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.

School Grounds Coffee Grounds – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

There are so many great musicians in New Orleans, there’s got to be a reason. Maybe it’s something in the water. Or maybe it’s something in a building on the corner of Chartres St and Saint Ferdinand. That’s NOCCA – New Orleans Center For The Creative Arts.

If you go to NOCCA your education is free. Thanks in part to the funding arm of the school, The NOCCA Institute.

Sally Perry

Sally Perry, Executive Director of the NOCCA Institute, joins host Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch.

Nita Duhe

Nita Duhe is founder of Crescent City Cooks – a kind of instant-education version of NOCCA – for people who want to be able to cook like a New Orleans chef, tonight. 

Besides food and music, New Orleans has long been known for coffee. Until coffee became so massively popular, most of the country’s coffee arrived in the US at the Port of New Orleans. Today 400 million cups of coffee are consumed every day in the United States. Practically every one of them leaves behind coffee grounds that are thrown in the trash. Imagine if you could find a way to monetize those millions of tons of coffee grounds. That’s what local entrepreneur Yvette Tablada does.

Yvette Tablada

Yvette’s startup company, Grounds to Ground, recycles coffee grounds into all natural gardening products. 

Peter Ricchiuti

Photos taken at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.