OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
We’re serious about our food in south Louisiana, and food-related businesses are as interesting and varied as are our own family recipes for gumbo or oyster dressing. As the food industry becomes more complex and sophisticated there are ever more opportunities for entrepreneurs to craft new business models and come up with new ways of serving an ever expanding clientele.
Emliy Carlson is the Account Leader of an advertising and marketing firm devoted exclusively to servicing clients in the food business. The firm is aptly named Fridge, and has developed an expertise in everything related to the business of food—from production, packaging, labeling and licensing to regulations, retail, and everything in between. Among its clients you may know are Mellow Mushroom, Abita Beer and PJ’s Coffee.
Stephanie Phares is the owner of Zeeland Street Market, a beloved neighborhood restaurant that serves up soul-food, plate lunches, gourmet sandwiches, and comfort food breakfasts. Stephanie started the business more than 25 years ago near the Perkins Road Overpass and has become a neighborhood institution. She also is an advocate of healthy living and healthy eating, and her original recipes are designed with fresh, locally sourced and, when possible, low-fat ingredients.