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Pythian Market’s Next Step

By Green Coast on 4 Feb 2019

Pythian Market’s Managing Partner Lisa Brefere
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Pythian Market’s Managing Partner Lisa Brefere

Pythian Market Managing Partner Lisa Brefere is just getting started.

Chef and co-owner of the award-winning culinary consulting company, Gigachef, Brefere continues to solidify the market’s holistic vision and delivering on her personal motto: In food we trust. With the food hall open and buzzing with daily diners, Brefere’s sights are set on the event space, Laurenia, and eventually exporting the Pythian Market model to other American cities.

Laurenia is named for Laurenia Green, wife of Smith W. Green, who led the Colored Knights of Pythias to first construct The Pythian in 1908. The space takes up most of the second floor and can hold up to 250 people seated and 450 cocktail style for weddings, corporate events, private parties, and other social gatherings. It features many of the building™s architectural touches including high ceilings, exposed brick, wooden floors and tall arched windows that provide a view of Duncan Plaza.

Brefere says that they are incorporating the “Taste of the Market” by offering selections from the talented and experienced chefs of the Pythian Market vendors.

“The tasting ability in Laurenia will be a game changer,” says Brefere. “You can have antipasto and crispy Brussel sprouts from Meribo; Nashville hot chicken sliders from Dirty South Sammich Co.; mezze and imported cheese platters from Little Fig; arepas and tacos from La Cocinita or many other market selections customized exclusively for our event space from so many great chefs.”

Laurenia opened this past October, and Brefere says they are answering inquiries and aggressively booking the space with the expertise of their experienced Event Sales Manager, Victoria Lacayo, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

She may officially live in New York, but Brefere has been spending a lot time in New Orleans for the past four years: creating, developing and implementing the market™s operation. One of the first women to graduate from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, she wants to ensure all aspects of the market have become a “well-oiled machine” before embarking on a new challenge.

Once that’s accomplished, however, Brefere wants to broaden her firm’s partnership with Green Coast and hopes to bring the Pythian concept to other parts of the country.

“It’s a really strong model and we think it could be successful in cities that have rich culinary heritages like New Orleans,• Brefere says. “It wouldn’t be bringing New Orleans there, but creating something that’s indigenous to that locale.”

To inquire about or book an event at Laurenia, please contact Victoria Lacayo, Pythian Market’s event sales manager, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). or by calling (504) 459-4005 ext. 1025

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