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

Swerve Trumpet

Swerve Trumpet
June 28, 2018

If you’re like most Americans, and an even greater percentage of New Orleanians, you’ve got concerns about your weight. One of the contributors to issues with our weight, and health, is sugar. But sugar-free products don’t taste all that great. And substituting sugar with synthetic chemicals is not a popular solution. Believe it or not, there is a product that is a real sugar substitute. It’s all natural. And it has zero... Read More »

Bitter Nature

Bitter Nature
June 21, 2018

For nearly 200 of our 300-year history, New Orleans has laid claim to being the birthplace of the cocktail. Whether or not that is strictly true, the cocktail is still a New Orleans icon. A company called New Orleans Beverage Group is helping to keep that tradition alive, and to update it, with their products, El Guapo Bitters, and cocktail syrups. The CEO of the New Orleans Beverage Group, Christa Cotton, joins Peter... Read More »

Geaux Mom!

Geaux Mom!
June 14, 2018

The women’s movement has been striving to define the place of women in the workplace, and in society in general, since the 1960’s. Although there have been some major turning points over the past half century, the era we’re in now may turn out to be one of the most significant and long lasting. In New Orleans, two very different media-based businesses are contributing to this change. Heide Winston and her partner have... Read More »

A New Day At The Office

A New Day At The Office
June 7, 2018

If you’re on Facebook, you see photos of yourself pop up from two, three, or ten years ago. Even though they’re photos that you posted, you still get a surprise to see what you looked like and what you were doing just a few years ago. If we took snapshots of our work environment we might feel the same way. The way we work is constantly evolving. Peter's guests on this edition... Read More »

Play Date

Play Date
May 31, 2018

If you’re single and you have a dog, you’ll know that you can never get serious about dating someone who doesn’t like your dog. Or worse, doesn’t like dogs in general.  That self-selection of single dog people is the premise behind a dating app called Dig. Yes, it’s a dating app for dog lovers looking to find human love. Dig was founded right here, in New Orleans. Dig co-founder and CEO, Leigh Isaacson,... Read More »

Urban Dirt

Urban Dirt
May 24, 2018

We hear a lot about New Orleans being 300 years old. Right around our 100th birthday there was a giant worldwide shakeup. It came to be known as The Industrial Revolution. As it went along, more and more of us started living in cities that got bigger and bigger. Our connection to the land got more and more distant. Today, there’s a movement to try and rebalance. To connect our urban lives... Read More »

Alembic Diva

Alembic Diva
May 17, 2018

A few years ago, our biggest housing problem in New Orleans was abandoned houses and blight. Today our biggest problems are gentrification and soaring rents. In an over-all economic sense, they’re better problems to have. But if housing is your personal problem, or your business is affected, the betterment of the overall economy is not so attractive. Peter Ricchiuti's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch today are both in the middle... Read More »

Rehab 911

Rehab 911
May 10, 2018

The new “gig economy” is a combination of self-employment and contract work. It’s a model pioneered by Uber and Lyft. The same model is finding its way into other occupations. You may not have considered ambulance drivers and the ER fitting into this concept. But that’s exactly what a New Orleans company, Ready Responders, is pioneering. It’s kind of Uber for the EMT business. Justin Dangel, CEO and co-founder of Ready Responders, joinis Peter... Read More »

Community Building

Community Building
May 3, 2018

When you think about inspirational figures – people who inspire you with their dedication to good works – you might think about Mother Theresa or the Dalai Lama. You probably don’t think of local men in the construction industry. Peter Ricchiuti's guests on Out to Lunch might change that. Jim Pate is Executive Director of the New Orleans Area Habitat For Humanity. Jim has overseen Habitat construction projects around the world. In New Orleans... Read More »

Joieful Steamboat

Joieful Steamboat
April 26, 2018

Even if you’ve lived in New Orleans your whole life and you know everything about the place, there’s a good chance there’s one thing you don’t know. And that is, what it’s like to be a tourist. Some tourists just want to know what it’s like to be you. For those people, looking for a unique local’s perspective to their New Orleans experience, there’s a specialized travel agency called Joieful. The founder... Read More »

The Other Side of Cancer Alley

The Other Side of Cancer Alley
April 19, 2018

If human knowledge and medical technology keep progressing, it stands to reason that eventually we’re going to figure out how to cure even the most difficult diseases, like cancer. Yes, it’s optimistic, but it’s also logical. What is, perhaps, less expected is that this knowledge would come from Louisiana. Paige Miller is President of Oleander Medical Technologies. It’s a company that’s pioneering a technique that, if things work out, will cure certain... Read More »

Pics

Pics
April 12, 2018

You may have heard the expression, “The camera doesn’t lie.” Meaning, if you’re looking at a photo of something, well, that’s how it is.  That may have been how it was - before Photoshop and filters on Instagram. Photographs these days have a place in our lives they never had before. Among the millions of photos taken and posted every day for free, there are still photographers who make a living taking and... Read More »

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