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

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 »

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 »

Imported Balls

Imported Balls
January 12, 2017

One of the topics in the national debate these days is trade. Meaning imports and exports. Onn Out to lunch, Pater and his guests take a look at two of the most obscure imports into the United States, and New Orleans. One from Britain, the other from Italy. Francis Palumbo joins Peter to talk about the British import. Francis is a member of the board of The Crescent City Blues Rugby Football... Read More »

Catching Up

Catching Up
January 5, 2017

Two years ago on Out to Lunch we met two very interesting entrepreneurs. Haley Burns was just finishing up school. She was wondering if she could turn a project called Fund 17 that she’d started as a student, into a full time job. Libby Fischer had come to New Orleans to get involved in education again, having been a part of Teach For America in Mississippi. On this trip, Libby wound up... Read More »

Yes You Can

Yes You Can
December 29, 2016

Did you know that more people are scared of public speaking than are scared of heights or spiders? And that, when asked, people rank fear of public speaking as even greater than fear of commitment? Think about that. Most of us are more scared of standing up in front of strangers for 5 minutes than committing to a relationship for a lifetime. Not Jeff Harris. Jeff is an expert on public speaking. He’s... Read More »

Power Up and Away

Power Up and Away
December 22, 2016

There are places in the world nobody wants to be. Jail. Hospital. And stuck in an airport, which can feel like a combination of the previous two. If you’ve ever sat for hours in an airport and cursed the fact that you can’t fly direct from New Orleans to where you want to go, so has Trey Fayard. That’s why Trey started up New Orleans based GLO Airlines. There’s an even worse circle... Read More »

Ctrl Alt Doc

Ctrl Alt Doc
December 8, 2016

We’ve seen major sectors of the US economy change over the last few years. Retail and energy have both been shaken up. But probably nothing has gotten more people shaken up than changes in healthcare. Peter's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are shaking up healthcare in New Orleans. Dr. Mark Berenson’s clinic is a black Samsonite bag. Dr. Berenson is New Orleans’ only house call doctor. Dr. Richard Milani is... Read More »

Designer Selfie

Designer Selfie
November 17, 2016

Believe it or not, it was only 2013 that the word “selfie” was created. Photography used to be a highly technical and creatively demanding art-form. Whether or not taking portraits of ourselves with our phones is the all-time low in the world of photographic arts, only time will tell. For the last decade and a half, photographer Zack Smith has been chronicling the cultural life of New Orleans. He has also carved... Read More »

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