AYO Foods

Nexty Award Winner 2020

AYO means joy in Yoruba, one of the languages spoken in West Africa where some of our traditional recipes were born.

We’re called AYO Foods, because that is what these savory, spicy dishes have brought to our family for generations.  And now, we want to share that ayo with you!

At AYO, we believe:

  • A great meal brings families together.

  • Food has teleporting powers.

  • Everything is better with a bit of spice.

  • Good food can do real good.

Join us for a celebration of West African culture and food.


Cassava Leaf Stew

Ground cassava leaves, chicken, and spices slow cooked into a savory stew

What is Cassava?

The cassava plant, also known as yuca, is staple crop in Africa.  Families depend on cassava as a vital link for both food and income.  Our recipe starts by grinding the plant’s protein-rich leaves.  Next, we slow simmer them with hormone free chicken, habanero peppers, and savory spices until it cooks down into our family favorite stew.

Jollof Rice

One pot rice spiced and stewed in a flavorful tomato broth with roasted red peppers and onions

We ❤️ Jollof Rice

Anyone in West Africa knows that there is a great debate over what country makes the best Jollof Rice.  We’re confident you’ll love our classic version with long grain rice, tomatoes, peppers, and onions as much as we do!

Egusi Soup

Ground melon seeds, fresh peppers and onions, and spinach slow cooked into a savory stew

“Soup-er” Egusi

Egusi is a wild member of the gourd family.  While the seeds look similar to a watermelon they taste quite different and are extremely nutritious- high in protein and healthy fats.



In West Africa, Ayo means joy. So it was fitting that when a natural products industry vet and serial entrepreneur combined their talents it would be a labor of love that inspired lots of joy along the way.


Anyone who knows us will tell you that nothing brings us more joy than sharing a meal with friends and family. So sit down, dig in, and join us as we celebrate the culture, the people, and the food that inspires us.



Perteet & Fred

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