Middleburg, Virginia

The Family Reunion, the immersive experience celebrating diversity in the hospitality community, returns for a fourth year this upcoming August 15-18, 2024 at Salamander Middleburg in Middleburg, VA.

Last year's enriching programming was highlighted by some of the industry’s top talent including Carla Hall, Rodney Scott, Bryan Furman, Gregory Gourdet, Mashama Bailey and Tavel Bristol-Joseph and several surprise guests.

Presented by Chef and Author Kwame Onwuachi in collaboration with Dotdash Meredith’s FOOD & WINE and Sheila Johnson’s Salamander Collection, the multi-day event crosses culinary boundaries and combines thought-provoking panel discussions, topical cooking demonstrations, inspiring recreational activities and daily “family” meals where attendees and celebrity participants can interact. The annual event was lauded by guests and talent for its energetic and unique approach.

The mission of The Family Reunion is to nurture, develop and celebrate racial and ethnic diversity within the next generation of hospitality professionals.

Eggplant
Cucumber Avocado
Uni
Salad
Jerk Chicken
/

For 2024 Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact [email protected]

Sheila and Kwame
house

Sign Up For More Information

#TheFamilyReunion
@salamanderresort
| @salamanderhotels


Photo: Storm Santos

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.

“The Family Reunion was created to celebrate the Black and Brown contributions to the food industry. Join us as we kick off year three of festivities with bigger and better programming.”

Kwame Onwuachi
Kwame plating
kwame
kwame
kwame
kwame
/

2024 Featured Talent

Adrienne Cheatham

Chef & Author

Alexander Smalls

James Beard Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur and The Family Reunion’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Andre Fowles

Chef, 3X Food Network "Chopped" Champion Miss Lily's

Brian Jupiter

Chef and Owner of Frontier, Ina Mae Tavern, Jup's Soup, and Jup's Chicken Coop

Bryan Furman

Pitmaster-Chef-Owner, Bryan Furman BBQ

Camari Mick

Executive Pastry Chef, The Musket Room & Raf's

Carla Hall

Chef, Restaurateur, Author

Charlie Mitchell

Executive Chef & Partner at Clover Hill

Damarr Brown

Chef de Cuisine Virtue Restaurant & Bar and Top This Mac N' Cheese

David Thomas

Executive Chef & Partner, H3irloom Food Group

Douglass Williams

Chef/Owner, MIDA South End, MIDA Newton, APIZZA Boston

Dr. Jessica B. Harris

Food Historian, Award-Winning Author, Journalist

Erick Williams

Chef & Owner of Virtue Restaurant, Mustard Seed Kitchen, Daisy's Po-Boy & Tavern, and Top This Mac N' Cheese

Georgiana Viou

Chef at ROUGE restaurant in Nîmes

Gregory Gourdet

Chef and Founder - Kann and Sousòl | Author, Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health | 2022 James Beard Award Winner and 2023 James Beard Award Winner for Best New Restaurant

Jamila Robinson

Food Media Leader and Food Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer

Justin Sutherland

Chef

Ken Pettus

Founder, Unwine101

Kevin Bludso

James Beard Award Winning Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality, Author

Kwame Onwuachi

James Beard Award-Winning Chef, and Author

Lamar Moore

Executive Chef Bronzeville Winery

Mashama Bailey

Co-Founder & Exec Chef, Grey Spaces

Matt Horn

Chef & Restaurateur

Mawa McQueen

Chef and Owner McQueen Hospitality, Mawa's Kitchen, Mawita, The Crepe Shack, Mawa's GrainFreeNola

Maya-Camille Broussard

Chef and Owner, Justice of the Pies

Melba Wilson

Chef, Restaurateur & Author

Nina Oduro

Co-founder, Dine Diaspora and Black Women in Food Initiative

Nyesha Joyce Arrington

Chef and TV Personality, Next Level Chef

Osei Blackett

Owner of Picky Eaters Restaurant, Ariapita Restaurant and Chef Picky Events and Catering

Rodney Scott

James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Pitmaster, Founder & Owner, Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ

Pierre Serrao

Chef + Entrepreneur

Serigne Mbaye

Chef

Shorne Benjamin

Culinary Artist, Owner of Fat Fowl NYC

Tavel Bristol-Joseph

Pastry Chef and Partner at Emmer & Rye, Hestia, Kalimotxo, Henbit, TLV and Canje

Tiffany Derry

Chef/Owner at Roots Southern Table, Roots Chicken Shak, Radici and Shef Spice

Tonya Thomas

Executive Pastry Chef & Partner, H3irloom Food Group

Vallery Lomas

Baker, Author and Winner of Great American Baking Show

Virginia Ali

Chef and Founder, Ben’s Chili Bowl

Our 2024 Partners

Amazon
Food & Wine
United
Food
Wells Fargo
Zigma World

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Kristi Naeris at [email protected]

The Family Reunion enjoys sponsorship support from FOOD & WINE, Wells Fargo, Brown-Forman, United Airlines, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Inspire, Lexus, McBride Sisters Collection, AmaWaterways, McEnearney Associates Realtors, New Belgium Brewing, Visit Loudoun, and Zigma World, who all help us support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. 

