Middleburg, Virginia | AUGUST 18-21, 2022

The Family Reunion, the immersive experience celebrating diversity in the hospitality community, returns for a second year from August 18-21 at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA. Overnight packages and event passes are now available.

The event’s enriching programming is highlighted by some of the industry’s top talent including Carla Hall, Rodney Scott, Nina Compton, Gregory Gourdet, Mashama Bailey, Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Pierre Thiam and several surprise guests.

Presented by Chef and Author Kwame Onwuachi in collaboration with Dotdash Meredith’s FOOD & WINE and Sheila Johnson’s Salamander Hotels & Resorts, 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. Last year’s inaugural 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.

A full event schedule will be published in the coming weeks.

Sheila and Kwame

Purchase Tickets


Overnight Package

Thursday, August 18 - Sunday, August 21
From $4532 single occupancy, $6382 double occupancy

  • Luxurious Forbes Five-Star accommodations for three-nights
  • Welcome Reception Afternoon Cook Out on Thursday
  • Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Dinner events on Friday and Saturday including Dance Hall and Block Party
  • Your choice of one breakout session on Friday and one breakout session on Saturday
  • Grand Stage panels on Friday and Saturday
  • Sunday Service
Sold Out


All-Access Program Pass

  • Welcome Reception Afternoon Cook Out on Thursday
  • Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Dinner events on Friday and Saturday including Dance Hall and Block Party
  • Your choice of one breakout session on Friday and one breakout session on Saturday
  • Grand Stage panels on Friday and Saturday
  • Sunday Service

Evening Event Pass

  • Welcome Reception Afternoon Cook Out on Thursday
  • Dinner events on Friday and Saturday including Dance Hall and Block Party
SOLD OUT

*Event schedule and talent subject to change. Tickets are non-refundable.

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 two of festivities with bigger and better programming.”

Kwame Onwuachi
Kwame plating
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2022 Featured Talent

Alexander Smalls

James Beard Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur and Author

Andre Fowles

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

Angel Barreto

Chef

Bryan Furman

Chef/Owner, Pit Master, Bryan Furman BBQ

Carla Hall

Chef, Restaurateur, Author

Charlie Mitchell

Executive Chef & Partner, Clover Hill

Claudia Martinez

Executive Pastry Chef, Miller Union
Dawn Burrell Read more
Photo: Jenn Duncan

Dawn Burrell

Chef/Partner Late August Restaurant & Lucille's Hospitality Group
Douglass Williams Read more
Photo: Emily Khan

Douglass Williams

Chef, Mida South End, Mida Newton and Apizza Boston

Dr. Jessica B. Harris

Food Historian, Award-Winning Author, Journalist

Eric Adjepong

Founder, Chef Adjepong LLC and Public Health Nutrition Professional

Erick Williams

Chef/Owner, Virtue Restaurant & Bar

Gregory Gourdet

James Beard Award Nominated Chef and Owner, Kann

Jamila Robinson

Food Media Leader and Food Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer

Jonathan "Jonny" Rhodes

James Beard Award Nominated Chef, Executive Chef and Owner, Indigo

JR Robinson

Chef & Owner, Kitchencray

Julia Coney

Wine Consultant for American Airlines, Wine and Travel Journalist, Wine Educator and Consultant at Julia Coney Enterprises, Founder, Black Wine Professionals

Justin Sutherland

Owner, Handsome Hog
Consulting Partner, The Gnome Craft Pub
Culinary Consultant, MN United at Allianz Field
Kwame Onwuachi Read more
Photo: Storm Santos

Kwame Onwuachi

James Beard Award-Winning Chef, and Author

Martel Stone

Executive Chef, The Gathering Spot
Mashama Bailey Read more
Photo: Nydia Blas

Mashama Bailey

Co-Founder & Exec Chef, Grey Spaces

Matt Horn

Chef & Restauranteur

Maya-Camille Broussard

Chef and Owner, Justice of the Pies, Author, James Beard Award Nominated Chef

Melba Wilson

Chef, Restaurateur & Author

Nadine Brown

Sommelier, Founder of At Your Service

Osei "Chef Picky" Blackett

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

Peter Prime

Executive Chef and Partner at Bammy's

Rodney Scott

James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Pitmaster, Founder & Owner, Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ
Shenarri Freeman Read more
Photo: @Sen.Floyd

Shenarri Freeman

Executive Chef, Cadence

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 and Owner | Roots Chicken Shak, Roots Southern Table
Founder Tiffany Derry Concepts
Co-Founder | T2D Concepts

