It’s Acadiana: Out To Lunch

The Covid Economy : April 7th -13th

Remember the days before the Covid Economy? When you could go out to a restaurant? Or a bar? Or a music festival? In Louisiana, we have over 400 festivals every year. From the internationally renowned – like Jazz Fest in New Orleans and Festival International here in Lafayette – to unique local favorites like the…

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The Covid Economy: March 31st – April 6th

It’s the second week of Out to Lunch Acadiana’s host Christiaan Mader’s link-up with Out to Lunch New Olreans host Peter Ricchiuti and Out to Lunch Baton Rouge host Stephanie Riegel for a state-wide look at our business and financial life in Louisiana, in what has become this unprecedented Covid Economy. In Acadiana, Lafayette is…

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The Covid Economy Louisiana March 24 – 30

Out to Lunch Acadiana is linking up with Out to Lunch New Orleans and Out to Lunch Baton Rouge for a statewide examination of our businesses and personal finances as we deal with the national public health crisis that is Coronavirus in Louisiana and life in the Covid Economy. Isolated in their respective homes, Christiaan…

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Saving Birds and Saving Schools

Normally on Out to Lunch we’re talking about for-profit businesses. But here in Acadiana – maybe more than anywhere else in the country – there are organisations and people dedicated to making a difference rather than a profit. On this edition of Out to Lunch Christiaan Mader is talking with folks who run nonprofit organizations…

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The Music Business

If you’re in the music business and you can get a dollar for every time somebody says “The music business is changing,” you’ll probably make more money than however you’re making it now in the music business.  Yes, Acadiana is rich with music, but music makes hardly anybody rich. And getting rich is besides the point….

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Boudoir Photography

Maybe you think Boudoir Photography – intimate, seductive portraits taken for romance or personal empowerment – is something that happens in other places. After all, we’re pretty conservative around here. Aren’t we? Well, apparently not. April Courville got a masters in marketing in college and wound up in Minnesota where she fell into boudoir photography….

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Louisiana Silicon Bayou

The term “Silicon Bayou” has been around for some time. It’s the promise of a new economy for Louisiana, sometimes thought of in New Orleans. Beyond the confines of the Crescent City, the Louisiana Silicon Bayou stretches well into Acadiana. When you think about it, this area has always been the frontier when it comes…

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Writers Are Hustlers

Writers are hustlers. When you get paid cents per word, you’ve got to write a lot of words to make ends meet. And that’s getting harder to do in a crowded market. Anyone can blog. We all learn to string a few sentences together in high school. What’s the point in paying a professional? In…

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Musical Families

In Acadiana, business is a tradition and tradition is a business – often the family business. There’s a long heritage of musical families around here, dynasties of fiddlers and accordion players handing down the tools and tricks of the family trade to generation after generation. Here our Acadiana musical families are household names, every bit…

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Acadiana’s Wide World of Sports

There can be a lot of pressure to take on the family business, especially when the family name becomes synonymous with the industry they work in. Imagine what it must be like to be a Hilton or a Disney or a Manning. Everybody copes with it differently. Some embrace it. Some make their own mark…

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