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.

Major support for Out to Lunch comes from Jones Walker and BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana. Additional support comes from LUBA Workers' Comp.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Out To Lunch: Whole Food Whole New City

Peter Ricchiuti, GNO, Inc.'s Michael Hecht and John Elstrott, Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Self-styled "Emperor of the Universe" entertainer Ernie K-Doe used to say that besides New Orleans being the birthplace of jazz, he was pretty sure everything came from New Orleans. When you tell people that grocery giant Whole Foods started here in New Orleans — on Esplanade Avenue — you generally get the same response you'd expect k-Doe would have gotten with his wild claim.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Out To Lunch: Drones Over NOLA

Peter Ricchiuti, Craig Harvey and Charles Easterling.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The vacuum created when NASA left the Michoud facility in New Orleans East has been filled by a range of new, innovative aero-space and robotic manufacturers. Among them, Crescent Unmanned Systems and NVision Solutions.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Out To Lunch: It’s In Our DNA (No, Really)

Victor Castellon, Kory Krista and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Cheryl delPozzal / It's New Orleans

New Orleans DNA research companies Renaissance RX and GenoVive are changing our concept of dieting and medication.

GenoVive founder Victor Castellon joins Peter Ricchiuti on Out to Lunch to explain how specific DNA-based diet and exercise programs can target your unique metabolism to be effective from the very first day you start your personal weight loss and health improvement program.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Out To Lunch: The New Boss

Cam Marston, Lola Lass and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Cam Marston is an authority on the relationships between generations and on how Boomers, Gen X-ers and Milllenials co-exist in the workplace. Cam consults on his Generational Insights with a wide range of Fortune 500 companies and is a sought after lecture circuit speaker.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Out To Lunch: New Orleans In Orbit

Jay Monroe, Bobby Savoie and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Sure, New Orleans business is doing better than it has in decades (if not ever)... but in your wildest imaginings it's unlikely you've had any idea that "the sky's the limit" has, in the last few years, gone from being a visionary fantasy to an aerospace reality. While many are still evoking the New Orleans credentials of being the birthplace of jazz and the cocktail, two extraordinary local businessmen are giving us, literally, a whole new world to brag about.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Out To Lunch: There's No Business Like Show Business

Chris Trew, Bill Taylor and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

New Orleans is celebrated across the country and around the world as a center of extraordinary live entertainment. Not just in the French Quarter but all over the city there's a vast amount of live music, theater, and comedy every night of the year.

However, on the inside of what appears to be a thriving local entertainment industry you frequently hear the same criticism: we have a lot of entertainment, but not much industry. Plenty of shows, but not enough show business.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Out To Lunch: Over A Billion Served

Ted Fireman, Paul Ballard and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Out to Lunch is recorded each week live over lunch at Commander's Palace in New Orleans' Garden District. One of the reasons Commander's has been in business for over 130 years is that each time we come here for lunch it's just as good as it was the last time.

Imagine if you had to replicate that dining experience at not just one, but hundreds of restaurants. That's what a franchise is.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Out To Lunch: Common Sense

Colin Grussing, Peter Kovacs and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Common sense is difficult to define. In business, people with unique and quirky ideas can run into a lot of negativity based on "common sense." Like the guys who decided that, at a time when newspapers are going under all over the country, they're going to launch a brand new daily newspaper in New Orleans. Crazy, right?

That newspaper is The Advocate. Its editor, Peter Kovacs, who was canned by the Times-Picayune in its business realignment to a 3-day-a-week paper, is Peter's guest on this episode of Out to Lunch.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Out To Lunch: From Veterans To Julia

Peter Ricchiuti
Ashley George

On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti sorts out the connection between New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. He's joined by Todd Murphy, President of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.

Weighing in on the Orleans side of business alliances is Denise Berthiaume, owner of LeMieux Galleries and President of the New Orleans Arts District Association.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Out To Lunch: Saints! Pelicans! Tourists!

Peter Ricchiuti, Mark Romig and Ed Lang.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. There is no specific reason — there's no amusement park or beach — but like other great cities such as Paris and Manhattan, people come here to spend time just living like we do.

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