Black Food & Beverage is a diverse community of chefs, restauranteurs, sommeliers, managers, servers, bartenders, entrepreneurs, writers, farmers, etc., who are pushing the food and beverage industry forward and deserve to be celebrated.
Black Food & Beverage is dedicated to expanding the narrative by amplifying the voices of black F&B professionals. The stories of our community are robust and until we are included in conversations around food and beverage, the narrative remains incomplete.
The idea for Black Food & Beverage began a few years ago when Angela Burke noticed groundswell conversations around POC in food aligned with individuals calling out incessant tone deafness, white gaze, and voids of representation. She launched Black Food & Beverage in 2018 with Alisha Sommer. While the inaugural list focused F&B professionals based in Chicago, Angela’s home, the site has expanded to include F&B pros from cities across the country.
Since launching, we’ve received countless messages from readers moved by the stories we’ve shared. Each person we’ve interviewed offers an authentic account of their F&B experience. Their journey — from the successes to the hurdles they’ve overcome and the lessons learned along the way — are a guide for those looking to build a career in the F&B industry.
Once you’ve read their stories, please support their work.
You can support us by spreading the word about our work, connecting with us on our socials, signing up for our newsletter, and buying a Black Food & Beverage tote.
Also, check out the following list of incredible folks who make the F&B industry a better place. Please support them and follow their work: Cuisine Noire, Equity at the Table (EATT), Adrian Miller, Therese Nelson, Radical Xchange, SheChef, Nicole A. Taylor, Bryant Terry, Michael Twitty, Whetstone Magazine, Korsha Wilson.
Lastly, if you know of anyone we should know, please send us their details.