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 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.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Startup Superstars

Peter Ricchiuti, Gary Solomon and Kenneth Purcell.
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.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Shoot the Silver with Mignon Faget and Brent McCrossen

Brent McCrossen, Mignon Faget and Peter Ricchiuti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Mignon Faget is a brand as familiar to New Orleanians as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior — synonymous with sophisticated fashion. Like Vuitton and Dior, Mignon Faget is also a person.


Mignon is Peter’s guest on Out to Lunch, along with music industry revolutionary Brent McCrossen. Brent’s local company Audiosocket is rewriting how digital-age music gets licensed and musicians get paid.


Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Girls Gone Word

Juila Ballard, Peter Ricchiuti and LouAnn Lofton.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

LouAnn Lofton, author of Wall Street Journal best-seller Warren Buffet Invests Like a Girl: And Why You Should Too, and Juila Ballard from New Orleans business news website Silicon Bayou News, join Peter for a word-filled lunch.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Inspiration on Out to Lunch

Arman Sadeghpour, Peter Ricchiuti and Sean Simone.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Inspiration is putting two things together that haven’t been put together before. For example, making toothpaste out of chocolate. Or turning your cell phone into a 650,000-volt stun gun.

Arman Sadeghpour is co-founder and CEO of Theodent, the revolutionary toothpaste that turns chocolate into the dentist’s friend, and Sean Simone is the co-founder of Yellow Jacket Case, the cell phone case that’s a stun gun.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Happy Entrepreneur Season

Tim Williamson, CEO of Idea Village, has their slogan, "Trust your crazy ideas" written on his hand.
Silicon Bayou News

New Orleans used to be a place you had to leave to have a decent business career. Now it’s a place entrepreneurs move to.

This radical change in our landscape didn’t just happen, it was engineered, in large part by The Idea Village. CEO Tim Williamson joins Peter for lunch, along with Matt Wisdom, co-founder of one of New Orleans’ most successful next generation companies, Turbosquid.

Out to Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Coffee And Ice Cream

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

Danielle Boyce Batten, Director of Sales & Marketing for Cool Brew Coffee, and Adrian Simpson, founder of New Orleans Ice Cream, are allies in the NOLA coffee and ice cream assault on the nation.

Out to Lunch
1:02 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Make It Right

Peter Couhig, President and CEO of Resource Environmental Solutions.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right rebuilding effort in the 9th Ward was a beacon in the darkness after Hurricane Katrina and is still building houses today.

Taylor Royle, Communications Director of Make It Right, joins Peter on Out to Lunch, along with Peter Couhig, the President and CEO of Resource Environmental Solutions, who is working to save us from the next big hurricane.

Out to Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

The Good Side of the Hurricane

Robert Fogarty, Peter Ricchiuti, Blake Haney and Pike Barkerding.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Living on the brink of annual annihilation has bred a number of fascinating businesses founded by exceptional people who are inspired by the spirit of our city.

Out to Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Company Social

Peter, with guests Megan Hardgroder and Will Scott.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Peter's guests address the philosophical Cartesian conundrum, "I Tweet therefore I am." If your business is not on Twitter or Facebook, do you really exist?

Megan Hardgroder is the founder of Conversations, focused on using social media to make small businesses effective online.

Will Scott is the founder of Search Influence, the largest online marketing firm on the Gulf Coast, working with over 1,000 local businesses.

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