Hi, I’m Gayle. Founder of Chicago Southland Foodies. Upon seeing that last bit, maybe you’re thinking “Why she have to go there?”

Foodie. Not only that, but one who leans “bougie.” Like, really?

A foodie is a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and who eats food not only out of hunger but also as a hobby. The terms “gastronome” and “gourmet” define the same thing, i.e. a person who enjoys food for pleasure.


Surely, “bougie” hasn’t always had positive associations. Especially, when I was growing up. Same as nerd or blerd (a.k. a. black nerd which I also self-identify with). So trust me, it’s with more than a little trepidation that I use all those adjectives to give you a good sense of what this community is about.

Our mission to be clear:

We are an open, inclusive community welcoming those of all racial/ethnic identities, gender, and sexual orientation. I created Chicago Southland Foodies with a special focus on black foodies as most folks in or outside dominant culture don’t usually see us as members of a broader community of cultural and food lovers or enthusiasts, gourmands, gastronomes, connoisseurs, passionate eaters, or food nerds.

So we are often hidden from one another. Especially in the Chicago South Suburbs. Like the Chicago-based “The Black Foodies,” I wanted to change perceptions…and make it easier to connect with one another.

Chicago Southland Foodies is about good eats and community as well as calling attention to black-owned food businesses. Visit The Black Foodies website for restaurant reviews and to order this cool T-shirt and make it a little easier to find one another 🙂