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

Travel & The Gig Economy

Travel & The Gig Economy
August 15, 2019

According to the most recent official figures, around 18 million tourists now visit New Orleans every year. And they spend nearly nine billion dollars while they’re here.  Financial pundits keep telling us here in New Orleans that we need to diversify our economy, but nobody is telling that tourists and more and more of them keep on coming. This, in turn, employs more and more New Orleanians. But critics say the downside... Read More »

Jelly Bean Dance

Jelly Bean Dance
August 8, 2019

If you’re a person of a certain age, you can amuse children by telling them stories of what it was like growing up in the pre-helicopter-parent era. Nobody took you anywhere in an SUV. If you had to go to soccer practice, you found your own way there. And during lunch and recess at school you could climb around on the jungle gym which was a set of steel bars set... Read More »

Propeller 2019

Propeller 2019
August 1, 2019

If you’re starting out in business, or you’re at an early stage of development, an incubator will help you with your business plan, your strategy for growth, and other guidance. They may even introduce you to investors. But, like being admitted to a good college, getting accepted into an incubator can be competitive. And, despite the best of intentions, the outcome of that competition is not always without bias, or solely... Read More »

Jambalaya Wedding Cake

Jambalaya Wedding Cake
July 25, 2019

In Louisiana, although gumbo and jambalaya are everyday foods, finding the time to make a good gumbo or jambalaya from scratch is not so easy. You can cut down on prep time by making these traditional dishes with a mix out of a box. If you’re a purist, you might turn your nose up at that. On the other hand, there's Jambalaya Girl. Jambalaya Girl is a mix in a box... Read More »

The Incomparable Magazine Street

The Incomparable Magazine Street
July 18, 2019

We assume people like to visit New Orleans for the food and music. Which they do. But most music is at night. And there’s only so many hours a day you can eat. If you visit Magazine Street on any given day you’ll find tourists shopping alongside locals on almost every block of the 6 miles of stores that stretch from the Lower Garden District to Uptown. Magazine Street has been a... Read More »

Chefs and CBD

Chefs and CBD
July 11, 2019

Have you ever fantasized about how you’re going to walk into work one day and tell them you’re quitting? You’re moving to Colorado and you’re going to grow pot. Shane Mutter was President of Doerr Furniture when he did something close to that. It wasn’t quite as dramatic, and it’s not exactly pot he’s growing, it’s the non pot-smoking version of cannabis, the stuff you make CBD from. Today Shane is the... Read More »

Virtually Real

Virtually Real
July 4, 2019

From the beginning of recorded history we’ve  had a fascination with the blurred lines between the real world and the supernatural world. Greek gods and Hindu gods were described as humans with superpowers who lived in other dimensions and interacted with people on Earth. In biblical times, an all-powerful but invisible God granted some humans super powers, like parting seas and feeding multitudes. In our own times we’ve continued to blur the lines... Read More »

Trust Your Crazy Ideas

Trust Your Crazy Ideas
June 27, 2019

The Idea Village started at the turn of the 21st Century as a rebellious reaction to the business-as-usual cabal who, through an interlocking web of clubs, krewes, families, and cronyism, controlled most of the purse-strings in a then-shrinking New Orleans.  Six years later, in the wake of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, The Idea Village played a pivotal role in totally changing the business landscape of New Orleans. With literally nothing... Read More »

Old Money

Old Money
June 20, 2019

When you start up a business, you’re looking to hit milestones to reassure yourself things are going in the right direction. One of those milestones is simply being able to keep the doors open for the first year. And if you’re still going two years after starting up, you can be pretty confident that your business plan is working. However, no matter how much of a forward-looking strategic thinker you might be,... Read More »

Education 2019

Education 2019
June 13, 2019

Whether we’re talking about economics, health, home ownership, personal income, or a host of other issues, we’re often quick to suggest we can relate every outcome to one word: education. But, like everything else, education is not as simple as it sounds. If you’re a teacher or an administrator in the education system you’re forever looking for new and better ways to improve. One of those improved methods of education is provided by... Read More »

Budget Pnuts

Budget Pnuts
May 30, 2019

If you’re like most people, when you do your taxes once a year you’re genuinely surprised at the numbers staring up at you. You can’t believe how much you spent on various items. Maybe it’s car repair. School supplies. Travel. Eating out. Shoes. Or even groceries. You’re so surprised at how much you spent, compared to how much you earned, that you tell yourself you won’t do that again next year. Then,... Read More »

Marjie's Vid

Marjie's Vid
May 23, 2019

One criticism that used to be levelled at New Orleans was that we have a thousand restaurants but only ten recipes. Every restaurant served a variation of gumbo, jambalaya and fried seafood.  Those days are gone. Take, for example, Marjie's Grill on Broad Street. Not only is Marjie’s a popular New Orleans restaurant, it was named one of the best new restaurants in America by Bon Appetit magazine. It servesSouth East Asian street... Read More »

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