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.

Wish Dog and Sauce – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

Wherever you go in the world you find human beings have two things in common. We all like to eat. And we all like to incorporate into our living spaces non functional objects we call art.

In many countries we’ve institutionalized these traits. We dine in restaurants and we hang art in galleries. 

In New Orleans, as usual, we’ve gone our own way. We’ve turned dining into an art form. And our artists are increasingly hanging their works in their own spaces.

Peter’s guests on Out to Lunch today represent both strands of this movement.

ally burgieres

Ally Burgieres is an artist with three art galleries, a line of clothing, and collection of ceramic animals with goles in their head.

tory mcphail

Chef Tory McPhail is the Executive Chef at Commander’s Palace and has a line of sauces he’s bottled and put his name on the label.

ally burgieres, tory mcphail

Chef Tory talks about competing in a marketplace dominated by media food stars like Gordon Ramsay. Ally Burgieres talks about competing in an art marketplace where your piece of art can be stolen and disseminated to millions in moments – which is what Taylor Swift did with Ally’s drawing. Legal proceedings are, well, proceeding.

peter ricchiuti

Photos taken over lunch in the wine room at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.