It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds the country's most entertaining finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business world to join him, sometimes for fine dining others for pizza. From CEO's to startups, managers, musicians, biomed needle-movers, Silicon Bayou success stories and entrepreneurs of all stripes put aside the elevator pitch and the talking points and actually enjoy themselves. It's business, New Orleans style.
You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

NOLA Phoenix – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

New Orleans is rising from the debris of 2005 in ways that could never have been predicted, even by the most optimistic of prognosticators.

For the first few years of the post 2008 bounce-back recovery, New Orleanians were taken by surprise. Accustomed to reading stories of disasters about the city, from natural to man-made – crime, corruption, shrinking population, disastrous education – locals were unprepared for what to do with an onslaught of good news about populations growing, incomes rising, and businesses booming. And then along came organizations dedicated to optimizing the good news and making sure it didn’t slip away. 

melissa ehlinger

Melissa Ehlinger is the Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development of the New Orleans Business Alliance. The Alliance’s goal is to make New Orleans an attractive place to do business. Given the reputation of where we’ve come from, that’s no easy task. To make the magic work, Melissa and NOLABA are using a mix of lifestyle and tax credits to lure businesses to the city – and Melissa tells Peter the magic is indeed working.

jessica shahein

Jessica Shahein is Executive Director of 504ward, dedicated to getting people who have moved here, to stay here. Turning infatuation and love into long-term commitment is no easy task either, but Jessica tells Peter the new wave of Millenials is having kids and putting down roots.

alex goss

On the Remember You Heard It Here First segment of the show Alex Goss introduces his new app, The Collector. You can hear a fuller conversation with Alex, Peter, Jessica, and Melissa about The Collector, here.

alex goss, peter ricchiuti

phoenix nola out to lunch

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

Realtor Tracey Moore