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 Tourist Road Less Traveled

The Tourist Road Less Traveled
April 13, 2017

We talk a lot on this show about how the New Orleans economy is changing. Entrepreneurs are starting up companies that do everything from build apps to 3D printers. Meanwhile, our traditional industries of hospitality and tourism are rolling right along on a parallel track. On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter's talking about a couple of unusual points where the tracks cross, with tourism entrepreneurs Rupa Mohan and Chris Rose. If... Read More »

Cajun Dogs Go Bowling

Cajun Dogs Go Bowling
April 6, 2017

Just 135 miles apart, a 2 hour sprint on the interstate or a scenic ramble on the 90, New Orleans and Lafayette are two of America’s most culturally interesting cities.  Economically, though, they’re different. New Orleans is booming and growing while Lafayette is facing headwinds from a depressed oil economy and the continuing after-effects of floods that are combining to limit opportunity. Given this situation, it would seem to be an unlikely time... Read More »

Bagels, Women, Genes and Drugs

Bagels, Women, Genes and Drugs
March 30, 2017

Peter Ricchiuti leaves his regular table at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District and  travels downtown to the Arts District. He's set up shop at the Contemporary Arts Center where art is taking a back seat to business. This is the current home of the Idea Village’s annual bridge between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest - a party that’s come to be known as NOEW (pronounced "no-wee") an acronym for New Orleans... Read More »

Polymer Snaps

Polymer Snaps
March 23, 2017

The good news is, you’ve got Google. So if you want, in the next couple of minutes, you can look up the word “polymer.” P-O-L-Y-M-E-R. When you do, you probably won’t be much wiser about what a polymer is, and guaranteed you won’t be able to figure out what “polymer monitoring” might be. All you need to know is, it’s a big deal and without it you wouldn’t listening to this... Read More »

You're Hired

You're Hired
March 16, 2017

If you’re looking for a job, one of the most tedious aspects of the search is constantly refining your resume so it looks appealing to your prospective employer. If you’re an employer, one of the most time-wasting aspects of searching for the right person is meeting prospective employees and finding out they’re not quite as impressive as their resume. Crystal McDonald’s New Orleans company, Acrew, is changing all that - for both... Read More »

It's Magic

It's Magic
March 8, 2017

There’s so much music and film in New Orleans, we could do a weekly show exclusively about show business. Even if we were to do that, this edition of Out to Lunch would still be out of the ordinary. Peter's lunch guests are in very non-traditional aspects of the entertainment industry. Mike Dardant is a magician. His abilities with sleight of hand, comedy, and pickpocketing have earned him International awards, as well as character... Read More »

From Zero to 5

From Zero to 5
March 2, 2017

There are lots periods of stress in our lives. But there are two that are particularly demanding. And they’re both regarding children. When you get pregnant, you’re very soon made aware of the wide range of things that can go wrong with the development of your baby. Finding out the results of medical tests on your child can relieve your stress, and save the life of your baby. At the BioInnovation Center... Read More »

Healthy Eats

Healthy Eats
February 23, 2017

When people say “New Orleans is known for its food” they mostly mean restaurants. From iconic places like Commander’s, to your favorite hole-in-the-wall poboy joint. What we are less known for in New Orleans is healthy food. But like so much else here, that’s changing. One of the reasons for that change is a company called Supereats. At Supereats they make what they call “snacks with a purpose.” ` Healthy snack food might sound... Read More »

Raw Jazz

Raw Jazz
February 15, 2017

One of our favorite foods here in Louisiana is raw oysters. Oysters are also the favorite place to hang out for a couple of bacteria that are very unfriendly to human beings. Notwithstanding,  nobody in Louisiana has gotten sick from a raw oyster in some time. The reason for that is a company called AmeriPure. AmeriPure kills the bad bacteria in oysters without affecting the oyster’s taste. Pat Fahey is the... Read More »

Wipeout!

Wipeout!
February 9, 2017

Just by living in New Orleans you can naturally develop a lot of useful skills. Dodging potholes and catching Mardi Gras beads improves hand-eye coordination. Peeling crawfish increases dexterity. One of the skills you will not have learned growing up or living here, is surfing. That’s about to change. Thanks to Becky Hardin’s City Surf Fitness. City Surf Fitness is a new way to get fit. Only steps away from Uptown restaurants... Read More »

What's Going to Happen to Healthcare?

What's Going to Happen to Healthcare?
February 2, 2017

There are not many subjects that everybody is an expert on. But healthcare is one of them. Many people’s opinions about how healthcare should be provided are formed as a result of interactions with the healthcare system that have involved large sums of money and had less than optimum outcomes. On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti is talking with two experts about the healthcare system as we know it,... Read More »

Dynasty

Dynasty
January 26, 2017

In New Orleans, like many other cities, we have historical landmarks, like Jackson Square. And St. Louis Cathedral. But we also have our own unique historical landmarks. Some of them fall into a special category called, “Ain’t dere no more.” Among those are K&B, McKenzies, and Wagner’s Meat. Scott Wolfe Sr was the owner of the Wagner’s Meat stores. Scott is currently the owner of Melba’s Old School Poboys on Elysian Fields. John... Read More »

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