Two African Women In Traditional Dresses Cleaning Up An Extremely Weedy Maize Field

About GFDI

The Global Food and Drink Initiative (GFDI) is a multimedia nonprofit dedicated to telling stories that share and preserve the history and culture of the African diaspora.

Expanding the impact that started with our flagship publication, Cuisine Noir, GFDI is expanding important narratives during a time when authenticity and a celebration of one’s roots and diverse culture matter more than ever.

What We do

Serving Communities

A great story is rooted in the communities in which we live and work and making sure it is told for generations to follow is at the heart of what we do.


GFDI is also a connector of communities serving as a resource for information, education and health and well-being programming.

Supporting Small Businesses

We’ve always been a champion for Black entrepreneurs and small business owners trailblazing their own paths and sharing their passion with others in the process.

No matter where you are in your business, we’ll be right there with important programs and resources to help you tell your story, build a legacy business and create generational wealth. 

Supporting Our Work

Our flagship publication Cuisine Noir Magazine turns 12 years old this September and we’re celebrating with a birthday fundraiser that will support our work and our team of amazing writers and journalists from around the world.

From September 1 – September 30, 2021, we invite you to make a $12 donation!  To show our appreciation, each donor will receive a complimentary copy of our Fall 2021 print issue that will feature stories you won’t be able to find anywhere else.


The Global Food and Drink Initiative is 501(c)(3) pending.

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