It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. In his 9th year in the host seat, Ricchiuti's learned but uniquely NOLA informal perspective has established Out to Lunch as the voice of Crescent City business. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Off The Shelf – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

If you grew up in New Orleans there’s two things you learned early on – where to make groceries, and how to make red beans.

If you moved here as an adult it doesn’t take long to find a favorite grocery store – but making beans is a little more difficult. Maybe you secretly buy canned beans. If you do, you’re not alone. Locals do it too. They’ve been doing it since 1950. That’s when the canning company now called Blue Runner started up.

ricky thomas

Richard Thomas, President of Blue Runner Foods, is Peter’s guest on Out to Lunch today.

Peter’s other guest represents an equally non traditional option for grocery shopping.

pamela senatore

Pamela Senatore is Marketing Manager of the local Costco. Costco is definitely not how your mom’n’em made groceries. 


In the You Heard It Here First segment of the show Jonathan Howes pitches his entrepreneurial startup, Round 1. Hear a fuller conversation about Round 1 with Jonathan, Peter and the show’s guests, here

peter ricchiuti, pamela senatore, ricky thomas, jonathan howes

peter ricchiuti, pamela senatore, ricky thomas, jonathan howes

The photos on this page were taken at Commander’s Palace by Cheryl DalPozzal

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