Dan Oskey

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    What Hola Arepa's Dan Oskey and Birk Stefan Grudem are sipping on this summer

    With summer at the height of its powers and our thirst for refreshing cocktails nearly unquenchable, Hot Dish introduces the first installment of a series in which we ask local bartenders, "What's in your glass?" To kick it off with a bang, we spoke to Dan Oskey and Birk Stefan Grudem of the hugely ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 18, 2014

    Hola Arepa blooms in south Minneapolis

    First a food truck, the new brick-and-mortar is thriving

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Temper Tantra at Hola Arepa: Get your way with this drink of the week

    Temper Tantra Hola Arepa $8.50 Food trucks are fleeting, spontaneous, fun; we can't deny the thrill of the chase, like running after the ice cream man in your swim trunks with a couple of quarters in your grubby paws. But once you're licking the last of your Choco Taco off your fingers, life feels ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    First Look: Hola Arepa's new restaurant

    Those slow-braised meats, stuffed into tender/crispy corn cakes have found a permanent home. Birk Stefan Grudem and Christina Nguyen have pulled their turquoise truck into their new address at 36th and Nicollet in Minneapolis. They've pulled together a dream team of area bar talent, a highly skilled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Food truck guide 2014: The best new and returning mobile kitchens in the Twin Cities

    Our ever-evolving food truck scene has undergone yet another wave of transformation. Back in its infancy, the main challenges facing these vehicular restaurants were getting proper permits and finding available street parking. Then came the success stories, the kooky concepts, the carts, the on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Barman Dan Oskey leaving the Strip Club Meat & Fish for Hola Arepa

    After an impressive seven-year run behind the bar at the Strip Club Meat & Fish, where he was repeatedly recognized for his intriguing concoctions, divine tonics, and quick boyish smile, Dan Oskey is ready for something new. When Hola Arepa opens its brick and mortar location this summer, Oskey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Robb Jones talks about the transition from chef to bartender

    Robb Jones ambles into Saffron in the early afternoon and immediately takes command of his bar, simmering simple syrups and prepping herbs and brews. His cocktails are carefully built from extensive knowledge; he reads everything he can get his hands on about the craft. Our 2013 Best Barte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Third time's the charm at the third annual Charlie Awards

    On Sunday, chefs, restaurateurs, and bartenders got dressed up in their finery to attend the Twin Cities' annual Charlie Awards -- a celebration of the best in the restaurant business. See also:Dan Oskey, Best Bartender and now a business man, part 2Corner Table's crispy pork belly, 50 Favorite Dish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Hola Arepa on Spam fried rice, resume padding, and the best bartender in town

    The kids inside the bright turquoise Hola Arepa truck might look fresh-faced, but these two are natural born entrepreneurs. Destined to own their own businesses, Christina Nguyen spent her childhood counting pretend bills and working for her family business, while Birk Stefan Grudem learned the valu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    How to be a better home bartender: Gin and Tonic [RECIPE]

    As shadows stretch across the yard, a collection of over-achieving leaves are threatening to turn. Despite the season's late start, there are only so many warm days left to us. It's enough to cause distress, and there is no better restorative for those long, luxurious summer nights after a stressful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Top 5 winter warmup drinks

    Though it happens without fail every year, the temperature dip always seems to throw everyone for a loop. Co-workers obnoxiously compare notes on how long it takes them to scrape their windshields. Parents complain about having to buy yet another pair of snow boots for their still-growing kid. Eager ... More >>

  • News

    December 5, 2012

    Winter Guide to the Twin Cities 2012

    The best winter warm-up drinks, cool concerts, must-see plays, and carnival activities in the metro

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Top 10 craft cocktail bars in the Twin Cities

    There's never been a better time to be a drinker. It's become almost mandatory for every new restaurant of a certain price point to employ a master mixologist behind the bar. These days you can't swing a shaker without smacking over a few bottles of handmade bitters. While the craft cocktail movemen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Joia Soda introduces two new flavors

    After carefully dipping their toes in the craft soda industry, the makers of Joia discovered that the market was ripe for something more interesting than the average flavor. When Joia launched, the love quickly spread throughout the metro area and beyond. People were thirsty for something more inter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Strip Club Meat & Fish pours the metro's first cocktails on tap

    Ever on the cutting edge of the craft cocktail revolution, the Strip Club Meat & Fish has added two new drinks to its menu. The drinks are versions of summer favorites experienced bar-goers have likely tasted before; what's unique is the way Strip Club is serving them--on tap.The idea began with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Cake Walk was a sweet success

    ​What began as a simple cake walk soon transformed into a sort of sweet vision quest for WCCO newsman Jason DeRusha. "I just don't know how I'm going to get this thing home," he remarked as the cake he'd won from event organizer and James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Michelle Gayer loomed beh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Top 10 romantic restaurants in the Twin Cities

    ?The theater of dining is an excellent way to set the stage for an encore, maybe even a standing "O" that extends far into the following day. The only thing you need other than a willing partner is a restaurant up to the task. A perfect date-night dinner is a delicate balance of fine food, complimen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Joia Soda testing new flavors and wants your opinion

