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.

The Assistant Manager of the Delcambre Seafood and Farmer’s Market, and the Community Relations Coordinator for the Port of Delcambre, is Tammy Gordon. Tammy describes show she and her crew started up an online system where you can find out what fish are coming in to the port and go get 'em fresh on Delcanbre Direct. As you know, there are a lot of ways to prepare seafood. Fried. Grilled. Sautéed. And cooked up in a gumbo - to name a few. It’s only relatively recently though, that here in Acadiana we’ve been able to eat fish that don’t require any of these methods of cooking.

The Executive Director of the Festival since 2016 is a gentleman you might also know as a mild mannered software designer. Or, conversely, the badass drummer from Scott’s Drum Center. He’s one in the same, Scott Fehan. Two of the newest festivals around here are the Acadiana PoBoy Festivaland Plate Lunch a palooza. The Poboy Festival is designed to celebrate the legacy of the humble poboy sandwich. And Plate Lunch a palooza is all about making a big deal about our local love affair with a good deal good meal.

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.

Out to Lunch: August 30, 2017

Aug 31, 2017

The legendary Scottish poet Robbie Burns wrote, in old Scots Brogue, “The best laid schemes o’ mice ‘n men, gang aft a-gley.” The Scots brogue was the British equivalent of Cajun French. In English we’ve translated it as, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

Jamie Vickery has re-written the term “farm-to-table.” Normally when we talk about the commercial farm to table movement we think of restaurants that locally source food from small farms. In other words there are two separate entities – a farmer, and a restaurant. In Jamie’s case, she’s the farm and the table.