Dumplings 101: Learn the Craft at the Dumpling House at Nash Gallery

Dumplings know no borders. These soft, doughy balls of goodness pop up across almost all cuisines in various guises -- from pierogi in Poland to ravioli in Italy -- all colossally comforting no matter the form or the filling.

Maybe it's the rare thing we can agree upon: No matter how down and out we're feeling, there will always be dumplings. Eat one and everything will be okay.

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For those who want to take comfort to the next level, you can make and eat dumplings this Wednesday at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery on the U of M campus. The Dumpling House, a collaboration by artists Molly Balcom Raleigh and Emily Stover, is a communal cooking table where you can learn how to make Ukrainian potato pyrohy (similar to pierogi).

Last year, Raleigh and Stover constructed a dome-shaped kitchen out of plastic and plywood for the annual Fermentation Fest in Sauk County, Wisconsin. Inside, a small butane-powered stove allowed the pair to share dumpling tutorials with visitors. Now they're bringing that same know-how and passion for dumplings to the Twin Cities.

Visitors are encouraged to teach what they learn to others and to engage in a greater conversation about how we learn to feed ourselves. This event is part of the "Thinking Making Living" exhibition, on display at the gallery through December 13.

For more information about the project or to learn about future events, visit the Dumpling House's Facebook page.

What: Outdoor dumpling-making event, scheduled rain or shine When: Wednesday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota West Bank campus

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