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. Additional support comes from LUBA Workers' Comp, Fidelity Bank and Resource Management, LLC.

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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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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Out To Lunch: L.E.D.G.E.

Peter Ricchiuti, Secretary Stephen Moret and Mike deBoe.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of people these days claiming how well New Orleans is doing and that in business terms we're now competitive with almost any city in the country. If you'd like proof that this is fact, and not just feel-good boosterism, this edition of Out to Lunch might convince you.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Out To Lunch: The Show Must Go On

Peter Ricchiuti, Bryan Bailey and David Skinner.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Now that the Katrina-darkened footlights are back on at the Saenger, the Mahalia Jackson and the Civic, theater is big business in New Orleans. Peter's guests on Out to Lunch are two of the people who brought these theaters back to life and who operate them.

Bryan Bailey is co-owner and Managing Partner of the Civic Theater. David Skinner is General Manager of the Saenger and the Mahalia Jackson theaters.

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Out To Lunch
1:02 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Out To Lunch: In It For The Money

Peter Ricchiuti, Suzanne Mestayer and Marianne Van Meter.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of great reasons to live in New Orleans, but “making money” is not typically at the top of the list. Even though the business climate is undeniably better here now than we’ve seen in decades, money is not what drives most of us.

But of course, we can’t live without it. So thankfully there are New Orleanians who devote themselves to looking after money, and two of them are Peter's guests this week on Out to Lunch.

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

Out To Lunch: Cats 'N Dogs

Patrick McCausland, Peter Ricchiuti and Michelle Ingram.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Last year Americans spent over $55 billion on their pets. To put that in some sort of perspective, that's more than most countries in the world spend on their military.

In New Orleans, Zeus' Place is one of a number of 21st Century pet boarding and day care facilities where pets are treated somewhere between kindergarten kids and rest home residents, with activities, walks, naps and even their own apartment. Michelle Ingram, founder and owner.

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Out To Lunch
8:05 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Out To Lunch: Cork 'N Leather

Julie Araujo, Amanda Dailey, Peter Ricchiuti and Alexander Bourne.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

"Do something you're passionate about" is tossed about so often as the key to starting up an entrepreneurial business that it's become all but a cliché. This episode of Out to Lunch will restore your faith in the place of passion in business. And if you've ever thought about starting up your own business, after this 30 minutes you'll be inspired to run out and do it!

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