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.

The Foundation and The Carver – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

Here’s a business decision to ponder. Suppose on any given night there’s 10,000 people listening to music in New Orleans. If you open a new music venue, will 10% of those people come to your place? Or do you have to offer something different that will attract a new audience?

That’s one of the issues facing the newly reopened Carver Theater in Treme.

Chris Ritter

The Carver’s General Manager, Chris Ritter, joins Peter Ricchiuti for lunch.

Scott Aiges

Scott Aiges is Program Director, and Director of Marketing and Communications at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation – the folks who own Jazz Fest. The foundation does a lot more than just Jazz Fest. They stage other festivals, like the Blues & Barbecue Festival and the Cajun and Zydeco Festival. They run music-oriented community programs, and even have a music school.

While other parts of the music business continue to struggle, live music keeps on rockin’ on. Meet two of the guys who bring the world New Orleans music.

Peter Ricchiuti, Scott Aiges, Chris Ritter

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.