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.

Jambalaya Wedding Cake – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

In Louisiana, although gumbo and jambalaya are everyday foods, finding the time to make a good gumbo or jambalaya from scratch is not so easy.

You can cut down on prep time by making these traditional dishes with a mix out of a box. If you’re a purist, you might turn your nose up at that. On the other hand, there’s Jambalaya Girl. Jambalaya Girl is a mix in a box that is an old family recipe created with input from legendary Chef Paul Proudhomme.  

Kristen Preau Moore

Jambalaya Girl is also a real person. Her name is Kristen Preau Moore. 

Lauren Wightkin

Lauren Wightkin is part of the 4th generation of cake bakers at Swiss Confectionery, the New Orleans bakery where the family business has been making wedding cakes and other specialty cakes for nearly 100 years.

On this edition of Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuti covers the New Orleans business field – from an old family business that makes specialty items, to a recent business that packages traditional foods in little yellow boxes.

Lauren Wightkin, Peter Ricchiuti, Kristen Preau Moore

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.