In many ways, Motzi is the embodiment of founder and creator Susan Mussaffi’s life and vision. An Ashkenazi Jew married to a Sepahardic Jew, Susan knew firsthand about the blending of two cultures into one to fill a home with love, understanding and good food.
Her late husband Ovadia similarly understood these things as President of his Sepahrdic congregation, he lived his life welcoming people, forging bonds between them, and getting them to look beyond their differences to come together as one. Together, Susan and Ovadia created a life filled with love, and four wonderful children to share it with them.
After Ovadia’s passing in a tragic accident in early 2010, Susan felt inspired to continue his legacy of unity. She remembered how important meals were to them, and how these were joyful times when family and friends would break bread, bestow blessings and share love.
Susan had always been a talented cook and had been thinking of doing it professionally for years. After her husband’s death she felt the best way to honor his life and memory was to combine her Eastern European heritage with his middle eastern ancestry to create foods that blend two traditions into one edible expression of the love shared around the Mussaffi’s table.
Susan worked on refining her ideas and recipes and decided that the first product to be launched by Motzi would be a line of challahs with sweet and savory fillings in five fantastic flavor combinations, for a real gourmet treat everyone can enjoy. Susan’s creations have been rewarded with an enthusiastic reception for Motzi so far, with orders (and re-orders!) placed by some of the finest gourmet supermarkets in the New York City area, and new retailers being added regularly.
New additions to the Motzi line of gourmet foods are in the works and coming soon