Vandy Cooks: ‘Asian Cooking Made Easy’ Oct. 27

Join chef Marlanea Wheaton and registered dietitian and nutritionist Marilyn Holmes as they create simple and delicious Asian dishes on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center teaching kitchen. Registration can be found on the Rec Center’s website under the Nutrition tab. Attendees will receive recipes with nutrition analysis and samples of all the foods prepared.

If you have food allergies and/or restrictions and plan to register for the event, please contact prior to attending.

Wheaton is the Sodexo Executive Chef at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her culinary passion began at an early age, and at 14 she began cooking in fine dining restaurants. Wheaton’s background is in hospitality and food service working as a chef in hotels and country clubs, and ultimately as a chef-owner of her own fine dining restaurant. She learned through working with patients in a hospital setting that she most enjoyed making a difference in her clients’ lives through food. Healthy eating and cooking, as well as sustainable agriculture and organic gardening, are an important part of her focus. Wheaton has been with Sodexo for almost 21 years working as an executive chef at universities and hospitals across the U.S. She has been at VUMC for the last four years.

Holmes, MS, RDN, LDN, has more than 40 years of experience as a registered dietitian and in population health management. Her diverse professional background includes experience in hospitals, an educational institution, long-term care, and the public health sector at the local, regional and state levels. Currently she is an associate director of the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. Holmes has appeared on television talk shows; presented to groups at the local, state and national levels; and authored or co-authored publications on a variety of health topics such as lead poisoning in young children, AIDS, and wellness program outcomes.

Vandy Cooks is provided monthly by the Vanderbilt David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center to support healthy eating through cooking presentations featuring the many aspects of food preparation.