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.

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 »

If You Build It...

If You Build It...
January 6, 2016

The Independent and Abiz publisher Cherry Fisher May sits in for Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch Acadiana. Cherry kicks off by noting the old adage in property development is “Land is valuable because they’re not making any more of it,” whereas in reality, in the United States there’s around 80,000 square miles per person. But, for whatever reason, most of us don’t want our own 80,000... Read More »

AOL - Acadiana Online

AOL - Acadiana Online
December 30, 2015

We go online for just about everything today. News, weather, music, banking, clothes, shoes, books - pretty much everything you’re looking for, you just have to Google it and it will pop up. For example, try Googling "Golf balls." You probably won’t be surprised that no matter where you are in the world the first thing that shows up at the top of page 1 is GolfBalls.com. What might surprise you is... Read More »

Made In Acadiana

Made In Acadiana
December 23, 2015

If you grew up around Lafayette and Lake Charles and you’re a certain age, you might know Don Begneaud. If you’ve got kids - and you leave out the part where he dropped out of college – Don Beagneaud’s story is inspirational. Don started out as a welder, riding a bicycle to classes while a guy he'd hired to work for him did his welding jobs. That didn't last too long... Read More »

Drivin Flyin n Fightin

Drivin Flyin n Fightin
November 4, 2015

When we talk about emergency services we think of the three types of first responders, police, fire, and medical, as equals. Although they are indeed equal in their vital function of saving lives, they're not equal financially. When a police car or a fire engine shows up, the vehicles and the people in them are funded principally by taxes. Most ambulances and EMS workers are not. They’re independently owned and operated... Read More »

Slap Ya Bruce

Slap Ya Bruce
October 28, 2015

In business, when we talk about “exports” we’re referring to a complex set of conditions that need to be fulfilled to get products out of the United States and into other countries. One of the first problems an exporter faces is finding a market where his or her products are going to be desirable. Or even understood. Although Acadiana is a part of the United States, it’s about as close to... Read More »

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