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THE REAL MEAT & POTATOES
OWNER, MANAGER & EXECUTIVE CHEF
Executive Chef Dan Wiken holds the keys to the kingdom - literally and figuratively - and he is the reason Twisted Willow exists. He has an impressive array of experience under his chef’s hat, as his first taste of the culinary journey he is on began over 4 decades ago.
He brought to Twisted Willow a background of forty plus years of executive chef experience, having held that position exclusively at The Packing House on Milwaukee’s south side until 2012.
Having first honed his culinary skills at Milwaukee Area Technical College, he also took classes from internationally known French Chef Julia Child, Chef Jacques Pepin and locally known food experts Jill Prescott and Sandy D’Amato. He has taught cooking classes at The Boelter Culinary Institute and hopes to line up some Cook-with-the-Chef experiences here at Twisted Willow very soon.
He won back-to-back Blue Ribbons for Best Recipe in The Beef Council Cook-off Competition at the Wisconsin State Fair, participated in The Milwaukee County Zoo’s annual Feast with the Beasts, and created exclusive menus for The Midwest Express Club, The Harley Davidson Corporation, many MLB and NBA teams and private jet companies. He has been called to cater for celebrities in both the political and entertainment worlds, including President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Elton John
Well-renowned throughout the Milwaukee area, and now in Port Washington, he has a much deserved reputation for consistently serving excellent food, due in large part to his extreme dedication, hard-working mindset, and creative and innovative recipes.
Although he has to eke out time to spend on hobbies, he does enjoy biking, traveling and fishing with his Dad. He especially delights in the time he gets to spend with his 3 children, and shares a love of gardening with his Mom. His expertise growing heirloom vegetables at our restaurant’s namesake Twisted Willow Farm yields a rich foundation for the exciting recipes he is constantly crafting.
Chef Dan has cultivated a lifelong passion for sharing his love of good food and takes pride and great pleasure bringing his culinary creations to his Twisted Willow guests. He is happy you are here and hopes your dining experience exceeds your expectations!
While he enjoys making good food using as many ingredients as possible, Eric also enjoys making fresh homemade ice cream from scratch for the Twisted Willow! Having many favorite dishes to cook for himself, his all time favorite is his grandmother’s Breakfast Stratta - the recipe is 55 years old!
Starting his career at age 12, Dylan says he is happiest in the kitchen making good food for his loved ones and restaurant customers! He truly enjoys serving delicious meals and feels he has an extreme passion for it. Enchiladas are his favorite
go - to dinner to cook for himself!
A Grafton native, Mike started his farm fresh career at a local dairy farm at age 14. Shortly after that, he found a home at Cedarburgs very own Rich's Family Restaurant. As the time went on, he ventured off to California for 6 years. Working under many knowledgeable and talented chefs to support his snowboard habit, his passion for food grew and GREW! Mike, a real "meat and potatoes" guy truly fell in love with everything TWISTED WILLOW!
From left to right: Oliver Trice, Charlie Parker, Bailey Liedtke, CJ Hager, James Flatley,
John Fink, Dylan Coomer, Eric Willborn, Jeff Schmidt, Chef Dan Wiken
Happy hour & appetizers | Tuesday - Sunday | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Dinner | Tuesday - Sunday | 4:30pm
Lunch | Friday, Saturday & Sunday | 11:00am - 2:00pm
New Sunday hours | 11:00am-7:00pm | Brunch - Lunch - Dinner
308 N. FRANKLIN STREET • PORT WASHINGTON | firstname.lastname@example.org