Taste of East Tosa


Record crowd enjoys East Tosa cuisine at TENTA’s “Taste” event at Birch

The evolution of TETNA’s “A Taste of East Tosa” from what it originally was to what it has become has been a wonder to behold.

This year’s event featured a record number of East Tosa eateries putting their best foot forward to provide event patrons with tasty samples and delectable delights. The most stunning change, however, perhaps was the venue move to Birch, the event space on North Avenue adjacent to Camp Bar. The new location allowed guests to purchase beverages of their choice throughout the evening, an atmosphere that promoted mingling and socialization among the amazing neighbors of TETNA.

We’re already looking ahead to next year to make a few tweaks, adding even more restaurants and kicking things up a notch!

In the meantime, thanks to all who came out to this great members-only event. The more than 80 attendees this year also may be a record, and we can’t say enough about how our local businesses came through with such a great lineup of food: Cosmos Cafe, Tosa Bowl and BunNorth Avenue GrillLutheran Home & Harwood PlaceIrie ZuluBelAir CantinaCranky Al’sRocket Baby BakeryOno Kine GrindzWauwatikiHue VietnameseIndulgence Chocolatiers, Cafe Blue, Ca’ Lucchenzo, Milk & Honey Liqueur and McDonald’s.

If you’d like to get involved in your neighborhood, including by helping us with great events like this, send us a message or come to our next meeting, at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the Center Street Park pavilion.


Taste of East Tosa moves to Birch event space on Nov. 8

Birch on North Avenue.

Birch on North Avenue.

We’re happy to announce this year’s edition of the popular Taste of East Tosa will be held at one of our neighborhood’s newest establishments, Birch, the event space next to Camp Bar.

New location, same great samplings from several local East Tosa restaurants. Who says you have to choose just one for dinner?

Doors open for this TETNA members’ event at 6:30 p.m., and tasting is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and limited to the first 100, so reserve your spot on Eventbrite today. If you are not a TETNA member or need to renew your membership, you can do so at tosaeasttowne.org/join. Desserts will also be provided.

Taste of East Tosa is TETNA’s premiere adults-only event and a great opportunity to join with your neighbors, meet the TETNA board and celebrate all of the things we love about our neighborhood.

Participating food providers will include: Lutheran HomeTosa Bowl and BunNorth Ave. GrillIrie ZuluRocket Baby BakeryBelAir CantinaCafé Blue, McDonald’sCranky’s, Indulgence Chocolatiers, Ono Kine Grindz, Ca’ Lucchenzo, Cosmos Cafe, Wauwatiki, Hue Vietnamese and Milk & Honey.


Taste of East Tosa dinner for TETNA members returns on Nov. 16

With so many great restaurants in East Tosa, it sometimes is hard to choose one for dinner. On Thursday, Nov. 16, you don’t have to choose just one. Come to our annual Taste of East Tosa dinner at the historic Kneeland- Walker House, 7406 Hillcrest Drive, for a sampling from several local East Tosa restaurants.

Taste of East Tosa is TETNA’s premiere adults-only event and a great opportunity to join with your neighbors, meet the TETNA board and celebrate all of the things we love about our neighborhood. Desserts and sodas will also be provided. You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverage or favorite cocktail, however, the Wauwatosa Historical Society prohibits red wines. Party attire can be festive, not fussy. A tour of the house is also available.

This year’s lineup includes:

Check our website and Facebook page for updates.

The members’ event begins at 6:30 p.m., and tasting is at 7 p.m. Complete your RSVP form to RSVP online today reserve your spot for $10. RSVP via mail by Nov. 12 or online by Nov. 15.


East Tosa restaurants shine at TETNA dinner event

Taste of East Tosa at Kneeland-Walker House

East Tosa cuisine is laid out for sampling.

East Tosa cuisine is laid out for sampling.

Dozens of people made it out to TETNA’s annual Taste of East Tosa event on Nov. 17 to sample some of the wonderful cuisine available to us in our neighborhood, another reminder that we’re lucky to live with such great flavors so close by.

This year’s feast featured food from a mouth-watering 13 kitchens: Café BlueTosa Bowl and BunBelAir CantinaHue VietnameseNorth Ave. GrillHarwood Place/Lutheran HomeTall Guy and a Grill,Red DotCranky AlsRocket Baby BakeryJuniper61Ted’s Restaurant and Irie Zulu.

Laura Kirklewski shows off her winning Pumpkin Bars

Laura Kirklewski shows off her winning Pumpkin Bars

Taste of East Tosa was again held at the Wauwatosa Historical Society’s Kneeland-Walker House, which had been beautifully decorated for Christmas.. Attendees were able to take a tour of the historical mansion and learn more about its history.

We capped the night with a fun TETNA tradition, our board members dessert bakeoff. By vote of attendees, this year’s bragging rights went to board newcomer Laura Kirklewski for her Pumkin Bars. We can’t wait for next year to see the great tastes that will be available in our neighborhood.

Thanks to our participating kitchens:

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Recipe: Laura’s Pumpkin Bars

4 eggs

1 2/3 cups granulated sugar

1 cup oil (vegetable)

1 15oz can pumpkin

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Beat eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin together.  Add remainder (dry) ingredients.  Mix until thoroughly combined.  Spread batter in a greased 10×13 in baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let cool.

While bars are cooling, make frosting.

1 8oz block of cream cheese, softened

1 stick of butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat cream cheese and butter together.  Slowly add sugar until well combined.  Add vanilla.  Spread over cooled bars.  Cut and enjoy!


Sample best of local cuisine at Taste of East Tosa on Nov. 17

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Taste of East Tosa returns to the Kneeland-Walker House at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Taste of East Tosa is TETNA’s premiere adults-only event and features samplings from local East Tosa restaurants.

With so many amazing Wauwatosa eating spots, we always have a fantastic variety of foods to try. This is a great opportunity to join with your neighbors, meet the TETNA board and celebrate all of the things we love about our neighborhood.

Here’s the lineup of restaurants confirmed to provide selections from their menus this year:

Desserts and sodas will also be provided. You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverage or favorite cocktail, however, the Wauwatosa Historical Society prohibits red wines. Party attire can be festive, not fussy. A tour of the house is also available.

This year our annual TETNA Board dessert competition will return, so come hungry and cast your vote for your favorite sweet treat! Reserve your spot today for $10.

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How to RSVP:

  1. First, you need to join/renew your TETNA membership
  2. Then, you can RSVP and pay for Taste of East Tosa completely online (**NOTE: If you get an error message it is either because you have not yet joined/renewed with TETNA, or you need to login to your memberplanet account)