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David Lissner
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Chefs Share Thanksgiving Memories

With Thanksgiving around the corner, chefs chime in on their warmest holiday memories.


Lump-free mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving wine, and mom’s stuffing are some of Paul Virant’s quintessential Thanksgiving memories. Growing up, the chef at Vie and Perennial Virant hosted relatives at his family’s house, though Virant has come to take the reigns on holiday duty over the past decade. His favorites remain the same: mom’s stuffing, grandfather’s mashed potatoes (check your lumps at the door), grandmother’s pies, and the first sip of wine when everybody is seated around the dinner table.