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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Out To Lunch: Whole Food Whole New City

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

Self-styled "Emperor of the Universe" entertainer Ernie K-Doe used to say that besides New Orleans being the birthplace of jazz, he was pretty sure everything came from New Orleans. When you tell people that grocery giant Whole Foods started here in New Orleans — on Esplanade Avenue — you generally get the same response you'd expect k-Doe would have gotten with his wild claim.

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Latest News
7:17 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Circle Food Store Fighting To Serve WIC Customers

The Circle Food Store.
Credit Infrogmation / Flickr

Dwayne Boudreaux cut the grand opening ribbon on his re-opened Circle Food Store in the 7th Ward last January. But he’s still cutting red tape to get his store to its full potential.

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Latest News
4:53 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

New Orleans To Host Top Travel Trade Show In 2016

New Orleans will host the largest travel industry show in North America in 2016.
Maitri Flickr

New Orleans will host the largest travel industry show in North America in 2016.

The U.S. Travel Association's show, called IPW, was last held in New Orleans in 2002.

The group had planned to hold the five-day show in Greater Miami and The Beaches. However, the City of Miami Beach Commission decided to renovate and expand its convention center. The three-year project is scheduled to start next year.

Association President and CEO Roger Dow says it's a great reason to have to change venues, and he's sure the organization will return to Miami Beach after the expansion.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Out To Lunch: Drones Over NOLA

Peter Ricchiuti, Craig Harvey and Charles Easterling.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The vacuum created when NASA left the Michoud facility in New Orleans East has been filled by a range of new, innovative aero-space and robotic manufacturers. Among them, Crescent Unmanned Systems and NVision Solutions.

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Business
2:48 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Short-Term Rental Stakeholders All Agree On One Thing: Current Law Inadequate

A screenshot of the Airbnb website shows over a thousand available short-term rentals in New Orleans, which are illegal under current city law.
Credit Airbnb

Unlicensed, short-term rentals are illegal in New Orleans, but there aren’t a lot of people getting busted for renting out their house on websites like Airbnb or VRBO. That’s because the law that bans vacation rentals is almost impossible for the city to enforce.

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Latest News
7:06 am
Fri July 18, 2014

China Company Investing Almost $2 Billion In Chemical Plant

Officials at the plant announcement.
Credit GNO, Inc.

A Chinese company has announced plans to build a methanol manufacturing plant in St. James Parish. It’s the first major investment project by a Chinese company in Louisiana.

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Science & Health
9:59 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Fishermen And Retailers Go High-Tech For Authentic Gulf Seafood

Fishermen, seafood processers and retailers use the Gulf Seafood Trace software package to compile data on wild-caught seafood.
Allen Shimada Wikimedia

Some studies have found a one in three chance that the fish on our restaurant plates or in the seafood case at the supermarket is mislabeled. A cheaper fish like tilapia may be sold as red snapper, for example.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Out To Lunch: It’s In Our DNA (No, Really)

Victor Castellon, Kory Krista and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Cheryl delPozzal / It's New Orleans

New Orleans DNA research companies Renaissance RX and GenoVive are changing our concept of dieting and medication.

GenoVive founder Victor Castellon joins Peter Ricchiuti on Out to Lunch to explain how specific DNA-based diet and exercise programs can target your unique metabolism to be effective from the very first day you start your personal weight loss and health improvement program.

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Latest News
9:51 am
Fri July 11, 2014

City Council Votes To Strengthen Enforcement Of Short-Term Rental Law

On Thursday the New Orleans City Council voted to change the definition of transient vacation rentals. Proponents say the change will make it easier to enforce the existing laws that prohibit short-term vacation rentals.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Out To Lunch: The New Boss

Cam Marston, Lola Lass and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Cam Marston is an authority on the relationships between generations and on how Boomers, Gen X-ers and Milllenials co-exist in the workplace. Cam consults on his Generational Insights with a wide range of Fortune 500 companies and is a sought after lecture circuit speaker.

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