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
Mon January 14, 2013

Bill of Health

Peter Ragusa, Peter Ricchuiti and Joe Lovett.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter introduces us to New Orleans' and Louisiana's little-known but potentially significant contribution to the future of healthcare.

Peter Ragusa unveils Better Day, software that aims to replace every medical record in America; and Joe Lovett heads up The Louisiana Fund, an impressive fund of Louisiana venture capital investors.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Download Dollars

Reid Wick, of the Bucktown All Stars.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Jim McCormick and Reid Wick join Peter Ricchuiti on Out to Lunch to discuss the changing face of the music business. McCormick, a New Orleans songwriter and music professor, had two chart-topping, number-one hit songs in 2012. ​Wick, a guitar player for the Bucktown All Stars, also moonlights as an executive with the Grammy organization's The Recording Academy.

Out To Lunch
1:14 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Out to Lunch — All Natural

Billy Bosch, Benardett Jno-Finn and Peter Ricchuiti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Peter Ricchuiti ushers in 2013 on Out to Lunch with a healthy start. Lunch guest Billy Bosch brought us Monster energy drink; now he's launching his own brew, Iconic. Benardett Jno-Finn creates Sénica natural hair & body products.

Out To Lunch
2:09 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Red Beans and Ricely Yours

Peter Ricchiuti, Nina Camacho and Connelly Hayward.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

It doesn't get more Monday in New Orleans than red beans and rice.

Connelly Hayward is the 4th generation of his family to make red beans, as president of L.H. Hayward and Company, who make Camellia-brand red beans. Nina Camacho is National Events Director at Jazzmen Rice.

Out To Lunch
1:14 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Secret Pizza

Paco Robert and Jammer Orintas.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

When you’re looking to start a business you can choose between gearing up for a mass market product or staying small and going for a selective niche clientele. Peter’s guests on this edition of Out to Lunch exemplify these two divergent approaches to the restaurant business.

Jammer Orintas co-owns Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza, and Paco Robert is co-founder of the off-the-grid secret restaurant operation Dinner Lab. The party going on in the background is the Christmas crowd at Commanders!

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

The Some-Times Picayune

David Francis, James O’Byrne and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

One of the boldest, most controversial revolutions to occur in the New Orleans media landscape in 2012 was The Times-Picayune’s discontinuation of daily publication. Was the move to a three-day-a-week paper and focus on NOLA.com the news organization business model of the future?

Peter talks with David Francis, Business Manager of NOLA Media Group, and Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran T-P journalist and Director of State Content James O’Byrne.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Eternal Snoball Season

David Bergeron from the Creole Creamery, and Chris Cuadrado of Sno-Balls To Go.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

This week on Out to Lunch, we talk with Chris Cuadrado, who is upending the great NOLA tradition of waiting for snoball season — and then waiting on line in the burning heat for a snoball — with his revolutionary Sno-Balls To Go. And David Bergeron joins us as well — he moved into the historic McKenzie's Bakery, where he's making his own history with ice cream store Creole Creamery.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Commander's Commanders

Lally Brennan, Peter Ricchiuti and Ti Martin.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

In a city known for fine restaurants, Commander’s Palace is both a New Orleans legend and an ever-evolving enterprise, as revered behind the scenes among chefs and service industry workers as it is to the dining public.

On this edition of Out to Lunch owner/managers/cousins Lally Brennan and Ti Martin share the Commander's culture.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Out Of Business

Mary Lee Murphy, Peter Ricchiuti and Kendra Jones Morris.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Though we usually talk about going into business, on this week’s show Peter talks to two women who got out of business.

Kendra Jones Morris walked away from consulting Fortune 500 companies to found Rural Revolution, connecting women artisans in the developing world with direct marketing women in the United States. Mary Lee Murphy left the business world to become Development Director of the education non-profit City Year.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Start Your Engines

Max Materne, Wes Ratcliff and Peter Ricchiuti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Did you know New Orleans now has a brand new, world-class car and motorcycle race track?

Wes Ratcliff, NOLA Motorsports Park Director of Business Development & Technology, along with Max Materne, GM of The Transportation Revolution New Orleans, are Peter’s guests on this week’s Out to Lunch.

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