• 2016


  • 2017

    App launched on IPhone and Android

  • 2020

    Trusted nationwide directory lists 7,000 black-owned restaurants, bakeries, cafes, food trucks, bars, and wineries across the U.S.

  • 2021

    Partnerships and Collaboration with major brands Apple, Uber Eats, Pepsi, Bacardi, and more

  • 2021

    National database with 9,500+ listings servicing 350,000 people.

Our Story

EatOkra is the story of the strength and vibrancy of a community coming together.

It’s a community rooted in a shared love for Black food and deep relationships. When we prepare for Sunday dinner, it is our beloved grandmother passing down soul food recipes and whispering her experiences of pain and triumph in our ear. The Black culture, planted in story and shared lived experience, is intertwined with the civil rights movement and equity in the U.S. and we want to speak truth to that past.

We want to allow space for our businesses to have a voice and say,


EatOkra’s mission is to spread the news about this rich, vibrant community to inform, encourage connections, and nurture lasting relationships. We are here to lift business owners, chefs, and trailblazers up off the page with our mobile app and online platform, and through their stories, celebrate food as the centerpiece of Black joy.

We welcome consumers to feed their souls by joining us.

The Okra plant is at the core of our brand to honor the culinary heritage and history of the African diaspora and symbolize comfort to Black communities nationwide. There are five seeds in an okra pod, and each represents one of EatOkra's brand values:

  • Reverence

  • Fellowship

  • Support

  • Celebration

  • Convenience

EatOkra‘s purpose is to create spaces that inspire the larger community and Black business owners, allowing them to spread their wings and embrace their vision for tomorrow.

Our Purpose

EatOkra‘s purpose is to create digital spaces that inspire the larger community and Black business owners, enabling them to spread their wings and embrace their visions for tomorrow.

Our Mission

EatOkra’s mission is to support a vibrant community of consumers and business owners that honors and preserves the culinary heritage and history of the African diaspora. We create a space for all the voices in that community to come together and thrive. We empower consumers to claim their power as conscious buyers and discover a rich food culture while helping Black owners gain brand awareness and grow their businesses.

Meet the Team!

Janique Edwards

Co-Founder, COO

Anthony Edwards

Co-Founder, CEO & CTO

Jason Wallace

Director of Business Solutions

Brittani Harris

Digital Marketing Manager

Kevin Edwards

Customer Success Manager

Kiera Howell

Data Team Manager

Marvin Johnson


Chef JJ


Jeff Lindor