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.”



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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"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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