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.

Blaine Lindsey is the Executive Director and Southeast Division Head of a company called Aledade Louisiana. Aledade is a new type of care company,  called an ACO – an Accountable Care Organization. Aledade’s function is to move healthcare from a user-pays model - where you pay the doctor for treating you each time you are sick - to an outcome based model where the doctor gets paid for keeping you healthy and not having to visit the clinic. Most of us have very little idea about how the business side of medical institutions work.

Out to Lunch: May 17, 2017 - Zydeco & Co.

May 17, 2017

Willie’s son, Tee Don Landry, has spent a lifetime making rubboards under the name Key of Z. He’s made around 3,000 of them. They’re in the hands of regular folks and famous musicians - like Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top and Rihanna. There’s even a Tee Don Landry rubboard in the Smithsonian. The intertwined Acadian and African cultures that have given us Cajun and Zydeco music and dance have led to the relationship between the styles of music and the people who play them and dance to them being referred to as “first cousins.” “First Cousins” is the name of a film about this very subject.

Out to Lunch: May 10, 2017 - Orange Kayak

May 10, 2017

Aileen Bennett sits in for Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch and introduces two people at either end of that spectrum. They’re both in versions of the health and fitness business, but pretty much everything about their approach to it is 180 degrees apart. John Williams is the co-owner of a second-generation family business called Pack and Paddle. Pack and Paddle is an outdoor lifestyle store that specializes in, among other pursuits, rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, fly fishing, and family camping.

The Acadiana other trinity: Cane, Crawfish, and Rice.

Louis Lancon served in the US Army for 20 years. He fought in Somalia in 1993, in Baghdad in 2003, and was company commander in the pitched battles to retake Ramadi in 2005. Today, Louis is President and CEO of the Sugar City Growers’ Co-op – a forward-looking hydroponic fruit and vegetable production in Jeanerette, Louisiana. While he was away fighting for his country, Patty Lancon stayed home and raised kids. When Louis returned and retired form the military and relocated to Jeanerette, Patty decided to go into business.