Every Tuesday, Peter Ricchuiti, assistant dean at the Freeman School of Business, shifts gears from teaching in the classroom to recording at Commander’s Palace. His podcast and radio program “Out to Lunch” features interviews with young and upcoming New Orleans entrepreneurs.
“It’s just really exciting to listen to all of these great ideas,” says the business school’s Peter Ricchuiti about the young entrepreneurs who are guests on his weekly radio program. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)
The show started out when producer Grant Morris heard Ricchuiti’s voice during a fundraising drive and knew he had a voice made for radio. From that spark, “Out to Lunch” recorded its pilot episode in Ricchuiti’s office and moved from a web-based podcast to a regular at Commander’s and a weekly broadcast on WWNO-FM.
The city recently topped multiple lists as the number one spot for young entrepreneurs, and that continues to be a focus of the program.
"New Orleans is the best place in the country for young entrepreneurs and our show brings their ideas to the public," Ricchuiti
From fashion designers John Delgadillo and Alicia Zenobia, to Rashida Ferdinand, Sankofa Farmers Market executive director, or Arman Sadeghpour, president and CEO of Theodent
, there is an ever-growing population of interesting New Orleanians with innovative ideas and business models.
When they first started the show, Ricchuiti and Morris were worried that they were going to make the program work, in spite of the thriving entrepreneurial sector in New Orleans.
“With two guests a week, how long before we’re looking at each other and not know who else to interview?” Ricchuiti says. “But now we have a whole list of guests we’re waiting to have on.”
The landscape of business in New Orleans has changed post-Katrina and Ricchuiti says, “doing the show, I’m the most optimistic guy in the city because you get these young people, and it’s just really exciting to listen to all of these great ideas.”
Catch “Out to Lunch” every Monday at 1 p.m. or Friday at 6:30 p.m. on WWNO, 89.9 FM, or listen to the podcasts