Our Supporters

Sysco
La Colombe
Zip Tour
NOLA Snowballs
Nubian Hueman
Keany
Ecolab
Worth Hospitality
Tilit

Event Schedule


2024 Event Schedule Coming Soon

Frequently Asked Questions

  • WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE 2024 FAMILY REUNION IN MIDDLEBURG, VA?

    AUGUST 15-18, 2024.

  • Are FR events suitable for those who are on restrictive diets (e.g. vegan, keto, vegetarian?)

    The events at The Family Reunion feature a wide variety of foods and beverages from all categories. We cannot guarantee that participating chefs and restaurants will prepare dishes without common allergens, including nuts, dairy, gluten, etc. It's important to always ask the chef, server or vendor whether or not allergens or ingredients are in the dishes you are going to consume. We will have vegetarian and plant-based options available.

  • WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN TO ENSURE THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF ATTENDEES?

    The safety and comfort of our attendees, staff and community remain our top priority as we plan and prepare for the 2024 Family Reunion. The event regulations, policies and protocols are under constant review, fully subject to change and will be continually updated and revised in accordance with the most current public health (CDC, State of Virginia, Loudoun County) information, direction and official guidelines.

  • WHAT EVENTS ARE INCLUDED WITH AN ALL-ACCESS PROGRAM PASS?

    The All-Access Program Pass gives guest access to the Thursday Cook Out and Afterglow, breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, evening dinner events and Afterglows on Friday and Saturday, access to all panels and speakers and breakout activity sessions on Friday and Saturday.

  • HOW CAN MY COMPANY BECOME A SPONSOR AT THE FAMILY REUNION?

    For more information about becoming a sponsor please contact [email protected].

  • WHERE DO THE EVENTS TAKE PLACE?

    All events take place at Salamander Middleburg.

  • IS THE FAMILY REUNION KID-FRIENDLY?

    We would not recommend bringing children to the event. While we love kids, the weekend schedule does not include any kid-focused activities, and some of Salamander's usual kid-friendly features may not be accessible due to the event schedule and locations.

  • WHERE CAN I GO FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VOLUNTEERING AT THE FAMILY REUNION?

    Volunteer registration for The Family Reunion will begin in June 2024, please continue to check here for updated information.

  • WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
    Tickets and room packages are non-refundable.
     
    Neither party will be liable or responsible to the other party, nor be deemed to have defaulted under or breached this Agreement for any failure or delay in fulfilling or performing any obligation under this Agreement, when such failure or delay is due to any of the following causes (which causes are hereinafter referred to as "Force Majeure"), to the extent beyond its reasonable control: acts of God, fire, floods, earthquakes, embargoes, accident, riots, war, sabotage, terrorist acts, mob violence, epidemic, pandemic, quarantine, civil insurrections, breakdown of communication facilities, breakdown of web host, breakdown of internet service provider, natural catastrophes, governmental acts or omissions, actions of military or naval authorities, changes in laws or regulations, strikes, lockouts or labor disturbances, explosions, or generalized lack of availability of raw materials or energy; provided that the Parties stipulate that Force Majeure does not include the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
     
    Each party so prevented or hindered thereby must use reasonable commercial efforts to avoid or remove such causes of nonperformance, and must continue performance hereunder with reasonable dispatch whenever such causes are removed. Either party must provide the other party with prompt written notice of any delay or failure to perform that occurs by reason of Force Majeure.
     
    To avoid any doubt, Force Majeure does not include any of the following: (a) financial distress nor the inability of either party to make a profit or avoid a financial loss; (b) changes in market prices or conditions; or (c) a party's financial inability to perform its obligations under this Agreement.

Press Contact

For media inquiries related to The Family Reunion, please contact Matt Owen, Vice President of Communications for Salamander Collection at [email protected]

Content Library

CBS THIS MORNING: BLACK CHEFS SHOWCASE THEIR HISTORY, SHARE THEIR CULTURE AND BOND THROUGH FOOD
CBS THIS MORNING: BLACK CHEFS SHOWCASE THEIR HISTORY, SHARE THEIR CULTURE AND BOND THROUGH FOOD
MY TOWN: SHEILA JOHNSON’S MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA
MY TOWN: SHEILA JOHNSON’S MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA
KIDD AROUND TOWN: THE FAMILY REUNION FOOD CONFERENCE AT SALAMANDER RESORT & SPA
KIDD AROUND TOWN: THE FAMILY REUNION FOOD CONFERENCE AT SALAMANDER RESORT & SPA
FAMILY REUNION FOOD FESTIVAL CENTERS ON BLACK CULINARY EXPERIENCES
FAMILY REUNION FOOD FESTIVAL CENTERS ON BLACK CULINARY EXPERIENCES
BEST PRACTICES: VIRGINIA HOTELIER SHEILA JOHNSON KNOWS DIVERSITY IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS
BEST PRACTICES: VIRGINIA HOTELIER SHEILA JOHNSON KNOWS DIVERSITY IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS
Where To Travel In August
Where To Travel In August