Healthy food doesn’t have to be bland and boring.
Tucson Medical Center and Chef Janos Wilder, at the Carriage House Event Venue and Cooking School, are setting out to prove it through a unique collaboration that highlights a shared vision for health and wellness downtown.
“TMC is Tucson’s only independent community hospital and we are deeply committed to the health of our community,” said TMC Chief Operating Officer Karen Mlawsky, celebrating the May 4 launch of the partnership, along with key downtown leaders.
“We’ve elected to align, partner and affiliate rather than sell or merge – and it’s through partnerships like this one that we can expand our reach and support throughout the community.”
The Carriage House programming will be an extension of what TMC provides at its wellness retail space The Core at La Encantada, envisioned as a way to engage community members in their own health within comfortable spaces where they already live, work and shop.
Along with downtown cooking classes personally led by Chef Janos, the partnership will provide community access to physician lectures, wellness programs and fitness classes.
The first activity – a Core and Stretch class – will take place May 16 at 5:30 p.m. to coincide with Meet Me at Maynards, a social walk and run that TMC sponsors downtown each week.
Patients at TMC also will benefit from Chef Janos’ passion for food and cooking, through cooking videos and recipes, as well as Janos-inspired recipes on TMC patient and public menus.
“This partnership with TMC is something I am really proud of and excited about,” Janos said. “One of the important reasons we created the Carriage House was to build community, and the activities that will take place in this space through this partnership are very much aligned with that.”
Janos, who received cooking assistance from Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll in making mushroom and roasted chile tacos for guests at the launch, said the partnership provides an opportunity to engage with the community in ways that chefs don’t always get to do.
“We’re really looking forward to sharing what we know about healthy cooking to demonstrate that healthy food doesn’t have to be the food of last resort. Bottom line: It has to taste good or no one’s going to eat it.”
To download the recipes, watch the cooking videos or register for upcoming TMC classes at The Carriage House, please visit www.tmcaz.com/carriagehouse