It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business finance professor Peter Ricchiuti holds court over lunch at Columns in Uptown New Orleans. Peter's lunch guests are New Orleans business people, from startups to CEO's, from artists to tech entrepreneurs, musicians to movers-and-shakers. New Orleans is on everybody's list as a great place to party but it's also on many lists of the best place to start a business. Peter's deeply knowledgable and equally levity-laden approach to business conversation neatly makese sense of the Crescent City's contradictions.

Fleurty Rock’n – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

In 4 years Lauren Thom has taken Fleurty Girl from a bedroom in the front of her house on Oak Street to 5 stores citywide. At a time when the term “T shirt shop”was synonymous with “bottom feeding scum,” representative of everything that was wrong with New Orleans tourist centered economy, Lauren turned T shirt economics on its head, pitching her product at locals, with dopey tourist slogans like “I got Bourbon faced on Shit Street” with insider jokes and NOLA pride from a Kenner Bra to an Irish Channel on TV. John Blancher bought a run down bowling alley to use as a catering hall. When he started booking bands, and drinkers and dancers also became bowlers, he d accidentally created a phenomenon that he called Rock n Bowl. Today Rock n Bowl is the anchor of a small entertainment empire that includes Ye Olde College Inn and Ye Olde Bakery. In the Pay It Forward segment of the show, host Peter Ricchiuti, Lauren and John discuss Kelsey Forman s suddenly successful vegan soap biz Cake Face Soaping over lunch at Commander s Palace.

Realtor Tracey Moore