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

Let There Be Light, And Powdered Sugar

Let There Be Light, And Powdered Sugar
April 10, 2014

Drew Bevolo is the current torch carrier of his family firm, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, founded in 1945. Burt Benrud is the current head the family business Cafe du Monde which started up in the 1860's. These two standard bearers of New Orleans' enduring icons talk about the present, the future, and entrepreneur NOLA Pie Guy. Read More »

Entrepreneur Week 2014

Entrepreneur Week 2014
April 4, 2014

New Orleans annual Entrepreneur Week is a week-long throw-down of entrepreneurs and the men and women who love them. Resembling a melange of New York's Fashion Week, TED talks, and Cirque du Soleil of business, classes and seminars fill out the day around the star events where NOLA entrepreneurs get to pitch their Idea-Village-labeled "crazy ideas" in front of venture capitalists and the general public in return for steroidal strength... Read More »

Mom, Where Do Buildings Come From?

Mom, Where Do Buildings Come From?
April 3, 2014

We talk a lot in New Orleans about the "rebirth" of the city but before the city was re-born it was born. The architects of what we all agree is our remarkably beautiful city were just that: architects. The major architects of today's New Orleans are renaissance men and women. An eye for beauty and an ability to translate that into an engineerable design, once thought to be a singularly rare... Read More »

Earth Orbit and Beyond

Earth Orbit and Beyond
March 27, 2014

Sure, we all know New Orleans business is doing better than it ever has, but in your wildest imaginings of exactly what that means it's unlikely you've had any idea that "they sky's the limit" has in the last few years gone from being a visionary fantasy to an aerospace reality. While many of us are still evoking the credentials of being the birthplace of jazz and the cocktail, two... Read More »

Hubig en Espanol

Hubig en Espanol
March 13, 2014

Hubig’s isn’t what the rest of the country thinks of as “pie”. It’s a single-serving deep fried envelope of home-made pastry and pie filling, sealed in a wax paper bag.  And it’s not sold in bakeries, but in all kinds of stores all over town. After Katrina, the return of Hubig’s Pies was heralded as a milestone in our recovery. And so it was a community tragedy on July 27th 2012 when... Read More »

Water Works

Water Works
March 6, 2014

Ocean front property is desirable, unless the ocean is meant to be hundreds of miles from your front door. Webster Pierce Jr is the inventor of a hunk of plastic called the Wave Robber. Anchored off the coast of rapidly disappearing Louisiana land, it upends the natural process of waves washing away land by robbing them of their power, but unlike a traditional breakwater, siphons the silt out of the wave to... Read More »

Look Like a Million Bucks

Look Like a Million Bucks
February 27, 2014

Would you like an article about yourself in the New York Times?  Betsie Gambel can make that happen. Would you like to own Mardi Gras?  Josh Mayer will take care of that for you.  Peter, Josh, and Betsie delve into PR, branding, marketing, advertising, NOLA Mad Men & Women, and lend their substantial skills to startup business Clear the Clutter. Read More »

Paper or Plastic

Paper or Plastic
February 19, 2014

New Orleans is a city torn between upholding traditions and embracing change.  In this Tale of Two Jonathans, Jonathan Bertuccelli's Studio 3 creates centuries old papier mache art in the form of elegant Mardi Gras floats while Jonathan Schudmak's NOLA 3D Printing creates our plastic future. In the Pay It Forward segment of the show Peter, Paper Jonathan, and Plastic Jonathan weigh in on how best to expand the already successful promotional... Read More »

Brides 'n Blooms

Brides 'n Blooms
February 13, 2014

Did you know New Orleans is America's second favorite spot for destination weddings? There's a whole industry built on folks coming here to get hitched. At the heart of it are two New Orleans icons: House of Broel and Harkins the Florist. John Harkins and Bonnie Broel join Peter Ricchiuti for a lunch time chat that swings from brides on their wedding day to wives doing things with floral preservative other than... Read More »

NOLA Baby

NOLA Baby
February 6, 2014

Latona Giwa from Birthmark Doula Collective breaks down the A B C-sections of the NOLA baby biz. Angelle Missios, NOLA Birth Photographer, is there to capture baby's first breath and first Facebook post. In the Pay It Forward segment of the show Peter, Angelle, and Latona take a look at The Elmer Group's Nerium. For dessert, co-founder of Birthmark Doulas, Dana Keren, joins the postpartum party. Read More »

Fleurty Rock'n

Fleurty Rock'n
January 30, 2014

In 4 years Lauren Thom has taken Fleurty Girl from a bedroom in the front of her house on Oak Street to 5 stores citywide. At a time when the term "T-shirt shop"was synonymous with "bottom-feeding scum," representative of everything that was wrong with New Orleans' tourist-centered economy, Lauren turned T-shirt economics on its head, pitching her product at locals, with dopey tourist slogans like "I got Bourbon faced on Shit... Read More »

La Luzianne Delivered

La Luzianne Delivered
January 23, 2014

David Darragh is President and CEO of Reily Foods. Even if Reily Foods is not a household name you probably have some of their products in your household. La Luzianne Tea, French Market Coffee, CDM Coffee, Blue Plate Mayonnaise and many more. Erik Frank is a former USA weightlifting champion who bench-pressed a then record setting 462 pounds so he knows a bit about getting in shape. His recently launched company,... Read More »

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