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. 

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 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 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.

Roasted Eggplant with Liberian Pepper Sauce
Cucumber Avocado Salad, Gooseberry Piri Piri
Uni Escovitch
Warm Greens with Toasted Coconut
Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas and Braised Cabbage
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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
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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

Andréa McBride John

Cofounder & CEO, McBride Sisters Wine Company

Angel Barreto

Chef

Bryan Furman

Chef/Owner, Pit Master, Bryan Furman BBQ

Carla Hall

Chef, Restaurateur, Author

Claudia Martinez

Executive Pastry Chef, Miller Union
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

Fariyal Abdullahi

Chef/Consultant

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

Keem Hughley

Owner of Bronze
Kwame Onwuachi Read more
Photo: Storm Santos

Kwame Onwuachi

James Beard Award-Winning Chef, and Author

Lamar Moore

Chef/Owner of River North Entertainment and Bar

Martel Stone

Chef Founder of "The Black Supper Collective"
Mashama Bailey Read more
Photo: Nydia Blas

Mashama Bailey

Co-Founder & Exec Chef, Grey Spaces

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

Nina Oduro

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

Nyesha Joyce Arrington

Chef and TV Personality, Next Level Chef

Osei "Chef Picky" Blackett

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

Paola Velez

James Beard Award Nominated Pastry Chef
Food Media Personality
Bakers Against Racism, FOOD & WINE, Small Orchids, Inc.

Pete Smith

Executive Chef, Market Salamander

Peter Prime

Executive Chef and Partner at Bammy's

Pierre Serrao

Chef and Cofounder of Ghetto Gastro

Pierre Thiam

Chef/Restaurateur/Author

Preston Clark

Executive Chef and Culinary Director of Lure Fishbar

Robin McBride

Cofounder & President, McBride Sisters Wine Company

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

Tahiirah Habibi

Founder and CEO of The Hue Society

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

Toya Henry

Executive Chef of Bronze

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

Insipire Logo
Middleburg
Vineyards at Boxwood Estate Winery
Brett Johnson
MCE
No Kid Hungry
Coca Cola
Guinness
Verterra
UBS
Hennessey
Nubianhueman
Sea Island Forge Logo

The Family Reunion 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, No Kid Hungry, Guinness, Coca-Cola, Inspire, Lexus, UBS, Moët Hennessy, and United. The Family Reunion is also proud to support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to help end childhood hunger.

2022 Event Schedule

Day 1 Thu

August 18, 2022

4:00 - 8:00 pm
Middleburg Terrace

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 and Rodney Scott

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, 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 pm Cocktails
Culinary Garden
Dinner to Follow
Salamander Equestrian Center

Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner

Contribute to our mission to nurture, develop and celebrate racial and ethnic diversity within the next generation of hospitality professionals through a meal alongside some of our esteemed talent and prepared by our host, Kwame Onwuachi.

Featuring Chef Kwame Onwuachi

Additional ticket purchase required.

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Day 2 Fri

August 19, 2022

7:00 - 9:00 am
Gold Cup

Continental Breakfast


10:00 - 11:00 am
Middleburg Ballroom

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

Moderated by Keem Hughley

11:15 - 12:15 pm
Middleburg Ballroom

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

Moderated by Fariyal Abdullahi

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Middleburg Ballroom

Wine is Power: Reimagining the Industry

With Andréa McBride John, Julia Coney, Nadine Brown, Robin McBride, and Tahiirah Habibi

Moderated by Michelle Miller

1:00 - 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 Claudia Martinez, Douglass Williams, Jonny Rhodes, Lamar Moore, and Osei Blackett

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

*Pre-registration is required and is open to Overnight Package holders and All Access Program Pass Holders. Please check your email for a message from SquadUp with more details.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Middleburg Ballrooms 2 and 3

In Vino Veritas I: Wine Tasting and an Honest Conversation

Join Robin McBride, Andréa McBride John, Tahiirah Habibi, and Chef Kwame Onwuachi as they speak candidly about the shift in focus and recognition of black food & wine professionals –what it was like, what it’s like now and what it means for the future. The conversation will be followed by a unique, interactive tasting of black owned wines.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
BBQ Pits

BBQ 101: Rodney Scott and Bryan Furman

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 Benches/Oak Tree

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 by the steps

Axe Throwing with Claudia Martinez

Experience an archery and axe throwing adventure.

