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.

Peanuts Pot ‘n Syrup – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

It’s probably no exaggeration to say that the boom in entrepreneurial business in New Orleans wouldn’t have happened without the business incubator, Idea Village.

 Robbie Vitrano

Robbie Vitrano was one of the founders of Idea Village. He was also one of the founders of the ad agency Trumpet and the revolutionary Naked Pizza. Today, Robbie talk to Peter Ricchiuti about  his newest ventures, among them Good Spread, peanut butter that’s, literally, setting out to change the world, and Uncanny Wellness, a company with a unique approach to CBD: it’s water soluble, so you can add it to your coffee, shake, or even maple syrup if you’d like.

 Emily and Dr Bill Accousti

And talking of syrup, Dr Bill Accousti is the creator of Dr Bill’s Syrup, a brand new blend of cane syrup and maple syrup. Because Dr Bill is also an orthopedic surgeon, Dr Bill’s syrup has your daily dose of Vitamin D in every serving.

 Bill Accousti, Robbie Vitrano, Peter Ricchiuti

This is a fascinating conversation, ranging over many entrepreneurial subjects. Robbie is a veteran entrepreneur whose experiences include working with Mark Cuban and creating innovative and memorable marketing campaigns for an extraordinarily wide range of companies, and Bill is an enthusiastic, vastly over-qualified newcomer to entrepreneurship.

 Bill Accousti, Robbie Vitrano

Photos over lunch in the wine room at Commander’s Palace by Jill Lafleur.

Realtor Tracey Moore