After hosting an enormously successful “Dumpling Wars,” Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is bringing the battle between dumpling virtuosos back to the Bay at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. All ticket sales benefit the San Francisco-based 501(c)(3).
Dubbed “Dumpling Wars 2: The Hunger Games,” eight teams (aka “districts”) will battle it out in the kitchen to present their unique dumplings to attendees and a panel of local celebrity judges including HRD Coffee Shop Chef David Yeung, who was featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.” All attendees will sample the dumplings and vote on their favorite. The event is centered around community, culture, philanthropy, and above all, great food.
“Food is the common denominator that brings together people of all ages, backgrounds, and ideologies,” said TJ Basa, Kearny Street Workshop’s Program Manager. “When we introduced the inaugural Dumpling Wars, the response was overwhelmingly positive. We knew we had to bring it back.”
KSW’s mission is to present, produce, and promotes art that empowers Asian Pacific American communities. KSW envisions a more just society that fully incorporates the historical roots, cultural values and contemporary issues of the vast and diverse Asian Pacific American community.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, KSW relies heavily on ticket sales from events such as “Dumpling Wars 2” to continue to benefit the Asian Pacific American community in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Founded in 1972, during the height of the Asian American Movement, Kearny Street Workshop is the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country. Offering classes and workshops, salons and student presentations, as well as professionally curated and produced exhibitions, performances, readings and screenings, KSW makes artists out of community members and community members out of artists. For the past 42 years, KSW has nurtured creative spirit, offered an important platform for new voices to be heard and connected artists with community.