Out to Lunch Acadiana

Wednesdays at Noon & Saturdays at 5:00 PM
  • Hosted by Aileen Bennett

Out to Lunch Acadiana finds Acadiana Business Consultant Aileen Bennett conducting business Acadiana style over lunch. Each week Aileen invites guests from Acadiana's business community to join her. Beyond the foundations of Acadiana's business economy - oil, cuisine, music, there is a vast network of entrepreneurs, small business, 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 11 years Dana Baker was Executive Director of Festival International. For most of us, running the most popular music festival in town, and one of the greatest in the country, would be a dream job. Dana’s new job keeps the dream alive. As of late 2016 Dana is the Executive Director of the Acadiana Symphony. Harold Bernard has started a new business at the time of life most people are retiring. Harold is 65 and as of January 2017 the founder and owner of Glide Studios, on Jefferson Street in downtown Lafayette. Harold is a dancer and dance teacher.

Geoff Dyer is the CEO and Director of Design for the Downtown Development Authority in Lafayette. Geoff is an urban designer with an international reputation. He’s designed more than 80 projects in 18 states across the US. He’s both an enthusiast and an authority on downtown revitalization. Which is what he specializes in here in Lafayette. Ursula Emery McClure is a founding partner in the firm Emery McClure Architecture, and occupies the prestigious seat of A. Hays Town Professor in the School of Architecture at LSU.

Sandi and Richard Chalmers met in college, where they got married. Richard brought Sandi back to his hometown of Lafayette, and some 28 years later, in 2010, they decided to start up The Acadiana Cane Cutters. The Acadiana Cane Cutters baseball team is member of The Texas Collegiate League. They’re based at Fabacher Park in Youngsville. Couples have come up with all kinds of ways to re-energize their relationship after years of being together. And families have come up with all kinds of businesses to go into together.

Nathanael Johnson was majoring in business at LSU when he decided to short-circuit the whole  process. He dropped out of business school to open a business. In 2007 Nathanael opened Café Mosaic, a coffee shop in Eunice. Then he moved to Lafayette and opened another one. Reve on Jefferson Street.

Out to Lunch: October 18, 2017 - Unmanned

Oct 18, 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.