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.

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.

Peter Ricchiuti, Lowry Curley and Patricia Maher.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

As you know, statistics can be twisted to mean anything we want. How about this computation? If every one of the 9 million tourists who visit New Orleans was to visit one of the 400,000 locals, you’d only have 23 visitors a year. You’ve probably had more folks than that over to watch a Saints game, right?

Two New Orleans revolutionaries, Patricia Maher and Lowry Curley, join Peter Ricchiuti for a fascinating look at a New Orleans that seems to be changing faster and more radically than ever.

Marin Tockman, Kelly Claverie and Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Here in the United States we like to think of ourselves as world leaders. But we’re not ahead of everybody in everything. England, Germany, India, Israel, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand have all elected women presidents and prime ministers.

In business in the U.S. we’re still fighting for equal pay and figuring out what equality means - from bathrooms to board rooms.

Out To Lunch: Naked Philharmonic
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

On May 22, 1796, while George Washington was still president, the first opera performance in America was staged here in New Orleans. These days most of us think of New Orleans music as small bands playing jazz and funk, but orchestral music has been played here continuously from that night in 1796.

Today, Carlos Miguel Prieto leads a classical music orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic. Guitarist, composer and co-founder of The New Orleans Klezmer All Stars, Jonathan Freilich is the founder and leader of The Naked Orchestra.

Out To Lunch: Primo Premium
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

If you drive a car, at some point in the next few days you’re probably going to need gas. If you fill up at the pump at a convenience store, your experience will never be the same after you listen to this edition of Out to Lunch.