A new national report finds Louisiana with the biggest lifetime wage gap for women in the United States. The National Women’s Law Center based findings on projections of women’s wages spanning 40 years on the job.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Today we’ve relocated our lunch table from our usual spot in the Garden District to downtown New Orleans. We’re at Idea Village’s annual Entrepreneur Week.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Families who fish for a living in Louisiana struggle to remain competitive in a changing market. They’ve seen prices fluctuate wildly over the past decade and have been hit repeatedly by hurricanes, and then the BP oil spill. It’s hard to make a living. Now they’re looking for new ways to make money by selling direct.

Twice a year the federal government auctions off land in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration. It’s usually a pretty quiet affair. But on Wednesday hundreds of protesters marched into the Superdome to try to disrupt the sale.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

One of our favorite foods here in Louisiana is raw oysters. Oysters are also the favorite place to hang out for a couple of bacteria that are very unfriendly to human beings. Notwithstanding, few people in Louisiana has gotten sick from a raw oyster in some time. The reason for that is a company called AmeriPure. AmeriPure kills the bad bacteria in oysters without affecting the oyster’s taste.

Plus, salad dressings and Spotify.


NCIS: New Orleans is one of television’s most popular weekly shows. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, NolaVie’s Sharon Litwin talks with crew member Albert Quaid about what makes the show so authentic.

The annual meeting of the Greater New Orleans, Incorporated business development group is normally a chance to reflect on success stories and progress. This year’s gathering had a twist, coming by chance on the day after a disappointing budget special session by the state legislature.

Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

It used to be that a single income could support a family — including owning a home. After 35 years of employment you could retire from the same company you’d been at all that time, with a pension.

Times sure have changed. Now most of us need a savvy work and personal strategy just to navigate our way into the middle class. Peter Ricchiuti's guests on Out to Lunch today are all about helping you find ways to achieve the American dream — and hold onto it.

Erik Frank won the Blackstone Big Idea award at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week in 2013.
Erik Frank

Erik Frank had been in business for a year when he went to New Orleans’ Entrepreneur Week and got caught up in its fervor. Thousands wanted to see “the next big thing,” and Erik made himself a promise that his idea -- nutritional meals delivered to your job -- would be it. A year later, he pitched before celebrity judges and won $50,000 for his business, Your Nutrition Delivered.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Just by living in New Orleans you can naturally develop a lot of useful skills. Dodging potholes and catching Mardi Gras beads improves hand-eye coordination. Peeling crawfish increases dexterity.