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

Barq's BQuick

Barq's BQuick
October 17, 2013

Investor John Koerner's bet on Barq's Root Beer paid off when he grew the company big enough to sell to Coca Cola. Charles Allen's local sports supplements venture, BQuick Nutrition, is following in Barq's footsteps. Koerner and Allen Pay It Forward to online wellness startup Get Healthy. Read More »

Swamp Commerce

Swamp Commerce
October 9, 2013

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 »

Dogs and Scents

Dogs and Scents
October 3, 2013

Jerry Strahan has been wrangling Lucky Dog vendors for nearly 40 years and has the stories to prove it. Amy Wendel carries on the family tradition of Hove, the French Quarter's French Creole perfumery. Amy and Jerry pay it forward with online marketersEmber Networks . Read More »

Chocolate City 2.0

Chocolate City 2.0
September 26, 2013

Pete Tompkins and Joel Dondis, the Kings of chocolate city empires Southern Candymakers and Sucre hold court at Commander's Palace, on the joys and struggles of the candy biz. On the other side of street, the opposite of candy - the new alternative healthy living store, Well. Read More »

Lower Your Taxes

Lower Your Taxes
September 19, 2013

La State tax credits aren't just for Hollywood producers any more. Peter Loop introduces eTax Credit Exchange where YOU can buy a credit and lower your taxes. Orleans Parish Assessor Eroll Williams will also lower your taxes, if you can convince him. Want everyone in NOLA to send you money? Click here: FundDat. Read More »

Which Airport?

Which Airport?
September 12, 2013

Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation at Louis Armstrong International Airport is ready to take off with an $860m overhaul of the airport. At the Lakefront airport Keith Sisson from new Southern Airways Express will fly you to the beach. Peter Pays it Forward with Clandestine New Orleans. Read More »

The Comebacks

The Comebacks
September 4, 2013

Greg Ensslen is founder of the Freret Street Market and one of the prime movers in bringing Freret Street from blight to boom. President of the Greater Mid City Business Association Josef Wright presides over the sprawling new hospital district and resurgence of Carrolton Avenue. Plus we hit the swamps with Lost Lands. Read More »

Broadway South

Broadway South
August 28, 2013

"....then one night in misty Baton Rouge the Tax Credit Fairy waved her magic wand and created Broadway South." Dramatic tales about the resurgence of theater in New Orleans with Cassie Steck Worley and Bruce Hoefer form Le Petit Theater. Plus building a better waiter with Sidework. Read More »

Out to Lunch - Pink Meets Green

Out to Lunch - Pink Meets Green
August 21, 2013

Pink-dumpster diva, Simone Bruni aka Demo Diva, meets Green Coast Enterprises' Will Bradshaw. While the Diva's knocking it down to the dirt Will's rebuilding, notably commercial Broadmoor. Also on the lunch menu, cyber security company 504ensics. Read More »

Bevolo & Beignet

Bevolo & Beignet
August 13, 2013

Drew Bevolo's family founded and has owned Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights since 1945. Burt Benrud's family business, Cafe du Monde, 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 »

Fly Me to the Beach

Fly Me to the Beach
August 7, 2013

Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation at Louis Armstrong International Airport is ready to take off with an $860m overhaul of the airport. At the Lakefront airport Keith Sisson from new Southern Airways Express will fly you to the beach. Peter Pays it Forward with Clandestine New Orleans. Read More »

Out to Lunch - NOLA On A (whole wheat) Roll

Out to Lunch - NOLA On A (whole wheat) Roll
July 28, 2013

NOLA BIZ SUPERSTARS! Chairman of Whole Foods Market, John Elstrott, tells the fascinating tale of the birth of the health food giant and equally fascinating tale of what's ahead. CEO of GNO Inc Michael Hecht is one of the architects of New Orleans' sensational business resurgence. Read More »

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