Akron couple’s Jamaican jerk tacos will be on the menu at NoHi Pop-Up

An Akron couple’s love affair with food and cooking up Jamaican fare will be the main dishes this weekend at Akron’s NoHi Pop-Up kitchen.

International Jerk is a popular food truck in the Akron area that has been serving up dishes typically found in a Jamaican jerk taco truck in larger U.S. cities since 2019.

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Curtis and Chanell Humphrey, who met and were married at the Akron Masjid after a three-month courtship in 2017, say they have taken the takeout taco concept and added a “soulful” twist to menu items that include mild or spicy chicken served with cheese, cilantro and onions.

A sampling of the nachos served up by International Jerk.

The food truck also is known for its jerk chicken served over nachos.

Curtis said his love for jerk tacos came during his travels to Chicago, where such food trucks are popular.

After tinkering with recipes with family and friends as taste testers, they first began selling the tacos from their backyard.

They were then able to scrape together enough money to purchase “Jimmy the Jerk Wagon” that debuted in July 2020 on South Main Street outside of Akron Masjid, where the couple’s story began.