Irie Zulu represents the seamless fusion between
traditional African+Jamaican cuisines
means stress-free, cultured, connected to mother earth, in touch with one's deeper self and environment. The Irie vibe expresses itself in the reggae culture and permeates Jamaican lifestyle, foods and social interactions.
represents the iconic Zulu tribe and culture of South Africa that embodies the rich, strong, vibrant and beautiful spirit of African people.
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.
Experience the Fusion of African & Jamaican Cuisines at Irie Zulu
At Irie Zulu, we take pride in sharing our family dishes, which are created with love from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Our ever-changing menu includes chef’s selections including West Africane egusi, Ghana’s watchee, Senegalese style joloff rice and Jamaican specialties like oxtail stew and goat curry. Our recipes aim to capture the soul of each region, and each dish tells a story of our heritage, our people and the traditions that bind us together.
We welcome you to join us for a culinary exploration of the authentic flavors of Jamaica and the African diaspora.
For more about Irie Zulu, 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.