It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business finance professor Peter Ricchiuti holds court over lunch at Columns in Uptown New Orleans. Peter's lunch guests are New Orleans business people, from startups to CEO's, from artists to tech entrepreneurs, musicians to movers-and-shakers. New Orleans is on everybody's list as a great place to party but it's also on many lists of the best place to start a business. Peter's deeply knowledgable and equally levity-laden approach to business conversation neatly makese sense of the Crescent City's contradictions.

NOJO Robinette – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

If there’s one thing everybody around the world knows about New Orleans, it’s that we were the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The other thing they probably know is, we’re the birthplace of jazz.

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra was, for a time, one of the most successful and well-funded jazz institutions in the city. 

Sarah Bell

Today, a new CEO, Sarah Bell, is guiding the orchestra out of the financial crisis it found itself in when its founder, Irvin Mayfield, ran afoul of the law.

Garland Robinette

And one of the most influential voices of the city’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina, Garland Robinette, has left radio to continue a career as a visual artist, co-owning with his wife, Nancy Rhett, Robinette Studios.

Artist and media luminary Garland Robinette, and NOJO CEO Sarah Bell join Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch. 

Peter Ricchiuti, Garland Robinette, Sarah Bell

We find out what it’s like for Garland to go from being one of the city’s most influential voices, to sitting down behind an easel, alone, painting. And find out from Sarah what it’s like trying to run an orchestra when people know more about your criminal record than your latest record.

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.

Realtor Tracey Moore