Employee Spotlight: Executive Chef Al Cannito

Heading into his second season at Breeze, we caught up with Executive Chef Al Cannito to hear about his background in the kitchen, what he’s enjoyed about Nantucket since joining us, and  

Question: What’s Your Personal Background?

Answer: I’ve worked primarily in boutique hotels like The Nantucket Hotel. I’ve also worked in Asia…I was a leader on the culinary team that helped open the Mandaly Bay hotel in Las Vegas and the team that opened the famed Ocean House in Rhode Island. It takes about 3-6 months to open a new hotel restaurant what with designing the menu, hiring the staff, perfecting the recipes, etc.

Question: What’s Your Favorite Thing About The Nantucket Hotel?

Answer: I like the freedom to create my own seasonal menus and design menus that reflect the location I’m in and the guests that I serve.

Question: What is Your Favorite Island Spot?

Answer: I like the accessibility of the town to the Hotel. Nantucket is so quaint with its cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks, and the New England beach resort architecture. It feels very nostalgic; I really like that.

Question: What Do You Like to Do in Your Spare Time?

Answer: I enjoy biking around the Island. I also occasionally like a good cigar and a glass of La Creme (Pinot Noir).

Question: What Do You Like to Eat at Home?

Answer: Well, last night I had a grilled, bone-in ribeye, mashed potatoes, and sauteed asparagus.

Question: Do You Have a Recipe That You Can Share With Us?

Answer: A real easy one that I love is Pork Ragu:

Sautee individual pork ribs (not baby-back ribs) and season them with onion powder, garlic, salt and pepper in a pot – together with olive oil until well browned on all sides.

Add marinara sauce and simmer on the stove for a couple of hours until the meat falls off the bones. Remove the bones ad serve over pasta.

This is an easy recipe that is really delicious.

Question: Can you give us a sneak peek into a new recipe that you’re cooking up for us this year?

Answer: I’m working on a cauliflower, rice-encrusted salmon dish right now.

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This week we spoke with Jasper Young, third generation Nantucketer at the family business. With their iconic spinning sign, @youngsbikeshop is a familiar sight to anyone who’s ever disembarked at Nantucket’s Steamship Authority Wharf. Tap our story for a link to our conversation with Jasper!
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It’s always magical here, but when the blooms start arriving there’s a little extra magic 📸: @zofiaphoto
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This week we spoke with Don Peacock of @tallshiplynx. Tap our Story for a link to read our a Island Spotlight about the history of the ship and Don’s involvement with the Lynx Educational Foundation
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Sunny days and flowers are here to stay | 📸: @nantucketsarah @fishernantucket
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Make Mother’s Day extra special this year with a delicious take-out feast prepared and packaged by Chef Al and his team at Breeze. Get your order in by this Thursday (May 7th) and we’ll get prepping for you! Link in bio for details.
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Meet us on Zoom for a virtual Mother’s Day Weekend Tea tasting with concierge Sharon Quigley and Nantucket Tea Company. Follow the link in our bio to learn more and to purchase a tea sampler to accompany the tasting! Orders must be placed by May 3rd.
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Daffodils on our mind today.. 📸: @ackchamber #ACKDaffy
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Our friends over at @ackhistory putting it in context 📸: @jessicajenkinsphotography .
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This week, we spoke with Jack Fritsch , proprietor of @nantucketantiques and antiquarian extraordinaire. Check out the link in our bio to read about his favorite artifacts over the years, and how a career in Evolutionary Biology first brought him to Nantucket .
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Friday is for #DogsOfQuarantine and @easton.the.nantucket.pup is ours! Share a picture of your quarantined pup with us! .
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Looking forward to seeing these blooms come back into our life- we all need some sunshine and flowers right now 📸: @kristynewengland #ACK #Nantucketing #Nantucket #NewEngland #igersNewEngland

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Happy Easter from all of us at The Nantucket! 📸: @zofiaphoto
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Tune in via Facebook live for a half hour of guided meditation led by mindfulness guru Liam McClintock. Join us at 1:30 PM via Facebook Live at The Nantucket Club’s page .
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Don’t let Easter sneak up on you! Let us do the cooking this year with our convenient Easter Basket takeout Feast. Choose from three feast options and we’re prepare it with a few holiday surprises! Check out the link in our bio for details! ...

Missing our fun and wonderful guests- can’t wait to have you all back with us for sunny days ahead! 📸: @prepfordwife & @marcsford .
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We’re grateful for the sunshine and beautiful pictures from @emilyemillington. What are you thankful for these days? .
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Enjoy a moment of peace with Nantucket Club yoga instructor @patricia_dolloff. Tune in to Pat’s Vinyasa Yoga class at 9am this Saturday and Sunday via a live stream from our ballroom. Click our story to watch this morning’s class! .
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Dispatch from our friends over at @capturenantucket. Eleanor Hallewell’s photography keeps our mind on the stunning days ahead of us! 📸: @capturenantucket .
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The results are in and we have heard you!
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The top three food categories Islanders want more of are:
Comfort Food
Italian
Mexican
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In addition, our survey said that many of you want a kids to-go menu and prefer curbside pick-up rather than delivery. We are working on updating our menu with some great new dishes to include your choices. Stay tuned for a new menu tomorrow and thanks for taking our survey!
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Breeze is open tonight for curbside dinner pickup!
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Welcome, spring! Hoping for blossoms like this soon! 📸 @anantucketsummer .
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