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.

Fried Chicken ‘n Cold Beer – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

If you had to name the biggest fried chicken business in Louisiana, you probably wouldn’t have to think about it too long. You might take a bit longer to name the next biggest. And even then you might not come up with Krispy Krunchy.

Krispy Krunchy has over 1,800 reatail locations in 36 states. It’s everywhere from the Virgin Islands to the Wichita Zoo. And it keeps getting bigger.

Dan Shapiro

Krispy Krunchy’s executive Vice President Dan Shapiro is Peter’s guest on this edition of Out to Lunch.

Michael Naquin

What’s fried chicken without a beer? Peter’s other guest on today’s show is Michael Naquin, founder of 40 Arpent Brewing Company.

40 Arpent has been making craft beer since 2011. It got its start in St Bernard, and among its other unique New Orleans attributes, the brewery opens its doors to homebrewers.

Dan Shapiro, Michael Naquin, Peter Ricchiuti

Both Krispy Krunchy Foods and 40 Arpent Brewing have unique business models and great stories.

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.