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8:34 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Brown Shrimp Season Opens With High Prices, But Future Remains Uncertain

At the Chauvin, Louisiana "Blessing of the Fleet" in April, the T-Kim & James led the procession.
Jesse Hardman

This week Louisiana opened its inshore waters for shrimping. Boats around the state are heading out hoping for a big catch of brown shrimp in the bayous.

It’s a late start to the season, due to the long, cold winter, meaning less time for shrimpers to make money. But some good news for shrimp boat captains: prices are high.

In some cases, prices are double what they were last year. After years of setbacks, shrimpers could use a break.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Out To Lunch: L.E.D.G.E.

Peter Ricchiuti, Secretary Stephen Moret and Mike deBoe.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of people these days claiming how well New Orleans is doing and that in business terms we're now competitive with almost any city in the country. If you'd like proof that this is fact, and not just feel-good boosterism, this edition of Out to Lunch might convince you.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Out To Lunch: The Show Must Go On

Peter Ricchiuti, Bryan Bailey and David Skinner.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Now that the Katrina-darkened footlights are back on at the Saenger, the Mahalia Jackson and the Civic, theater is big business in New Orleans. Peter's guests on Out to Lunch are two of the people who brought these theaters back to life and who operate them.

Bryan Bailey is co-owner and Managing Partner of the Civic Theater. David Skinner is General Manager of the Saenger and the Mahalia Jackson theaters.

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Out To Lunch
1:02 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Out To Lunch: In It For The Money

Peter Ricchiuti, Suzanne Mestayer and Marianne Van Meter.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of great reasons to live in New Orleans, but “making money” is not typically at the top of the list. Even though the business climate is undeniably better here now than we’ve seen in decades, money is not what drives most of us.

But of course, we can’t live without it. So thankfully there are New Orleanians who devote themselves to looking after money, and two of them are Peter's guests this week on Out to Lunch.

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

Out To Lunch: Cats 'N Dogs

Patrick McCausland, Peter Ricchiuti and Michelle Ingram.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Last year Americans spent over $55 billion on their pets. To put that in some sort of perspective, that's more than most countries in the world spend on their military.

In New Orleans, Zeus' Place is one of a number of 21st Century pet boarding and day care facilities where pets are treated somewhere between kindergarten kids and rest home residents, with activities, walks, naps and even their own apartment. Michelle Ingram, founder and owner.

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Out To Lunch
8:05 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Out To Lunch: Cork 'N Leather

Julie Araujo, Amanda Dailey, Peter Ricchiuti and Alexander Bourne.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

"Do something you're passionate about" is tossed about so often as the key to starting up an entrepreneurial business that it's become all but a cliché. This episode of Out to Lunch will restore your faith in the place of passion in business. And if you've ever thought about starting up your own business, after this 30 minutes you'll be inspired to run out and do it!

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Out To Lunch
1:04 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Out To Lunch: Bevolo & Beignets

Burt Benrud and Drew Bevolo.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Two icons that say New Orleans: the gas lamp and the beignet. Drew Bevolo's family founded and has owned Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights since 1945. Burt Benrud's family business, Café du Monde, started up in the 1860's.

These two standard bearers of New Orleans' enduring icons talk about the present, the future, and entrepreneur NOLA Pie Guy.

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Business & Technology
6:37 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Detroit Entrepreneur Stars In Ford Ad

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:11 pm

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Many people have seen the Cadillac ad for its new ELR vehicle. It’s the one where actor Neal McDonough walks briskly through his modern multi-million dollar home, disparaging Europeans who take vacations and singing the praises of capitalism

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Out To Lunch
1:20 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Mom, Where Do Buildings Come From?

Marcel Wisznia and Angela O’Byrne.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

We talk a lot in New Orleans about the "rebirth" of the city, but before the city was re-born it was born. The architects of what we all agree is our remarkably beautiful city were just that: architects.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Out To Lunch: Earth Orbit And Beyond

Jay Monroe, Bobby Savoie and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

 

Sure, New Orleans business is doing better than it has in decades (if not ever)... but in your wildest imaginings it's unlikely you've had any idea that "the sky's the limit" has, in the last few years, gone from being a visionary fantasy to an aerospace reality. While many are still evoking the New Orleans credentials of being the birthplace of jazz and the cocktail, two extraordinary local businessmen are giving us, literally, a whole new world to brag about.

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