business

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Rollin' On The River: The Mississippi Remains The Heart Of The New Orleans Economy

Doug Downing, Gary LaGrange and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Even with New Orleans' roaring tourist biz, oil and gas industry, and the new business renaissance, the Mississippi River remains the heart of the city's economy. President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans Gary LaGrange and CFO and Treasurer of Canal Barge Doug Downing take us behind the floodwall and onto the water.

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Out To Lunch
1:07 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The NOLA Brain Gain

Chris Boyd, Peter Ricchiuti and Marianne Rodriguez.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The New Orleans business boom is not a coincidence, it's a campaign. NOLAbound successfully recruited young entrepreneurs to New Orleans.

Meet two of them on this week's Out to Lunch: Chris Boyd, founder of mobile app building company Apptitude, and Marianne Rodriguez, founder of fashion illustration studio MarketteNOLA.

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Food Deserts
1:04 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Can Star Power Make New Orleans' Food Deserts Bloom?

Wendell Pierce, the actor and co-owner of Sterling Farms grocery store, chats with Dwight Henry, who will be making doughnuts and buttermilk drops in the store.
David Grunfeld The Times-Picayune /Landov

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 8:59 pm

Plenty of celebrities leverage their star power to raise awareness of complicated food issues. Some of the biggest names include Michelle Obama, Jamie Oliver, Prince Charles and Paul McCartney.

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Out To Lunch
6:30 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

NOLA Baby: Whole Foods & GNO, Inc.

Peter Ricchiuti, GNO, Inc.'s Michael Hecht and John Elstrott, Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Whole Foods Market was born in New Orleans and the big boss is still here.

Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market, John Elstrott, tells the fascinating tale of the birth of the nationwide health food giant and the equally fascinating tale of what's ahead. Joining John for lunch is Michael Hecht, the CEO of GNO Inc. and one of the principal architects of New Orleans' sensational business resurgence. This is an all-star show!

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Media
7:03 am
Wed May 8, 2013

John Georges, New Owner of The Advocate: 'New Orleans Wants a Daily Paper'

The Advocate is Louisiana’s largest daily print newspaper, based in Baton Rouge. As of last week, it has a new owner.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Rockin' Guns 'N Money

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

On this week's Out to Lunch, digi-rocker Brent McCrossen and jewelry icon Mignon Faget discuss Mignon’s controversial Stop The Violence gun pin, and Brent’s part in the digital music revolution with his company Audiosocket.

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

New Orleans, The Birthplace Of Smoothie Jazz

Scott Aiges, of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
Scott Aiges

Jazz Fest — our annual overdose of music and food — is synonymous with New Orleans. Smoothie King — a healthy juice and food alternative — is the antithesis of the city. Both businesses were NOLA-born in the 1970's and are now international brands.

On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti dines with Smoothie King's Tom O'Keefe and the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Scott Aiges.

Port of New Orleans
7:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Port of New Orleans Expects Normal Operations During High Water Levels

The Port of New Orleans.
Erin Krall WWNO

Port President Gary LaGrange says high water levels aren't expected to hit flood stage.

Communities to the north are dealing with flooding from the swollen Mississippi River. But the Port of New Orleans is not expecting any interruption of shipping traffic.

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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.

Economy
7:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Report: Southeast Louisiana Needs United Drive For Economic Growth

Allison Plyer of the Community Data Center explains what's needed for economic growth.

A study from the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center is warning that the post-Katrina money which has protected southeast Louisiana from the worst of the national recession will start winding down. Experts are advising a regional approach to economic growth.

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