There's a New Mosko in Town
You may not remember the old Moskos and the Muncheonette, but you will remember the gluten-free sweets of Lauren Moskovitz—the new Mosko in town.
Lauren Moskovitz grew up behind the counter of her family’s Nashville eatery, Mosko’s and the Muncheonette. Located on Elliston Place, it was a deli, newsstand, and cigar bar where one could simultaneously “eat it, read it, and smoke it.” Had it survived, it would no doubt be a home to today’s caffeinated, mobile work force—with vapor cigarettes replacing real ones. Although her family sold the local institution when Lauren was fourteen and moved cross-country, the spirit of cooking and eating followed Lauren as she flitted around the globe—from Berkeley to Thailand and everywhere in between—eventually landing her right back in Music City fifteen years later.
Diagnosed with celiac disease (a gluten intolerance), Lauren set out to create warm and familiar baked goods safe for those with gluten intolerance, yet delicious enough to satisfy everyone. She began taking orders, baking, and delivering—and soon had created a small business she dubbed Little Mosko’s.
With the Jewish holiday of Passover coming up, we asked Lauren to share a couple of sweets that are Kosher for the week-long celebration. Although the Moskovitz home is, according to Lauren, “light on the Jew, heavy on the—ish,” they undoubtedly have their special culinary traditions come Passover. Here, she shares a favorite Matzo recipe with us, lovingly referred to as “Matzo Crack.”
Simple and addictively good, Lauren’s Matzo Crack is made by covering matzo in toffee and chocolate. The treat is so addictive in fact, that it snagged Lauren an accidental job in the kitchen at Sylvan Park’s Miel restaurant. She was working a trial shift as a server when she brought sweets to the kitchen staff. One of those sweets was Matzo Crack; this landed her in the kitchen and on her way to where she is today.
The fact that the littlest Mosko is continuing her family’s longstanding culinary presence in Nashville is a joy to her parents, Cindy and Scott Moskovitz. To Lauren, “Not everyone has to eat gluten free. My goal is to create something for everyone—something that is undetectable and worth the calories.” And pretty soon, everyone will be able to find her gluten-free sweets at her brick and mortar store nestled inside the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), in the historic trolley barns of the SoBro neighborhood.
YOU CAN ALSO FIND Lauren’s sweets at Revelator Coffee in Hillsboro Village, SILO restaurant, and Garage Coffee Co. in Marathon Village.