Vallery Lomas

Baker, Author and Winner of Great American Baking Show

Virginia Ali

Chef and Founder, Ben’s Chili Bowl

Zoe Adjonyoh

Chef/Owner, Zoe's Ghana Kitchen & Kissing Cultures, Author & Director Of Women's Leadership Programs at The James Beard Foundation

Our 2022 Partners

Vineyards at Boxwood Estate Winery
Brett Johnson

The Family Reunion already enjoys sponsorship support from FOOD & WINE, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Brett Johnson, Sheila Johnson Collection, Visit Loudoun,  the Town of Middleburg, McEnearney Associates, McBride Sisters Collection and United.

2022 Event Schedule

Day 1 Thu

August 18, 2022

4:00 - 8:00 pm
The Culinary Garden

Welcome Reception: The Cook Out

There's nothing like a BBQ especially a Family Reunion BBQ featuring some of the best pitmasters and legendary half smokes you can find.

Hosted by Ben's Chili Bowl and Virginia Ali, pitmasters Bryan Furman, Rodney Scott and Matt Horn

5:00 - 10:00 pm
Harrimans

Restaurant Takeover

Enjoy cuisine by some of the hottest chefs from around the country. Available throughout the weekend.

Featuring Angel Barreto, Charlie Mitchell, Martel Stone, Shenarri Freeman and Claudia Martinez

Restaurant takeover is not included in the overnight package, all-access program pass or evening event pass. Reservations are recommended.

Day 2 Fri

August 19, 2022

7:00 - 9:00 am
Middleburg Foyer

Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00 am
Grand Stage

Please don't steal my swag - Tanning of America

America tends to love black culture more than the people themselves. Join us in a discussion about how influence equates to dollars.

With Melba Wilson, Martel Stone and Paola Velez

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Grand Stage

Don't Touch My Hair

How can one be deemed unprofessional by showing up in the workplace with their natural hair? Also, how can one have the audacity to ask to touch it? We are getting into being a black woman in a professional setting and how it effects everything.

With Tiffany Derry, Vallery Lomas and Maya-Camille Broussard

12:30 - 1:30 pmm
Middleburg Ballroom

Wine Panel

With McBride Sisters, Julia Coney and Nadine Brown

1:30 - 3:00 pm
Middleburg Terrace

Family-Style Lunch

Enjoy a family-style lunch under the tent hosted by those with some of the hardest restaurant reservations to snag.

Hosted by Dawn Burrell, Claudia Martinez, Douglass Williams, Osei "Chef Picky" Blackett and Justin Sutherland

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

*pre-registration is required and will be released at a later date.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Middleburg Ballroom

Wine Event: McBride Sisters, Julia Coney and Nadine Brown

Taste a curated selection from black owned winemakers and learn about what makes them special.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Salamander Resort

BBQ 101: Rodney Scott, Bryan Furman and Matt Horn

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make BBQ from the pros? You're in luck. We've got the best in the game to walk you through it and feed your soul.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Culinary Garden

Eat with Your Hands: Eric Adjepong, Pierre Thiam and Zoe Adjonyoh

Africa has many different regions that use their hands to eat. In this session you will learn the history of how that came to be and how to eat different regions from fufu to injera like a pro.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Library

Conversation with Dr. Jessica B. Harris Led by Jamila Robinson

Join the legendary Dr. Jessica B. Harris in conversation with Jamila Robinson talking about the rise of black foodways, her story, and what it's like to have pioneered a movement.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Grand Lawn

Zip Lining with Douglass Williams

Are you brave? Then zip through the trees with Chef Douglass!

Meet at the benches on the Grand Lawn.
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Grand Lawn

Axe Throwing with Jonny Rhodes

Experience an archery and axe throwing adventure.

Meet at the steps to the Grand Lawn.
5:00 - 10:00 pm
Harrimans

Restaurant Takeover

Hosted by Angel Barreto, Charlie Mitchell, Martel Stone and Shenarri Freeman

Restaurant takeover is not included in the overnight package, all-access program pass or evening event pass. Reservations are recommended

7:00 - 10:00 pm
Grand Stage

Dance Hall

Hosted by Andre Fowles, Eric Adjepong, Gregory Gourdet, Peter Prime, Shorne Benjamin, Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Zoe Adjonyoh and Paola Velez

Enjoy this Caribbean themed event with live music and all things from the islands.

