podcasts pour tous les Acadiens

Out to Lunch

OUT TO LUNCH finds creative 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 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. You can also hear the show on KRVS 88.7FM.

Acadian Triangle

Acadian Triangle
June 1, 2016

One of the traditional instruments in Cajun music is the triangle. Although it couldn’t be much more basic, its simple presence forms the foundation of many songs. There’s another kind of fundamental triangle that distinguishes and connects three sides of Acadiana – rural life, city life, and Cajun culture. This edition of Out to Lunch today’s show looks at businesses dedicated to maintaining each of these 3 key elements, and keeping... Read More »

You Can Do It Too

You Can Do It Too
May 25, 2016

If you grew up in an average home – or you’re growing up in an average home today – "business" can seem like something very foreign. Something that people who wear suits do. Something that requires going to business school. And that means spending your life in a boring office, going to meetings, and being that obnoxious person at the airport obsessively pounding away at a laptop. If that’s what you... Read More »

The Legend of John Dan Gielen

The Legend of John Dan Gielen
May 4, 2016

Acadiana is known for many things. From the outside, it’s mostly zydeco and alligators. But when you live here, one of the things you appreciate most is the pace of life itself. Folks take time to stop, talk, and listen to each other. So, it’s ironic that this relaxed attitude has produced one of Louisiana’s most successful and innovative businessmen whose businesses are all about speed and convenience. John Dan Gielen is Chairman... Read More »

How To Make Your First Million In Acadiana

How To Make Your First Million In Acadiana
April 27, 2016

There's an old saying in business that's half joke and half warning and can be applied to any location. In this case let's say Acadiana.: "Do you know how to make a small fortune in Lafayette? Start with a big one." Of course it's much easier to lose money than to make it, but the fear of failure doesn't scare off the (usually young) person with real entrepreneurial fire in their... Read More »

From Swamp to Table

From Swamp to Table
April 13, 2016

Living in a place rich in traditions like Acadiana doesn't mean everything stays the same. Quite the opposite. Here, tradition is something that creative and business people continually nourish and grow. Some literally, like Brian Gotreaux. Brian and his family developed Gotreaux Family Farms, growing traditional food - from veggies to tilapia - in a way that’s both traditional and modern. A few generations ago Brian's approach to agriculture on his property... Read More »

My Way

My Way
April 6, 2016

Many of us have dreams of quitting the nine-to-five and doing what we really want. For many different reasons, that mostly remains a dream. Although it's often said in sarcasm, Peter's guests on Out to Lunch - Mark Boudreaux, Janie Varisco, and Skylar Manuel - are in fact living the dream. Their stories are very different, but they’re all equally inspirational. Mark Boudreaux spent nearly 40 years in the oil industry – working... Read More »

Music Three Ways

Music Three Ways
March 30, 2016

In Acadiana we’re quick to acknowledge the incredible talents of our Cajun and Zydeco musicians. Which is pretty natural. After all, if they’re not going to come from Acadiana, where are they going to come from? In other styles of music and the arts where we don’t have the field all to ourselves, the interesting thing is we have an equally talented array of artists. Some of them are natives. Others... Read More »

That's (not) Funny

That's (not) Funny
March 16, 2016

Acadiana is known for entertainment. If you don’t play in a band yourself, someone in your family almost certainly does.  There’s music everywhere – from small house parties to giant festivals. But there’s more to life than music. For example, comedy.  There’s a genre of Cajun comedy, typified by our friend Boudreaux. Boudreaux usually appears to be a naïve country boy at the beginning of the joke, but in the end gets... Read More »

Cupcake Thyme

Cupcake Thyme
February 24, 2016

The conventional wisdom about starting a new business is, target a specific market. Dustin Melancon and his wife Jennifer decided to throw that idea out the window. Instead they set out to manufacture a product that can be enjoyed by Sophisticates and Punks. What product could satisfy that wide of a target market? Cupcakes. Sophi P Cakes – a self-described “cup-cakery” - has been in business in Lafayette since 2010. Sophi... Read More »

Les Festivals

Les Festivals
February 17, 2016

In the United States people congregate for entertainment in buildings, like multiplex movie theaters, or dedicated chunks of real estate like Broadway in New York, and Disney World in Florida. Here in Acadiana, we have a parallel universe of popular entertainment. None of it involves massive permanent construction. It requires only an open field or a blocked off street. Here we congregate for festivals. There are two major long-running festivals that are... Read More »

Works of Art

Works of Art
January 20, 2016

The saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” assumes a democracy of things. Meaning every object, from a speck of sand to a skyscraper, has the potential for beauty, if we decide it’s beautiful. Even if you believe that to be true, you have to admit that some objects are just more obviously beautiful than others. On this edition of Out to Lunch, Independent and ABiz publisher Cherry Fisher May... Read More »

In and Out of Town

In and Out of Town
January 13, 2016

Out to Lunch host Peter Ricchiuti shows up to Social on Johnston Street with nothing but a good idea: find guests at the restaurant, have lunch and talk business. What transpires is both a testament to the quality of Social's diners and employees and the ready availability of characters and talent in every part of Acadiana. First, take Jourdan Thibodeaux. Jourdan tells Peter there's no truth to the saying that the two... Read More »

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