Brenda Maitland

LIVE: On Stage!

May 02, 2017
Bursting at the Seams

In many communities the final notes of Spring are indicators that residents will be heading out for vacations to the beach or the mountains, and that social activities in the town will be taking a break or ceasing completely.

As is this town’s style, New Orleans does not zig or zag on the same schedule as everyone else. The pace of festivals and theatrical presentations, in fact, only increases during the onset of summer.

Bubbles in Bloom!!

May 02, 2017
It is no secret that serving wine, in which there are bubbles, adds to the festive occasion when a bottle is opened. That has been true since the early 1700s.

Another part of that undeniable fact is the location of where the bottle is opened is also of prime importance. Add that to the beauty of the surroundings and the bonhomie of those in attendance, this then is one of life’s great pleasures: a satisfying bottle of wine that actually talks to you, at a happy moment, in a special place, shared with good friends. Kismet!

Chef’s Spotlight - Chef Chris Barbato The Country Club

May 02, 2017
The Country Club of New Orleans is entering a new phase in their luxurious renovation. The Country Club staff has added a new member to the establishment. Chef Chris Barbato was selected to join the staff and fulfill the Club’s vision of delivering fabulous food and drinks in a stylish surrounding.

Noted Chef Barbato is a welcome addition to the organization. He is heading up the Country Club’s culinary team, revising the club’s menus, and creating new events. Barbato brings an extraordinary restaurant background to his role as the Country Club’s new culinary honcho.

The Brunch Bunch

May 02, 2017
Having the time for a lovely and leisurely brunch complete with all the trimmings is such a treat; perhaps some music, a special friend or two, and some of the best food with exceptional beverages prepared by artisans in a scenic location. Well look no further, we have the perfect options to feed the need for an exciting, epicurean experience.

No Reservations Required!

February 03, 2017
There are many descriptive phrases and keen observations about this city used by people either visiting New Orleans for business or pleasure, or making the city their home.

Springtime for Theater Goers!

February 03, 2017
What a great time of the year! It’s a reawakening season after the annual winter’s nap. Suddenly nature decides that it’s time to bud forth once again, and social agendas pick up dramatically.

Our cultural and theatrical offerings are emerging in spectacular fashion after the Mardi Gras madness.

Meet Me at the Bar

February 03, 2017
The scenario: You have reservations for dinner at one of the French Quarter’s snazzy restaurants. You’re thinking: “How do I make this more interesting, from the get-go?” Perhaps you’re meeting your spouse — with or without other family members (who may all have been out shopping?); or another couple; or business associates or your boss and his wife; out-of-town guests; or … a date.

Chef’s Profile Bistreaux’s Executive Chef Matt Regan

February 03, 2017
When Maison Dupuy General Manager Steve Ferran announced Bistreaux’s new executive chef, Matt Regan, six months ago, French Quarterites couldn’t wait to taste Chef Matt’s cuisine on their home ground.

Regan developed a following as executive chef at Luke, a beloved restaurant that is part of the Besh Restaurant Group co-owned by celebrated Chef John Besh.

Regan’s tasteful talents are not just in the culinary arts. A native of Pittsburg, PA, Regan gained his college degree in classical guitar followed by graduate school in the music arts.

Chef’s Profile: Nathan Richard

November 13, 2016
Tasting and tippling at Kingfish Kitchen and Cocktails has become part of the French Quarter’s most enticing experiences. The establishment’s thematic decor and memorabilia featuring the “Kingfish,” Huey P. Long, Louisiana’s early 20th century populist governor and U.S. Senator, just adds to the ambiance.

But the real treat at Kingfish is on the plate and in the glass. A marvelous bar program with excellent wines, craft cocktails, and outstanding beers answers customers’ thirst requirements as well as their food pairing needs. Cracklins with beer? Heck, yeah!

Curtain Calls!

October 31, 2016
It’s Holiday Season in the Big Easy and that can only mean: 1.) the decorative lighting and seasonal spirits will be brighter, 2.) the holiday music and local traditional jazz will eventually blend into the Carnival craziness, 3.) residents and visitors alike may have some difficulty deciding on activities among the myriad of choices during this unique cavalcade of events.

Holiday Dining, New Orleans Style

October 31, 2016
Just about every city in America observes the holiday season with celebrations and activities, some with parades, festivals, group caroling, exterior home decorations, faith-based gatherings and other events… all in the holiday spirit.

In New Orleans, these same traditions are practiced; however, just about every holiday event is eventually focused on fine food and wine or other libations.