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It's New Orleans: Out to Lunch

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It's New Orleans: Out to Lunch

It's New Orleans: Out to Lunch

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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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Surviving the Coffee and Nut Butter Business in a Pandemic

You might not have thought about it, but surviving the coffee and nut butter business in a pandemic turns out to be a pretty accurate bellwether of what's going on in the economy. Coffee and Nut Butter, Round 1 In the second week of March of this year, 2020, I sat down at a table at Commander’s Palace for what I thought was going to be a regular Out to Lunch show. It turned out to be a great show. I had a very interesting conversation with two fascinating people who were both building successful businesses. One of my guests was Eliot Guthrie, co-founder of Congregation Coffee. Eliot told me how they roast their own beans and supply coffee to over 70 New Orleans restaurants, including Brennan’s, Patois, Paladar 511, Marjie’s Grill, and Donald Link’s restaurants. He also told me how he started up two coffee shops – one in Algiers and another in the CBD – that capitalized on his culinary background. My other guest that day was Kevin Bratcher, co-founder and Director of Business Operations at a company called Supreme Specialty Foods. Among other items, the company’s signature product is a healthy alternative to peanut butter, called Beyond the Equator. It’s a totally nut-free butter that’s made with five seeds – chia, flax, pumpkin, sunflower, and hemp. Kevin told me Beyond The Equator is available in over 600 stores in 25 states. And on Amazon. Then, after our conversation, Eliot, Kevin, and I walked out of Commander’s Palace, and the whole world changed. Coffee and Nut Butter, Round 2: the pandemic Today, as a result of the ongoing pandemic, Commander’s Palace is still closed. And Eliot Guthrie’s Coffee business and Kevin Bratcher’s seed butter business have changed too. So, to find out how the global pandemic is affecting New Orleans business, we’re meeting up again today. This time not at Commander’s palace, but around our virtual lunch table. For Eliot and Congregation Coffee, with a reliance on supplying coffee to restaurants and having their own retail outlets, they have had some challenges since we last spoke back in March. For Kevin's business, things are a little different. During the lockdown period of the pandemic, the only retail outlets open were grocery stores. And a lot of people who wanted to avoid going out at all, and who may have never even thought about buying groceries online, got very familiar with Instacart. Both of those new realities have had an impact on Supreme Specialty Foods. Photos from this conversation by Jill Lafleur are on our website. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

28 min4 d ago
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Surviving the Coffee and Nut Butter Business in a Pandemic

Best Of: Rent a Car or Wedding Flowers

As Out to Lunch prepares to go back to hosting live lunches, for inspiration we're taking a look at some of our pre-Covid shows. Here's an Out to Lunch Best of: Rent a Car or Wedding Flowers. Sure, you're familiar with renting a car on line. How about wedding flowers? That might sound crazy but it wasn't all that long ago that renting a car online was a novel idea too. Think about the last time you booked a plane ticket on an online travel website. After you booked the ticket, the website asked you if you’d like to book anything else connected with your trip. A rental car. A hotel. A sightseeing tour. Restaurant reservations. If you said “yes” and booked anything else, think about what is going on there, technically. The airline reservation software is now interacting with a myriad of other reservation systems, and linking them all to your frequent flier program. The software that powers this complex operation was created by New Orleanian Kenneth Purcell. Kenneth built it into a ...

29 min1 w ago
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Best Of: Rent a Car or Wedding Flowers

Best Of: New Orleans Fashion Models

As Out to Lunch prepares to go back to hosting live lunches, for inspiration we're taking a look at some of our pre-Covid shows. Here's an Out to Lunch Best of: New Orleans Fashion Models. When we talk about the creative community in New Orleans we're usually referring to musicians. But there are other creative communities in the Crescent City, including New Orleans fashion, models, actors, and a range of professions on the other side of the cameras. People in the local model and photography communities have typically had to find work for themselves. That is until Elizabeth Perrin started up a creative agency called FT45. Elizabeth's history includes growing up in New Orleans, and modeling in New York and Paris.Switching to the other side of the camera, Elizabeth became a fashion photographer, and spent 22 years working in the film business in Hollywood.All of these experiences combine to create FT45, a full service talent and creative media agency. From California Doctor to New Orl...