10:00 pm - 12:00 am
Culinary Garden

Afterglow

Featuring Chef Pete of Market Salamander

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Day 3 Sat

August 20, 2022

7:00 - 9:00 am
Middleburg Foyer

Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00 am
Grand Stage

Sugar or Salt & Pepper in Grits?

With Charlie Mitchell, JR Robinson, Alexander Smalls and Carla Hall

The most important question in America today! Well not really, we have got way more issues. This question is to spark conversation on how we can come together as a people even amongst simple differences….but which one is it?

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Grand Stage

Building a Legacy, Then and Now

With Angel Barreto, Mashama Bailey, Preston Clark and Shenarri Freeman

Two of these chefs have built lasting legacy's and the other two are forging their own path. What has changed if anything at all?

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Grand Stage

Don't Label Me, Building a Brand

With Dawn Burrell, Justin Sutterland, Jonny Rhodes, Kwame Onwuachi and Pierre Serrao

We are more than our profession, and we need to preserve that inner child. Let's get into building a brand and what it takes to break the box that people put us in.

1:30pm - 3pm
Middleburg Terrace

Family-Style Lunch

Hosted by Erick Williams, Jonny Rhodes, Nyesha Arrington, Pierre Thiam and Maya-Camille Broussard

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

*pre-registration is required and will be released at a later date

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Equestrian Center

Wine Event: McBride Sisters, Julia Coney and Nadine Brown

Taste a curated selection of black owned winemakers and learn about what makes them special.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Harrimans Fire Pit

Jerk: The Dish that Freed a Nation

Led by Andre Fowles, Osei "Chef Picky" Blackett, Peter Prime, Shorne Benjamin and Tavel Bristol-Joseph

Jerk is a dish of freedom and resilience. Join us in a masterclass on traditional jerk and how that dish came to be.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Culinary Garden

History of Soul Food: Erick Williams, Melba Wilson, Dr. Jessica B. Harris

Let's learn the history of some of the most iconic dishes. Fried chicken as well as dirty rice.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Library

Let's Talk to the Authors: Jamila Robinson

Join Jamila Robinson in conversation with authors as to what it takes to create these works of art and how to get your foot in the door of publishing. They will also be signing books after the discussion.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Grand Lawn

Zip Lining with Gregory Gourdet

Meet at the benches on the Grand Lawn.
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Grand Lawn

Axe Throwing with Nyesha Arrington

Meet at the steps to the Grand Lawn.
5:00 - 10:00 pm
Harrimans

Restaurant Takeover

Hosted by Angel Barreto, Charlie Mitchell, Martel Stone, Shenarri Freeman

Restaurant takeover is not included in the overnight package, all-access program pass or evening event pass. Reservations are recommended.

7:00 - 10:00 pm
Grand Stage

Block Party

It's not The Family Reunion without our signature block party. A special guest, great food and the DJ spinning all night.

Hosted by JR Robinson, Mashama Bailey, Melba Wilson, Pierre Serrao, Preston Clark, Tiffany Derry and Vallery Lomas

10:00 pm - 12:00 am
Culinary Garden

Afterglow

Featuring Chef Pete of Market Salamander

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Day 4 Sun

August 21, 2022

10:00 - 10:30 am
Middleburg Terrace

Sunday Service

Let's all gather in gratitude as we have made it through another year. It's time to say our farewells and be thankful for what we have. Come as friends, leave as family.

*Event schedule and talent subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE 2022 FAMILY REUNION IN MIDDLEBURG, VA?

    AUGUST 18-21, 2022.

  • WHEN ARE PASSES FOR THE 2022 FAMILY REUNION GOING ON SALE?
  • Are FR events suitable for those who are on restrictive diets (e.g. vegan, keto, vegetarian?)
  • WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN TO ENSURE THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF ATTENDEES?
  • WHAT EVENTS ARE INCLUDED WITH AN ALL-ACCESS PROGRAM PASS?
  • HOW CAN MY COMPANY BECOME A SPONSOR AT THE FAMILY REUNION?
  • WHERE DO THE EVENTS TAKE PLACE?
  • IS THE FAMILY REUNION KID-FRIENDLY?
  • WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
  • I'M A MEMBER OF THE MEDIA AND WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND

Press Contact

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

PLEASE SUBMIT Media Applications HERE 

Please submit applications by July 30, 2022.

Content Library

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Luxury Travel Advisor article
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Northern Virginia Magazine article
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Big-name chefs are coming to Middleburg's Salamander Resort & Spa

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

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

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

Travel Pulse article
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