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

Dynasty

Dynasty
January 26, 2017

In New Orleans, like many other cities, we have historical landmarks, like Jackson Square. And St. Louis Cathedral. But we also have our own unique historical landmarks. Some of them fall into a special category called, “Ain’t dere no more.” Among those are K&B, McKenzies, and Wagner’s Meat. Scott Wolfe Sr was the owner of the Wagner’s Meat stores. Scott is currently the owner of Melba’s Old School Poboys on Elysian Fields. John... Read More »

A New Day At The Office

A New Day At The Office
January 19, 2017

If you’re on Facebook, you see photos of yourself pop up from two, three, or ten years ago. Even though they’re photos that you posted, you still get a surprise to see what you looked like and what you were doing just a few years ago. If we took snapshots of our work environment we might feel the same way. The way we work is constantly evolving. Peter's guests on this edition... Read More »

Imported Balls

Imported Balls
January 12, 2017

One of the topics in the national debate these days is trade. Meaning imports and exports. Onn Out to lunch, Pater and his guests take a look at two of the most obscure imports into the United States, and New Orleans. One from Britain, the other from Italy. Francis Palumbo joins Peter to talk about the British import. Francis is a member of the board of The Crescent City Blues Rugby Football... Read More »

Catching Up

Catching Up
January 5, 2017

Two years ago on Out to Lunch we met two very interesting entrepreneurs. Haley Burns was just finishing up school. She was wondering if she could turn a project called Fund 17 that she’d started as a student, into a full time job. Libby Fischer had come to New Orleans to get involved in education again, having been a part of Teach For America in Mississippi. On this trip, Libby wound up... Read More »

Yes You Can

Yes You Can
December 29, 2016

Did you know that more people are scared of public speaking than are scared of heights or spiders? And that, when asked, people rank fear of public speaking as even greater than fear of commitment? Think about that. Most of us are more scared of standing up in front of strangers for 5 minutes than committing to a relationship for a lifetime. Not Jeff Harris. Jeff is an expert on public speaking. He’s... Read More »

Power Up and Away

Power Up and Away
December 22, 2016

There are places in the world nobody wants to be. Jail. Hospital. And stuck in an airport, which can feel like a combination of the previous two. If you’ve ever sat for hours in an airport and cursed the fact that you can’t fly direct from New Orleans to where you want to go, so has Trey Fayard. That’s why Trey started up New Orleans based GLO Airlines. There’s an even worse circle... Read More »

Community Building

Community Building
December 15, 2016

When you think about inspirational figures – people who inspire you with their dedication to good works – you might think about Mother Theresa or the Dalai Lama. You probably don’t think of local men in the construction industry. Peter Ricchiuti's guests on Out to Lunch might change that. Jim Pate is Executive Director of the New Orleans Area Habitat For Humanity. Jim has overseen Habitat construction projects around the world. In New Orleans... Read More »

Ctrl Alt Doc

Ctrl Alt Doc
December 8, 2016

We’ve seen major sectors of the US economy change over the last few years. Retail and energy have both been shaken up. But probably nothing has gotten more people shaken up than changes in healthcare. Peter's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are shaking up healthcare in New Orleans. Dr. Mark Berenson’s clinic is a black Samsonite bag. Dr. Berenson is New Orleans’ only house call doctor. Dr. Richard Milani is... Read More »

Looking Good

Looking Good
December 1, 2016

When you’re starting your own business you often hear two pieces of advice. "Do something you love." And, "use your personal experience to better understand your business." Linsey Lamba used her personal experience as a technology consultant in Seattle, working with Microsoft, to go into business for herself. Making skincare products. Linsey explains her transition from consultant to founder of Ariya Apothecary over lunch with Peter Ricchiuti. Peter is also joined by Mark... Read More »

Designer Selfie

Designer Selfie
November 17, 2016

Believe it or not, it was only 2013 that the word “selfie” was created. Photography used to be a highly technical and creatively demanding art-form. Whether or not taking portraits of ourselves with our phones is the all-time low in the world of photographic arts, only time will tell. For the last decade and a half, photographer Zack Smith has been chronicling the cultural life of New Orleans. He has also carved... Read More »

Making Groceries

Making Groceries
November 10, 2016

Have you been to Costco? Or Trader Joes? Or Whole Foods? Or any of the who-knows-how-many other grocery stores in New Orleans? Have you noticed that any time you go, every store  always seems busy. There’s no doubt that here in New Orleans we have a love affair with grocery shopping. We even have our own unique name for it – making groceries. On this edition of Out to Lunch we’re talking... Read More »

Great Idea

Great Idea
November 3, 2016

When it comes to having a great idea in business, the difference between success and failure is hard to pin down till you’re one or the other. Lisa Lloyd doesn’t have the luxury of hindsight. Lisa is an inventor. She has invented products that have made millions. And she has had days that weren’t so good. On today's Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti discusses the invention business with Lisa Lloyd from... Read More »

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