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

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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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Chef Ian Gray at Minneapolis Farmers Market this weekend

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Get a lesson in lamb this weekend from chef Ian Gray
A good cut of lamb is a lovely thing, but if you don't have a lot of practice cooking it, it can be daunting. Should it be roasted, grilled, or seared in a pan? How done is too done? What goes best as a side dish? All your burning, lamb-related questions will be answered this Saturday at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. Chef Ian Gray of the Gray House is teaming up with the Minnesota Lamb Growers Association to demo some techniques and share some of his own recipes. 

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Mike Phillips teaching charcuterie workshop

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Who wouldn't love to learn to make pâtés en croûte?

Mike Phillips is the superstar of charcuterie. While it seems every restaurant is now trying its hand at cured meats, Phillips has elevated the practice to an art form. He has partnered with Kitchen in the Market at Midtown Global Market to lead a series of butchering classes that sold out quickly and were selected by Mpls/St. Paul magazine as the Best Butchery Class.  Now he is taking it a step forward and giving Hot Dish readers the exclusive scoop.

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Kitchen in the Market, Holly Carson of Sea Change get raw with seafood

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Carson shows off her oyster-shucking prowess
One of the best moments from last year's Meritage Oysterfest was when newcomer Holly Carson joined chefs Jack Riebel and Vincent Francoual to show the boys how a lady can get down on the oysters. Carson, the diminutive chef who rules the raw bar at Sea Change, flexed some impressive arm muscles and kicked some ass. While she didn't win the contest, she overwhelmingly won the respect of everyone in attendance.

This Friday Carson, whose langoustine preparation is one of the best bites of food to be had in the city, will be leading a class on raw seafood at Kitchen in the Market.

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Cooks of Crocus Hill hosts South African wine pairing dinner and class on Friday

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If the recent cold spell has put you in the mood for autumn food with an international flair, you're in luck. Cooks of Crocus Hill will be hosting a South African wine pairing dinner and demonstration class this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Here are the details: More »

Seward Co-op shows you how to bag your own deer for dinner

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If you're anything like me, you're always on the lookout for venison but have never done the dirty work yourself. Even if you have no experience with hunting, you can channel your inner Steven Rinella in this Thursday's class at Seward Co-op, where Department of Natural Resources outdoor mentor Erik Jensen will be explaining the ins and outs of hunting deer and other species for food. In this two-hour lecture, Jensen will cover the basics of hunting regulations, firearms ownership, scouting land and waterways, game preparation, and more.

The lecture will take place at Seward Co-op from 6 to 8 p.m. this Thursday, and the cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register by calling 612.338.2465.

Science Museum of Minnesota teams with Doug Flicker of Piccolo to discuss the science of food

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Doug Flicker, taste technician
Minneapolis's own culinary mad scientist is teaming with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the St. Paul Art Crawl to head up a class discussing, in their words, "the intersection of art and science." 

Piccolo restaurant's Doug Flicker is paired with Dr. Gary A. Reineccius from the University of Minnesota department of food, science, and nutrition. Dr. Reineccius describes his work as problem-solving for the food and flavor industry.More »

Preview new Eat Street Social at Kitchen in the Market

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Can't wait for the new Eat Street Social opening?
With the opening of hotly anticipated Eat Street Social now pushed back to February, curious diners are practically clawing at the paper-covered windows at the 26th and Nicollet location.

If you'd like a little taste of what may be in store, you might be able to find it at Kitchen in the Market, the smart commercial kitchen space in Midtown Global Market.  A cooking class with bar man extraordinare Nick Kosevich has been scheduled for February 2.  Along with the buzz-inducing imbibing likely to be done with the dapper Bittercube Bitters frontman, the Hot Dish has learned that the class will feature more than just drinks.

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Local D'Lish begins winter cooking classes this week

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Winter cooking classes start this week
​With your social calendar filling up fast and more potlucks than you can shake a stick at, December is the month when you ask the question "What can I bring?" more often than "What time is it?"  If you're running low on ideas, consider taking a class with one of  the instructors at Local D'Lish. The store has curated a wonderful series of cooking classes for winter, with a focus on simple preparations of local and seasonal foods. The Hot Dish talked with the store's manager, Kate Shuknecht, to get the lowdown.

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Chef's Night Off: Cook with the area's top chefs

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Learn from the masters at Kitchen in the Market
​Kitchen in the Market, the commercial kitchen and class space, is giving you a chance to cook alongside some of the Twin Cities' best-known chefs. The market has announced it is pairing with some of the area's top chefs and local food celebrities for a series of limited-attendance classes that will benefit an area charity.

Only a few of the chefs and "celebrity" names have been revealed, and we've got them.

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