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AKWABA (AK-WA-BA) “Welcome”

AKWABA to Alloko Garden, where the spirit of Cote d’Ivoire –the land of hospitality and joie-de-vivre meets its culinary savoir-faire. Over the years, the Ivorian cuisine has been enriched by its large immigrant population from neighboring sahelian countries. Alloko Garden brings to American consumers the enriched Ivorian cusisine – artisan delicacies of native Ivorian people paired with meat/fish grilled according to perfected ancient West African grilling techniques where smoke and rare African spices work in tandem to flavor the meat/fish. It’s natural food with great taste at its best.

ALLOKO (AH-LOW-KO) -Ivorian Fries

Amongst all the countries in (Latin America, Asia and Africa) that consume plantain, Ivory Coast is the creator of Alloko. Alloko is an Ivorian specialty in the same way French Fries is a French specialty.

CANCANCAN (CAN-CAN-CAN)

A blend of unique West African ancient spices enriched with Ivorian culinary savoir-faire. The street legend calls it an aphrodisiac. No one really knows whether it’s the unique taste bud appeal or the aphrodisiac feature but Cancancan is the king of the grill and remains very popular with consumers –tourists and locals alike. Cancancan is added to the meat/fish after it’s cooked and ready to be served.

CANCANCAN (CAN-CAN-CAN)

A blend of unique West African ancient spices enriched with Ivorian culinary savoir-faire. The street legend calls it an aphrodisiac. No one really knows whether it’s the unique taste bud appeal or the aphrodisiac feature but Cancancan is the king of the grill and remains very popular with consumers –tourists and locals alike. Cancancan is added to the meat/fish after it’s cooked and ready to be served.

ATTIÉKÉ ( AT-E- A-KAY)

Ivorian fermented cassava couscous: Proprietary Ivorian riced fermented cassava. The cassava root is peeled, grated to turn into a paste, fermented(48-72hours), pressed, then turned into rice like grains that are sun-dried and steamed. Amongst all the countries in (Latin America, Asia and Africa) that use cassava root (manioc or yuca) as a staple, Ivory Coast is the inventor of Attiéké and it remains one of the national prides of the country. It’s the favorite meal for tourists and remains as popular as the Ivorian football legend Didier Drogba.

SHOUKUYA (SHOE-KU-YA)

A blend of West African Sahelian (Mali, Niger) herding communities ancient meat grilling techniques perfected on the streets of Ivory Coast. The spices in the marinade make the customer come back again and again.

SHOUKUYA (SHOE-KU-YA)

A blend of West African Sahelian (Mali, Niger) herding communities ancient meat grilling techniques perfected on the streets of Ivory Coast. The spices in the marinade make the customer come back again and again.

Meet the Founder

Gnakouri Tohouri

Gnakouri spent the first twenty years of his life farming cocoa, coffee and produce alongside his parents and seven siblings on the family farm in the south of Côte d’Ivoire –West Africa while attending local schools. In 1990, he left those farming communities and migrated to the US to pursue his education. In less than a decade, Gnakouri considerably turned his life around from one of a farming boy to that of a University of Chicago MBA graduate with a career in investment banking on Wall Street as well as on Main Street. A return visit to the farming communities of his childhood in late 2000 and the noticeable rampant poverty that he saw inspired him to economically revitalize those rural areas. Gatom foods –a distribution company was thus born as an enabler for those rural communities’ products to access the US market. Now that the products are in the US, Alloko Garden –a division of Gatom Foods is offering to share the hospitable culture and the culinary savoir-faire of Côte d’Ivoire with the American people. The health boosting nature of Alloko Garden’s meals broadens the choices for American healthy eaters and particularly the choices for the food allergy constrained ones. Now you don’t have to travel to Côte d’Ivoire to enjoy the most popular meals that tourists and locales savor on the streets and on the white sand beaches of Côte d’ivoire. Alloko Garden will bring them to you. Akwaba (Ak-wa-ba: welcome) to Alloko Garden and bon appetit!