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.

Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.
Sam Weil / It's New Orleans

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 about making groceries from two very different perspectives.

Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.
Chet Overall / It's New Orleans

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.

Words and music, this week on Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

You might have noticed in some grocery stores or coffee shops that when you go to check out there are a handful of CDs for sale. That impulse purchase spot is one of the few places you can buy CDs these days, now that most of us buy or steal music online.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

There are 500 million people on Instagram. It’s the world’s biggest social media site behind Facebook. Instagram reportedly grew by 100 million users over the past 12 months.

Business people wrestle with a simple question: How do you turn this captive audience into customers? On this edition of Out to Lunch we meet the person who has the answer.

Out To Lunch: Wood

Oct 13, 2016
Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

In the new New Orleans economy we’re used to hearing success stories about exciting new tech businesses that make apps for your phone and other products that couldn’t have even existed a few years ago.

Alongside all this tech wizardry there are folks who are making things the old fashioned way – with hammers, nails and glue.

The Secret Life of Buildings on this week's Out to Lunch.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Peter Ricchiuti spends a lively lunch talking about how to get into a building with Scott Wolfe, and how to get out of a building with Andrew Preble.

Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

When you live in a place for a while you get used to things. So much so that you hardly notice them anymore, no matter how outlandish they might be.

For example, you can wander around New Orleans' French Quarter with the sound of the calliope blasting over the whole city and not think anything of it. If you do ever stop to think about that calliope music, one of the things you might wonder is, “Who is playing that?”

This week on Out to Lunch.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Many of our greatest artists liked cocktails. Degas, Van Gogh, Manet, and many others spoke glowingly of the effect of alcohol on their work, and painted bottles, glasses, and folks drinking.

Peter entertains two of New Orleans' most innovative creative entrepreneurs on this Out to Lunch from Commander's Palace.

Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

For a long time in New Orleans, if you wanted to eat healthy, you could eat at home. Although that sounds like a joke, it was pretty close to the truth. If you were eating out and wanted a salad, you’d be lucky to find anything other than a pedestrian appetizer.

Today, things are looking brighter for the healthy eater.

Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

According to government statistics, about 30 million Americans are under 5 years old. That’s a big market. But even in today’s generation of accelerated development, it takes a while before kids want to buy stuff. But little kids sure like to do stuff.

Peter's guests on Out to Lunch have businesses whose clients are little kids who like to do stuff. Stuff like big kids do. Or even adults.

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