About Irie Zulu by Afro Fusion Cuisine
Much like in Africa & Jamaica, at Irie Zulu, great foods & hospitality are a Culture!
Irie Zulu represents the seamless fusion between traditional African and Jamaican cuisines. It is a distinct marriage of cultures and a place where the ties between heritage and native foods are woven together through the experience of hospitality.
Irie Zulu’s menu, which is made with love using the best locally sourced seasonal ingredients available, is the conduit for stories of untapped cultures, of value systems founded in family, community and a love for nature. It is also a means to give voice to generations of peoples, whose stories have often gone untold.
Diners can expect an exclusive guided tour exploring the traditional cuisines of both Jamaica and the African diaspora. Each dish — many passed down through the generations — forges a connection between people and culture, using a language that expresses a love for others and a desire to nourish and heal the body and mind.
For more information about Irie Zulu Restaurant & Store, read the article, A 100 Foot Journey: The Making of Irie Zulu by Lori Fredrich at OnMilwaukee.com.
About Yollande Tchouapi Deacon
Yollande Tchouapi Deacon is a native of Bantu from the Bamileke tribe of Cameroon in West Africa. She is a wife and mother. She is also a self-described dreamer, idealist and food lover, whose life and work is fueled by the cuisine of her ancestors.
She was raised in a family of restaurateurs in a community where meals were not only a source for nourishment, but a means for bonding and social activity. And her upbringing instilled an enduring appreciation for community, a desire to care for others, and a strong sense of cultural identity and pride.
Yollande’s journey to Milwaukee began at Marquette University, where she completed her master’s degree in business. Once in the Cream City, Yollande married into a Jamaican family, whose traditional roots touched and intermingled with her own. The experience fueled her ongoing desire to share an honest and authentic view of both African and Jamaican cultures with a wider audience.
She found her voice through two distinct brands: Afro Fusion Cuisine and her restaurant Irie Zulu. Both are rooted in African tradition with an aim to assist consumers in rediscovering the simple joys of cooking natural, flavorful and healthy meals together. The brands showcase the versatility, uniqueness, heritage, beauty and treasures of tribal Africa through the eyes of a well-traveled native African who now calls Milwaukee home.