“This recipe gives back to The Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation. I’m choosing this organization because everything about them makes me cry – from Dian’s untimely death to everything they do to help gorillas from going extinct. AND bonus! There are two amazing scientists, who are women, who lead this incredible organization.” – Ellen Kassoff
CO-OWNER ELLEN KASSOFF’S STORY
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Kassoff earned an economics degree from the University of Maryland and augmented her studies abroad at The University of London. She lived in Israel spending her time between farming on a Kibbutz in the Golan Heights and in Elat working as a cook for a scuba charter company. Eventually, she moved back home to DC to begin her career in food distribution, where she met her husband Chef Todd Gray in 1993. Together Ellen and Todd opened their first restaurant, Equinox in 1999. For over 21 years Ellen has been a fierce trailblazer in D.C.’s hospitality industry and continues to forge modernist visions of hospitality, forever reinventing its role in America. Ellen has closely aligned herself and worked energetically with humane causes for animals and the environment.