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

Cocktail & Sons

Cocktail & Sons
July 27, 2017

Typically, nationwide businesses start out in a big city - where there’s a big market.  As the brand grows and demand grows with it, the business gradually spreads across the country to ever smaller markets - until eventually everybody’s within a few miles of, say, a Walgreens. There are notable exceptions to this pattern. For example the largest retailer on Earth, WalMart, started out as a single store in Rogers, Arkansas. In... Read More »

Wonderful World Beautiful People

Wonderful World Beautiful People
July 20, 2017

We have a nationwide opioid epidemic. We consume a huge amount of alcohol. There’s a trend toward legalizing marijuana. And over 10% of us are prescribed mood altering medication. These are all attempts at coping with life. Another approach to making life more bearable is to spend more time focusing on the good parts. That’s what my guests today on Out to Lunch do. Tippy Tippens is the CEO of a company... Read More »

Mr. & Ms. NOLA Business

Mr. & Ms. NOLA Business
July 13, 2017

Despite having a Constitution and any number of Federal statutes that guarantee us all equality, there still seem to be plenty of creative ways for employers to discriminate against women. On Out to Lunch we don’t normally talk about big issues. We talk about small business. On this edition of the show we can do both: Lelia Gowland’s small business, Gowland Llc, deals with the big issues of women in the workplace. Lelia... Read More »

Celebrity Cereal

Celebrity Cereal
July 6, 2017

There are certain things we all do. We all buy food. And when we do, we take for granted that supermarket shelves are going to be stocked. We all watch TV and movies – though these days mostly on a small screen. And when we do – other than certain types of film – we take for granted that actors are going to be clothed. But food doesn’t magically appear on supermarket shelves. And clothes don’t... Read More »

On Time and On The Money

On Time and On The Money
June 29, 2017

If you use a calendar on your phone you’re familiar with that terrible moment when you’re staring at it in disbelief because you’ve totally missed a meeting, a lunch, or even a flight. You could swear you put it in your calendar - but it’s not there. That, and the endless snafus that occur when you share calendars, will allegedly never happen again if you use a new app called FollowMyCal. The... Read More »

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones
June 22, 2017

In some businesses, like the tech industry, there are regular revolutionary developments that change everything. In other businesses, change is more subtle. Take, for example, the frozen confection industry. Or the jewelry and fashion business. A new taste in ice cream on a stick, or a new design of a ring or handbag might not be as big of a deal as the advent of Uber, but if you’re the person eating... Read More »

The Power and The Prairie

The Power and The Prairie
June 15, 2017

What do you think of when you hear the word “prairie?” Wide open spaces? Grasses blowing in the dry, warm wind? Off on the horizon, cattle being driven over the ridge by cowboys? Doesn’t sound much like Louisiana does it? It would, if most of our grassland was still intact. The fact is, Louisiana prairies are just as vital and just as threatened as their better known cousins, the wetlands. Marc Pastorek... Read More »

Making Beer and Groceries

Making Beer and Groceries
June 8, 2017

If you live on the south shore of New Orleans you tend to think of the north shore as a place across the lake that there’s no compelling reason to visit. People on the north shore will give you a list of reasons to drive across the causeway. One of the names on that list is Acquistapace’s. It’s easiest to describe Acquistapace’s as a supermarket, but that doesn’t do it justice. For... Read More »

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 »

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