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.

NOLA 300 – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

Joseph Makkos answered an ad on Craig’s List and ended up buying 30,000 perfectly preserved copies of The Times Picayune, dating back to 1885.

Joseph Makkos

Through his company NOLA DNA, Joseph is setting about packaging and selling the contents of that collection.

Vincent Sciama

Vincent Sciama is also a student of the history of New Orleans, especially our relationship with France. Vincent is France’s representative here. Officially he’s called the Consul General de France en Louisiane

Out to Lunch in the Commander's courtyard

As an ambassador on a tour of duty in New Orleans, Vincent has to suffer through French Quarter Festival, Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras, and all sorts of other grueling diplomatic duties. On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti discovers whether that’s as much fun as it sounds.

And, in these days of declining newspaper readership, Peter finds out if you can make more money out of newspapers printed in 1885 than 2018.

Joseph Makkos, Vincent Sciama

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.

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