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 and BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana. Additional support comes from LUBA Workers' Comp.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Out To Lunch: The Comebacks

Josef Wright and Greg Ensslen.
Elizabeth Hudson It's New Orleans

Greg Ensslen is founder of the Freret Street Market and one of the prime movers in bringing Freret Street roaring back from blight to boom. President of the Greater Mid City Business Association Josef Wright presides over the sprawling new hospital district and resurgence of Carrollton Avenue.

Plus, we hit the swamps with Lost Lands.

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Out To Lunch
3:26 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Broadway South On Out To Lunch

Bruce Hoefer, Cassie Steck Worley and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

"....then one night in misty Baton Rouge the Tax Credit Fairy waved her magic wand and created Broadway South." This week on Out to Lunch, dramatic tales about the resurgence of theater in New Orleans with Cassie Steck Worley and Bruce Hoefer from Le Petit Theater. Plus tipping your waiter with Sidework.  

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Out To Lunch
5:33 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Pink Meets Green On Out To Lunch

Simone Bruni and Will Bradshaw.
Credit Elizabeth Hudson / It's New Orleans

Pink-dumpster diva Simone Bruni, a.k.a. the Demo Diva, meets Green Coast Enterprises' Will Bradshaw. While the Diva's knocking it down to the dirt, Will's rebuilding — notably commercial Broadmoor. Also on the lunch menu, cyber security company 504ensics.

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SpeakEasy
4:46 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Join Us This Evening For SpeakEasy, With Peter Ricchiuti

Mike Strecker and Peter Ricchiuti.
Janet Wilson WWNO

Join us for SpeakEasy, with Peter Ricchiuti.

August 22, 2013
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St.

We're going to be talking Funny Business at this SpeakEasy. Come join the conversation with Peter and his guest, funny man Mike Strecker. Mike has performed at comedy clubs throughout the country and his act has won numerous comedy contests.  We are told to think Jerry Seinfeld… with less money and more problems!

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Out To Lunch: Bevolo & Beignets

Burt Benrud, Drew Bevolo and Peter Richiutti.
Credit Elizabeth Hudson / It's New Orleans

Drew Bevolo's family founded and has owned Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights since 1945. Burt Benrud's family business, Café du Monde, started up in the 1860s. These two standard bearers of New Orleans' enduring icons talk about the present, the future, and entrepreneur NOLA Pie Guy on this week's Out to Lunch.

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Out To Lunch
1:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Out To Lunch: Fly Me To The Beach

Keith Sisson, Iftikhar Ahmad and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

This week on Out to Lunch, Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation at Louis Armstrong International Airport is ready to take off with an $860 million overhaul of the airport. At the Lakefront airport, Keith Sisson from new Southern Airways Express will fly you to Destin and Gulf Shores. And Peter pays it forward with Clandestine New Orleans.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Out To Lunch: NOLA On A (Whole Wheat) Roll

Michael Hecht, John Elstrott and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Whole Foods Market was born in New Orleans. We're staying ahead of the curve.

John Elstrott, Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market, tells the fascinating tale of the birth of the health food giant and equally fascinating tale of what's ahead. CEO of GNO, Inc. Michael Hecht is one of the architects of New Orleans' sensational business resurgence.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Out To Lunch: The Art Of Marketing Art

John Flemming, Mia Volkemmer and Peter Ricchiuti
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Arts administrator Mia Volkemmer, and fine artist and leather mask-maker John Flemming, join Peter Ricchiuti for a lunch filled with tales of the art world that range from Uptown New Orleans to Afghanistan and Bridget Bardot.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Sun Salutations & Supplements

Peter Ricchiuti, Jessica Blanchard and Mackie Shilstone.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

In a city known for decadence, fitness guru Mackie Shilstone and international finance consultant turned yoga instructor promote healthy living.

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Out To Lunch
12:32 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Startup Superstars On Out To Lunch

Peter Ricchiuti, Gary Solomon and Kenneth Purcell.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The face of New Orleans business is changing. So is the face of New Orleans itself.

Peter’s guests on Out to Lunch this week are the prime movers of both. Kenneth Purcell’s iSeatz creates the software that runs online booking for American Express Travel, Delta, KLM, and Orbitz. Gary Solomon Jr.’s The Solomon Group lights up the Superdome.

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