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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.

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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.

    Women Driven Media

    Women Driven Media

    The women’s movement has been striving to define the place of women in the workplace, and in society in general, since the 1960’s. Although there have been some major turning points over the past half century, the era we’re in now may turn out to be one of the most significant and long lasting. In New Orleans, two very different women driven media businesses are contributing to this change.

    Heide Winston and her partner have launched Geaux Girl! magazine – a teen magazine with a sex-ed component. It’s a unique publication – partly written by girls themselves, and partly by experts in subjects relevant to teenage girls.

    Ashely Angelico and her partner run the very successful New Orleans Moms Blog. Moms Blog is a national network of locally owned blogs. They’re updated daily with information for moms on subjects that range from how to cope in general, to where you can go with your kids today.

    Peter Ricchiuti hosts this enlightening conversation about New Orleans and Louisiana women and girls over lunch at Commander’s Palace.

    Find photos from this show by Jill Lafleur and more at our website https://itsneworleans.com/show/out-to-lunch/



    • 23 min
    Moving Into Your New Office

    Moving Into Your New Office

    There was a time in New Orleans, that if you told someone you were moving into your new office, it was probably in Houston. Or Atlanta.

    In the 1990’s, whole office buildings in New Orleans were empty. Leasing companies were in a reverse-bidding war - under-selling each other to attract tenants. A significant number of store-fronts downtown and on Magazine Street were boarded up.

    And that was before Hurricane Katrina brought us to our knees.

    Those darker days are now dim memories. Today, business in New Orleans is booming. Companies are moving here. Businesses that are already here are growing. And even in a very tough nationwide retail environment, compared to other cities there are not a lot of storefronts for lease here.

    Through this bust and boom cycle, Corporate Realty has remained one of the pre-eminent commercial real estate companies in the city. Their clients include Tulane University, Capital One Bank, DXC Technology, and the sale of the Place St Charles Building with its 1 million square feet of office space.

    The President of Corporate Realty is Mike Siegel.

    Okay, so you’re moving into your new office. In New Orleans. You’ve negotiated a lease for the space. You’ve got 1,000 or 10,000 square feet. You’ve got 10, or maybe a thousand employees. Now you need to work out a floor plan for your new office. You need furniture. You need to get services like phones and internet hooked up and networked throughout your new space. You need to clean up after the previous tenants, and you need to juggle between the new space and your current place - while you keep your daily business running.

    How do you pull all this off? Well, one thing you could do is, call Bart’s Office Incorporated. Moving you into your new office is what they do. Some of the clients Bart’s has worked with recently to move them into their new space include the Four Seasons Hotel, and the new International Airport.

    Bart’s is a woman-owned and operated business. The company’s CEO is Ashley Thibodeaux.

    Out to Lunch is recorded over lunch at Commander's Palace. Photos by Jill Lafleur and more at our website https://link.chtbl.com/LYuaasWe

    • 36 min
    Sorting Out The Truth

    Sorting Out The Truth

    You may not be consciously aware of it, but you’re constantly making decisions. Many of these decisions are in the service of sorting out the truth of what's going on around you. Starting with deciding it’s time to get up in the morning, till you decide it’s time to go to bed at night, you’re making hundreds, if not thousands of these types of decisions, all day.

    Most of your decisions are relatively mundane and you, literally, don’t give them a second thought. But Peter's lunch guest on this edition of Out to Lunch, Chris Cantrall, does. He’s very invested in your thought process. And your decisions, large and small.

    Chris is co-owner of a company called New Orleans Perspectives. There are two main parts to the company. One part conducts focus groups to test out how people interact with consumer products. The other part of the company assembles mock juries and allows lawyers to try out arguments and strategies before getting into a real courtroom.

    Peter's other lunch guest is also in the business of sorting out the truth.

    Royd Anderson is a historian and documentary film maker who specializes in making documentaries about tragic Louisiana events that are overlooked by other historians. Royd’s films include a documentary about Pan Am Flight 759, one of the deadliest plane crashes in US history, that occurred in 1982 in Kenner. Royd has also made documentaries about The Upstairs Lounge Fire in 1973, the Mother’s Day Bus Crash in 1999, the Luling Ferry Disaster in 2006, and others.

    Out to Lunch is recorded over lunch at Commander's Palace in New Orleans. See photos from this show by Jill Lafleur and more at our website.

    We've had a number of discussions about the Louisiana film business on Out to Lunch, check out this conversation about a watershed moment in Hollywood South when things were going south, in the negative sense.

    • 33 min
    Put Your Phone Down

    Put Your Phone Down

    Wherever you are right now, take a look around. Whether you’re at home, at work, in the car, on your bike, or in a restaurant, it’s almost 100% certain you’ll see someone looking at their phone. More than likely, that someone is you! Both of Peter's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch would like you to put your phone down. And get some exercise.

