Dumpling Fest presents Wrappers Delight
The First Annual Festival of International Dumplings and Old-School Hip Hop

Saturday October 15, 2016
Noon - 3:00PM

AceBounce Ping Pong Bar / 1901 Restaurant
230 N Clark Street

From the dudes who brought you Baconfest Chicago

Wait, Dumplings?

YES!  Every culture in the world has a beloved dumpling: from the wontons and shumai of China, to pierogies and pelmeni in eastern Europe, ravioli and tortellini from Italy, empanadas from Argentina, samosas from India and Pakistan, all the way to the apple dumplings, hand pies and chicken & dumplings in the New World. Everyone on earth has a dumpling that’s close to their heart and Dumpling Fest will be the only place on earth where guests can experience all of them at once.

And Hip hop?

We think there’s no better music to enjoy dumplings by than 90s hip hop.  So, we’ll be exploring the intersection of culinary and musical creativity.  DJRC, the official DJ of Dumpling Fest, will spin awesome rap tunes throughout the event. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

When is Dumpling Fest: Wrappers Delight?
Our first event happened on Saturday October 15 from 12 noon to 3:00PM! Venue: AceBounce Ping Pong at 230 North Clark Street. 

What happened there?
An all-star lineup of incredible chefs will share creative and delicious dumplings from around the world to a bevy of adoring foodies.  Beer and cocktails will flow.  

Who won?
When 16 top chefs get together to share tasty dumplings, America wins.  We did give out some additional prizes however - the Dumpling d'Or awards.  Our panel of judges chose Lost Lake's Piggy Gets Lost in a Lake of Hot Pot as their #1 dish, just edging out Le Bouchon's pike quenelles and short rib dumplings.  The people spoke too, voting their favorite dumpling a People's Choice award - Shanghai Terrace took home the trophy for their Lobster-Chicken dumpling with truffle pate and tobiko.  People's Choice runner-up went to Lockwood's Bacon and Egg dumpling. 

What was included in the cost of admission?
For $50, guests got all the dumplings they could eat from our exhibiting restaurants, three beers from Goose Island and a paired cocktail from Lost Lake, water & phat beats from the official DJ of Dumpling Fest - DJRC! Plus, ping pong tables were available for them to challenge theirr frenemies to a heated round of table tennis, care of our hosts, AceBounce. 

Who was there?
We assembled a roster of amazing chefs (below) to create and serve dumplings from every corner of the globe.  Ravioli, potstickers, pierogi, apple dumplings, empanadas - all the dumplings, prepared by an all-star line-up of Chicago's best restaurants. If you are a chef and want to be involved, please email info@dumplingfest.com.

Who's putting this together?
It's us, Seth, Michael and Andre - the guys from Baconfest Chicago! So you know it was awesome.

Is there a charity involved?
Yes - a portion of proceeds were donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  We are eager to expand on the charitable impact of Baconfest Chicago, which, to date, has donated more than $340,000 to the Food Bank, resulting in 1.1 million meals for hungry Chicagoans. 

Who can come to the fest?
Dumpling Fest presents Wrappers Delight was 21+. Get a babysitter!  Let your hair down!


1901 at AceBounce
Rick Gresh (Host Chef)
Pepperoni Meatball Dumpling

freestyle food & drink
Geordan Stenson
Manduguk - Korean Dumpling Soup

Matt Troost
Identity Crisis - sausage and kabocha squash stuffed scarpinocc, Szecuan black vinegar, chives, chili oil.

Bread & Wine
Matt Bryks
Stewed Plum Pierogi

Animale / Osteria Langhe
Cameron Grant
Pork & Foie Gras Tortelloni - with crackling, bottarga, lemon zest, chives

Wow Bao
Potstickers - chicken and vegetable potstickers with soy-ginger dipping sauce
Bao - BBQ pork bao and whole wheat edamame bao

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar
Mathew Wiltzius
Beef Dumpling - blue brie cheese, black garlic 'n herb crumble

Saigon Sisters
Kevin Marquardt
Pho Spiced Lamb Dumplings - with jackfruit slaw and crispy shallots

Shanghai Terrace at the Peninsula
Elmo Han
Lobster & Chicken Dumpling with Black Truffle

Troquet River North
Tim Davidson
Liver Dumpling Soup - Korean style dumpling, duck consomme

Lost Lake
Peter Coenen / Paul McGee
Porky Gets Lost in a Lake of Hot Pot - Pork and ginger dumpling with green onions & radishes in a hot pot broth

Maddy's Dumpling House
Chrissy Camba and Adam Wendt
Gyro Xianbing (Meat Pie)

Jordan's Food of Distinction
Jordan Spritz
Crispy Yukon Gold Potato Dumpling - with spicy Niman Ranch lamb Bolognese and shaved Asiago

State & Lake Chicago
Toni Roberts
Savory: Dark & Stormy Dumpling - black garlic, black vinegar, pork, squid ink
Sweet: Purple Crush Cotton Candy Ravioli - concorde ganache, fizzies, lemon cotton candy

Le Bouchon
Oliver Poilevey
Soup Dumplings

Justin Valciunas
Curry Beef Potato Dumpling

Lineup subject to change.

Want to be a chef at Dumpling Fest? 
Email: info@dumplingfest.com

SPONSORS / Partners

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Charity Partner

Hosted by

AceBounce Ping Pong Club & 1901 Restaurant
230 North Clark Street