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Out to Lunch

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. 

Honey Roux

Honey Roux
April 21, 2017

Louisiana is dripping with unique culture and history. But packaging up the images, icons and natural resources that come from our land and its landscapes, and bottling and selling them takes a special kind of talent. Casey Delmont Johnson is the designer/director of Roux Brands, a nine year old wholesaler of home décor, gifts and dinnerware. Roux Brands is based in Port Allen and incorporates in its products a southern theme... Read More »

Beer And Brandy

Beer And Brandy
April 7, 2017

In a state that claims as its motto "Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez," it’s not surprising that what today are euphemistically called ‘adult beverages’ factor prominently in the culture. What is surprising is the growing number of distilleries and breweries based in south Louisiana - including right here in Baton Rouge – that are emerging on the local scene and making a name for themselves.   Ricci Hull is one such distiller.... Read More »

Musique de Baton Rouge

Musique de Baton Rouge
March 31, 2017

Louisiana has a rich musical history, with New Orleans claiming to be the birthplace of jazz and Baton Rouge promoting its prominent role in the development of the blues.  But what is the state of the music scene today, and how do you make a living in the field locally?   Samuel Ricciuti is a record producer based in Baton Rouge and the owner of Chez Kito Kat records, a production company... Read More »

Kids Today

Kids Today
March 24, 2017

Few subjects are nearer and dearer to hearts than babies and children. On this edition of Out to Lunch Stephanie talks with guests who are Baton Rouge and nationwide experts on delivering them and educating them.  Dr. Ryan Dickerson is the owner and medical director of The Birth Center of Baton Rouge, the only freestanding birth center in Louisiana. A freestanding birth center is a homelike facility not affiliated with a... Read More »

I Saw It On QVC

I Saw It On QVC
March 16, 2017

Necessity is the mother of invention. If you’ve spent any time in the kitchen, you’ve no doubt thought, more than once, about building a better gizmo or gadget to help you cook, clean or organize your kitchen. Perhaps you’ve even done it. But have you been able to get your invention before 250 million eyes on the QVC shopping channel? Gaye Sandoz has. If you don't recognize Gaye's face from QVC you... Read More »

sLocal Pork

sLocal Pork
March 10, 2017

Behind every successful business is a great idea, but just having a great idea doesn’t necessarily guarantee success. What are the keys to going from concept to successful operation? And what are some of the pitfalls? Stephanie Riegel's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch have interesting perspectives on this topic. Trey Williams is the co-owner of City Pork Hospitality, a family of Baton Rouge restaurants that has taken off... Read More »

Fit and Fitted

Fit and Fitted
March 3, 2017

Baton Rouge is a city that loves its sports. While Tiger Football dominates the headlines, baseball has a large following too, as do soccer and basketball. And there’s a vibrant and growing outdoor community, active in running, cycling, swimming and rowing. That homegrown passion for sports and athletics hasn’t just resulted in some of the most die-hard fans you’ll meet, it’s also given birth to some impressive companies.  Really impressive. Local Company... Read More »

Location Location Location

Location Location Location
February 24, 2017

You don’t have to spend much time driving around Baton Rouge to notice that the local real estate economy is booming. New construction is going up in the residential, commercial, multifamily and office markets. Todd Waguespack has been in the industry for nearly two decades and is the managing partner for Level Homes, a residential construction company that is developing homes in more than two dozen subdivisions in Louisiana and North... Read More »

Expert Advice

Expert Advice
February 17, 2017

As our economy has become more specialized, so have the consultants who come into our companies and help us improve performance, from the loading dock to the boardroom. In the digital economy it gets even more interesting: consulting firms don’t have to rely on local or regional clients. On this edition of Out to Lunch, Editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report Stephanie Riegel is joined by the principals of... Read More »

Italiano

Italiano
February 10, 2017

People in most places eat to live. Here in south Louisiana we live to eat. For those who make their living in the culinary world that means the stakes are high and the competition intense. Daniel Thompson knows this only too well. He is the executive chef and co-owner of D’Agostino Pasta, a Baton Rouge-based company located in the Drusilla Shopping Center that makes homemade pastas and pasta sauces and is... Read More »

Capital Region Cyber Tech

Capital Region Cyber Tech
February 3, 2017

Technology plays an increasingly important role in all aspects of our lives today. The more entrenched it is in government systems, in our offices and in our home appliances the more vulnerable we are to cyber attacks. On this edition of Out to Lunch, Stephanie Riegel introduces two local experts on the subject of cyber security. One developing technology; the other trying to protect us from malware and hackers.   Mo Vij is... Read More »

The Art of Influence

The Art of Influence
January 27, 2017

Some of us are fortunate enough to be born with a creative flair or a sense of style. Suppose you are one of the fortunate few, now you are posed with a problem: how do you turn your talents into something that can sustain you?   Grace Emden is a Baton Rouge artist, more specifically, a makeup artist, who specializes in special effects makeup for the movie industry. Grace actually started... Read More »

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