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

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 »

Naked Philharmonic

Naked Philharmonic
May 26, 2016

On May 22, 1796, while George Washington was still president, the first opera performance in America was staged here in New Orleans. These days most of us think of New Orleans music as small bands playing jazz and funk. But orchestral music has been played here continuously from that night in 1796. Today, Carlos Miguel Prieto leads a classical music orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic.  Guitarist, composer and co-founder of The New Orleans Klezmer... Read More »

Primo Premium

Primo Premium
May 19, 2016

If you drive a car, at some point in the next few days you’re probably going to need gas. If you fill up at the pump at a convenience store, your experience will never be the same after you listen to this edition of Out to Lunch.  Peter Ricchiuti is lunching with Ethan Cheramie, founder of PetroTV. That’s the company that owns and programs the TVs that play commercials on top of gas... Read More »

Sun Water and Dirt

Sun Water and Dirt
May 12, 2016

In business, and other organizations, we hear about "mission drift." That's a condition where the organization loses track of what it set out to accomplish. The way to re-focus is to get back to basics. That’s what we're doing today on Out to Lunch. We’re talking about three very basic elements - sunshine, water, and dirt. And we’re looking at how we can harness these 3 elements to re-focus us on one... Read More »

Fighting Fit

Fighting Fit
May 5, 2016

If you’ve ever had folks come visit you in New Orleans from out of town, they’ve probably said, “If I lived here I’d put on a hundred pounds.” They’re not the folks who come here to visit ProTac Fitness. Those folks say, “If I lived here I could benchpress another hundred pounds.” Protac Fitness is a New Orleans business that trains people to get in shape for the US military and law enforcement.... Read More »

P.J. Palmisano

P.J. Palmisano
April 28, 2016

In the grand scheme of things, it’s difficult to know at the time which small decision you make might have enormous consequences. Like the time in 1978 when a social worker from Des Moines Iowa decied to open a small coffee shop on Maple Street, in Uptown New Orleans. That coffee shop, PJ’s, was to become a coffee empire. And the young social worker behind it, Phyllis Jordan, was to become one... Read More »

Entrepreneurial U

Entrepreneurial U
April 14, 2016

Over the past few years you’ve probably been hearing the word “entrepreneur” a lot around New Orleans. As business incubators like The Idea Village grow, and we hear success stories about all kinds of wildly imaginative local startups, you might wonder how someone gets to be an entrepreneur. Maybe you have a great idea for a business. Have you ever wondered how you get to be one of the hip crowd hanging out... Read More »

Orange

Orange
April 7, 2016

When you look back at the human form –  at Venus de Milo from 100 BC, or Michelangelo’s David from the 1500’s – the ideal human body hasn’t changed much at all. But with the advent of progress like the automobile, and the ability to gather food while sitting in an automobile, retaining our ideal body shape has led to all kinds of creative ideas. The latest to arrive here in New... Read More »

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