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

Fighting Fit

Fighting Fit
May 5, 2016

If you’ve ever had folks come visit you in New Orleans from out of town, they’ve probably said, “If I lived here I’d put on a hundred pounds.” They’re not the folks who come here to visit ProTac Fitness. Those folks say, “If I lived here I could benchpress another hundred pounds.” Protac Fitness is a New Orleans business that trains people to get in shape for the US military and law enforcement.... Read More »

P.J. Palmisano

P.J. Palmisano
April 28, 2016

In the grand scheme of things, it’s difficult to know at the time which small decision you make might have enormous consequences. Like the time in 1978 when a social worker from Des Moines Iowa decied to open a small coffee shop on Maple Street, in Uptown New Orleans. That coffee shop, PJ’s, was to become a coffee empire. And the young social worker behind it, Phyllis Jordan, was to become one... Read More »

Entrepreneurial U

Entrepreneurial U
April 14, 2016

Over the past few years you’ve probably been hearing the word “entrepreneur” a lot around New Orleans. As business incubators like The Idea Village grow, and we hear success stories about all kinds of wildly imaginative local startups, you might wonder how someone gets to be an entrepreneur. Maybe you have a great idea for a business. Have you ever wondered how you get to be one of the hip crowd hanging out... Read More »

Orange

Orange
April 7, 2016

When you look back at the human form –  at Venus de Milo from 100 BC, or Michelangelo’s David from the 1500’s – the ideal human body hasn’t changed much at all. But with the advent of progress like the automobile, and the ability to gather food while sitting in an automobile, retaining our ideal body shape has led to all kinds of creative ideas. The latest to arrive here in New... Read More »

Entrepreneur Week 2016

Entrepreneur Week 2016
March 31, 2016

Today we’ve relocated our lunch table from our usual spot in the Garden District to downtown New Orleans. We’re at Idea Village’s annual Entrepreneur Week. Idea Village is an independent nonprofit organization with a mission to identify, support, and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans. They describe Entrepreneur Week as an annual business festival, celebrating entrepreneurship, innovation, and advanced thinking. Summer Suleiman. Summer moved back to her native New Orleans after working at... Read More »

Rent Wise

Rent Wise
March 10, 2016

It used to be that a single income could support a family - including owning a home. After 35 years of employment you could retire from the same company you’d been at all that time, with a pension. Times sure have changed. Now most of us need a savvy work and personal strategy just to navigate our way into the middle class. Peter Ricchiuti's guests on Out to Lunch today are all... Read More »

When You Need It Right Now...

When You Need It Right Now...
February 25, 2016

New businesses are springing up in New Orleans all the time. Some of them you may not have heard of. Others you can’t miss. There's a good chance you’ve seen an MHM Urgent Care clinic open up somewhere near you. There are currently 13 of them in and around New Orleans. Co-founder and CEO of MHM, Keith Leblanc, joins Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch. Dr. Mignonne Mary is the... Read More »

Education 3.0

Education 3.0
February 18, 2016

The world of New Orleans education is changing. For elementary, middle, and high schools that change has been so radical that we’ve become global pioneers in charter education. There’s another education transformation going on that you might be less familiar with. It’s a parallel universe. Of paradoxes. They’re educational entrepreneurial ventures - that are nonprofit. Organizations that integrate into the education system - but aren’t a part of it. Two of these intriguing new... Read More »

Art and War

Art and War
February 11, 2016

In New Orleans we often take pains to point out what makes us different from other places. It’s pretty common to hear comments like, “We’re not like the rest of the country” and “We’re not like the rest of the South.” So it’s ironic that two of New Orleans’ newest icons are representative of The South, and the rest of the country.  And they’re just a few blocks away from each... Read More »

Pop Your Top Off

Pop Your Top Off
January 14, 2016

You’d have to be a certain age and have a certain kind of musical taste to remember Peter Allen singing, “All our dreams will come true again, when everything old is new again.” Today on Out to Lunch Peter is talking with two business people who are taking old fashioned taste and recycling it for a new market. Their businesses couldn’t be more different. But their reinvention of products based on a... Read More »

Free Culture

Free Culture
January 7, 2016

When we talk about big events in New Orleans we typically say “Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.”  Economically, though, if we’re going to bracket two events, we should say “Mardi Gras and French Quarter Festival.”  French Quarter Festival’s economic impact on the city has become massive. It’s reportedly bigger than Jazz Fest. French Quarter Festival Executive Director, Marci Schramm, joins Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch. So does Jan... Read More »

Airborne Chalkboard

Airborne Chalkboard
December 31, 2015

If you’ve been shopping lately you might have noticed the growing number of stores that have creative chalkboard signs outside on the sidewalk. You might have also noticed similar creative chalkboard menus in restaurants.  There’s a good chance those groovy looking hand lettered chalkboard signs were made by a company called SmallChalk, the brainchild of Ashlee Arcenaux Jones. Ashlee is Peter's guest on Out to Lunch today. Peter's other lunch guest also writes... Read More »

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