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, Fidelity Bank and Resource Management, LLC.

Paula Burch-Celentano / Tulane University

Tulane University's Burkenroad Reports, a program giving business students practical stock analysis experience, won the top award for best teaching delivery in the Wharton QS Stars Awards.

Peter Ricchiuti, Burkenroad Reports founder and director (and host of WWNO's Out to Lunch) says he's honored by the recognition.

Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

New Orleans is a beautiful city. But very little of that beauty is natural. Even our magnificent parks and tree lined avenues are planned and planted. Mostly, when we talk about the beauty of New Orleans, we're talking about buildings.

Almost every commercial building has some sort of artwork on it. We don't typically refer to it as "art" — we more often call it a "sign" — and many commercial buildings have branding artwork inside too. Peter Ricchiuti's guests on Out to Lunch are responsible for some of the city's notable pieces of graphic art.

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Back in the 20th Century, when you wanted to fly somewhere you had two choices: you could call the airline and buy a ticket, or you could call a travel agent, who for some magical reason could get you the same ticket for less money.

Then along came the online travel site revolution. Now, instead of making a two minute phone call, we can spend hours, even days, comparing prices and airline schedules before buying a plane ticket.

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.

Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

There are a number of New Orleans businesses that are as much a part of the unique vocabulary of New Orleanians as "muffuletta" and "poboy." Some of them — like K&B and Schwegmans  — are in the "aint dere no more" category. One New Orleans institution that is still here is what we call either "Oxner" or "Oshner." However you say it, everybody in New Orleans knows what you mean. Its real title is Ochsner Health System.

Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

If you live in New Orleans you're familiar with this scenario: You're having a perfectly normal day when suddenly you groan, "Oh noooo." You're not watching the Saints' defense — it's that other sinking feeling you get as a New Orleanian: when the power goes off.

On this week's Out to Lunch Peter takes a look at the other 364 days, 23 hours in the life of New Orleans' Fortune 500 company, Entergy, with Mark Kleehammer, Entergy's Vice President of Business Development Services.

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Whatever era of boom or bust we’re in, it seems we never stop working on healthcare, or on education.

Locally, in education, New Orleans is the only city in the United States where 100 percent of our public schools are charter schools. What started out as a post-Katrina experiment has become a nationwide trend setting model. The Executive Director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, Caroline Roemer Shirley, explains the revolutionary new business model to Peter Ricchiuti on this episode of Out to Lunch.

When you're the CEO of a company you're principally required to make money. Then there's a whole other kind of business leadership, where things aren't quite so black and white.

Peter's guests on this episode of Out to Lunch inhabit a business world where they're supposed to make money and juggle often conflicting demands of politics, the local and tourist economy, the public good, urban history, and entertainment.

Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

If you grew up in New Orleans there are two things you learned early on: where to make groceries, and how to make red beans.

If you moved here as an adult it doesn't take long to find a favorite grocery store — but making beans is a little more difficult. Maybe you secretly buy canned beans. If you do, you're not alone. Locals do it too. They've been doing it since 1950. That's when the canning company now called Blue Runner started up.

Richard Thomas, President of Blue Runner Foods, is Peter's guest on Out to Lunch.

Cheryl delPozzal / It's New Orleans

Over the last few years the word "disrupt" has found its way into the American business vocabulary. On today's Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuti introduces us to two local disrupters.

Tom Hayes is New Orleans General Manager of Uber. Uber is an international and nationwide car service that disrupts the taxi business — which it is in the process of doing here in New Orleans.

Steve Beatty is Editor of The Lens. The Lens is an investigative reporting organization that is disrupting local news media.

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