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.
Baton Rouge is home to a lot of budding entrepreneurs. It’s also home to a lot of just plain interesting people, whose companies and careers have propelled them to be creative forces, influencers and advocates for nonprofits, the needy, and doing the right thing in the community.
Ava Leavell Haymon is a poet and author of four books who served as Poet Laureate for the state of Louisiana from 2013 – 2015. Ava’s writings have been described as “Concrete descriptions of a woman’s life in the mid-twentieth-century American South..." Ava is also a generous philanthropist in the community,giving of her time and talents to many organizations.
Heather Sewell Day is owner of The Red Cake event planning. The Red Cake plans private, corporate and community events with a unique twist, incorporating signature fourished that range from the use of Heather’s vintage VW van to the involvement of modern dancers flying through the air on silks. Among the events Heather has helped stage are Hunks and Heels, and Emerge into Dance. She's also helped guide non-profits Of Moving Color Productions, Forum 35, and the LSU Museum of Art.