Out To Lunch

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. and Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

When you tune in to Out to Lunch, you'll find 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 world of 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 U.S. to be an entrepreneur, and Out to Lunch is at the forefront of the new New Orleans.

Out to Lunch is also available on the It's New Orleans website.

Major support for Out to Lunch comes from Jones Walker and IBERIABANK. Additional support comes from LUBA Workers' Comp.

Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

A lot of tourists who come to New Orleans go home and describe the city as an oasis of European-looking streets lined with music clubs where people wander around drinking cocktails and eating beignets 24 hours a day. This fabulous wonderland is the same 13 riverside blocks that locals describe as dirty, smelly, crime-ridden, home to gutter punks, T-shirt shops, and over-priced restaurants they wouldn’t go to even if they could find a parking place.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

According to the reputable Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation, right around twenty percent of the population of the United States is under 15. That’s a sizeable market. You don’t have to look very far to see the marketers of stuff that kids like trying to sell it to them. Mostly food and toys. Which demonstrates that we don’t change all that much as we grow older.

Chicken and beer on this week's edition of Out to Lunch.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

If you had to name the biggest fried chicken business in Louisiana, you probably wouldn’t have to think about it too long. You might take a bit longer to name the next biggest. And even then you might not come up with Krispy Krunchy. Krispy Krunchy’s executive Vice President Dan Shapiro is Peter's guest on this edition of Out to Lunch.

What’s fried chicken without a beer? Peter's other guest on today’s show is Michael Naquin, founder of 40 Arpent Brewing Company.

Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.
Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

The term "Renaissance Man" - not surprisingly - comes from the renaissance. A period of history where the possibilities for self-expression flourished. Today the term has come to refer to a person who is not only capable of doing a number of tasks, but who’s able to excel at all of them.

Peter Ricchiuti's guests on Out to Lunch today are New Orleans business renaissance men, and women.

Lenny Alsfeld on this week's Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

If you were born in 2004 and you’re now in 8th grade, you’ve never known a time when New Orleans wasn’t Hollywood South. Hold on to those memories. By the time you get to college nobody will believe you’d see Tom Cruise at the football game or Matthew McConaughey in the park.

If things keep going the way they are, the dismantling of the state’s film tax credits will make Hollywood South a golden era that’s never coming back. Or is it?

Peter Ricchiuti and guests on this week's Out to Lunch.
Dionne Grayson / It's New Orleans

There are two types of people in the world. The type that think 3D printing is the new industrial revolution. And the type that says, “What the heck is 3D printing?”

There’s a local 3D printing company called Entrescan that’s hoping to convert the type B folks to Type A with a phone app called Scandy.

Peter is also talking to two people with manufacturing businesses that are anything but revolutionary or industrial.

Peter Ricchiuti and guests on this week's Out to Lunch.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Where are you right now? At home? In the car? In a coffee shop? At school? It doesn't matter. Wherever you are, with a small piece of consumer electronic equipment you could also be sitting at the table with Peter Ricchiuti at Commander’s Palace. Or Peter could be sitting next to you in the car, or in your kitchen. This cutting edge hologram technology is based in what’s called Virtual Reality.

It’s not science fiction. It’s coming soon to a Best Buy near you.

Out To Lunch: Word

Jun 30, 2016
Geoff Parker.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Wherever you are right now, take a look around. There’s a fair chance that someone near you is staring at their phone. They’re not talking into it, they’re writing on it. People love writing so much they’re even texting while driving at highway speed. You’d have to really be in love with writing to risk your life for “OMG.”

Peter's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are very connected with the current business of writing.

Jenn Lormond, Betty Archote and Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

It would be hard to find anybody in America who doesn’t know that there’s a link between diet and health. It would, however, be no problem to find a hundred people on your street who want to eat healthier but don’t. Our usual excuses are -- healthy food is harder to find, it’s expensive, and it doesn’t taste good.

Jenn Lormond and Betty Archote share a healthy lunch and some enlightening conversation with Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch.

Donna Light and Mark Olalde.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Running a sports business in New Orleans comes with a number of unique challenges. Ask the Voodoo, the Jazz, or for many years the struggling Saints.

Peter's talking talking New Orleans baseball and New Orleans motor racing on this week's Out to Lunch.

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