Wine Director Braithe Tidwell fell in love with New Orleans on her honeymoon -- so much so that she and her husband vacationed there annually before giving in and making it their home. She has found her ultimate professional residence at Brennan's, joining the proprietors in their dedication to rebuilding the restaurant's legendary cellar by expanding the depth of its vintages. A great advocate of wine education, she conducts twice-weekly classes for her staff, which includes a growing number of certified sommeliers.
Tidwell cut her teeth in the French Quarter opening Salon by Sucré, serving as Wine & Beverage Director. Originally from southern California [by way of Pennsylvania,] she began her study of wine as a back server at New York's Union Square Café, where the strong culture of staff education drove her to acquire as much knowledge as possible about the impressive list of Bordeaux, Burgundies, and California wines, with an emphasis on learning the vintages. Tidwell achieved certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and the mentors with whom she studied inspired her to teach: she eventually worked her way up to become the Wine Director of Union Square Café, before moving on to the Brooklyn Wine Exchange, where as GM, she created its robust wine education program. She holds a BA in Acting from New York University, about which she says, paradoxically, "I've never actually used it, although you could say I use it every day in the grand theatre that is fine dining!"
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417 Royal Street • New Orleans, LA 70130
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