It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business finance professor Peter Ricchiuti holds court over lunch at Columns in Uptown New Orleans. Peter's lunch guests are New Orleans business people, from startups to CEO's, from artists to tech entrepreneurs, musicians to movers-and-shakers. New Orleans is on everybody's list as a great place to party but it's also on many lists of the best place to start a business. Peter's deeply knowledgable and equally levity-laden approach to business conversation neatly makese sense of the Crescent City's contradictions.

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.

Realtor Tracey Moore