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Hotels near Vanderbilt

March 22, 2011 11:22 ET

Culinary Wizard Joins Marriott's Team at Nashville Hotel Music Row

Dean Donnell Named Executive Chef at Vanderbilt University Hotel

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) - Bringing a passion for culinary excellence and 20 years of professional restaurant experience to the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, Dean A. Donnell has joined the hotel staff as Executive Chef.

Donnell joins the Marriott's team of elite service professionals to oversee the daily food operations at the hotel's Latitude restaurant and its catering services. Known as one of the premier venues for business conferences, corporate gatherings, social events and wedding receptions in Nashville, this Vanderbilt University hotel is dedicated to providing its guests with an exceptional hotel experience.

Donnell's experience spans several states and has progressed from Specialty Chef, Banquet Chef to Executive Chef and owner. During his career, Donnell has been honored with awards such as "Quality Assurance and Manager of the Year" for Marriott Hotels and Resorts, "Manager of the Year" for Hyatt Hotels and "Manager of the Quarter" for Gaylord Hotels.

Highlights of his career include successfully budgeting and forecasting multi-million dollar upscale restaurants and designing their menus, hiring and training both kitchen staff and managers, as well as providing consulting services for new and remodeled restaurant construction. He has also managed many successful banquets and catering events, including functions for up to 15,000 persons and has worked personally for the Governor of Tennessee. In addition to his professional career, Donnell has taught cooking classes at Williams Sonoma, Café Creole and appeared on several television shows as well as making private appearances on the Grand Old Opry and Ryman stages. 

The hotel's Latitudes restaurant, not only provides convenient dining for hotel guests, but is a popular choice among locals seeking outstanding Vanderbilt restaurants, as it features tasty entrées based on regional American cuisine and fine cocktails served in a contemporary and casual atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers an upscale dining option near Vanderbilt University perfect for gathering with friends and family or meeting with business associates and clients.

In addition to exceptional dining options, this distinctive Nashville hotel provides guests with sophisticated accommodations on the city's West End Avenue that include amenities such as wireless Internet access throughout the hotel and state-of-the-art meeting space for Nashville business and professional gatherings. The hotel features 11,000 square feet of total meeting space, including the Parthenon Ballroom with a seating capacity of 400, pre-function areas and some of the most stylish breakout meeting rooms in Nashville. Delectable event menus combine with the services of talented professionals to help clients create unique and successful corporate and social events.

About the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University

The Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University hotel is conveniently located on the campus of Vanderbilt University and near Vanderbilt Medical Center, Centennial Park and its famed Parthenon museum and downtown Nashville. Both business and leisure travelers will find its sophisticated style, outstanding service and wide offering of amenities, including complimentary shuttle service to local downtown attractions, a delight for experiencing this exciting Music City. Hotel accommodations may be booked online at or by calling 1-615-321-1300 for reservations or information.