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:


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!