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

Mom & Pop Mania on Magazine Street

Mom & Pop Mania on Magazine Street
March 10, 2013

Magazine Street is a 7 mile cavalcade of restaurants, galleries, and boutique stores spanning New Orleans neighborhoods from the Lower Garden District to Uptown. The owners of these businesses are as colorful as their storefronts. Bryant Batt sparkles in Hazelnut, Paul Wilcox shines in Art & Eyes. Read More »

Out to Lunch - A Tree Mendez RootSuit

Out to Lunch - A Tree Mendez RootSuit
March 3, 2013

Colin Grussing is an otherwise perfectly normal person who dresses in fully body spandex, including masking his face, and sells what he calls his RootSuit to other eccentrics and rabid sports fans. A man named Tree (only) in a wooden bow tie weaves a magical spell over tourists. Read More »

Out to Lunch - Miracle on Canal Street

Out to Lunch - Miracle on Canal Street
February 24, 2013

From an office in Canal Street's BioInnovation Center, Dr Aline Betancourt's company Wibi Works is pioneering a stem cell arthritis cure. From another office in the same building Billy Bosch is launching body and brain food, Iconic. Read More »

Out to Lunch - Inspiration Reprise

Out to Lunch - Inspiration Reprise
February 18, 2013

New Orlean's most original thinkers: Arman Sadeghpour, co-founder & CEO of Theodent the chocolate toothpaste & Sean Simone co-founder of Yellow Jacket, the cell phone case that's also a 650k volt stun gun. Read More »

Out to Lunch - Bust Out The Beads

Out to Lunch - Bust Out The Beads
February 10, 2013

Abandoning all hope of a serious Mardi Gras conversation, Peter goes for dancers and beads with Bustout Burlesque creator Rick Delaup and Zombeads founder Anne Rolfes. Read More »

OtL - Another Great Idea For an App

OtL - Another Great Idea For an App
February 3, 2013

New Orleans app builder Neel Sus from Touch Studios hears a lot of ideas for phone and tablet apps - is there one more great one out there? Simon Marthinsen's start-up Plebu is taking on the other great 21st century every-man tech challenge - build a better website. Read More »

Out to Lunch - From Boots to Pedicabs

Out to Lunch - From Boots to Pedicabs
January 27, 2013

Sal Palmisano was New Orleans' Enemy Number One when he came up with the brilliant business plan to boot drivers' questionably parked cars. Today he is the pioneer of a whole new set of wheels: NOLA Pedicabs. Read More »

Out to Lunch - Taxi!

Out to Lunch - Taxi!
January 19, 2013

Peter referees a debate about the way forward for New Orleans cabs with veteran taxi operator Sheree Kerner from Nawlins Cab and Jack Culotta, lead counsel for the drivers of United Cabs in their class action lawsuit against the City of New Orleans. Read More »

Out to Lunch - Bill of Health

Out to Lunch - Bill of Health
January 13, 2013

Peter Ragusa unveils Better Day, software that aims to replace every medical record in America. Joe Lovett heads up an impressive fund of Louisiana VC investors, The Louisiana Fund. Read More »

Out to Lunch - Download Dollars

Out to Lunch - Download Dollars
January 6, 2013

New Orleans songwriter and music professor Jim McCormick had two number one hits in 2012, Bucktown All Stars guitar player Reid Wick moonlights as an executive of The Recording Academy, the Grammy organization. Read More »

Out to Lunch - All Natural

Out to Lunch - All Natural
December 30, 2012

Billy Bosch brought us Monster energy drink, now he's launching his own brew, Iconic . Benardett Jno-Finn creates Senica natural hair & body products. Read More »

OtL - Red Beans and Ricely Yours

OtL - Red Beans and Ricely Yours
December 23, 2012

Connelly Hayward is the 4th generation of his family to make red beans, he's President of L.H. Hayward and Company who make Camellia Brand red beans. Nina Camacho is National Events Director at Jazzmen Rice. Read More »

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