It doesn't get more Monday in New Orleans than red beans and rice.
Connelly Hayward is the 4th generation of his family to make red beans, as president of L.H. Hayward and Company, who make Camellia-brand red beans. Nina Camacho is National Events Director at Jazzmen Rice.
Kenyan Susan Oguya created an app to help farmers in her homeland. Shown here in the office of her company, M-Farm, she also belongs to the group Akirachix, which seeks to bring more Kenyan women into the tech world.
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High school girls in Nairobi at a computer workshop organized by Akirachix.
On today's show, we visit Fire Station Six in Contra Costa County, Calif.
Firefighters don't go to fires as much as much as they used to. That's because, thanks to modern building codes, fires are much less common than they used to be. Yet the fire dept is still set up the same way: big trucks, lots of fire stations, and lots of firefighters who retire with lifetime pensions.
Rather than close fire stations, the firefighters in Contra Costa County agreed to take a pay cut a few years back. But the county still couldn't afford the fire department.
Cyndy Aafedt (left) owns the El Rancho hotel in Williston, N.D. Jobs in town have been hard to fill. Her employee, Mary Joy Hardt (right), who is from the Philippines, is one of many people with J-1 visas helping to fill retail, hotel and restaurant job openings here.
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Kyle Pfifer works at a McDonald's in Williston, a job he got the same day he applied. He says he turned in his application, got lunch, "and I had a call before I was done eating, and I had a job."
The population boom in Williston, N.D., has been a blessing and a curse for many local businesses. Williston, the fastest growing small city in America, is enjoying an oil boom and has seen its population double in the past two years.
At the city's brand new McDonald's, manager Vern Brekhus struggles every day to maintain his staff of nearly 100 workers.
When you’re looking to start a business you can choose between gearing up for a mass market product or staying small and going for a selective niche clientele. Peter’s guests on this edition of Out to Lunch exemplify these two divergent approaches to the restaurant business.
Jammer Orintas co-owns Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza, and Paco Robert is co-founder of the off-the-grid secret restaurant operation Dinner Lab. The party going on in the background is the Christmas crowd at Commanders!
One of the boldest, most controversial revolutions to occur in the New Orleans media landscape in 2012 was TheTimes-Picayune’s discontinuation of daily publication. Was the move to a three-day-a-week paper and focus on NOLA.com the news organization business model of the future?
Peter talks with David Francis, Business Manager of NOLA Media Group, and Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran T-P journalist and Director of State Content James O’Byrne.
This week on Out to Lunch, we talk with Chris Cuadrado, who is upending the great NOLA tradition of waiting for snoball season — and then waiting on line in the burning heat for a snoball — with his revolutionary Sno-Balls To Go. And David Bergeron joins us as well — he moved into the historic McKenzie's Bakery, where he's making his own history with ice cream store Creole Creamery.