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Melanie Manuel has made vegan fare accessible at her East Side restaurant, Celesta.

FoodCrush Podcast: Plant-based cuisine with Melanie Manuel of Celesta

Mainstream demand for plant-based cuisine has resulted in 2019 being declared "Year of the Vegan." Growth in flexitarian diets means plant-based alternatives have gained mass-market appeal, and even long-time meat-heavy markets like Milwaukee have seen exponential growth in access to vegetable-based fare.

This week on FoodCrush we chat with Melanie Manuel, chef-owner of Celesta, about the growth of vegan fare. Along the way, she shares her thoughts on restaurant ownership, the inspiration behind her approach to plant-based fare, her success in making vegan food accessible to customers and her thoughts on the increased popularity of plant-based proteins like the popular Impossible Burger.

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