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“Full-on vegan (or even vegetarian) restaurants are a little hard to come by around here, but Celesta is bucking the notion that Milwaukeeans don't want vegan food. The bar and restaurant is cozy, and bills itself as "plant-based," perhaps in an attempt to not scare anyone off with a vegan label. Crispy lemon arancini are a great start to a meal of lasagna or a housemade seitan club sandwich. And, since they're usually vegan anyway, there's also a list of interesting cocktails.”


Celesta Restaurant finds a home on East Side’s vegan scene

“Manuel’s goal is to appeal to vegans and non-vegans by offering hearty, satisfying dishes. Her menu includes such entrées as a turkey club, made with seitan and smoke-flavored tempeh ($12), and lasagna made with rosemary-sage “sausage” ($14). ”


The Roots of Comfort

“Comfort food is not necessarily about the food itself, but how the food makes you feel. For some, comfort food is a source of warmth on a crisp day. For others, the ultimate satisfying meal is a revisit of a family favorite that sparks memories of childhood.”

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Celesta offers fresh plant-based dining on the East Side.

“Celesta's chef and owner Melanie Manuel is also the face behind Beatrix Foods, a vegan pop-up concept that has gained a reputation for fresh, inventive cuisine that has caused a stir among vegetarians and carnivores alike.”

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New restaurant Celesta serving plant-based lunch and dinner on Milwaukee's east side

“Celesta chef-owner Melanie Manuel has said the restaurant's tagline is "otherworldly vegan eats." It's among a growing number of restaurants serving entirely or mainly plant-based dishes in Milwaukee.

Like Manuel's Beatrix Foods pop-up and catering company, Celesta will look to international cuisines for its vegan menu.”

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Celesta to bring hearty vegan eats to Milwaukee's east side

“While some may associate vegan food with rabbit food, Celesta's offerings will be far from that stereotype, Manuel said. Diners should prepare to tuck in, Manual said, and prepare themselves for a substantial meal at her new dining spot.”

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Celesta’s Dinner Party Series Kicks Off with an Homage to Abu’s

"Celesta is starting a new Dinner Party series. The first one, on Sunday Nov. 25 at 5:30 p.m., pays tribute to the restaurant that defined that space ­– Abu’s Jerusalem of the Gold, whose Middle Eastern specialties included falafel, (meat-based) shawarma and tabbouleh. Abu’s, whose run lasted from the late 1970s to late 2010, also served a rosewater lemonade that grew so popular that Celesta’s Manuel got the recipe and serves it now at her restaurant."

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Vegan Ventures Prove Fruitful

"Manuel is incorporating more dinner and appetizer specials at Celesta and adding choices like as cheesecake with homemade coconut caramel. “We’re going to focus on bringing really interesting but fun dishes to the restaurant,” she said."

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Celesta Restaurant on Milwaukee’s East Side Expands Vegan Food Choices

"From the Department of Good Things Come in Small Packages: It's amazing how much style the new vegan restaurant Celesta manages to pack into its tiny east side footprint."

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Plant-based restaurant Celesta to open Tuesday

"You’ll notice Celesta’s gorgeous blue walls in its Facebook posts. Celesta is the restaurant that evolved out of the Beatrix Foods vegan pop-ups run by Melanie Manuel. Occupying the old Jownai Fouquet (or Abu’s Jerusalem of the Gold, if you have a good memory) at 1978 N. Farwell Ave., Celesta is part of our city’s growing plant-based dining movement (which includes Strange Town, a few blocks away). “Otherworldly vegan eats” is Celesta’s tagline.  "

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Beatrix Foods opening vegan restaurant on Milwaukee's east side

Beatrix Foods, a vegan pop-up restaurant and caterer, will open a brick-and-mortar location on the east side in spring.

The restaurant, named Celesta, will open at 1978 N. Farwell Ave., said chef-owner Melanie Manuel. That's the former location of Thai restaurant Jow Nai Fouquet."

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New vegan restaurant to open on Milwaukee’s East Side

“A year and a half after launching vegan pop-up restaurant and catering service Beatrix Foods, owner Melanie Manuel prepares to open a permanent space to sell her plant-based, internationally-inspired comfort food.”

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