23 min3 w ago
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Best Of: New Orleans Fashion Models

New Orleans At The Crossroads

the post covid future of the new orleans economy: sunny days or hellscape?

70 minAUG 18
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New Orleans At The Crossroads

Best Of: Louisiana Alligators

As Out to Lunch prepares to go back to hosting live lunches, for inspiration we're taking a look at some of our pre-Covid shows. Here's an Out to Lunch Best of: Louisiana Alligators. Alligators In Louisiana alligators are everywhere. From Bourbon Street T-shirts to bowls of rice and sauce piquant in Lafayette. Although the alligator isn’t the official emblem of the state, if you own a car in Louisiana, there’s a good chance you’re driving around with a license plate that says, “Sportsman’s Paradise.” What’s that got do with alligators? Well, leaving aside the obvious sexist implication, there are a number of ironies about this state-sanctioned “Sportsman’s Paradise” slogan. Firstly, despite the exemplary records of the Saints and the LSU Tigers, and the national profile of the Pelicans, the “sports” the slogan is referring to are not football or basketball, they’re hunting and fishing.Another irony is that we’re so good at hunting here, that at one point that we killed...

33 minAUG 13
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Best Of: Louisiana Alligators

Sneeze Guard Hotel

Wherever you live in Louisiana, or anywhere in the US for that matter, you might have noticed something has changed in your local supermarket, in offices, and even in airports and hotels. That something is, Plexiglass. Those giant sheets of plexiglass that now stand between you and the person on the other side of a counter are called Sneeze Guards. Have you wondered where they suddenly all came from? Peter Seltzer has laser cutters that he uses to make paper products at his company, Pete’s Papercrafts. When Covid came along, Peter switched from paper to plexiglass, and started making face shields and sneeze guards. Peter started out by making over 13,000 face shields for members of the Ochsner Health System. That alone would be an extraordinary accomplishment, if it was the whole story. But it’s barely the beginning. Peter has gone on to make thousands of plexiglass sneeze guards. And the reason that Peter knew about the initial PPE shortage is because, as well as being a successf...

29 minJUL 29
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Sneeze Guard Hotel

Rent & Beef

If you had to list two of the pillars of American existence you might choose Liberty & Justice. Or, maybe Equality & Opportunity. Well, how about Rent & Beef? Rent The pandemic has forced us to confront a number of economic issues that were due for examination. One of them is the rental market. Even without the added stress of reduced pay or a lost job, renting can be a strained relationship, for both landlord and tenant. in 2019 Marco Nelson came up with an app called Rentcheck and it's already in use in all 50 States. If you’ve ever rented an apartment or an office, you’ll have gone through the usually upbeat experience of moving in… and the typically much more painful process of moving out, which is usually the argument over the security deposit. The tenant wants her total security deposit back. The landlord says he’s not giving it back because of the hole in the wall. The tenant swears it was like that when she moved in… You’ve no doubt been through something similar to th...

29 minJUL 22
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Rent & Beef

Game Day

Back when we first started making Out to Lunch in New Orleans, one of our earliest guests was a young woman by the name of Amy Chenevert. Amy had gone to a football game and realized that all the guys were wearing fan fashion, but there was nothing fashionable for women to wear on game day. So Amy started up a company that made gameday apparel for women sports fans. That was back in 2007. During the 2019 football season, a new piece of women’s sports apparel started popping up. If you don’t have one yourself, you’ve probably seen someone wearing it. It’s a sparkly, sequined sports jacket, in appropriate Saints, Tigers, and other team colors. That sparkly jacket marked Amy Chenevert’s return to sports fashion. After taking some time away from her business, Amy is back at the head of her company, Tru Colors Gameday. The company makes fashion items specifically for women to wear and take to the game on game day, centered on a very specific NFL women's fashion accessory, the clear ...

