Madelyn Markoe was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, where she began working in the food and beverage industry at the young age of 12. She moved to the Bay Area to attend San Francisco State University, where she studied hospitality management and jazz music. An accomplished musician herself, Markoe has always been particularly interested in Latin American and Cuban music. Markoe has been deeply entrenched in the San Francisco restaurant industry for many years; she was a host at Salt House, helped to open Boxing Room in Hayes Valley, was the assistant GM at Tres (where she and Jessie met), helped turn Chino into an event space, and was the GM at Tacolicious in the Marina. For her accomplishments in restaurants and hospitality, Markoe was named on Zagat SF’s 30 Under 30 list in 2015. She and Jessie traveled to Cuba for the first time shortly thereafter, at which time the idea for Media Noche was born and began to take shape.