Out to Lunch

Wednesdays at Noon & Saturdays at 5:00 PM
  • Hosted by Peter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business Acadiana style: over lunch at Charley G's restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from Acadiana's business community to join him. Beyond the foundations of the Acadiana economy - oil, cuisine, music - there is a vast network of entrepreneurs, small businesses, and even some of the country's largest companies who call Acadiana home. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the wider Acadiana business community. - For more information check out It's Acadiana's website.

Out to Lunch: July 19, 2017 - Salt Peter

Jul 19, 2017

Jeremy lives in Lafayette but he grew up in Pensacola Florida. Jeremy still goes back to Pensacola regularly. When he does, he fills up a specialized container with 275 gallons of sea water. Jeremy trucks that water back to Lafayette. Through a process of evaporation and dehydration, he turns Pensacola sea water into salt. He packages it and sells it under the name Cellar Salt. Phil Gremilion is a Lafayette native with an equally fascinating food product. Phil’s company, Papa Jaebert’s, is a spice company unlike any other in the world.

Out to Lunch: July 12, 2017

Jul 12, 2017

In the past, one of the indications of being good in business – and a successful and respectable person in general – was job stability. You graduated from high school or college, you got a job and you stuck at it for 40 years. If you did well, you’d work your way up through the ranks and end up in management. But even if you didn’t, you appreciated the security, you were loyal to the company, and you retired with a decent pension.

Out to Lunch: July 5, 2017 - Sounds Good

Jul 5, 2017

Jason Harrington designs and builds hand-crafted amplifiers for music and voice. Jason’s company, Lullaby Sound Design, marries modern acoustic science and old fashioned vacuum tube technology to create unique, high-end sound equipment that’s custom-built for musicians. Jason’s business is right here in Lafayette. Larry G. Miller – who everybody calls Larry G - also creates wooden boxes that make sounds. Cajun accordions. Larry G’s been making accordions under the name Bon Tee for 37 years. He’s built and sold over 1,200 accordions.

Summer lasts a long time in this part of the world. We take advantage of it by doing stuff outside – like crawfish boils and bike rides. Meg Arcenaux is an expert on both of these Summertime activities. Meg is the owner of the bike shop Hub City Cycles as well as a pop-up crawfish boil business called Hawk’s Boil Up. When you look back on your childhood, hot Summers seemed to stretch on forever. One of the quick and cheap ways we cooled down as kids was eating a popsicle.

Out to Lunch: June 21, 2017 - Unmanned

Jun 22, 2017

DaCoda’s company, Aerobotics, is an aerial camera company. Aerobotics’ aircraft buzz around checking on everything from oil rigs in the gulf to wildlife in the swamp. There is one kind of car that will probably never be driverless. A race car. Motorsports wouldn’t be quite the same if the driver was sitting at the side of the track, or even in another city, driving the car by remote control. Motorsports is one of the most popular, most costly, and most highly rewarded sports in the world because race car drivers are so highly skilled. And daring.