30 minJUL 15
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Game Day

Doctors and Digital Distancing

"Everything is changing" is a phrase we don't get to use often about describing society. But living through 2020 we know it's pretty accurate right now. Things that were simple and fundamental, like going to the doctor and interacting with co-workers, are no longer so simple. On this edition of Out to Lunch we're looking at changes in how we visit doctors and digital distancing. Digital Distancing How’s the social distancing going? Are you managing to keep 6 feet away from everybody else? How do you figure out what 6 feet is? We’ve heard people describe it as the length of two supermarket shopping carts, or the same height as Drew Brees, if you can imagine Drew lying on the ground in front of you. If you’re looking for a more reliable measure, a Baton Rouge company, Enginuity Global, has a digital solution. It’s called the Proxxi Halo. It's a wristband that buzzes when you’re within 6 feet of someone. If you’re saying, “Wait, what?” - they’ve already sold tens of thousands ...

29 minJUL 8
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Doctors and Digital Distancing

Latinx Hub City Pang Wangle

On this edition of Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuti, Stephanie Riegel and Christiaan Mader meet at the nexus of the Latinx Hub City Pang Wangle. Okay, let's unpack that: LatinX There’s no two ways about it – this is a tough time to be in business.There is help available to get through this rough patch – in the form of business loans, and even grants. Some are through Federal agencies, some are from State agencies, and there’s money available from city governments in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. Getting a hold of this money is not easy. Typically, businesses benefit by being a member of a business alliance to help them navigate the maze of regulation and bureaucracy.But some businesses are too small to join alliances like the Chamber of Commerce. For those small owner-operator businesses, getting access to financial expertise of any kind is challenging. You might be a great hairdresser, house painter, or plumber, but that doesn’t mean you have great – or even any – bu...

29 minJUN 30
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Latinx Hub City Pang Wangle

Latest Episodes

Surviving the Coffee and Nut Butter Business in a Pandemic

You might not have thought about it, but surviving the coffee and nut butter business in a pandemic turns out to be a pretty accurate bellwether of what's going on in the economy. Coffee and Nut Butter, Round 1 In the second week of March of this year, 2020, I sat down at a table at Commander’s Palace for what I thought was going to be a regular Out to Lunch show. It turned out to be a great show. I had a very interesting conversation with two fascinating people who were both building successful businesses. One of my guests was Eliot Guthrie, co-founder of Congregation Coffee. Eliot told me how they roast their own beans and supply coffee to over 70 New Orleans restaurants, including Brennan’s, Patois, Paladar 511, Marjie’s Grill, and Donald Link’s restaurants. He also told me how he started up two coffee shops – one in Algiers and another in the CBD – that capitalized on his culinary background. My other guest that day was Kevin Bratcher, co-founder and Director of Business Operations at a company called Supreme Specialty Foods. Among other items, the company’s signature product is a healthy alternative to peanut butter, called Beyond the Equator. It’s a totally nut-free butter that’s made with five seeds – chia, flax, pumpkin, sunflower, and hemp. Kevin told me Beyond The Equator is available in over 600 stores in 25 states. And on Amazon. Then, after our conversation, Eliot, Kevin, and I walked out of Commander’s Palace, and the whole world changed. Coffee and Nut Butter, Round 2: the pandemic Today, as a result of the ongoing pandemic, Commander’s Palace is still closed. And Eliot Guthrie’s Coffee business and Kevin Bratcher’s seed butter business have changed too. So, to find out how the global pandemic is affecting New Orleans business, we’re meeting up again today. This time not at Commander’s palace, but around our virtual lunch table. For Eliot and Congregation Coffee, with a reliance on supplying coffee to restaurants and having their own retail outlets, they have had some challenges since we last spoke back in March. For Kevin's business, things are a little different. During the lockdown period of the pandemic, the only retail outlets open were grocery stores. And a lot of people who wanted to avoid going out at all, and who may have never even thought about buying groceries online, got very familiar with Instacart. Both of those new realities have had an impact on Supreme Specialty Foods. Photos from this conversation by Jill Lafleur are on our website. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

