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 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 »

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 »

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