Salamander Resort & Spa to Host Second Edition of "The Family Reunion"

Sheila Johnson’s Salamander Hotels & Resorts and Dotdash Meredith’s FOOD & WINE magazine have announced the second edition of "The Family Reunion," presented by chef and author Kwame Onwuachi. The event will be held from August 18-21 at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia.

The event will spotlight culinary talent including Carla Hall, Rodney Scott, Nina Compton, Gregory Gourdet, Mashama Bailey, Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Pierre Thiam and several surprise guests. It will combine panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, recreational activities and daily “family” meals where attendees and celebrity participants can interact.

“The Family Reunion was created to celebrate Black and Brown contributions to the food industry,” said Onwuachi, who is also a contributing executive producer for FOOD & WINE.

History Of Jerk With Andre Fowles & Peter Prime
"History of Jerk with Andre Fowles & Peter Prime" (Clay Williams)

The core mission of The Family Reunion is to nurture, develop and celebrate racial and ethnic diversity within the next generation of hospitality professionals. Experiences will take place throughout the 340-acre resort, including its Culinary Garden and Library, besides two outdoor Grand Stage venues hosting a lineup of presentations and panel discussions. The resort is located in the heart of the state’s wine country and just an hour from Washington, D.C.

Event sponsors include Brett Johnson, McBride Sisters Wine Company, Virginia Tourism Corporation and Visit Loudoun, with more to be announced soon.

“Last year’s event was an emotional celebration for all involved, and we will continue to inspire inclusivity and equality within the hospitality and culinary industries,” said Johnson, who is the only African-American woman to wholly own a Forbes Five-Star resort. She is also the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television.

Michelle Miller and Sheila Johnson
Michelle Miller and Sheila Johnson (Clay Miller)

Additional culinary talent, in order of appearance, includes Bryan Furman, Matt Horn, Virginia Ali, Angel Barreto, Charlie Mitchell, Martel Stone, Melba Wilson, Bryant Terry, Maya-Camille Broussard, Dawn Burrell, Claudia Martinez, Douglass Williams, Osei Blackett, Justin Sutherland, Eric Adjepong, Zoe Adjonyoh, Andre Fowles, Peter Prime, Shorne Benjamin, Paola Velez, JR Robinson, Alexander Smalls, Erick Williams, Jonny Rhodes, Nyesha Arrington, the McBride sisters, Julia Coney, Nadine Brown, Pierre Serrao, Preston Clark, Tiffany Derry and Vallery Lomas. A full schedule will be announced in the near future.

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