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
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 artists are increasingly hanging their works in their own spaces.
Peter's guests on Out to Lunch today represent both strands of this movement.
Chef Tory McPhail is the Executive Chef at Commander’s Palace and has a line of sauces he's bottled and put his name on the label.
Chef Tory talks about competing in a marketplace dominated by media food stars like Gordon Ramsay. Ally Burgieres talks about competing in an art marketplace where your piece of art can be stolen and disseminated to millions in moments - which is what Taylor Swift did with Ally's drawing. Legal proceedings are, well, proceeding.