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The Family Reunion

Kwame Onwuachi and Sheila Johnson’s Salamander Hotels & Resorts team up with FOOD & WINE to create The Family Reunion

Meredith Corporation’s (NYSE: MDP) FOOD & WINE and Sheila Johnson’s Salamander Hotels & Resorts announce The Family Reunion presented by Kwame Onwuachi, a multi-day event that will celebrate diversity in the hospitality community through cooking classes and demonstrations, wine tastings, exclusive dinners and thought-provoking panel discussions with world-class chefs, sommeliers and industry leaders.

The featured talent includes Carla Hall, Edouardo Jordan, Nina Compton, Carlton McCoy, Gregory Gourdet, Mashama Bailey, Rodney Scott, Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Pierre Thiam and more.

Co-Hosts

The only African-American woman to wholly own a Forbes Five-Star resort, Sheila Johnson is renowned as the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and is also a partner in Monumental Sports & Entertainment. As CEO and founder of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, which manages luxury properties in the US and the Caribbean, she has spoken frequently about the need for greater diversity within the hospitality industry.

Leading up to the event, Kwame Onwuachi, who is also a 2019 FOOD & WINE Best New Chef and the author of the culinary memoir Notes from a Young Black Chef, will spend nine days in residency at the resort, where he will be cooking food based on his Afro-Caribbean heritage.

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Event Details & Tickets

The Family Reunion will take place August 19-22, 2021 at the Forbes Five-Star-rated Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, located in the heart of the state’s wine country and just one hour from Washington, D.C.

Festival tickets and resort packages will go on sale in April. Sign up HERE to receive updates.

Both resort packages and individual ticket options will be available in April, while specific programming will also be unveiled at this time. Appropriate COVID-19 health and safety measures will be followed in conjunction with CDC and state guidelines.

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Featured Talent

  • Mashama Bailey Executive Chef, The Grey
  • Tavel Bristol-Joseph Pastry Chef/Partner, Emmer & Rye
  • Nina Compton Chef, Compère Lapin
  • Michael Elegbede Chef/Owner, Itan
  • Brian Furman Chef/Owner, Pit Master, B's Cracklin' BBQ
  • Gregory Gourdet Chef/Owner, Kann
  • Jon Gray Co-Founder, Ghetto Gastro
  • Carla Hall Chef/Restaurateur/Author
  • Ray Isle FOOD & WINE Executive Wine Editor
  • Edouardo Jordan Chef/Restaurateur- Power3 Marketing and Management
  • Priya Krishna Food Writer
  • Hunter Lewis FOOD & WINE Editor in Chief
  • Carlton McCoy Master Sommelier
  • Peter Prime Chef/Owner, Cane D.C.
  • Jamila Robinson Food Media Leader
  • Rodney Scott Chef/Founder, Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ
  • Pierre Serrao Chef/Co-Founder, Ghetto Gastro
  • Khushbuh Shah FOOD & WINE Restaurant Editor
  • Ashleigh Shanti Chef
  • Alexander Smalls Chef, Restaurateur and Author
  • Pierre Thiam Chef/Restaurateur/Author
  • Erick Williams Chef/Owner, Virtue Restaurant & Bar
Salamander Resort

Mission

Nurturing, developing and celebrating racial and ethnic diversity within the next generation of hospitality professionals is a core part of the mission of the event.

In addition to experiences taking place throughout the 340-acre property’s outdoor event spaces, Cooking Studio, Culinary Garden and restaurants, there will be a center stage venue hosting a rotating lineup of presentations and panel discussions. Throughout the weekend, speakers, chefs and sommeliers will delve closely into the Black cooking traditions that have shaped cuisine in America, share lessons from the past, and focus on building a better and more inclusive future.

A portion of the proceeds will be used to create a mentorship and scholarship program which fosters diversity in the hospitality industry, as well as to support efforts to help end childhood hunger.

Salamander Resort

Receive More Information

Festival tickets and resort packages will go on sale in April. Sign up HERE to receive updates.

Sponsors

The Family Reunion enjoys sponsorship support from Virginia Tourism Corporation, Lexus and the Brett Johnson Collection.

Food & Wine Classic

The Family Reunion Presented by Kwame Onwuachi is part of the expanding FOOD & WINE Classic network of events that’s anchored by the celebrated FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, a mainstay of the culinary world for over three decades, as well as the recently launched FOOD & WINE Classic at Home virtual events, among others. Created in collaboration with Salamander Hotels & Resorts, FOOD & WINE will bring its expertise in editorial event production to the creation of The Family Reunion and share stories about the event in print, on foodandwine.com and on F&W Pro, a business content vertical for the hospitality industry.

Read the FOOD & WINE editorial coverage about the Family Reunion event.

Featured Talent

  • Mashama Bailey Executive Chef, The Grey
  • Tavel Bristol-Joseph Pastry Chef/Partner, Emmer & Rye
  • Nina Compton Chef, Compère Lapin
  • Michael Elegbede Chef/Owner, Itan
  • Brian Furman Chef/Owner, Pit Master, B's Cracklin' BBQ
  • Gregory Gourdet Chef/Owner, Kann
  • Jon Gray Co-Founder, Ghetto Gastro
  • Carla Hall Chef/Restaurateur/Author
  • Ray Isle FOOD & WINE Executive Wine Editor
  • Edouardo Jordan Chef/Restaurateur- Power3 Marketing and Management
  • Priya Krishna Food Writer
  • Hunter Lewis FOOD & WINE Editor in Chief
  • Carlton McCoy Master Sommelier
  • Peter Prime Chef/Owner, Cane D.C.
  • Jamila Robinson Food Media Leader
  • Rodney Scott Chef/Founder, Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ
  • Pierre Serrao Chef/Co-Founder, Ghetto Gastro
  • Khushbuh Shah FOOD & WINE Restaurant Editor
  • Ashleigh Shanti Chef
  • Alexander Smalls Chef, Restaurateur and Author
  • Pierre Thiam Chef/Restaurateur/Author
  • Erick Williams Chef/Owner, Virtue Restaurant & Bar

Mission

Nurturing, developing and celebrating racial and ethnic diversity within the next generation of hospitality professionals is a core part of the mission of the event.

In addition to experiences taking place throughout the 340-acre property’s outdoor event spaces, Cooking Studio, Culinary Garden and restaurants, there will be a center stage venue hosting a rotating lineup of presentations and panel discussions. Throughout the weekend, speakers, chefs and sommeliers will delve closely into the Black cooking traditions that have shaped cuisine in America, share lessons from the past, and focus on building a better and more inclusive future.

A portion of the proceeds will be used to create a mentorship and scholarship program which fosters diversity in the hospitality industry, as well as to support efforts to help end childhood hunger.

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