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.

When you look back at the human form – at Venus de Milo from 100 BC, or Michelangelo’s David from the 1500’s – the ideal human body hasn’t changed much at all. But with the advent of progress like the automobile, and the ability to gather food while sitting in an automobile, retaining our ideal body shape has led to all kinds of creative ideas.

This episode of Out to Lunch owes as much to Sesame Street as it does to Wall Street. Brought to us by the color orange, it's a look at New Orleans business from Orange Theory to orange orchards.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Today we’ve relocated our lunch table from our usual spot in the Garden District to downtown New Orleans. We’re at Idea Village’s annual Entrepreneur Week.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

One of our favorite foods here in Louisiana is raw oysters. Oysters are also the favorite place to hang out for a couple of bacteria that are very unfriendly to human beings. Notwithstanding, few people in Louisiana has gotten sick from a raw oyster in some time. The reason for that is a company called AmeriPure. AmeriPure kills the bad bacteria in oysters without affecting the oyster’s taste.

Plus, salad dressings and Spotify.

Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

It used to be that a single income could support a family — including owning a home. After 35 years of employment you could retire from the same company you’d been at all that time, with a pension.

Times sure have changed. Now most of us need a savvy work and personal strategy just to navigate our way into the middle class. Peter Ricchiuti's guests on Out to Lunch today are all about helping you find ways to achieve the American dream — and hold onto it.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Just by living in New Orleans you can naturally develop a lot of useful skills. Dodging potholes and catching Mardi Gras beads improves hand-eye coordination. Peeling crawfish increases dexterity.

Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

New businesses are springing up in New Orleans all the time. Some of them you may not have heard of. Others you can’t miss.

We talk with MHM Urgent Care, an Infusion Therapist, and an alcohol delivery service!

Matt Candler is principal of a company called 4.0 Schools.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

The world of New Orleans education is changing. For elementary, middle and high schools that change has been so radical that we’ve become global pioneers in charter education.

Peter Ricchiuti and William Andrews, Director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

In New Orleans we often take pains to point out what makes us different from other places. It’s pretty common to hear comments like, “We’re not like the rest of the country” and “We’re not like the rest of the South.”

So it’s ironic that two of New Orleans’ newest icons are representative of The South, and the rest of the country. And they’re just a few blocks away from each other: The World War II Museum and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Did you know that more people are scared of public speaking than are scared of heights or spiders? And that, when asked, people rank fear of public speaking as even greater than fear of commitment? Think about that. Many of us are more scared of standing up in front of strangers for 5 minutes than committing to a relationship for a lifetime.

Trey Fayard.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

There are places in the world nobody wants to be. Jail. Hospital. And stuck in an airport, which can feel like a combination of the previous two.

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