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.

Making Beer and Groceries – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

If you live on the south shore of New Orleans you tend to think of the north shore as a place across the lake that there’s no compelling reason to visit.

People on the north shore will give you a list of reasons to drive across the causeway. One of the names on that list is Acquistapace’s.

It’s easiest to describe Acquistapace’s as a supermarket, but that doesn’t do it justice. For starters about 40% of it is a wine store. It has a gigantic cheese selection. And much more.

The Acquistapace family is a part of the Schwegman family. Schwegman’s went on to dominate the New Orleans grocery market and the Acquistipace’s moved North and conquered the north shore. All in all, the Schwegman and Acquistapace family have been selling groceries in New Orleans for 150 years.

Adam Acquistipace

Adam Acquistapace is the the current steward of the family business. Adam and his brother have two stores, one in Mandeville and the other in Covington, that specialize in wine and cheese as well as everyday groceries.

Jacob Landry

Jacob Landry has a newer business. Jacob co-founded Urban South Brewery in 2016. Urban South bottles Jacob’s Cajun background into beers like Charming Wit and Holy Roller. Urban South also has a popular tap room that they describe as “kid friendly.” So if you want to grab a craft beer and let your 8 year old drive home, Urban South Brewery might be the spot you’re looking for. 

Eric Murrell, Adam Acquistipace, Jacob Landry

Peter Ricchiuti

Photos at Commander’s Palace wine room by Aliison Moon.

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