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Lenny Alsfeld on this week's Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

If you were born in 2004 and you’re now in 8th grade, you’ve never known a time when New Orleans wasn’t Hollywood South. Hold on to those memories. By the time you get to college nobody will believe you’d see Tom Cruise at the football game or Matthew McConaughey in the park.

If things keep going the way they are, the dismantling of the state’s film tax credits will make Hollywood South a golden era that’s never coming back. Or is it?

Peter Ricchiuti and guests on this week's Out to Lunch.
Dionne Grayson / It's New Orleans

There are two types of people in the world. The type that think 3D printing is the new industrial revolution. And the type that says, “What the heck is 3D printing?”

There’s a local 3D printing company called Entrescan that’s hoping to convert the type B folks to Type A with a phone app called Scandy.

Peter is also talking to two people with manufacturing businesses that are anything but revolutionary or industrial.

Peter Ricchiuti and guests on this week's Out to Lunch.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Where are you right now? At home? In the car? In a coffee shop? At school? It doesn't matter. Wherever you are, with a small piece of consumer electronic equipment you could also be sitting at the table with Peter Ricchiuti at Commander’s Palace. Or Peter could be sitting next to you in the car, or in your kitchen. This cutting edge hologram technology is based in what’s called Virtual Reality.

It’s not science fiction. It’s coming soon to a Best Buy near you.

Out To Lunch: Word

Jun 30, 2016
Geoff Parker.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Wherever you are right now, take a look around. There’s a fair chance that someone near you is staring at their phone. They’re not talking into it, they’re writing on it. People love writing so much they’re even texting while driving at highway speed. You’d have to really be in love with writing to risk your life for “OMG.”

Peter's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are very connected with the current business of writing.

As New Orleans continues debating the pros and cons of short-term rentals, an association with members now operating in the burgeoning industry wants to get their message out. Operators of short-term rentals say they want to help – not hurt – the city.

GNO Inc.

The international markets are reopening today after Friday’s announcement that the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. One economic development expert considers how New Orleans will handle what’s ahead. 


The general manager of a major international travel show said this week’s convention in New Orleans was a hit. It drew about 6,000 attendees from 73 countries.

Jenn Lormond, Betty Archote and Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

It would be hard to find anybody in America who doesn’t know that there’s a link between diet and health. It would, however, be no problem to find a hundred people on your street who want to eat healthier but don’t. Our usual excuses are -- healthy food is harder to find, it’s expensive, and it doesn’t taste good.

Jenn Lormond and Betty Archote share a healthy lunch and some enlightening conversation with Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch.

Donna Light and Mark Olalde.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Running a sports business in New Orleans comes with a number of unique challenges. Ask the Voodoo, the Jazz, or for many years the struggling Saints.

Peter's talking talking New Orleans baseball and New Orleans motor racing on this week's Out to Lunch.

Peter Ricchiuti, Lowry Curley and Patricia Maher.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

As you know, statistics can be twisted to mean anything we want. How about this computation? If every one of the 9 million tourists who visit New Orleans was to visit one of the 400,000 locals, you’d only have 23 visitors a year. You’ve probably had more folks than that over to watch a Saints game, right?

Two New Orleans revolutionaries, Patricia Maher and Lowry Curley, join Peter Ricchiuti for a fascinating look at a New Orleans that seems to be changing faster and more radically than ever.

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