A decade of veggie cuisine
Brookfield’s Cafe Manna hits 10-year milestone

By Hannah Weikel - Freeman Staff

Jan. 19, 2018

Cafe Manna in Brookfield is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a
three-day celebration starting Feb. 18.

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BROOKFIELD — Sprouting from a personal need for healthy food and nutrition, Cafe Manna’s founder Robin Kasch will celebrate her restaurant’s 10-year anniversary next month.

Cafe Manna — located at 3815 N. Brookfield Road #100 in Brookfield — touts being the first entirely vegetarian restaurant in the greater Milwaukee area. Kasch will host a three-day anniversary celebration starting Feb. 16 with gift card giveaways and a special menu full of her patrons’ favorite dishes from the past decade.

After facing some challenging health issues, Kasch founded the restaurant in 2008 “out of necessity” because her limited diet also limited the restaurants she could go to in the Milwaukee area.

When visiting her daughter in Los Angeles, Kasch and her husband stepped into a vegan restaurant and “as soon as we walked in, I knew this was the path I wanted to take,” she said.

One of Cafe Manna's popular vegetarian dishes, the Peace Bowl mixes together seasonal vegetables, basmati rice and yellow curry sauce. 
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Kasch took what information she could from the vegan restaurant owner and applied it to finding a location and suppliers in Brookfield. A year later, Cafe Manna started churning out healthful food and its eco-friendly message.

“I used food as part of a regimen for my healing. I learned the power of making the proper food choices to support my body in healing,” Kasch said in a statement. “I founded Cafe Manna so that I could eat a wider variety of nutritious foods and so I could support the greater community in the same way.”

Cafe Manna offers vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and living raw meals made from scratch. It was one of the first full-service eateries in the state to receive a 3 star certification with the Green Restaurant Association of America. It was required to install energy-efficient equipment and use non-toxic paint as well as recycled or renewable materials.

“We use no plastics or Styrofoam, and there are no deep fryers or microwaves on the premises,” Kasch said in a statement.

A small patio offers outside dining during the warmer months at Cafe Manna in Brookfield.  
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New hours and eats

An eclectic assortment of fresh and simple dishes fills Cafe Manna’s menu, like a Peace Bowl with basmati rice, seasonal vegetables and a coconut curry sauce or the Exotic Salad with greens topped with avocado, jicima, cucumber and quinoa. Dishes range from $7 to $18.

Cafe Manna will have new hours starting Feb. 18: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is closed Mondays.

For more information or a peek at the full menu, visit www.cafemanna.com.