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
2:18 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

From Coasts To Coats — Righteous Nutria On Out To Lunch

Peter Ricchiuti, Cree McCree and an unnamed nutria pelt.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

A beaver with Cajun accent makes a fashion statement this week on Out to Lunch! Cree McCree takes the nutria, the rodent that is eating the Louisiana wetlands, and turns the nasty-looking pests into fab-looking fur fashion.

Cree talks to Peter Ricchiuti about feeling good about wearing fur again in her Righteous Fur.

Out To Lunch
1:48 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Out To Lunch: World Trade & Home Health

Peter Ricchiuti, Amedisys' Bill Borne, and the WTC's Dominik Knoll.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The World Trade Center reaches out and Amedisys brings it home on this week’s Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti.

Dominik Knoll's World Trade Center presides over $60 billion worth of trade annually through New Orleans. Bill Borne's Baton Rouge based Amedisys is one of the biggest players in US healthcare. Dominik and Bill paint a fascinating portrait of New Orleans and Louisiana in the big picture, present and future.

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Out To Lunch
4:45 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Out to Lunch — Coffee and Ice Cream

Peter Ricchiuti, Adrian Simpson and Danielle Boyce Batten.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

New Orleans coffee and New Orleans ice cream — they're not just for New Orleanians any more, and you can hear why on this episode of Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti.

Adrian Simpson from New Orleans Ice Cream and Danielle Boyce Batten from Cool Brew Coffee are making an allied assault on the nation.

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Out To Lunch
1:03 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

The Great American Auto Revolution

Peter Ricchiuti, Demetri Melekos of US Heritage Powersports, and Chip Stempeck of Elio Motors.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

We're making cars and motorbikes in Louisiana, and right here in New Orleans!

The Elio is a revolutionary American car that's being built from the ground up in Shreveport. The Von Dutch is a re-imagined classic American motorbike that's being built in Central City New Orleans.

Today on Out to Lunch we meet Chip Stempeck from Elio and Demetri Melekos from Von Dutch's US Heritage Powersports.

Out To Lunch
1:25 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Idea Fest

Tim Williamson, Damon Burns, Jeanne Nathan and Peter Ricchiuti
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Out to Lunch is on board this week with the Idea Village's fifth annual entrepreneur showcase — Idea Village's biggest NOLAbiz party yet, with 1,000+ entrepreneurs.

We're joined by hosts Tim Williamson, Kevin Wilkins and Robbie Vitrano, inNOLAvation founder Damon Burns, Creative Alliance's Jeanne Nathan, and Webster Pierce Jr., whose award winning invention, Wave Robber, is going to save the Louisiana coast.

Out To Lunch
1:48 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Sell Sell Sell

Michelle Seiler Tucker, Peter Ricchiuti and Tracey Moore.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

If you don't have a buyer, you don't have a business, and today on Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti gets to the heart and art of the sale.

Out To Lunch
1:12 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Mom & Pop Mania On Magazine Street

Paul Wilcox, Peter Ricchiuti and Bryan Batt.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Magazine Street is a seven-mile cavalcade of restaurants, galleries, and boutique stores spanning New Orleans neighborhoods from the Lower Garden District to Uptown. The owners of these businesses are as colorful as their storefronts.

On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti’s guests are not your traditional mom and pop: Bryan Batt from Hazelnut and Paul Wilcox from Art & Eyes.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

A Tree Mendez RootSuit

Tree, Colin Grussing (in the bodysuit) and Peter Ricchiuti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Peter’s guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are eccentric enough to earn the accolade, “Our most Only In New Orleans show ever.”

Colin Grussing is an otherwise perfectly normal person who dresses in fully body spandex, including masking his face, and sells what he calls his RootSuit to other eccentrics and rabid sports fans. A man named Tree (only), who came to lunch in a wooden bow tie, weaves a magical spell over tourists.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Miracle on Canal Street

Dr. Aline Betancourt of Wibi+Works.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, the cocktail, and now the cure for arthritis. Today on Out to Lunch, we're exploring all things health.

From an office in Canal Street's BioInnovation Center, Dr. Aline Betancourt's company Wibi+Works is pioneering a stem cell arthritis cure. From another office in the same building Billy Bosch is launching body and brain food ICONIC.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Inspiration

Arman Sadeghour and Sean Simone.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Arman Sadeghpour came up with the idea of using chocolate to make toothpaste. Sean Simone figured out how to pack a 650,000 volt stun gun into an iPhone case.

Since this episode of Out to Lunch was recorded Sean’s cell phone stun gun idea has become a reality and Arman has launched a nationwide line of kids’ chocolate flavored toothapste. When big ideas become big money it’s worth looking back at the inspiration…

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