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

Go For It!

Go For It!
June 12, 2014

Common sense is difficult to define. In business, people with unique and quirky ideas can run into a lot of negativity based on “common sense”. A few years ago it was the stupid idea of putting a camera in a phone. Common sense said it would never work - people who want to make a phone call don’t want to buy a camera. Then there was the idiot idea of... Read More »

From Veterans to Julia

From Veterans to Julia
June 5, 2014

When people visit New Orleans and drive in from the airport, they assume they’re in New Orleans from the minute they figure out how to get on the I-10 till they get to their French Quarter accommodation. If you live in New Orleans, you wouldn’t say you were in New Orleans till you got to... well, where exactly? In business, the Orleans-Jefferson connection can be somewhat murky too. On this edition of Out... Read More »

You Gotta Eat - Fresh 'n Local

You Gotta Eat - Fresh 'n Local
May 15, 2014

The national movement away from bad eating habits has swept into New Orleans. In the town that cholesterol forgot we've started demanding to know more about what's in what we eat and take more care in selecting what we prepare at home for ourselves and our families. Seth Hamstead opened full service butcher Cleaver & Co to source locally grown meat from producers he can go meet. From a location that... Read More »

In It For The Money

In It For The Money
May 1, 2014

There are a lot of great reasons to live in New Orleans, but “making money” is not typically at the top of the list. Even though the business climate is undeniably better here now than we’ve seen in decades, money is not what drives most of us. But of course, we can’t live without it. So thankfully there are New Orleanians who devote themselves to looking after money, and two of... Read More »

Cats 'n Dogs

Cats 'n Dogs
April 24, 2014

Last year Americans spent over 55 billion dollars on their pets. To put that in some sort of perspective, that’s more than most countries in the world spend on their military. In New Orleans, Zeus' Place is one of a number of 21st Century pet boarding and day care facilities where pets are treated somewhere between kindergarten kids and rest home residents, with activities, walks, naps and even their own apartment. Michelle... Read More »

Cork 'n Leather

Cork 'n Leather
April 18, 2014

"Do something you're passionate about" is tossed about so often as the key to starting up an entrepreneurial business that it's become all but a cliche. This episode of Out to Lunch will restore your faith in the place of passion in business, and if you've ever thought about starting up your own business, in 30 minutes you'll be inspired to run out and do it!  Amanda Dailey was in real... Read More »

Let There Be Light, And Powdered Sugar

Let There Be Light, And Powdered Sugar
April 10, 2014

Drew Bevolo is the current torch carrier of his family firm, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, founded in 1945. Burt Benrud is the current head the family business Cafe du Monde which started up in the 1860's. These two standard bearers of New Orleans' enduring icons talk about the present, the future, and entrepreneur NOLA Pie Guy. Read More »

Entrepreneur Week 2014

Entrepreneur Week 2014
April 4, 2014

New Orleans annual Entrepreneur Week is a week-long throw-down of entrepreneurs and the men and women who love them. Resembling a melange of New York's Fashion Week, TED talks, and Cirque du Soleil of business, classes and seminars fill out the day around the star events where NOLA entrepreneurs get to pitch their Idea-Village-labeled "crazy ideas" in front of venture capitalists and the general public in return for steroidal strength... Read More »

Mom, Where Do Buildings Come From?

Mom, Where Do Buildings Come From?
April 3, 2014

We talk a lot in New Orleans about the "rebirth" of the city but before the city was re-born it was born. The architects of what we all agree is our remarkably beautiful city were just that: architects. The major architects of today's New Orleans are renaissance men and women. An eye for beauty and an ability to translate that into an engineerable design, once thought to be a singularly rare... Read More »

Earth Orbit and Beyond

Earth Orbit and Beyond
March 27, 2014

Sure, we all know New Orleans business is doing better than it ever has, but in your wildest imaginings of exactly what that means it's unlikely you've had any idea that "they sky's the limit" has in the last few years gone from being a visionary fantasy to an aerospace reality. While many of us are still evoking the credentials of being the birthplace of jazz and the cocktail, two... Read More »

Hubig en Espanol

Hubig en Espanol
March 13, 2014

Hubig’s isn’t what the rest of the country thinks of as “pie”. It’s a single-serving deep fried envelope of home-made pastry and pie filling, sealed in a wax paper bag.  And it’s not sold in bakeries, but in all kinds of stores all over town. After Katrina, the return of Hubig’s Pies was heralded as a milestone in our recovery. And so it was a community tragedy on July 27th 2012 when... Read More »

Water Works

Water Works
March 6, 2014

Ocean front property is desirable, unless the ocean is meant to be hundreds of miles from your front door. Webster Pierce Jr is the inventor of a hunk of plastic called the Wave Robber. Anchored off the coast of rapidly disappearing Louisiana land, it upends the natural process of waves washing away land by robbing them of their power, but unlike a traditional breakwater, siphons the silt out of the wave to... Read More »

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