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

Art and War

Art and War
February 11, 2016

In New Orleans we often take pains to point out what makes us different from other places. It’s pretty common to hear comments like, “We’re not like the rest of the country” and “We’re not like the rest of the South.” So it’s ironic that two of New Orleans’ newest icons are representative of The South, and the rest of the country.  And they’re just a few blocks away from each... Read More »

Pop Your Top Off

Pop Your Top Off
January 14, 2016

You’d have to be a certain age and have a certain kind of musical taste to remember Peter Allen singing, “All our dreams will come true again, when everything old is new again.” Today on Out to Lunch Peter is talking with two business people who are taking old fashioned taste and recycling it for a new market. Their businesses couldn’t be more different. But their reinvention of products based on a... Read More »

Free Culture

Free Culture
January 7, 2016

When we talk about big events in New Orleans we typically say “Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.”  Economically, though, if we’re going to bracket two events, we should say “Mardi Gras and French Quarter Festival.”  French Quarter Festival’s economic impact on the city has become massive. It’s reportedly bigger than Jazz Fest. French Quarter Festival Executive Director, Marci Schramm, joins Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch. So does Jan... Read More »

Airborne Chalkboard

Airborne Chalkboard
December 31, 2015

If you’ve been shopping lately you might have noticed the growing number of stores that have creative chalkboard signs outside on the sidewalk. You might have also noticed similar creative chalkboard menus in restaurants.  There’s a good chance those groovy looking hand lettered chalkboard signs were made by a company called SmallChalk, the brainchild of Ashlee Arcenaux Jones. Ashlee is Peter's guest on Out to Lunch today. Peter's other lunch guest also writes... Read More »

Good News and Bad News

Good News and Bad News
December 24, 2015

We've all seen this guy or woman on TV, and we’ve all said, "Thank God that’s not me." The person sweating behind a bank of microphones, trying to explain away something bad. What if one day, maybe through no fault of your own, that person is you? Having to explain why things aren’t quite how they look. How do you know what to do? What to say? You could call on... Read More »

Wish Dog and Sauce

Wish Dog and Sauce
December 17, 2015

Wherever you go in the world you find human beings have two things in common. We all like to eat. And we all like to incorporate into our living spaces non functional objects we call art. In many countries we’ve institutionalized these traits. We dine in restaurants and we hang art in galleries.  In New Orleans, as usual, we’ve gone our own way. We’ve turned dining into an art form. And our... Read More »

School Grounds Coffee Grounds

School Grounds Coffee Grounds
December 10, 2015

There are so many great musicians in New Orleans, there’s got to be a reason. Maybe it’s something in the water. Or maybe it’s something in a building on the corner of Chartres St and Saint Ferdinand. That’s NOCCA - New Orleans Center For The Creative Arts. If you go to NOCCA your education is free. Thanks in part to the funding arm of the school, The NOCCA Institute. Sally Perry, Executive Director of... Read More »

Bike Biz

Bike Biz
December 3, 2015

Property values are going up in New Orleans. Parts of the city that buyers have been avoiding for years are now desirable addresses. But by the time you spend your life savings on a house you don’t have a lot left over to do much else. Like pay movers to move your stuff in. You could do it yourself. Or you could hire Tim Colglazier to move all your stuff - on... Read More »

How to do Good Work and Influence People

How to do Good Work and Influence People
November 26, 2015

When it comes to business, we all agree on one thing: we all want to succeed. Typically we measure success numerically – the more profit we make the better we’re doing.  Sure, we’d all like to make billions, but the reality is most of us are not going to turn our businesses into Facebook or Apple. For many people in business, just keeping the doors open and the lights on... Read More »

Giving

Giving
November 19, 2015

In 2005, many of us in New Orleans found ourselves in a position we could never have imagined. Homeless. Our place of work closed down. Our insurance companies refusing to compensate us. And our government largely useless. Until then it was just a cliché. But the kindness of strangers saved our lives. And our city. It is no exaggeration to say that in those dire days New Orleans was resurrected by... Read More »

Coffee 'n Cola

Coffee 'n Cola
November 12, 2015

There’s an old saying about how to be successful in business - “Build a better mousetrap.” Meaning find a product everybody wants and do it better. Peter's guests on Out to Lunch today have come up with new variations of products that enjoy massive worldwide popularity. Soft drinks and coffee. Geoffrey Meeker has a little yellow truck you might have seen around town delivering his French Truck Coffee. And Roy Nelson has a... Read More »

Who's That Guy?

Who's That Guy?
November 5, 2015

For the past few years with all the Hollywood folks in town it’s not unusual for someone at Whole Foods in New Orleans to whisper, “Do you know who that is?” It’s usually a celebrity who looks quite different in the cereal aisle from how she looks like on screen. Today on Out to Lunch Peter's playing a business version of "Do you know who that is?" Do you know who Jay Hakes... Read More »

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