About - Pythian Market

About Pythian Market

Pythian Market is an urban food collective celebrating New Orleans’ undeniable spirit and the Pythian Building’s remarkable history. It is a gathering space for everyone, featuring local food purveyors, a fast craft bar, and retail vendors. Pythian Market is a place for community, locally-sourced fare and art; join us for your next meal!

We are open Sunday – Thursday 7AM – 9PM; Friday and Saturday 7AM – 10PM.

What You’ll Find At Pythian Market

  • Locally-Sourced Purveyors - Pythian Market’s purveyors offer comfort food favorites with innovative twists by incorporating fresher, lighter ingredients and flavors.

  • Fast Craft Cocktails, Beer & Seasonal Frozen Drinks - We aim to please every palate. At Pythian Market, our bar program will feature seasonal icy riffs on classics such as fruit frozen daiquiris, creative cocktails, beer, wine and more!

  • Curated Retail Vendors - Eat, drink, shop and be merry! From grab-and-go food items, to your new favorite tee; Pythian Market’s retail vendors will have specialty items for locals and tourists to take home and remember the good times at the market.

Our Krewe

Meet the passionate team bringing Pythian Market to life

Faith Akgun
Assistant General Manager
Faith Akgun is a New England native who moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University and studies Philosophy and Environmental Studies. She fell in love with The Big Easy and never left. ­She came to food and beverage by way of her passion for sustainability and local food systems. Faith is particularly interested in the way food creates opportunities to connect different aspects of our communities.

She’s very excited to create a new story amongst the rich history of the Pythian Building. She’s a Jazz Fest enthusiast who loves her family’s home cooked Turkish food, particularly her grandmother’s dolmas. At the end of a long week, find Faith enjoying a Maker’s old fashioned.
Alessandra Madrid
Marketing Manager
Born and raised in Guatemala City, Alessandra (Ale) moved to New Orleans on a whim after graduating from Trinity University in San Antonio. Growing up in an Italian family with talented female cooks, good food has always been a big part of Ale’s life. She fell in love with the NOLA’s culinary and beverage scene instantly and co-founded the popular lifestyle blog babesandbeignets.com to share her experiences and insider tips.

When she’s not hosting events at Pythian Market, or taking photos of our fantastic food offerings, you can find Ale sipping on a glass of Malbec (or two), traveling around the world or trying new recipes at home. Ale’s favorite thing about working at Pythian Market is being able to take part in reviving a historic gathering place, while also building the future of community and dining in New Orleans.
Elise Marchese
Operations Associate
A native San Antonian, Elise graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received her master’s degree from La Universidad de Palermo: Graduate School of Business. After meeting her now husband while traveling through South America, they moved to his hometown of New Orleans where she began working at an exciting food tech startup which sparked her interest in venture capital. She landed a role managing an investment portfolio in Medellín,Colombia and moved down South again, but as destiny had it, New Orleans was calling her name once again. As many successful New Orleans stories go, Elise ended up as Pythian Market’s Operations Associate after running into our General Manager at a Mardi Gras parade.

Being the granddaughter of a cattle rancher and growing up in a family of women who were constantly cooking, food has always played a big role in her life. A lover of rice and beans, homemade gumbo and negronis, Elise is thrilled to be, once again, a part of New Orleans’ historic culinary and entertainment scene. She’s particularly fond of the fact that the Zulu krewe was formed out of the Pythian building!
Lisa Brefere
Owner
Named by the Daily News as “The Food Guru of the Brooklyn Taste,” Chef Lisa Brefere was one of the first women to achieve career opportunities in her field such as graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, completing an American Culinary Federation Apprenticeship program, working for the Hyatt Hotel Corporation as an Executive Chef, and asked to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York.

Chef Lisa has always been passionate about New Orleans cuisine. Fun fact: she used to constantly run into Paul Prudhomme and joke about having a gumbo cook off. She knew it was fate when her food service development firm, Gigachef, was approached to spearhead the Pythian Market Project.

When she’s taking a break from commuting between NYC and NOLA to work at Pythian Market, Lisa can be found with a glass of Macallans 12 with a large ice cube on her hand while daydreaming about the iconic rooftop music venue at the old Pythian Temple Jazz Hall, where a 12 year old Louis Armstrong first played.

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