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Award-winning chef and author Kwame Onwuachi is presenting a new, first-of-its-kind food event this summer, inspired by the time-honored family reunions of his ancestors, as well as the culinary and cultural heritage of his Afro-Caribbean roots.

"The Family Reunion," a multi-day celebration of diversity in the hospitality industry, will kick off this August at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, in the state's picturesque horse and wine country.

FOOD & WINE is partnering with Sheila Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, to host the inaugural event, which will feature cooking demos, wine tastings, exclusive dinners and discussions with industry leaders. Panel guests include Carla Hall, Nina Compton, Carlton McCoy, Mashama Bailey, Rodney Scott, Gregory Gourdet, Tavel Bristol-Joseph and Pierre Thiam.

In addition to celebrating the Black and Brown cooking traditions that have shaped American cuisine, the event – which runs from August 19th to the 22nd – will showcase the next generation of food and wine professionals currently moving the industry forward.

Featured Talent

Nyesha Joyce Arrington

Chef and Host, Happy Mouth Podcast
Day 2 / August 20
Mashama Bailey Read more
photo by Chia Chong

Mashama Bailey

Executive Chef, The Grey
Day 2, 3 / August 20, 21
Dawn Burrell Read more
photo by Jenn Duncan

Dawn Burrell

Chef/Partner Late August Restaurant & Lucille's Hospitality Group
Day 1, 2 / August 19, 20

Tavel Bristol-Joseph

Pastry Chef / Partner of Emmer & Rye, Henbit, TLV, Hestia and Kalimotxo
Day 2 / August 20
Nina Compton Read more
photo by Denny Culbert

Nina Compton

Chef, Compère Lapin
James Beard Award-Winning Chef
Day 2, 3 / August 20, 21

Tiffany Derry

Chef and Owner | Roots Chicken Shak, Roots Southern Table
Founder Tiffany Derry Concepts
Co-Founder | T2D Concepts
Day 2, 3 / August 20, 21

Michael Elégbèdé

Chef/Owner, ÌTÀN
Day 2, 3 / August 20, 21

Andre Fowles

Chef and 3x Food Network "Chopped" Champion
Day 2, 3 / August 20, 21

Bryan Furman

Chef/Owner, Pit Master, Bryan Furman BBQ
Day 1, 2 / August 19, 20

Tiana Gee

Private Chef and Caterer
Day 1, 2 / August 19, 20

Gregory Gourdet

Chef/Owner, Kann
Day 2, 3 / August 20, 21
Jon Gray Read more
photo by Leilani Foster

Jon Gray

Co-Founder, Ghetto Gastro
Day 3 / August 21

Carla Hall

Chef, Restaurateur, Author
Day 3 / August 21

Jessica B. Harris

Food Historian, Award-Winning Author, Journalist
Day 3 / August 21

Rashida Holmes

Chef and Owner, Bridgetown Roti
Day 1, 2 / August 19, 20
Priya Krishna Read more
photo by Edlyn D'Souza

Priya Krishna

New York Times Food Writer
Day 3 / August 21

Vallery Lomas

Baker and Winner of Great American Baking Show
Day 2, 3 / August 20, 21

Carlton McCoy

Master Sommelier
Day 2, 3 / August 20, 21

Peter Prime

Chef/Owner, Cane D.C.
Day 2 / August 20

Jonathan "Jonny" Rhodes

Executive Chef/Owner, Indigo
Day 3 / August 21

JR Robinson

Chef & Owner, Kitchencray
Day 1 / August 19

Jamila Robinson

Food Media Leader
Day 3 / August 21
Rodney Scott Read more
photo by Angie Mosier

Rodney Bryant Scott

JBF Chef, Founder and Pitmaster, Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ
Day 1, 2 / August 19, 20

Pierre Serrao

Chef/Co-Founder, Ghetto Gastro
Day 2 / August 20

Khushbu Shah

Restaurant Editor of Food & Wine
Day 3 / August 21

Ashleigh Shanti

Chef
Day 1, 2 / August 19, 20

Alexander Bernard Smalls

JBF Chef, Restaurateur and Author
Day 2 / August 20

Pierre Thiam

Chef/Restaurateur/Author
Day 2, 3 / August 20, 21

Erick Williams

Chef/Owner, Virtue Restaurant & Bar
Day 3 / August 21

Julia Coney

Sommelier, Wine, Travel & Lifestyle Journalist, Wine Educator, Speaker, Consultant at Julia Coney, LLC, Founder of Black Wine Professionals
DAY 2 / AUGUST 20

Nadine Brown

Sommelier, Founder of At Your Service
DAY 2 / AUGUST 20

Virginia Ali

DAY 2, 3 / AUGUST 20, 21
Nolan Williams, Jr. Read more
photo by Marvin Joseph

Nolan Williams, Jr.

