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

Which Airport?

Which Airport?
September 12, 2013

Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation at Louis Armstrong International Airport is ready to take off with an $860m overhaul of the airport. At the Lakefront airport Keith Sisson from new Southern Airways Express will fly you to the beach. Peter Pays it Forward with Clandestine New Orleans. Read More »

The Comebacks

The Comebacks
September 4, 2013

Greg Ensslen is founder of the Freret Street Market and one of the prime movers in bringing Freret Street from blight to boom. President of the Greater Mid City Business Association Josef Wright presides over the sprawling new hospital district and resurgence of Carrolton Avenue. Plus we hit the swamps with Lost Lands. Read More »

Broadway South

Broadway South
August 28, 2013

"....then one night in misty Baton Rouge the Tax Credit Fairy waved her magic wand and created Broadway South." Dramatic tales about the resurgence of theater in New Orleans with Cassie Steck Worley and Bruce Hoefer form Le Petit Theater. Plus building a better waiter with Sidework. Read More »

Out to Lunch - Pink Meets Green

Out to Lunch - Pink Meets Green
August 21, 2013

Pink-dumpster diva, Simone Bruni aka Demo Diva, meets Green Coast Enterprises' Will Bradshaw. While the Diva's knocking it down to the dirt Will's rebuilding, notably commercial Broadmoor. Also on the lunch menu, cyber security company 504ensics. Read More »

Bevolo & Beignet

Bevolo & Beignet
August 13, 2013

Drew Bevolo's family founded and has owned Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights since 1945. Burt Benrud's family business, Cafe du Monde, 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 »

Fly Me to the Beach

Fly Me to the Beach
August 7, 2013

Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation at Louis Armstrong International Airport is ready to take off with an $860m overhaul of the airport. At the Lakefront airport Keith Sisson from new Southern Airways Express will fly you to the beach. Peter Pays it Forward with Clandestine New Orleans. Read More »

Out to Lunch - NOLA On A (whole wheat) Roll

Out to Lunch - NOLA On A (whole wheat) Roll
July 28, 2013

NOLA BIZ SUPERSTARS! Chairman of Whole Foods Market, John Elstrott, tells the fascinating tale of the birth of the health food giant and equally fascinating tale of what's ahead. CEO of GNO Inc Michael Hecht is one of the architects of New Orleans' sensational business resurgence. Read More »

Out to Lunch - The Art of Marketing Art

Out to Lunch - The Art of Marketing Art
July 22, 2013

Arts administrator Mia Volkemmer and fine artist mask maker John Flemming join Peter Ricchiuti for a lunch filled with tales of the art world that range from Uptown to Afghanistan and Bridget Bardot. Read More »

Out to Lunch - Sun Salutations & Supplements

Out to Lunch - Sun Salutations & Supplements
July 15, 2013

Jessica Blanchard turned her back on international finance and came home to New Orleans to found Balance Yoga & Wellness Studio. Mackie Shilstone never left home and from New Orleans has turned himself into an international sports training phenomenon. Read More »

Out to Lunch - Superstars of Startup

Out to Lunch - Superstars of Startup
July 7, 2013

Kenneth Purcell's iSeatz is the engine that drives online booking for American Express Travel, Delta, Orbitz and more, from right here in New Orleans. Gary Solomon's The Solomon Group lights up the Superdome, and that's just for starters. Read More »

Out to Lunch - Films and Festivals

Out to Lunch - Films and Festivals
June 30, 2013

Andre Champagne's massive fleet of Hollywood Trucks keeps Hollywood South industry rolling. A.J.Niland's New Orleans-based HUKA Entertainment stages some of the nation's biggest and brightest music festivals. Read More »

Out to Lunch - Beyond Boom Town

Out to Lunch - Beyond Boom Town
June 23, 2013

We can't keep saying forever that we're in a boom in New Orleans. Dana Eness from The Urban Conservancy and Blair duQuesnay from Ignite Investments and Planning on the dawn of the day after the boom. Will we have longterm change or a nostalgic golden era to look back on? Read More »

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