Nearly every culture the world over has a "pocket food," and dumplings might just be the greatest of all: a choose-your-own-adventure pocket food where the filling, shape, and cooking method are infinitely adaptable and always full of flavor. In this hands-on class, local dumpling expert Hao Gong of LUVI Restaurant will show you the ropes from start to finish: we'll master three fillings (pork, shrimp, and vegetable), three shapes, and three cooking methods. You'll become a pro of the fine and delicate art of stuffing and shaping perfectly crimped dumplings to enjoy year-round. About the Instructor Chef Hao Gong's earliest experiences in the kitchen were in his native Shanghai, where he lived until the age of 15. His skills continued to develop in numerous restaurants in California and New Orleans, and he describes himself as a hybrid chef, delving into both Chinese and Japanese cooking at his restaurant, LUVI. Hao believes that you first taste food with your eyes, and then your mouth. Cooking has always been a playful experience for him, and his goal is that the dining experience feel just as playful. FAQs When is check-in?Class begins promptly at 6pm. As a courtesy to other guests, please plan to arrive 15 minutes beforehand to allow time for the check-in process. The NOCHI Cafe by Gracious, located in our lobby, also offers a happy hour beginning at 3pm in case you'd like to arrive earlier for bites and drinks. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?You will find ample street parking and several paid parking lots in the blocks surrounding NOCHI. The streetcar also runs directly outside our building! What should I wear? Do I need to bring anything?We’ll have an apron for you, but we still suggest wearing clothes that will keep you comfortable while you roll up your sleeves and get cooking. Please also wear closed-toe shoes for the kitchen and tie your hair back if it’s long. Apart from that, we’ll have all the equipment you need! What time do we eat?In most hands-on classes, we’ll devote approximately the first 2 hours to demo and hands-on cooking. After that, we’ll sit down together for a family meal. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?No! We'll be checking names on our guest list. What is your cancellation policy?Tickets are always transferrable, and they are refundable until 30 days before the class. If your plans change, let us know and we will try to accommodate then. Let us know if you have any questions. Is it OK if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?That's fine! Just make sure they let us know upon check-in. Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?We serve alcohol to anyone age 21+ and will be checking IDs upon arrival. May I take photos during class?Feel free to document your experience with us and share it on social media with the hashtag #intheNOCHI! You can find us on Instagram @nochi_grams, on Twitter @nochi_tweets, or on Facebook. Please leave professional photography and video equipment at home. How can I contact the organizer with any other questions?Drop us a line!