Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission

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 which 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.


"We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation's greatness." - Yvette Clarke

Tell a Story

"Some people say when we are born we’re born into stories. I say we’re also born from stories." - Ben Okri

Our Vision

That every person of African descent is inspired and empowered by the richness of our Black food culture that they become passionate stewards and storytellers, proudly passing it down to future generations.