Brenda Maitland


An LSU journalism graduate, Brenda Maitland, has been writing about cuisine for Country Roads for more than 15 years. She has also served as wine columnist for Gambit Weekly for the past dozen years.  

Her pieces on food, wine, spirits and travel have been published in national, regional and local periodicals including Home by Design, Times-Picayune, Gulf Coast Wine & Dine, New Orleans Magazine, Louisiana Cookin', TravelHost New Orleans and Culinary Concierge.  

A French Quarter resident, Brenda is an international wine, spirits and cuisine judge.  She was a founder of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience and continues to serve the organization in program development. In addition, she is a board member of the Museum of the American Cocktail. Observing and studying food wine, spirits and travel are not just assignments, but constitute a lifestyle for Brenda and her husband, Tim McNally, who travel the world in search of the best epicurean experiences.


Photos by Brenda Maitland.

Food trends in the trendy Marigny-Bywater more

Dec 23, 2014 12:00 AM Restaurants

Esteemed New Orleans chefs offer their vegetable dish recommendations. more

Nov 24, 2014 12:00 AM Foodways


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MoPho serves contemporary Asian in an unassuming strip mall more

Sep 23, 2014 12:00 AM Restaurants


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The culinary dream team behind Lakeview's hottest new restaurant more

Aug 25, 2014 12:00 AM Restaurants


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Two spirited dinners will offer culinary and cocktail interpretations of Peruvian Tiki gods and the seven deadly sins more

Jun 24, 2014 12:00 AM Restaurants


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A world of Latin flavors tucked into the humble taco. more

May 20, 2014 12:00 AM Restaurants


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No dining event—not even high tea—is missing amid Houmas House’s numerous culinary venues more

Mar 25, 2014 12:00 AM Restaurants


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In one of the Quarter's grandest courtyards, what once was, still is more

Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM Restaurants


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This French Quarter street is the scene of culinary reinvention more

Dec 23, 2013 12:00 AM Restaurants


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The holidays are in high gear; and our senses are now fully awakened to the sounds, smells, scenes, and tastes of the season. Residences are decked out in the holiday spirit—many from roof to lawn—and inside those homes, cooks are preparing... more

Nov 25, 2013 12:00 AM Foodways


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A new recipe for creating an upscale fish house in a seafood-rich region. more

Sep 23, 2013 12:00 AM Restaurants


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A legendary politician inspires a legendary dining experience. Although a larger-than-life monument on the State Capitol grounds in Baton Rouge above his final resting place memorializes the late Louisiana governor and U.S. senator, Huey P.... more

Aug 25, 2013 12:00 AM Restaurants


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Fine performance and fine dining in the same historic location. more

Aug 25, 2013 12:00 AM Restaurants

Now in its eleventh year, a novel idea is the new normal   Exhilarating, exciting, educational, and inviting—these are just a few of the adjectives describing the intensity of the some 250 events scheduled during the eleventh annual “Tales ... more

Jul 2, 2013 12:00 AM Foodways

Blooming in the Bywater: And at the helm of Mariza, a couple already acclaimed for another local favorite restaurant—Iris more

Apr 23, 2013 12:00 AM Restaurants

Found in food trucks and fine dining establishments alike. Related recipe: Duck and Butternut Squash Beignets from SoBou Although street food has been around throughout the millennia, in the past few years and with the advent of social medi... more

Mar 26, 2013 12:00 AM Foodways

Beautiful bivalves in and out of their shells and onto plates across the Big Easy more

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 AM Foodways

This year’s Reveillon dinners bring multiple gourmet takes on the comfort food classic. more

Nov 20, 2012 12:00 AM Foodways


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At Annunciation—which opened in July—collaborative efforts between principals, managers, designers, craftsmen, cooks and service staff have yielded the rewards of a packed-house nearly every night in the popular Warehouse District’s newest ... more

Oct 29, 2012 12:00 AM Restaurants


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Hotel Monteleone’s Criollo offers yet another only-in-the-Quarter dining experience. Even though it only recently opened, Criollo, the Spanish name for “Creole,” has become a gatekeeper of the traditions and the diverse flavors and cuisines... more

Sep 29, 2012 12:00 AM Restaurants