Hyde Park resident Perteet Spencer and her husband Fred are banking on her Liberian heritage and experience in the food industry as they launch AYO Foods, a line of West African frozen meals.
As a girl, she helped her father run a Twin Cities import wholesale business, later working as a brand manager at General Mills in Minneapolis for a decade. She met her husband at DePaul University, and the two moved to Hyde Park six years ago.
“One of the things that we really fell in love with about Chicago was the breadth of so many delicious kinds of ethnic foods,” she said. “I come from a really strong entrepreneurial background. I come from many, many years in the food industry really building brands, and we’re personally foodies. As we thought through all of our personal talents, strengths and passions, we quickly landed on the idea of launching a