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.

Free Culture – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

When we talk about big events in New Orleans we typically say “Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.”  Economically, though, if we’re going to bracket two events, we should say “Mardi Gras and French Quarter Festival.”  French Quarter Festival’s economic impact on the city has become massive. It’s reportedly bigger than Jazz Fest.

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French Quarter Festival Executive Director, Marci Schramm, joins Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch.

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So does Jan Ramsey, creator of another New Orleans cultural institution: OffBeat Magazine. Along with Best opf the Beat, OffBeat’s annual music awards, and a local musician’s information exchange.

If you live in New Orleans there’s a pretty good chance you go to French Quarter Festival, and you read Off Beat Magazine. And one thing’s for sure – you don’t pay for either of them.

How are they keeping OffBeat and French Quarter Festival free? Jan Ramsey and Marci Schramm tell all.  

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Photos at Commander’s Palace taken by Alison Moon.