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.
As Americans have become more health conscious in recent years, they’ve begun to pay more attention not only to what they eat but also what they drink. That’s created opportunities for local entrepreneurs, who are building businesses around healthful beverages.
Ash Shoukry is the owner of The Big Squeezy, a local chain of shops that sell cold-press juices and smoothies made from fruit and vegetables grown on the company’s farms in California and North Carolina. Ash and his then partner opened the first Big Squeezy in 2013 in the Perkins Road Overpass area, and in the years since what looked to be a risky concept in a conservative market has taken off.
Jason Cheek is Manager of TruBlue Water, a new company that services businesses and residential customers in the Capital Region with water from the nearby Kentwood, Louisiana aquifer. TruBlue is owned in part by Jason’s wife, Amy, who had long wanted to get into the water bottle because she saw a need in the market for competition. Jason calls himself the water boy: he delivers 5-gallon artesian water bottles, 16-ounce cases of artesian water, water coolers and electrolyte replacement drinks.
Out to Lunch is recorded live over lunch at Mansurs On The Boulevard.