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.

Urban Dirt – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

We hear a lot about New Orleans being 300 years old. Right around our 100th birthday there was a giant worldwide shakeup. It came to be known as The Industrial Revolution. As it went along, more and more of us started living in cities that got bigger and bigger. Our connection to the land got more and more distant. Today, there’s a movement to try and rebalance. To connect our urban lives with our rural roots.

Nico Krebill

Here in New Orleans Nico Krebill’s company, Schmelly’s Dirt Farm, takes food and organic waste which it uses to make and sell compost.

Grant Estrade

Grant Estrade’s company, Laughing Buddha Nursery, sells organic house plants. On his organic farm, Grant grows vegetables and raises pigs, and chickens, all of which he’ll deliver to you in a subscription box.

It would take an Armageddon-like catastrophe to turn us all back into farmers, but there is definitely some middle ground between urban and rural that gives us the best of both worlds.

Nico Krebill, Grant Estrade, Peter Ricchiuti

Peter Ricchiuti explores the nexus of oor local urban and rural worlds on this edition of out to Lunch.

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Jill Lafleur.

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