Owner & Head Baker
A new resident of Staunton, Bryan was raised in Montpelier, Vermont, and is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City. Bryan spent his post-college years traveling and working in a variety of bakeries and espresso shops in Seattle, Richmond, VA and Pittsburgh, PA. Bryan’s culinary inspirations come from a variety of sources, but his first trip to France would particularly influence the future Réunion Bakery & Espresso. Taken with France’s utterly ubiquitous, high-quality bakeries, he was inspired by the fact that common, affordable food could be strikingly delicious and aesthetically beautiful as well.
Two decades ago, Bryan’s family settled in the Shenandoah Valley. Wishing to live closer to them, Bryan began looking for a nearby location in where he could ply his trade. Struck by Staunton’s historic charm, affordable property and easy access to nature, it seemed an obvious place in which to open his first bakery. And a year later, Réunion Baking & Espresso was born, with the name being French for a ”union” or “gathering,” as Bryan imagined the bakery as a social crossroads for people of all ages and backgrounds. Réunion is the café of his dreams, with a beautiful dining room, French-inspired baking, and aggressively good espresso all found under one humble roof. Réunion is his own personal version of culinary heaven. Please come in and pay him a visit!
Chef & Manager
A native of Lexington, Virginia, Reunion Chef and Manager Amanda Green returned to the Shenandoah Valley in 2015 to establish roots in the food and farming community.
Amanda has trained in restaurants in Seattle, San Francisco, and the D.C. area. In Seattle, she cooked and baked at James Beard Award-winning chef Renee Erickson’s The Whale Wins and at Vif, the dynamic food, wine and coffee house. In Alexandria, Virginia she captained at chef Cathal Armstrong’s Restaurant Eve. Amanda has also staged at Manolin, a Bon Appetit Hot 10 New Restaurant of 2015, and at Alice Waters’ iconic Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. She has lived and studied in England, Italy and the Kingdom of Tonga, all of which have uniquely shaped her approach to food, family, and community. She currently lives in on her farm Rockbridge Baths with her husband, Kevin, and daughter, Nellie.