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.

Steamy Eyes – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

When you live in a place for a while you get used to things. So much so that you hardly notice them anymore, no matter how outlandish they might be.

For example, you can wander around New Orleans’ French Quarter with the sound of the calliope blasting over the whole city and not think anything of it. If you do ever stop to think about that calliope music, one of the things you might wonder is, “Who is playing that?” 

The answer is, a delightful woman called Debbie Fagnano.

Debbie Fagnano

Debbie is Peter’s guest on Out to Lunch today.

Here’s another thing that might cross your mind: if you’re Uptown, or when you pass any of the 6 St Charles Vision stores in New Orleans, do you ever wonder, “Who is Saint Charles?”

There are two possible answers. One is the Archbishop of Milan who invented the seminary in 1564. The other is Dr. Charles Glaser, who founded St Charles Vision in 1976.

Dr Charlie Glaser

Charlie Glaser joins Peter here for lunch.

Charlie Glaser, Debbie Fagnano, Peter Ricchiuti

We’re taking a look at New Orleans from inside the eyeglass store and from the top of the steamboat Natchez on this edition of Out to Lunch.

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.