Brenda Maitland

Savvy, Sassy & Successful!

May 07, 2018
Chefs and restaurant owners were primarily male dominated occupations some time ago. But in today’s environment, there are many excellent female chefs winning accolades and outstanding women who are successful owners.

Brennan family matriarch and Commander’s Palace owner, Ella Brennan, may not have been a chef, but she sure knew everything about cooking and running a restaurant.

Curtain Call!

May 07, 2018
Could there possibly be a more delightful evening experience than taking a short stroll through the French Quarter, stopping for refreshments along the way, and ending up at one of New Orleans’ grand theatres to enjoy a concert or a stage performance on par with the finest entertainment presentations anywhere in the world?

Champagne and Canapés!

May 07, 2018
A glass or two of Champagne or other sparkling wine is a great way to start off a late afternoon’s enjoyment. The evening can seem to acquire a more distinctive quality, leading to whatever happens next. Bar bites are a good choice, then dinner, or perhaps visiting more bars and bistros that serve other Champagnes, sparkling wines and nibbles.

Elegantly Casual

February 01, 2018
New Orleans, renowned around the globe for its spectacular cuisine, among other charms, isn’t just about our Creole and Cajun heritage. Over the three centuries since the city was founded in 1718, emigrants, slaves, soldiers, suppliers, and settlers have shared their ethnicity– especially their culinary culture.

One More for the Road...

February 01, 2018
Libations are for socializing and celebrating, and then there’s the other side of the coin-- when there’s loneliness and sadness.

Maybe these two opposites joined by a familiar thread, drinking (!) is one reason the classic bar song, “One More for My Baby, and One More for the Road,” has been so popular for more than 75 years. Perhaps many have been on both sides of that situation, or that it’s just an emotionally charged song that once you hear it– stays with you for a while.

Chef's Profile - Curio's Hayley Vanvleet

February 01, 2018
The word is out!

Curio, the French Quarter’s newest and most exciting dining venue, is fast becoming a favorite for both visitors and residents alike. Whether by good reviews, whispers among friends, so Curio doesn’t get too busy for locals to get a reservation, or just passing by don’t miss a trip to this fantastic, new, and truly entertaining dining spot!

The main attraction for Curio’s instant success lies in the distinctive talent and creativity of Executive Chef Haley Vanvleet, French Quarterly’s featured chef for 2018’s first quarter.

A Season of Performance and Celebration

February 01, 2018
While New Orleans sets the stage for one of the world’s most fascinating winter festivals, Carnival, culminating in Mardi Gras --- the city may make a stab at observing Ash Wednesday, or giving up a pleasure for Lent. However, despite observations and traditions, New Orleans kicks the entertainment and social scene into a higher gear.

RAW Entertainment!

November 06, 2017
New Orleans has a well-deserved and well-earned reputation as a town that really knows how to throw a party. So how does this town compare with others during a time of year when everyone is celebrating Holidays, New Year’s, and the like?

Needless to say, we don’t just measure up; New Orleans defines the Gold Standard.

Get ready to really kick the theatrical season into high gear in The Crescent City. Hang on tight-- it’s going to be a wild ride.

Holiday Dining... New Orleans Style!

November 06, 2017
Holiday feasting rituals are celebrated in different cultures across the globe. Some festivities are attached to religious observations, others to historical traditions. Trendy dining choices with extravagant and decadent customs also take hold to become a staple for the holidays.

A Spirited Season

November 06, 2017
The holiday spirit is all around us! It’s the spirit that flows from reverent choir groups, the fresh aroma of just-cut Christmas trees, a roast turkey just out of the oven, sparkling holiday decorations, door wreaths, shopping center hoopla, hugs from your family members and best friends, the tinkling of jingle bells, and Santa’s hardy “ho-ho-ho” to smiling children.

Chef’s Profile: Lazone Randolph

November 06, 2017
He’s been addressed by many colloquial titles in his more than 50-year cooking career. “Star of the Show,” being the latest. Ted Brennan’s Decatur Executive Chef Lazone Randolph has resumed the role he was meant to play, and did, for decades.

When the descendants of New Orleans’ Brennan family restaurant dynasty stepped down from the renowned Brennan’s on Royal Street and reached out to begin another Brennan restaurant several blocks away, they knew they could count on Chef Lazone to join them in their new enterprise.