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 13 Block Empire on the River

The 13 Block Empire on the River
August 18, 2016

A lot of tourists who come to New Orleans go home and describe the city as an oasis of European-looking streets lined with music clubs where people wander around drinking cocktails and eating beignets 24 hours a day. This fabulous wonderland is the same 13 riverside blocks that locals describe as dirty, smelly, crime-ridden, home to gutter punks, T-shirt shops, and over-priced restaurants they wouldn’t go to even if they could... Read More »

The Swimming Game

The Swimming Game
August 11, 2016

According to the reputable Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation, right around twenty percent of the population of the United States is under 15. That’s a sizeable market. You don’t have to look very far to see the marketers of stuff that kids like trying to sell it to them. Mostly food and toys. Which demonstrates that we don’t change all that much as we grow older. But there are other businesses aimed at kids... Read More »

Fried Chicken 'n Cold Beer

Fried Chicken 'n Cold Beer
August 4, 2016

If you had to name the biggest fried chicken business in Louisiana, you probably wouldn’t have to think about it too long. You might take a bit longer to name the next biggest. And even then you might not come up with Krispy Krunchy. Krispy Krunchy has over 1,800 reatail locations in 36 states. It’s everywhere from the Virgin Islands to the Wichita Zoo. And it keeps getting bigger. Krispy Krunchy’s executive Vice... Read More »

The Art of The NOLA Renaissance Side Hustle

The Art of The NOLA Renaissance Side Hustle
July 28, 2016

The term "Renaissance Man" - not surprisingly - comes from the renaissance. A period of history where the possibilities for self-expression flourished. Today the term has come to refer to a person who is not only capable of doing a number of tasks, but who’s able to excel at all of them. Peter Ricchuti's guests on Out to Lunch today are New Orleans business renaissance men, and women. Katrina Brees is the founder... Read More »

Good Bye Hollywood South

Good Bye Hollywood South
July 21, 2016

If you were born in 2004 and you’re now in 8th grade, you’ve never known a time when New Orleans wasn’t Hollywood South. Hold on to those memories. By the time you get to college nobody will believe you’d see Tom Cruise at the football game or Matthew McConaughey in the park. If things keep going the way they are, the dismantling of the State’s film tax credits will make Hollywood South... Read More »

You Sew Right 3D

You Sew Right 3D
July 14, 2016

There are two types of people in the world. The type that think 3D printing is the new industrial revolution. And the type that says, “What the heck is 3D printing?” There’s a local 3D printing company called Entrescan that’s hoping to convert the type B folks to Type A with a phone app called Scandy.  On this episode of Out to Lunch Peter's talking about Scandy and 3D printing with Entrescan’s... Read More »

Grok On

Grok On
July 7, 2016

Where are you right now? At home? In the car? In a coffee shop? At school? It doesn't matter. Wherever you are, with a small piece of consumer electronic equipment you could also be sitting at the table with Peter Ricchiuti at Commander’s Palace. Or Peter could be sitting next to you in the car, or in your kitchen. This cutting edge hologram technology is based in what’s called Virtual Reality.... Read More »

Word

Word
June 30, 2016

Wherever you are right now, take a look around. There’s a fair chance that someone near you is staring at their phone. They’re not talking into it, they’re writing on it. People love writing so much they’re even texting while driving at highway speed. You’d have to really be in love with writing to risk your life for “OMG.” Peter's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are very connected with... Read More »

Healthy Mommy

Healthy Mommy
June 23, 2016

It would be hard to find anybody in America who doesn’t know that there’s a link between diet and health. It would, however, be no problem to find a hundred people on your street who want to eat healthier but don’t. Our usual excuses are - healthy food is harder to find, it’s expensive, and it doesn’t taste good. Betty Archote’s company, Healthy Course Meals, is out to change that. Healthy Course Meals make... Read More »

Fastball

Fastball
June 16, 2016

Running a sports business in New Orleans comes with a number of unique challenges. Ask the Voodoo, the Jazz, or for many years the struggling Saints. On the other hand, the New Orleans Zephyrs seem to have found a winning formula. Winning enough for a new ownership to take over the team and unveil plans for an optimistic future. The team’s new Assistant General Manager, Donna Light, is Peter's guest on this... Read More »

inNOvations

inNOvations
June 9, 2016

As you know, statistics can be twisted to mean anything we want. How about this computation? If every one of the 9 million tourists who visit New Orleans was to visit one of the 400,000 locals, you’d only have 23 visitors a year. You’ve probably had more folks than that over to watch a Saints game, right? So. How would you like to entertain tourists - and get paid for it? That’s the... Read More »

NOLA Girl Biz

NOLA Girl Biz
June 2, 2016

Here in the United States we like to think of ourselves as world leaders. But we’re not ahead of everybody in everything. England, Germany, India, Israel, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand have all elected women presidents and prime ministers. In business in the U.S. we’re still fighting for equal pay and figuring out what equality means - from bathrooms to board rooms. And so - as it has done many times before -... Read More »

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