It’s Baton Rouge: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByStephanie Riegel

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.

Tigers Run Hard – Out to Lunch – It’s Baton Rouge

If you’re so much as an occasional jogger around Baton Rouge you know Jenni Peters. Even if you’ve never donned a pair of running shoes, you know the Varsity brand and the slogan emblazoned on the back of the t-shirts that are almost a uniform around Baton Rouge: Run Hard Live Easy.

Jenni Peters

Jenni Peters is the creator of the brand and the company, which now has 3 stores in south Louisiana and revenues that this year will top $3 million. 

matthew laborde

Back in the early 2000s, when Varsity Sports was just getting off the ground, Matthew Laborde was still in high school. Today, Matthew is the business manager for arguably the best-known brand in Baton Rouge: LSU sports. LSU Sports is a $120 million operation that includes 21 varsity sports in the NCAA’s Division One Southeastern Conference.

joseph tucker  

Stephanie’s Baton Rouge Entrepreneur du Jour on this edition of Out to Lunch is Joseph Tucker, inventor of Hydraguard, a revolutionary hydrating mouthguard.   

jenni peters, matthew laborde, stephanie riegel, joseph tucker

Photos on this page taken at Mansur’s on the Boulevard by Ken Stewart.

More about Baton Rouge entrepreneurs at The Louisiana Business and Technology Center.