Meet at the steps to the Grand Lawn.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Middleburg Ballroom 1

Shaken & Stirred

Interactive Mixology class led by Matthew Moyer and Alexis Brown. Presented by Hennessy.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Grand Lawn Gazebo

Survival Course with Lamar Moore


5:00 - 10:00 pm
Harrimans

Restaurant Takeover

Enjoy cuisine by some of the hottest chefs from around the country. This will be available throughout the weekend.

Hosted by Angel Barreto, 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
Middleburg Terrace Tent

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 - 12:00 am
Culinary Garden & Grand Terrace

Afterglow

Featuring Chef Pete of Market Salamander

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Day 3 Sat

August 20, 2022

7:00 - 9:00 am
Gold Cup

Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00 am
Middleburg Ballroom

Sugar or Salt & Pepper in Grits?

With 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?

Moderated by Nina Oduro

11:15 - 12:15 pm
Middleburg Ballroom

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?

Moderated by Mashama Bailey

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Middleburg Ballroom

Don't Label Me, Building a Brand

With Jonny Rhodes, Pierre Serrao, and Tavel Bristol-Joseph

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.

Moderated by Melinda Hightower, UBS

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Middleburg Terrace

Family-Style Lunch

Hosted by Erick Williams, Maya-Camille Broussard, Nyesha Arrington, Pete Smith, and Pierre Thiam

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

*Pre-registration is required and is open to Overnight Package holders and All Access Program Pass Holders. Please check your email for a message from SquadUp with more details.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Middleburg Ballrooms 2 and 3

In Vino Veritas II: Wine Tasting and an Honest Conversation

Join The Family Reunion Wine Team, Julia Coney, Nadine Brown and Tahiirah Habibi, as they speak candidly about the shift in focus and recognition of black food & wine professionals –what it was like, what it’s like now and what it means for the future. The conversation will be followed by a unique, interactive tasting of black owned wines.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Harrimans Fire Pit

Jerk: The Dish that Freed a Nation: Andre Fowles, Osei Blackett, Peter Prime, Shorne Benjamin, 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

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 Benches/Oak Tree

Zip Lining with Gregory Gourdet

Meet at the benches on the Grand Lawn.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Grand Lawn by the steps

Axe Throwing with Nyesha Arrington

Meet at the steps to the Grand Lawn.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Middleburg Ballroom 1

Shaken & Stirred

Interactive Mixology class led by Matthew Moyer and Alexis Brown. Presented by Hennessy.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Grand Lawn Gazebo

Survival Course with Jonny Rhodes


5:00 - 10:00 pm
Harrimans

Restaurant Takeover

Hosted by Angel Barreto, 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
Middleburg Terrace Tent

Block Party

It’s not The Family Reunion without our signature block party. Great food, a special Lifetime Achievement Award presentation, and the DJ spinning all night.

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

10:00 - 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

CBS This Morning: Black chefs showcase their history, share their culture and bond through food
08/20/2021

CBS This Morning: Black chefs showcase their history, share their culture and bond through food

My Town: Sheila Johnson’s Middleburg, Virginia
08/20/2021

My Town: Sheila Johnson’s Middleburg, Virginia

Kidd Around Town: 'The Family Reunion' food conference at Salamander Resort & Spa
08/19/2021

Kidd Around Town: 'The Family Reunion' food conference at Salamander Resort & Spa

Family Reunion Food Festival Centers on Black Culinary Experiences
08/09/2021

Family Reunion Food Festival Centers on Black Culinary Experiences

Best Practices: Virginia Hotelier Sheila Johnson Knows Diversity is Good For Business
08/06/2021

Best Practices: Virginia Hotelier Sheila Johnson Knows Diversity is Good For Business

Where To Travel In August
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Where To Travel In August

Sheila Johnson’s Salamander Resorts Partners With Celebrity Chefs To Celebrate Diversity In Hospitality
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Sheila Johnson's Salamander Resorts Partners With Celebrity Chefs To Celebrate Diversity In Hospitality

Tickets Are Now on Sale for Star-Packed Family Reunion Event in Virginia Wine Country
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Tickets Are Now on Sale for Star-Packed Family Reunion Event in Virginia Wine Country

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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