28 min4 d ago
Comments
Surviving the Coffee and Nut Butter Business in a Pandemic

Best Of: Rent a Car or Wedding Flowers

As Out to Lunch prepares to go back to hosting live lunches, for inspiration we're taking a look at some of our pre-Covid shows. Here's an Out to Lunch Best of: Rent a Car or Wedding Flowers. Sure, you're familiar with renting a car on line. How about wedding flowers? That might sound crazy but it wasn't all that long ago that renting a car online was a novel idea too. Think about the last time you booked a plane ticket on an online travel website. After you booked the ticket, the website asked you if you’d like to book anything else connected with your trip. A rental car. A hotel. A sightseeing tour. Restaurant reservations. If you said “yes” and booked anything else, think about what is going on there, technically. The airline reservation software is now interacting with a myriad of other reservation systems, and linking them all to your frequent flier program. The software that powers this complex operation was created by New Orleanian Kenneth Purcell. Kenneth built it into a ...

29 min1 w ago
Comments
Best Of: Rent a Car or Wedding Flowers

Best Of: New Orleans Fashion Models

As Out to Lunch prepares to go back to hosting live lunches, for inspiration we're taking a look at some of our pre-Covid shows. Here's an Out to Lunch Best of: New Orleans Fashion Models. When we talk about the creative community in New Orleans we're usually referring to musicians. But there are other creative communities in the Crescent City, including New Orleans fashion, models, actors, and a range of professions on the other side of the cameras. People in the local model and photography communities have typically had to find work for themselves. That is until Elizabeth Perrin started up a creative agency called FT45. Elizabeth's history includes growing up in New Orleans, and modeling in New York and Paris.Switching to the other side of the camera, Elizabeth became a fashion photographer, and spent 22 years working in the film business in Hollywood.All of these experiences combine to create FT45, a full service talent and creative media agency. From California Doctor to New Orl...

23 min3 w ago
Comments
Best Of: New Orleans Fashion Models

New Orleans At The Crossroads

the post covid future of the new orleans economy: sunny days or hellscape?

70 minAUG 18
Comments
New Orleans At The Crossroads

Best Of: Louisiana Alligators

As Out to Lunch prepares to go back to hosting live lunches, for inspiration we're taking a look at some of our pre-Covid shows. Here's an Out to Lunch Best of: Louisiana Alligators. Alligators In Louisiana alligators are everywhere. From Bourbon Street T-shirts to bowls of rice and sauce piquant in Lafayette. Although the alligator isn’t the official emblem of the state, if you own a car in Louisiana, there’s a good chance you’re driving around with a license plate that says, “Sportsman’s Paradise.” What’s that got do with alligators? Well, leaving aside the obvious sexist implication, there are a number of ironies about this state-sanctioned “Sportsman’s Paradise” slogan. Firstly, despite the exemplary records of the Saints and the LSU Tigers, and the national profile of the Pelicans, the “sports” the slogan is referring to are not football or basketball, they’re hunting and fishing.Another irony is that we’re so good at hunting here, that at one point that we killed...

33 minAUG 13
Comments
Best Of: Louisiana Alligators

Sneeze Guard Hotel

Wherever you live in Louisiana, or anywhere in the US for that matter, you might have noticed something has changed in your local supermarket, in offices, and even in airports and hotels. That something is, Plexiglass. Those giant sheets of plexiglass that now stand between you and the person on the other side of a counter are called Sneeze Guards. Have you wondered where they suddenly all came from? Peter Seltzer has laser cutters that he uses to make paper products at his company, Pete’s Papercrafts. When Covid came along, Peter switched from paper to plexiglass, and started making face shields and sneeze guards. Peter started out by making over 13,000 face shields for members of the Ochsner Health System. That alone would be an extraordinary accomplishment, if it was the whole story. But it’s barely the beginning. Peter has gone on to make thousands of plexiglass sneeze guards. And the reason that Peter knew about the initial PPE shortage is because, as well as being a successf...

