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: April 19, 2017 - makemade

Apr 19, 2017

Allison Bohl Dehart and Peter Dehart have been working together every day for 5 years. And they're still married. Find out how they do it. And what they're doing, from making toys to making movies. Aileen Bennett hosts the Deharts on Out to Lunch from Cafe Vermilionville

Out to Lunch: April 19, 2017

Apr 19, 2017

Sitting in for Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch, Aileen Bennett. We often hear people lamenting - mostly politicians - that manufacturing in America has hit an all-time low. The catch-cry you hear frequently repeated is, "we don't make anything here anymore." Here in Acadiana  we know that's not true. We manke pretty much everything. Aileen Bennett introduces two people who make things: Alison Bohl Dehart and her husband, Peter. Alison and Peter makes things indivdually and together, through their company, Makemade.

Sitting in for Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch, Aileen Bennett introduces two local businessmen who are both part of the bigger picture. They’re using skills they’ve picked up outside of Acadiana to grow businesses that extend beyond our borders. Tommy Hebert is Manager of Public Affairs for the Atmos Energy Corporation. If you’re not familiar with Atmos, they’re the country's largest, natural-gas-only distributor. They have more than three million customers in eight states - from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West.

On this edition of Out to Lunch, Andrea Moreau sits in for Peter Ricchiuti and takes a look at what exactly is going on at either end of that one hour drive between Lafayette and Lake Charles with Chad Thielen and Debbioe Springer. Chad has his finger on the pulse in Lake Charles, and Debbie is on the front line in Lafayette. Debbie has been in the energy business for 37 years and is founder and President of Lafayette based Audubon Energy. Debbie started out in the oil business as a very rare breed – a female Landman.

Johnny Blancher from Rockn’n’Bowl and Constantine Georges from Dat Dog shed some light on their logic over lunch with Peter Ricchiuti. Lafayette is no stranger to parties but with these two businesses at either end of Jefferson, both with music venues, look for these New Orleans imports to be a big part of the revival of downtown.