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.

Oil and Gusts – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

Everybody likes to think they’re important, but here in Louisiana we really are. Two sectors of our local economy are major components of the national, and global, economy: oil and gas, and renewable energy.

Outside of the oil companies who physically drill for oil, there is a huge industry of companies who do everything else – from building oil rigs to delivering groceries to the men and women who work on them.

One of the biggest offshore support companies in the world is headquartered here in New Orleans. Tidewater.

joe bennett, peter ricchiuti

Joe Bennett from Tidewater is Peter Ricchiuti’s guest on Out to Lunch today.

ben foley

So is Ben Foley, from Keystone Engineering. Keystone builds oil rigs, but Ben’s division of the company is building a whole other energy structure: offshore wind turbines.

ben foley, joe bennett, peter ricchiuti

It’s surprising the role these two New Orleans’ companies are playing in the global energy marketplace. 

Photos on this page taken at Commander’s Palace by Cheryl DalPozzal