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.
Sight, sound and tatse are three of our five senses. They're also the raison d'ewtre of three very different Baton Rouge businesses.
If you spent any time by the pool or at the beach this summer you might have encountered products made by Audio Bomb. The Baton Rouge company makes portable, waterproof, inexpensive, audio equipment. And it keeps coming out with ever-cooler products in ever ever cuter little packages. They're even diversifying into an interesting sector - tech-loaded non-electronics. designed for the poolside niche market.
Ned Pearson is the creator of these cool acquatic products.
Sight and Sound
Renee Vidrine is President and CEO at Lighthouse Louisiana, a social enterprise company that creates opportunities for both the hearing and visually impaired through education, social support, advocacy, and most sognificantly, employment.
Lighthouse puts its clients to work in its paper cup maufacturing facility in Baton Rouge. This is not some sort of feel-god charity. Lighthouse's paper cups are a multi million dollar business. The cups havea regional market for local food outlets like Krispy Krunchy Chicken and supply the US military.
Tommy Waller is co founder of The Oyster Bed, armatel cookware for grilling oysters that dispenses with having to grill oysters in their shell so a bar-b-cuer can buy shucked oyster, leaving the oyster house to return the hells to the ocean for coastline restoration reef building.
The Oyster Bed was developed with assistance from Baton Rouge incubator Louisiana Technology Center.