David Hirsch

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Owner of Moosewood Restaurant


Moosewood, Inc. is a collectively owned business with nineteen members who share responsibilities and participate in the various jobs necessary to run what has grown from a very small natural foods restaurant to become a larger and more diversified company. Most members of the Collective have worked together for at least 15 years, and some since the restaurant’s inception in 1973. The restaurant is further staffed by a talented and dedicated group of employees whom we truly appreciate and without whom we could not operate.

With our emphasis on healthful natural foods cuisine, Moosewood Restaurant has operated successfully for thirty-eight years and has been acclaimed as a driving force in the world of creative vegetarian cooking. Moosewood was named one of the “thirteen most influential restaurants of the 20th Century” by Bon Appétìt magazine. We started in an era when many alternative businesses began, and we feel incredibly grateful to have endured, thrived and had a positive impact.
Moosewood is located in downtown Ithaca, NY. Ithaca is nestled in the hills at the southern end of Cayuga Lake, and stands out among the other towns and small cities in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region of central New York State. Our restaurant is still in its original home in the Dewitt Mall, a renovated historic brick school building at the corner of Seneca and Cayuga Streets.
The Moosewood Collective has also authored twelve internationally acclaimed cookbooks, with our latest–Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health, published in 2009. Because we have so many experienced cooks, we are continually crafting and improving new recipes. We’re an adventuresome bunch, we love to eat, and never let ourselves get bored when it comes to food. We are currently working on a book of Moosewood Restaurant Favorites, which will feature our best, most popular dishes, the way we cook them now.
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