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Teaching Kitchen

Facility Closure Announcements

The University is limiting operations to protect our community at large from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Effective immediately, Vandy Rec is CLOSED until further notice. We will continue to update you on future services. If you have any questions, please contact Kenny Moore, Director, at Go Dores! 

The following adjustments to Vandy Rec Nutrition operations have been made: 


  • The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center is CLOSED, effective Monday, March 16th until further notice.


  • All Biometrics TestingNutrition Coaching sessions, and Food Education programs are CANCELLED until further notice.


  • All Reservations with the exception of Varsity Athletics have been CANCELLED for the months of March and April.



Cooking Classes 
Teaching Kitchen Curriculum | Teaching Kitchen Reservations

 Cooking Classes

Expand your culinary skills and enjoy a meal with friends by scheduling a cooking class for your group! Healthy eating is an integral piece of physical wellness, and sharing a meal you created with others also supports your social and emotional wellness.

Registered dietitians at The Rec are available to teach cooking classes on a variety of topics, including global cuisine, how to eat balanced vegetarian diets, breakfast on the go, or energy-boosting snacks. Topics are only limited by your imagination!

Classes can take place in The Rec’s teaching kitchen, or the instructor can come to you.

Equipment and kitchen tools are supplied by The Rec, but ingredients must be purchased and supplied by the group. Planning for your topic, supplies, and ingredients is done in partnership with one of the The Rec’s registered dietitians who will walk you through the steps of this process.

To organize the details of your event, please contact: 
Marilyn C. Holmes, MS, RDN, LDN

Teaching Kitchen Curriculum  

Teaching Kitchen Curriculum  
Vandy’s Healthy Teaching Kitchen is a program designed to invest in the next generation of leaders by equipping them with foundational culinary skills and evidence-based nutrition information to live healthy, balanced lives. The American culture, as a whole, has lost interest in cooking at home. Whether due to lack of time, skills, confidence, or a combination of all three, the consequences remain the same. Research has clearly linked increased frequency of cooking at home to improved diet quality. The teaching kitchen movement seeks to unite experts in the food and medical fields to bring a more holistic and practical approach toward our nation’s declining health.
Program Objectives:
  1. Equip participants with fundamental life skills in the kitchen
  2. Apply evidence-based nutrition information to real life in the kitchen
  3. Create a positive atmosphere in which cooking can be enjoyed as an opportunity rather than an obligation
Program Details:
  • Offered to Vanderbilt University groups
  • Offered in the Spring and Fall to Vanderbilt University Nursing and Medical Students with Spring course beginning January 21st.
Taught by:
  • Marilyn Holmes, MS, RDN, LDN
  • John Compton, M. Div
  • Marlanea Wheaton, Executive Chef at  Sodexo USA
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center Dietetic Interns


Contact Marilyn Holmes to notify of any food allergies, dietary preferences, or religious restrictions that require accommodations.