American Composer, CEO of NEWorks Productions
Day 2, 3 / August 20, 21
Grace the Musical Read more
Photo by Marvin Joseph

Grace the Musical

Composed by Nolan Williams, Jr.
DAY 3 / AUGUST 21

The Family Reunion Wine Talent

DAY 1, 2, 3 / AUGUST 19, 20, 21

Kwame Onwuachi

Kwame Onwuachi is a James Beard Award-winning chef, and author of the critically acclaimed memoir “Notes from a Young Black Chef,” which is being turned into a feature film by A24. Kwame's resume is incomparable: he has been named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs, Esquire Magazine's 2019 Chef of the Year, and is a 30 Under 30 honoree by both Zagat and Forbes. He's also been featured on Time's 100 Next List and has been named the most important Chef in America by the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I noticed a void in the industry, especially for the amplification of Black and Brown voices and their contributions to the food industry. I always pictured an event that was centered around them.”

Kwame Onwuachi
Kwame cooking
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Our Partners

Vineyards at Boxwood Estate Winery
Brett Johnson

The Family Reunion enjoys sponsorship support from FOOD & WINE, Rémy Martin, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Brett Johnson Collection, United Airlines, Shelia Johnson Collection, Williams-Sonoma, Visit Loudoun, Resy and American Express, the Town of Middleburg and McEnearney Associates.

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Join us for this inspiring event August 19-22


Two percent of event ticket sales from The Family Reunion will be donated to the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign.

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    Overnight Package
    • Luxurious Forbes Five-Star accommodations for three-nights
    • Welcome Reception Afternoon Cook Out on Thursday
    • Continental Breakfast and Family Style Chef Lunch on Friday and Saturday
    • Dinner events on Friday and Saturday including African Night Market, Night Cap: The Wine Down and Block Party
    • Your choice of one breakout session or recreational activity on Friday
    • Three Grand Stage panels on Friday and Saturday
    • Performance by Grace The Musical
    • Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
    • Sunday Service Gospel Choir
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    Reservation hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Multi Day-Only Pass - $1850/person
    • Welcome Reception Afternoon Cook Out on Thursday
    • Continental Breakfast and Family Style Chef Lunch on Friday and Saturday
    • Dinner events on Friday and Saturday including African Night Market, Night Cap: The Wine Down and Block Party
    • Your choice of one breakout session or recreational activity on Friday
    • Three Grand Stage panels on Friday and Saturday
    • Performance by Grace The Musical
    • Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
    • Sunday Service Gospel Choir
       
    Evening Event Pass - $600/person
    Thursday August 19 – Saturday, August 21

    With the Evening Event Pass, you will have access to all three dining events: The Cook Out on Thursday, the African Night Market on Friday and the Block Party on Saturday.

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    Two percent of event ticket sales from The Family Reunion will be donated to the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign.

Event Schedule

Day 1 Thu

August 19, 2021

1:00 - 5:00 pm
Middleburg Terrace

Welcome Reception: The Cook Out

Rodney Scott and Bryan Furman will be cooking a full pit BBQ while Ben's Chili Bowl will be slinging half-smokes. From ribs to collards to banana pudding, there will be something for everyone, including wine curated by Julia Coney to compliment the smoke show.

Hosted by Ben's Chili Bowl and pitmasters Bryan Furman and Rodney Scott

5:00 - 10:00 pm
Middleburg

Town of Middleburg Restaurant Takeover

Featuring Tiana Gee, Dawn Burrell, Rashida Holmes and Ashleigh Shanti

To reserve, please call the participating Town Takeover Restaurants directly.

Town Takeover is not included in the overnight package or multi day-only pass.

