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.

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We're making cars and motorbikes in Louisiana, and right here in New Orleans!

The Elio is a revolutionary American car that's being built from the ground up in Shreveport. The Von Dutch is a re-imagined classic American motorbike that's being built in Central City New Orleans.

Today on Out to Lunch we meet Chip Stempeck from Elio and Demetri Melekos from Von Dutch's US Heritage Powersports.

Idea Fest

Mar 25, 2013
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Out to Lunch is on board this week with the Idea Village's fifth annual entrepreneur showcase — Idea Village's biggest NOLAbiz party yet, with 1,000+ entrepreneurs.

We're joined by hosts Tim Williamson, Kevin Wilkins and Robbie Vitrano, inNOLAvation founder Damon Burns, Creative Alliance's Jeanne Nathan, and Webster Pierce Jr., whose award winning invention, Wave Robber, is going to save the Louisiana coast.

Sell Sell Sell

Mar 18, 2013
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If you don't have a buyer, you don't have a business, and today on Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti gets to the heart and art of the sale.

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Magazine Street is a seven-mile cavalcade of restaurants, galleries, and boutique stores spanning New Orleans neighborhoods from the Lower Garden District to Uptown. The owners of these businesses are as colorful as their storefronts.

On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti’s guests are not your traditional mom and pop: Bryan Batt from Hazelnut and Paul Wilcox from Art & Eyes.

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Peter’s guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are eccentric enough to earn the accolade, “Our most Only In New Orleans show ever.”

Colin Grussing is an otherwise perfectly normal person who dresses in fully body spandex, including masking his face, and sells what he calls his RootSuit to other eccentrics and rabid sports fans. A man named Tree (only), who came to lunch in a wooden bow tie, weaves a magical spell over tourists.

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New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, the cocktail, and now the cure for arthritis. Today on Out to Lunch, we're exploring all things health.

From an office in Canal Street's BioInnovation Center, Dr. Aline Betancourt's company Wibi+Works is pioneering a stem cell arthritis cure. From another office in the same building Billy Bosch is launching body and brain food ICONIC.

Inspiration

Feb 18, 2013
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Arman Sadeghpour came up with the idea of using chocolate to make toothpaste. Sean Simone figured out how to pack a 650,000 volt stun gun into an iPhone case.

Since this episode of Out to Lunch was recorded Sean’s cell phone stun gun idea has become a reality and Arman has launched a nationwide line of kids’ chocolate flavored toothapste. When big ideas become big money it’s worth looking back at the inspiration…

Bust Out The Beads

Feb 11, 2013
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In Out to Lunch’s first Annual Commander's 25-cent martini (x7) Mardi Gras business lunch, Peter Ricchiutti abandons all hope of a serious Mardi Gras conversation and goes for dancers and beads with Bustout Burlesque creator Rick Delaup and Zombeads founder Anne Rolfes.

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With literally a billion apps available, how's your idea going to do?

New Orleans app builder Neel Sus from Touch Studios hears a lot of ideas for phone and tablet apps — is there one more great one out there? Simon Marthinsen's start-up Plebu is taking on the other great 21st century every-man tech challenge — build yourself a better website.

All on this week's Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

New Orleans' once most-hated-man gets on his bike!

Sal Palmisano was New Orleans' Enemy Number One when he came up with the brilliant business plan to boot drivers’ questionably-parked cars.

Today he is the pioneer of a whole new set of wheels: NOLA Pedicabs.

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