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.

A Little Help From My Friends

A Little Help From My Friends
July 20, 2016

We live in a nation where we pride ourselves on individual achievement. When things go wrong, we look for reasons and explanations. When things go right, we put it down to our own hard work. And a little bit of luck. The truth is, of course, that achieving success – or sometimes just managing to get through a day – takes more than individual hard work and happenstance. Sometimes we plain and... Read More »

Big Dog Doctors

Big Dog Doctors
July 13, 2016

Cherry Fisher May, publisher of ABiz, sits in for Peter on this show to talk about healthcare. And dogs. If it seems like the conversation about healthcare in the United States is never ending, between the ever-changing policies of your personal health insurance, and the government level debate over the Affordable Care Act, one thing is for sure about Acadiana healthcare: nothing is going to change in the next 30 minutes. That’s... Read More »

home rum

home rum
July 6, 2016

I’m sure that – like most folks around here - living in Acadiana has advantages that you wouldn’t trade for anything. But, despite the great food, music, and generally unbeatable lifestyle, I’m sure you also assume there’s only so much you can achieve here. Especially in business. Things like technology innovations. They come from Silicon Valley. Right? Nationally known alcohol distilleries are in places like Kentucky and New Jersey. It’s time to change... Read More »

Les Kids

Les Kids
June 29, 2016

One of the pieces of advice you often hear when you’re deciding on a career is, “Do something you love.” Inherent in this advice is the underlying assumption that “work” and things you love – like enjoying yourself - are two distinctly different undertakings. When we’re kids that distinction is way more blurred. Everything can be fun. Even school. Starting with Pre-school.   Jonathan Pearce is having 4 times as much fun as... Read More »

The Acadian Energy Boom

The Acadian Energy Boom
June 22, 2016

If you’ve been out to dinner, drinks, or hung out with friends over the last couple of years, there’s a good chance you’ve been in more than one conversation about the state of the energy business in Acadiana. Here at Out to Lunch we’ve talked about it a lot too. And we’ve finally come up with a great idea. What if we talked to people about the energy business who actually... Read More »

Jail Food Nuts and Boudin

Jail Food Nuts and Boudin
June 15, 2016

Cherry Fisher May, publisher of Acadiana's business magazine ABiz, sits in for Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch. Cherry admits she doesn't have any NPR, Out to Lunch or ABiz research to back this up, but statistically she estimates per square inch there’s more great food in Acadiana than anywhere in the nation. Because you live here - and maybe were even raised here, you know all about it.... Read More »

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 »

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