Episode: VI

Make a reservation, pull up a chair, and Join Chef Cynthia Chea Pean, and special author, political strategist and tv host, Symone D. Sanders along with the ladies of The Links, Incorporated from Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia chapters.

February is Heart Health month. On National Go Red Day, Friday February 4th, the DMV Links will host the 14th Red Dress Program. And the heart health and self care conversation continues here.

Symone, also a proud member of The Links, will chat about her amazing career past, present and future; the world of politics, heart health, self-care and more as Chef Cynthia illustrates how to whip up an amazing heart healthy vegan masterpiece.

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A first-generation American of African and Caribbean descent, Chef Cynthia Chea Pean focuses on nutrient-dense, disease-fighting cuisine featuring ingredients, techniques, and flavors of the African diaspora. As an avid traveler throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and the United Statesshe takes every opportunity to expose herself to native foods and local traditions, adapting her recipes to honor the history and communities behind them.

Her innovative and unique globally inspired cuisine is beloved by A-list Hollywood celebrities, Tastemakers, and political icons.

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Author, Political Strategist And Host Of Two Upcoming
Shows On MSNBC Weekends And Peacock’s The Choice From MSNBC.



Symone D. Sanders is an author, seasoned political strategist and host of two upcoming shows on MSNBC Weekends and Peacock’s The Choice from MSNBC. 

Sanders rose to prominence in 2016 as the national press secretary for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s then-presidential campaign.  At 25, she became the youngest presidential press secretary on record and was named to Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping  the 2016 election.  At 29, she published her first book, No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America and served as a senior advisor for President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.  At 31, Sanders was appointed as a senior member of the Biden-Harris administration serving as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson to Vice President Kamala Harris.

A communicator with a passion for problem solving and social justice, Sanders served as the national chair of the Coalition of Juvenile Justice Emerging Leaders Committee and a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice before joining Senator Sanders’s campaign. There, she worked to raise the profile of young voices in the fight for juvenile justice reform and brought millennial perspectives to policy conversations. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris administration, Sanders was principal of the 360 Group where she helped clients find sound solutions to tough political and social problems. 

Sanders is a former political commentator for CNN and resident fellow of both Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School and the University of Southern California’s Center for the Political Future.  

She is a native of North Omaha, Nebraska and currently resides in Washington D.C. with her fiancé, Shawn.

french toast



4 – 1″ – 2″ thick slices of crusty stale bread

(French bread or Cuban bread)

8 oz plant-milk

1/2 very ripe banana (spotted)

1/2 cup extra firm tofu

2 tsp vanilla or almond extract

2 tablespoons pure cane sugar

1/4 tsp salt

Non-stick spray or plant-butter


Fresh berries

Sliced Banana

Nuts of your choice

Powdered sugar