    ​Local, natural soda maker Joia has put out the call on Twitter and Facebook that it needs tasters. It's looking to expand its  flavor lineup and is offering a free tasting in exchange for a simple opinion. We participated in their taste test last night and can share that the new flavors have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    5 great gifts for the home bartender

    Local mixologists literally wrote the book on making great cocktails​The celebration of the cocktail continues as bars all over town are mixing up their own bitters and infusing everything in sight with herbs, berries, and branches.  People are chipping their own ice shards and buying seltzer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    New Northstar Cocktails book is a home bartender's best friend

    New book will make you a cocktail pro.​ The logo on the cover of Northstar Cocktails, the new cocktail guide by local cocktail superstars Johnny Michaels and the North Star Bartenders' Guild, could be suitable as a super cool rock band logo; this is no coincidence--the guys and gals who created th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Strip Club's Drinking Gourd: Fall in a glass

    Drinking Gourd by Dan Oskey​Drinking Gourd $8.50 The Strip Club Meat & Fish 378 Maria Ave., St. Paul 651.793.6247; website Every chef knows changing menus with the seasons is important. Palates change as the weather changes, and so does the availability of local crops. Many bartenders have n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Five favorite Twin Cities contemporary cocktails

    The new Marvel Bar helps make up for the loss of the Inn.​We're no longer able to sip this year's Best Contemporary Cocktail winner, the Inn's Slim Shim, as the restaurant has unfortunately closed. But we lucky liquor lovers still have plenty of great cocktail choices in town, including several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Dan Oskey, Best Bartender and now businessman, Part 2

    Joy SummersDan Oskey dispensing drinks and good will.​Dan Oskey has been featured in local media, recognized by City Pages as the area's Best Bartender, and reigned behind the bar of St. Paul's Strip Club Meat & Fish since the day they opened.  Nowadays his work can also be found on the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Dan Oskey, best bartender and now business man, Part 1

    Joy SummersDan Oskey mixes it up at the Strip Club​A busy evening at the Strip Club Meat & Fish in St. Paul carries voices glinting off Gothic metalwork, tempting scents wafting through the air, and a constant clink of glassware. Behind the bar, with his trademark impish grin and his collectio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Joia Sodas introduce gourmet soft drinks designed by local bartender

    Mixologist Dan Oskey of the Strip Club created wild new flavors like "Lime, Hibiscus & Clove." ​When a mixologist of extraordinary flavor-pairing skills teams with several adept and accomplished marketing minds, amazing things happen. Such is the case with Joia--All Natural Sodas. Seeing a lac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Top 5 drinks of 2010

    A year of cocktails...​This year in beverages saw a wealth of cocktail options across the Twin Cities. There were the fruity, the fragrant, and the fierce--in other words, something for every kind of drinker. We highlighted the white liquors in summer, the brown in winter, tasty brews and even a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Strip Club's curried pisco: drink of the week

    Curried pisco​Curried Pisco$8.50The Strip Club Meat & Fish378 Maria Ave., St. Paul651.793.6247Always on top of the latest drink trends, Dan Oskey of  the Strip Club has taken on the flavors of the Far East with this new creation. Pisco, a centuries-old Peruvian grape liquor is the base, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Merlin's Rest wins Best Neighborhood Bar: Watch the video

    In keeping with this year's interactive theme of our Best of the Twin Cities issue, MPLS.TV produced some hot videos on several of our winners. (Did you catch the one on Best Bartender, Dan Oskey of the Strip Club or Best Neighborhood Bar (St. Paul), The Blue Door Pub?) This video features an interv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Il Gatto wins Best Happy Hour: Watch the video

    In keeping with this year's interactive theme of our Best of the Twin Cities issue, MPLS.TV produced some hot videos on several of our winners. (Did you catch the one on Best Bartender, Dan Oskey of the Strip Club, Best Neighborhood Bar (St. Paul), the Blue Door Pub, or Best Neighborhood Bar (Minn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Blue Door Pub wins Best Neighborhood Bar: Watch the video

    In keeping with this year's interactive theme of our Best of the Twin Cities issue, MPLS.TV produced some hot videos on several of our winners. (Did you catch the one on Best Bartender, Dan Oskey of the Strip Club?) This one features an interview with Jeremy Woerner, co-owner of the Blue Door Pub, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Best of Hot Dish: April 19th-22nd, 2010

    kevindooley/flickr​Hey there, buddies! What a week full of celebrating all things wonderful in the Twin Cities food and drink scene. We are blessed with such an embarrassment of riches, it must really suck not to live here. And it is wonderful to see the tip-top get a high-five in the "best of" is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Dan Oskey, Twin Cities' Best Bartender: Watch the video

    In keeping with this year's interactive theme of our Best of the Twin Cities issue, MPLS.TV produced great videos on several of our winners, so you can find out more about them. Watch an interview with this year's Best Bartender, Dan Oskey of the Strip Club, who demonstrates his art and talks about ... More >>