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

Pain

Pain
May 25, 2017

For most of human civilization we have lived with pain. Some of it is healthy - in as much as it teaches us a lesson and keeps us away from danger in future - but a lot of pain is debilitating. That’s the reason some of the most popular medications we use are pain medications. From the ubiquitous Tylenol and Advil which you can buy at the convenience store, to the... Read More »

Forget About Work

Forget About Work
May 18, 2017

There are times in your life when things go right. Whether it’s good luck, good timing, or good management, you just need to celebrate. The simplest way to do that is to throw a party. A few drinks, some food, the right people - and to top it all off some helium balloons with racy adult sayings guaranteed to make everybody laugh. Where would you get helium balloons with racy adult sayings from?... Read More »

Cheers!

Cheers!
May 11, 2017

There’s an old saying – you can never be too rich or too thin. In New Orleans you might add, “And you can never produce too much alcohol.”  If you think there are more small craft breweries and distilleries here than ever before, well, you’d be wrong. A hundred years ago there were many more. We’ve been in a bit of a slump, but we’re coming back. On this edition of Out... Read More »

Hit Me

Hit Me
May 4, 2017

After Hurricane Katrina pushed the reset button on New Orleans, some commercial streets have come roaring back. Others remain decimated. And then there’s Claiborne Avenue. Despite drainage repairs and beautification, the street remains a mismatched mix of new development and old New Orleans. A combination of both these elements can be found at Le Boxeur gym. It’s a new business that’s an old school boxing gym. And the home of a new... Read More »

The Foundation and The Carver

The Foundation and The Carver
April 27, 2017

Here’s a business decision to ponder. Suppose on any given night there’s 10,000 people listening to music in New Orleans. If you open a new music venue, will 10% of those people come to your place? Or do you have to offer something different that will attract a new audience? That’s one of the issues facing the newly reopened Carver Theater in Treme. The Carver’s General Manager, Chris Ritter, joins Peter Ricchiuti... Read More »

Rampart Street

Rampart Street
April 20, 2017

Even in New Orleans it’s hard to imagine what Professor Longhair, oysters, streetcars, and hardware might have in common. The answer is, Rampart Street. Professor Longhair lived there. P&J Oysters have been there for about a century. Mary’s Hardware store has been there for about 5 years. And the streetcar has just made a return, and, after a long absence,  is once again rattling up and down the broad, grassy, neutral ground. City... Read More »

The Tourist Road Less Traveled

The Tourist Road Less Traveled
April 13, 2017

We talk a lot on this show about how the New Orleans economy is changing. Entrepreneurs are starting up companies that do everything from build apps to 3D printers. Meanwhile, our traditional industries of hospitality and tourism are rolling right along on a parallel track. On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter's talking about a couple of unusual points where the tracks cross, with tourism entrepreneurs Rupa Mohan and Chris Rose. If... Read More »

Cajun Dogs Go Bowling

Cajun Dogs Go Bowling
April 6, 2017

Just 135 miles apart, a 2 hour sprint on the interstate or a scenic ramble on the 90, New Orleans and Lafayette are two of America’s most culturally interesting cities.  Economically, though, they’re different. New Orleans is booming and growing while Lafayette is facing headwinds from a depressed oil economy and the continuing after-effects of floods that are combining to limit opportunity. Given this situation, it would seem to be an unlikely time... Read More »

Bagels, Women, Genes and Drugs

Bagels, Women, Genes and Drugs
March 30, 2017

Peter Ricchiuti leaves his regular table at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District and  travels downtown to the Arts District. He's set up shop at the Contemporary Arts Center where art is taking a back seat to business. This is the current home of the Idea Village’s annual bridge between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest - a party that’s come to be known as NOEW (pronounced "no-wee") an acronym for New Orleans... Read More »

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 »

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