Une pâtisserie française dans Jackson, Mississippi. Sisters Alejandra Mamud and Cristina Lazzari have found a home for their pâtisserie, La Brioche, in the historic Fondren District at Fondren Corner in Jackson. While it might not be tucked in nicely on the corner of Rue Saint-Honoré and Rue de Rivoli, that does not make the experience any less authentic. Both women are natives of Rosario, Argentina, and have extensive backgrounds working in pastry shops across Europe and traveling throughout the continent.
Mamud studied at the French Pastry School in Chicago, Illinois in the L’Art de la Pâtisserie under chefs Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sébastien Canonne, Meilleur Ouvrier de France. After working at varying hotels, restaurants and bakeries in Chicago, she has learned the value of French cuisine. Her sister, Lazzari, worked at several European coffee and pastry shops. With their mother, Maria Maya, they began the first certified organic farms in Mississippi. Their dream of organic farming what motivated their family to relocate from Miami to Mississippi. Along with the help of Lazzari's Swedish-Italian husband, the family began selling Alejandra’s savory sweets at the Mississippi Farmer’s Market in 2013. It only took them a year, with the help of loyal customers, to open the Fondren store we all know as La Brioche.
In a family with South American and European cultures fused together, it is no surprise that it influences the food they serve and the ambience they cultivate. The overall atmosphere of the pâtisserie is inviting and makes you feel as if you are no longer standing in Jackson, Mississippi, but have instead been transported to a cobbled back-street of Paris. La Brioche is the perfect little spot for a quiet coffee date, a pastry-fueled meeting or a quick post-lunch pick-me-up. From macarons to galettes des rois, it is hard not to fall in love with the food and the hard-working family behind it.