Economy & Business
1:34 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Spices to Send You On a Flavor Safari

Yollande Tchouapi Deacon chats with Mitch Teich.

  Earlier on today's show, essayist Kyle Cherek reflected that the word foodie is not just for trendy east or west coasters.  It’s a word that can – and is – used to describe people right here in the heartland that are passionate about food, especially locally sourced and prepared food.  But eating local doesn’t necessarily mean eating from a culinarytradition that is local.

Yollande Tchouapi Deacon's company, Afro Fusion Cuisine, produces a variety of spices used in West African cooking.
Credit photo courtesy Afro Fusion Brands

  Yollande Tchouapi Deacon is a native of the West African nation of Cameroon, and her company, Afro Fusion Cuisine, seeks to marry the flavor of her native country with - when possible - foods from this region.  

Tchouapi Deacon spoke recently with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich about the "fusion" in "Afro Fusion Cuisine." 

"I want to create a menu that when you look at it, you say, 'I know what it is,' but when you think about it, you think, ''Wow - that takes me far, far,' and it's like a journey to Africa in a bite." - Yollande Tchouapi Deacon

The Wauwatosa-based company's line of spices and sauces is available online and in retailers such as Outpost Natural Foods.  Her company also does event catering and planning.