29 minJUL 29
Comments
Sneeze Guard Hotel

Rent & Beef

If you had to list two of the pillars of American existence you might choose Liberty & Justice. Or, maybe Equality & Opportunity. Well, how about Rent & Beef? Rent The pandemic has forced us to confront a number of economic issues that were due for examination. One of them is the rental market. Even without the added stress of reduced pay or a lost job, renting can be a strained relationship, for both landlord and tenant. in 2019 Marco Nelson came up with an app called Rentcheck and it's already in use in all 50 States. If you’ve ever rented an apartment or an office, you’ll have gone through the usually upbeat experience of moving in… and the typically much more painful process of moving out, which is usually the argument over the security deposit. The tenant wants her total security deposit back. The landlord says he’s not giving it back because of the hole in the wall. The tenant swears it was like that when she moved in… You’ve no doubt been through something similar to th...

29 minJUL 22
Comments
Rent & Beef

Game Day

Back when we first started making Out to Lunch in New Orleans, one of our earliest guests was a young woman by the name of Amy Chenevert. Amy had gone to a football game and realized that all the guys were wearing fan fashion, but there was nothing fashionable for women to wear on game day. So Amy started up a company that made gameday apparel for women sports fans. That was back in 2007. During the 2019 football season, a new piece of women’s sports apparel started popping up. If you don’t have one yourself, you’ve probably seen someone wearing it. It’s a sparkly, sequined sports jacket, in appropriate Saints, Tigers, and other team colors. That sparkly jacket marked Amy Chenevert’s return to sports fashion. After taking some time away from her business, Amy is back at the head of her company, Tru Colors Gameday. The company makes fashion items specifically for women to wear and take to the game on game day, centered on a very specific NFL women's fashion accessory, the clear ...

30 minJUL 15
Comments
Game Day

Doctors and Digital Distancing

"Everything is changing" is a phrase we don't get to use often about describing society. But living through 2020 we know it's pretty accurate right now. Things that were simple and fundamental, like going to the doctor and interacting with co-workers, are no longer so simple. On this edition of Out to Lunch we're looking at changes in how we visit doctors and digital distancing. Digital Distancing How’s the social distancing going? Are you managing to keep 6 feet away from everybody else? How do you figure out what 6 feet is? We’ve heard people describe it as the length of two supermarket shopping carts, or the same height as Drew Brees, if you can imagine Drew lying on the ground in front of you. If you’re looking for a more reliable measure, a Baton Rouge company, Enginuity Global, has a digital solution. It’s called the Proxxi Halo. It's a wristband that buzzes when you’re within 6 feet of someone. If you’re saying, “Wait, what?” - they’ve already sold tens of thousands ...

29 minJUL 8
Comments
Doctors and Digital Distancing

Latinx Hub City Pang Wangle

On this edition of Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuti, Stephanie Riegel and Christiaan Mader meet at the nexus of the Latinx Hub City Pang Wangle. Okay, let's unpack that: LatinX There’s no two ways about it – this is a tough time to be in business.There is help available to get through this rough patch – in the form of business loans, and even grants. Some are through Federal agencies, some are from State agencies, and there’s money available from city governments in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. Getting a hold of this money is not easy. Typically, businesses benefit by being a member of a business alliance to help them navigate the maze of regulation and bureaucracy.But some businesses are too small to join alliances like the Chamber of Commerce. For those small owner-operator businesses, getting access to financial expertise of any kind is challenging. You might be a great hairdresser, house painter, or plumber, but that doesn’t mean you have great – or even any – bu...

29 minJUN 30
Comments
Latinx Hub City Pang Wangle
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