About The Global Food and Drink Initiative

The Global Food and Drink Initiative (GFDI) is a multimedia nonprofit organization founded in 2020, a year of life and business-changing pivots witnessed around the world.

Dedicated to telling the stories of a global community of creators, influencers, food lovers and drink connoisseurs, GFDI picks up the torch from its flagship publication Cuisine Noir to expand the conversations, further amplify important voices and change narratives to uplift and include the diverse contributions of persons of African descent who are a part making the food, drink and travel industries what they are today.


Our Founder and Executive Director

As the publisher and editor of Cuisine Noir Magazine and now the executive director of GFDI, V. Sheree Williams has been a pioneer in bringing stories about the contributions of Blacks in food, drink and travel to the forefront for more than 11 years.

Her vision and leadership in pioneering conversations and stories in food media as a niche digital and print publication has amassed a loyal global readership as well the attention from industry leaders and organizations.

In her role as executive director, she will continue to build on years of hard and consistent work, invaluable connections and innovative ideas to create an organization with an impact felt around the world.

Sheree Williams 2020