes the city’s conflict: “3 centuries of history. 6 blocks of shopping.” The person... Read More »

Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing
October 9, 2014

Hansel Harlan minces up nutria and feeds' em to the dogs as super healthy Marsh Dog biscuits, treats, and jerky.  Arthur Matherne zips around the swamp on an airboat, occasionally with superstars and sometimes shooting alligators. Read More »

Off The Shelf

Off The Shelf
October 2, 2014

If you grew up in New Orleans there’s two things you learned early on – where to make groceries, and how to make red beans. If you moved here as an adult it doesn’t take long to find a favorite grocery store - but making beans is a little more difficult. Maybe you secretly buy canned beans. If you do, you’re not alone. Locals do it too. They’ve been doing it... Read More »

The Disrupters

The Disrupters
September 25, 2014

Over the last few years the word “disrupt” has found its way into the American business vocabulary. Disruption occurs when a new company with a new way of doing things changes business as usual. Amazon, for example, has disrupted retail. “Disrupt” does not necessarily mean “destroy”.  Amazon has hurt some brick and mortar stores, but it’s also given countless small suppliers access to large markets, and put most of America... Read More »

I P Eaux

I P Eaux
September 18, 2014

In the New Orleans entrepreneurial community there’s a conversation that comes up fairly regularly. It’s speculation about who’s going to be the first company in the new wave of startups to break out. To hit the big time. To be our version of Google, Facebook, or Twitter. One of the company names that surfaces near the top of everybody’s list is Federated Sample. Another is 365 Connect. There’s a fair chance you’re... Read More »

Saints! Pelicans! Tourists!

Saints! Pelicans! Tourists!
August 28, 2014

New Orleans is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. There is no specific reason – there’s no amusement park or beach – but like other great cities – Paris, Manhattan - people come here to spend time just living like we do. Ironically, we herd them into the French Quarter and down Bourbon Street which locals mostly avoid, put them on buggy rides, ghost tours and swamp tours that... Read More »

Angels 'n Exports

Angels 'n Exports
August 21, 2014

A few years ago, for most of us “start up” was a verb – it was something you did to a car. These days it’s a noun. A startup is a new business, typically based on a new and untested idea. One of the toughest things about a startup, the noun, is the verb – starting it up. The main obstacles are figuring out the best way to go about it,... Read More »

Family Friendly

Family Friendly
August 14, 2014

Human beings love doing things in groups. It starts off with fun birthday parties when we’re kids, and goes all the way to desperate attempts to have fun at conferences – which is why so many of them come to New Orleans. While folks are here at a conference, Teddy Nathan’s company, Cresecent City Connections, rounds them up and puts them to work volunteering for local non profits. Frank Scurlock is at... Read More »

Whole Food Whole New City

Whole Food Whole New City
July 31, 2014

Self styled "Emperor of the Universe" entertainer Ernie K-Doe used to say that besides New Orleans being the birthplace of jazz, he was pretty sure everything came from New Orleans. When you tell people that grocery giant Whole Foods started here in New Orleans - on Esplanade Avenue - you generally get the same response you'd expect k-Doe would have gotten with his wild claim. To support the Whole Foods... Read More »

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