    Tania Hahn is the owner of a company called Hahn Enterprises. Hahn Enterprises installs commercial gym equipment, and all the components, big or small, that go into outdoor playgrounds and sports stadiums. That includes everything from bleachers to monkey bars, and scoreboards to trash cans.

    If you’re wondering where in New Orleans you can see Tania’s work, the answer is, pretty much everywhere. From the Superdome to every single school in Orleans Parish.

    Leigh Isaacson would like you to put your phone down and get out into the real world. With your dog. But first, you need your phone to use Leigh’s app. It’s called Dig - The Dog Person's Dating App.

    Yes, Dig is a dating app aimed specifically at dog owners. If you’re a single person whose dog is an important part of your life, Dig filters out possible partners who don’t like dogs. And it puts dog lovers on a path to find love with a human.

    Out to Lunch is recorded over lunch at Commander's Palace. You can see photos from this show by Jill Lafleur at our website.

    Get a very different take on dogs over lunch here.

    • 23 min
    Rural and Urban Dirt

    Rural and Urban Dirt

    We like to divide things up into opposites. Like married or single. Man or woman. Rural or urban. Increasingly, though, we’re coming to find out that things are not so black and white. Marriage alternatives and pansexuality are subjects for shows that probably don’t wander into the realm of business, but the dichotomy of rural and urban does. Even right down to rural and urban dirt.

    We’ve spent generations building cities and suburbs that have pushed anything rural out to where dirt is cheap. And we’ve thrown organic waste into plastic bags - when we could have been recycling it as compost.

    Times are changing. Today, right here in New Orleans, whether you have a home or business, you can recycle your organic waste and have it made into compost. And you can buy compost for your garden or farm, by the bag or by the ton.

    All this is thanks to Nico Krebill and Nico’s business, Schmelly’s Dirt Farm.

    Very few people are doing more to blur the line between urban and rural than Grant Estrade. Grant and his wife Kate are the founders and operators of Laughing Buddha Nursery and Local Cooling Farms.

    Under these two banners, it’s extraordinary how much Grant and Kate have going on. Here’s a short list:
    - Their nursery in Metairie specializes in helping people grow plants naturally and organically.
    - They sell all the material you need to brew your own beer, wine, or vinegar. 
    - They sell everything you need for hydroponics and aquaponics.
    - They organically raise pigs, goats, and chickens.
    - They sell their own brand of soil, called Bag of Plenty.
    - They sell their organically raised meat and produce at their Metairie location.
    - You can subscribe to their co-op and get organic protein and produce delivered.

    The drift away from urban dwellers getting our hands dirty started a long time ago. Probably around the time of the industrial revolution, in 1800. 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 dirt that gives us the best of both worlds.

    Out to Lunch is recorded live over lunch at Commander's Palace. You can find photos from this show by Jill Lafleur, and more, at our website https://link.chtbl.com/LYuaasWe

    You can hear more lunchtime conversation about New Orleans urban farming here.

    • 23 min
    Your New Car and New Job

    Your New Car and New Job

    "Your new Car and New Job" might at one time have been the subject line of a targeted marketing email. We have left those days behind. Way behind.

    Today, if you spend any time online – and specially on social media – you’ve no doubt noticed what’s going on with personalized advertisements. Ads seem to be getting increasingly specific. Targeted. And timely.

    At one time we were able to explain this by assuming Google knew what we were searching for, and was selling our search information to advertisers. Then it started looking like advertisers weren't sending us email, they were reading our email! And lately personalized ad targeting has gotten so specialized that we’ve begun to wonder if our phones and other voice activated devices are listening to us.

    Whether or not they are, the truth of what is going on with online marketing is even more unsettling. Online marketing people are reading our minds. For real. Thanks to Artificial Intelligence. Or A.I.

    When applied to marketing, A.I knows when you want to buy a product – before you do. This is not some sort of futuristic science fiction. It is science. But it’s not fiction. And it’s not the future. It’s here now.

    Perhaps surprisingly, one of the leaders in the field of A.I. marketing is from Lafayette. His name is Frankie Russo.

    Frankie’s venture capital, company Russo Capital, invests in startups. And Frankie is founder and CEO of the A.I marketing company, 360 IA.

    Whether an automated bot decides it’s time for you buy something new, or you decide it for yourself, you’re still going to need money to buy it with. For most of us, the only way to get that money is by having a job.

    Latest estimates are that around fifty percent of us work in a small business. If you’re a part of that 50%, you know that the way you get hired and get trained on the job in a small business is different from the way you get hired and trained at a bigger company.

    And if you own a small business, you know that hiring good people and retaining them can be a major headache, and a drain on resources. Which is where a company called HR NOLA comes in. HR NOLA steps in for just a few weeks, days, or even hours, to give small businesses an HR department with the same advantages of big business.

    The founder and CEO of HR NOLA is Amy Bakay.

    Out to Lunch is recorded over lunch at Commander's Palace. Find photos by Jill Lafleur and more at our website https://link.chtbl.com/LYuaasWe

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