Day 2 Fri

August 20, 2021

9:00 am
Salamander Resort & Spa

Restaurant Crisis: More than a Chef

With Dine Diaspora, Nina Compton, Pierre Serrao and Gregory Gourdet

10:15 - 11:15 am
Salamander Resort & Spa

Old Guard to New Trope: Passing the Torch

With Alexander Smalls, Tiana Gee, Dawn Burrell, Rashida Holmes and Ashleigh Shanti

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

Stories from the Matriarchs: The Modern Black Woman

With Nyesha Arrington, Virginia Ali, Tiffany Derry, Mashama Bailey

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

Family-Style Lunch

Hosted by Erick Williams, Tavel Bristol-Joseph and Vallery Lomas

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Delaplane Cellars

Black-Owned Wine Tasting

Led by Carlton McCoy, Nadine Brown and Julia Coney

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

Jerk: The Dish That Freed a Nation

Led by Andre Fowles and Peter Prime

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

The History of Suya

Led by Pierre Thiam and Michael Elégbèdé

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

BBQ 101

Led by Rodney Scott and Bryan Furman

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

Conversation with Padma

Led by Padma Lakshmi

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

Grace the Musical: Welcome to Our Table

Led by Nolan Williams, Jr.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

Equestrian Trot

Led by Kwame Onwuachi

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

Ziplining

Led by Gregory Gourdet

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

Axe Throwing

Led by Mashama Bailey

7:00 - 10:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

African Night Market

Join us as we celebrate African culture with food curated by some of the best African chefs in the world. Enjoy dancers, drummers, African food, a dance floor and more.

Food by: Pierre Thiam, Michael Elégbèdé, J.R. Robinson, Peter Prime

10:00 pm - 12:00 am
Salamander Resort & Spa

Night Cap: The Wine Down

Hosted by Carlton McCoy

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Day 3 Sat

August 21, 2021

9:00 am
Salamander Resort & Spa

West Africa and How it Inspired a Globe

With Jamila Robinson, Michael Elégbèdé, Vallery Lomas and Pierre Thiam

10:15 - 11:15 am
Salamander Resort & Spa

The Things We Do For Love

With Padma Lakshmi, Carlton McCoy, and Carla Hall

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

Representation Matters: Has it Worked?

With Priya Krishna, Khushbu Shah, Jon Gray and Erick Williams

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

Family-Style Lunch

Hosted by Mashama Bailey, Jonny Rhodes, Gregory Gourdet and Jason Reaves

3:30 - 4:30 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

A Performance by Grace The Musical

Composed by Nolan Williams, Jr.

We all need a little grace a new musical

Conceived and composed by Nolan Williams, Jr., Grace is a Broadway-bound musical feast inspired by the little-told history of African-American culinary tradition and the challenges faced by Black-owned businesses. Featured cast performers: Nova Payton and Virginia Woodruff, accompanied by Paul Byssainthe, Jr. (gracethemusical.com)

5:00 - 6:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Remy Martin: Presented by Dr. Jessica B. Harris honoring Virginia Ali

7:00 - 10:00 pm
Salamander Resort & Spa

Block Party

There is no better way to cap off a Family Reunion than a Block Party. Join us as we dance the night away to the tunes of a special guest while feeding our soul with delicious food from Padma Lakshmi, Tiffany Derry, Nina Compton and Andre Fowles.

10:00 pm - 12:00 am
Salamander Resort & Spa

Night Cap: The Wine Down

Hosted by Carlton McCoy

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Day 4 Sun

August 22, 2021

10:00 - 10:45 am
Salamander Resort & Spa

Sunday Service Gospel Choir

 

Press Contact

Members of the media interested in applying for credentials to cover The Family Reunion, please fill out this form. For additional queries, e-mail Matt Owen, VP of Communications for Salamander Hotels & Resorts at [email protected].

Content Library

Uproxx article
04/01/2021

Kwame Onwuachi Talks 'Top Chef,' The Future Of Restaurants, And Storytelling On The Plate

Travel + Leisure article
02/07/2021

'Food & Wine' and Salamander Hotels Partner for 4-day Event Celebrating Diversity in Hospitality

Luxury Travel Advisor article
02/04/2021

Salamander Resort & Spa to Host Culinary-Themed Diversity Event

Northern Virginia Magazine article
02/04/2021

Big-name chefs are coming to Middleburg's Salamander Resort & Spa

Loudoun Times article
02/04/2021

Middleburg's Salamander Resort to co-host diversity in hospitality event this summer

Departures article
02/04/2021

'Food & Wine' and Salamander Hotels Just Launched a Four-Day Event Celebrating Diversity With Some of the Biggest Names in the Industry

Food & Wine article
02/03/2021

Kwame Onwuachi to Host Inaugural 'Family Reunion' Event in Virginia Wine Country

Travel Pulse article
02/03/2021

Salamander Resort & Spa, Kwame Onwuachi To Host 'Family Reunion' Event

Biz Journals article
02/03/2021

Chef Kwame Onwuachi to host celebration of Black cooking and hospitality at Salamander Resort

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