Thanksgiving Spice - Chef Biagio “Gino” Cipriano
Ristorante Tuscany - Desert Springs JW Marriott
COSTOLETTA DI VITELLO L`AMBRUSCO - CHEF BIAGIO “GINO” CIPRIANO, RISTORANTE TUSCANY - DESERT SPRINGS JW MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA, PALM DESERT
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR SHERRILL
What better way to celebrate our country’s rich culture than by fusing a traditional American holiday with flavors from other countries?
Promising a new world where people could live free, America became a melting pot of cultures ever since the Mayflower landed in Plymouth, Mass. The “land of opportunity” fuses more ethnic flavors than any other country in the world.
Throughout the centuries, as people continued to emigrate from every continent in the world, many adopted the “American” way of doing things. However, certain ethnic customs and influences have thankfully simmered through, mixing and mingling in the most delightful ways, especially in the area of gastronomy.
CHEF BIAGIO “GINO” CIPRIANO
“I celebrated my first Thanksgiving only 10 years ago,” Gino Cipriano says. “When I moved from Sicily to the United States, I didn’t know many people. My new friends, not wanting me to spend the holiday alone, invited me to share the day with them and made me feel like I was a part of their family. I will never forget that day. It will always be my most special Thanksgiving memory.”
Today, Cipriano shares Thanksgiving with his wife and daughters at home. “I love this day. Celebrating it with my family all together makes us stronger,” he says.
You’ll find the Cipriano family together in the kitchen preparing Thanksgiving dishes. They enjoy incorporating traditional turkey with ethnic influences. “We always like to try some new celebratory dishes,” the chef says.
Just as the pilgrims and American Indians used foods local to their area and season for the first Thanksgiving meal, Cipriano incorporates ingredients grown in Northern Italy — beets, cabbage, mushrooms, and pumpkin — in recipes here.
“The combined, distinct flavors of each ingredient come together in perfect harmony for each dish,” he says. “Creating that perfect blend of flavors is part of the fun of cooking.” The tiramisu recipe comes direct from his mother’s kitchen.
COSTOLETTA DI VITELLO L`AMBRUSCO
Ristorante Tuscany at Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort and Spa
74885 Country Club Drive
Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort and Spa
Palm Desert, CA 92260