Brenda Maitland

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.

A Spirited Season

October 31, 2016
It’s Holidaze in New Orleans!

From now until the end of February, New Orleanians and visitors alike will be besieged by Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas gift shopping accompanied by seemingly unending loud speaker blasts of Christmas novelty tunes - think “The Chipmunk Song” and “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” - along with Christmas carols, gift shopping, rushing, horrific traffic stalls, New Year’s fireworks, football, Bowl games, Carnival and the Mardi Gras madness, etc…

Top Tix!

August 01, 2016
New Orleans’ multi-faceted culture is celebrated and world-renowned, yet the city’s live stage arts and other festivities certainly merit more recognition as well.

Besides festivals and spur-of-the-moment street parades and other celebrations – likely to pop-up right before your eyes – the city’s theatre and live performance community is vibrant and very much a part of everything New Orleans.

For example, there’s the long-standing tradition of strolling the Arts District in your best dress-whites the first Saturday in August on White Linen Night.

Food News is Good News!

August 01, 2016
New and revitalized restaurants are part of the expectations and fun in New Orleans dining. It seems like different places are opening all the time and others are closing for renovation or refurbishing. That’s a good thing, since New Orleanians have always been tagged as people who “live to eat.”

In fact, many significant personal and business agreements have been forged while dining out. A little wine can help as well!

Chef’s Profile: Chef Nicholas Scalco, Irene’s Cuisine

August 01, 2016
Upon appearance, Nicholas Scalco may appear more like a top-notch athlete than an acclaimed chef, but then, both profiles are correct.

An experienced, well-trained, across-the-globe Ironman triathlon participant, Scalco is also the chef de cuisine at Irene’s Cuisine, the beloved restaurant founded by his mother, Chef-Owner Irene DePietro, nearly 25 years ago.