The Global Food and Drink Initiative (GFDI) is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to use the power of storytelling to preserve food and drink histories, cultures and languages of the African diaspora.
Our mission is carried out through our work that includes publishing Cuisine Noir Magazine (digital and print) and producing the podcast Diaspora Food Stories in multiple languages, in tandem with our advocacy efforts through networking, programs and speaking engagements.
Working to Preserve Our Stories
Cuisine Noir Magazine
Cuisine Noir became the first Black food media publication in 2009 to intentionally and unapologetically champion stories about people of African descent globally.
With more than 1000 stories preserved between its digital and print publications, Cuisine Noir continues to lead the way in connecting the African diaspora through food, drink and travel.
Diaspora Food Stories Podcast
The true power of storytelling is when we can hear one’s story unapologetically in their own words and the Diaspora Food podcast was created to do just that.
Launched in 2022, GFDI continues to move its mission forward by providing a platform for stories that can only be told by those how live them and in languages that bring them to life.
Preserving Black Stories Takes Global Support!
There has never been a better time than now to make sure important Black food stories are preserved for history and future generations. Supporting our work through a donation is a powerful act in helping us to change wrongful narratives and amplify Black voices.
The Global Food and Drink Initiative is a registered 501c3. All donations are 100% tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
The Latest on Our Blog
Africa Rising is the theme for the new 2023-2024 Cuisine Noir print issue, honoring everything about the continent.
The Global Food and Drink Initiative (GFDI) is excited to welcome two new board members: Cary Wheelous and Leslie Brown! Meet Leslie Brown Brown earned
The return of Cuisine Noir’s annual print issue delivers more than just your average food and drink stories. Themed Empowerment Through Food, Drink and Travel,