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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. 

As The Actress Said to The Mermaid...

As The Actress Said to The Mermaid...
June 2, 2017

Being a mid-sized city in the deep south, you don’t think of Baton Rouge as necessarily being a center for the performing arts. But there is a lot of hidden talent in this town, doing really impressive things on the stage – and at local birthday parties!   Jenny Ballard is the managing artistic director of Theater Baton Rouge. Jenny began her career in Tennessee and came to Baton Rouge after several... Read More »

Catching Up

Catching Up
May 26, 2017

Sometimes in life you get what you always want. Or what you thought you wanted. And it turns out to be different than you imagined. Sometimes, life throws you a curve ball and your path takes a sudden detour. On this edition of Out to Lunch Stepahanie is catching up with two of her first Out to Lunch guests, whose careers have both taken a dramatic turn since she first met them... Read More »

Who's Minding The Store?

Who's Minding The Store?
May 12, 2017

Generational family businesses often have a notoriously determined matriach or patriach whose toughness started the business and maintains its success. You may have heard the old tale of the old family business partiach on his death bed. Eyes closed, with his dying breaths he asks who is around the bed. "My son, Seth, are you here?" "Yes, dad." "My daughter Samantha are you here?" "Yes, dad, I am." When the... Read More »

Baton Rouge and the Cutting Edge of Healthcare

Baton Rouge and the Cutting Edge of Healthcare
May 4, 2017

Navigating the ever changing and uncertain healthcare landscape can be a nightmare for providers and businesses alike. It’s also an opportunity for entrepreneurs, who have come up with ways to help others make sense of what’s going on out there. Incredibly, two of the leading tech health companies in the nation are right here in Baton Rouge. Cindy Heine is President and Principal of SyncStream Solutions. It’s a Baton Rouge based... Read More »

Hair

Hair
April 28, 2017

Nothing can ruin an otherwise perfectly great day like a bad hair day. It’s a problem every woman can relate to. And one that two baton rogue enterpreneurs are helping to address. Boyce Clark has done what many would tell you is impossible. He has found a way to tame frizzy hair. In 2015, this one-time nuclear physicist walked away from his job doing research at the north pole to help... Read More »

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 »

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