The 2014 waitlist for Dîner en Blanc invitations is more than 30,000 names long. That means there’s a whole lot of people in Vancouver who are more than a little disappointed they’re missing out on Thursday night’s picnic at a still super-secret location.

And if your Facebook news feed looks anything like mine, you are hearing about it. Loudly.

Since arriving in Vancouver three years ago and exploding in popularity faster than craft beer, Dîner has become the must-hate event of the summer.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, B.C.'s award-winning Quails' Gate Winery is holding a weekend-long event at its estate vineyards in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.

As part of the festivities, acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Royal Wood will perform an anniversary harvest concert on an open grass area overlooking the Okanagan Lake on Saturday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are priced at $60, but concert-goers can upgrade their tickets to include a canapé and wine reception ($100) or a pre-concert dinner at the winery's Old Vines Restaurant ($170). 

If you're heading out to try some food at the Korean Cultural Heritage Festival this weekend, or to the Richmond Night Markets, or if you're shopping at any of the numerous Asian supermarkets in the Lower Mainland, you might want to keep this in mind.

Weirdness is relative, and when it comes to culinary matters, it's important to remember not to be ethnocentric. What you consider normal food may actually be considered weird by many people around the world.

But as the Fung Brothers (with AJ Rafael) point out in the following cover of Drop City Yacht Club's "Crickets", "we [just] got different cultural norms than you".

So go chow down on some stinky durian or natto, kids, and keep the complaining to a minimum. 

One of Vancouver’s most popular brunch spots opened in a new location today (August 12). After six years on Beatty Street, Café Medina has relocated to 780 Richards Street under the L’Hermitage Hotel.

It's impossible to eat 20 dumplings and not end up stuffed like a dumpling yourself.

That's my verdict after attending the second annual Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby on Sunday (August 10) as a guest of the festival.

The festival sold out of its dumpling passports as eager eaters sampled from each of the 20 competing restaurants.

Dining-in the-dark restaurants like O.Noir (in Toronto and Montreal) and Dark Table (Vancouver) have given Canadian diners an experience of what what it's like to eat blind. But another restaurant recently launched in Canada that's helping to give hearing diners a taste of dining deaf.

Signs (558 Yonge Street), created by entrepreneur Anjan Manikumar, is a 150-seat casual-dining restaurant staffed by deaf servers that opened in July in Toronto.

Manikumar told the CBC he was inspired by a deaf customer at a restaurant he previously worked at who would point at the menu to order.

What’s in Your Fridge is where the Straight asks interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting beside the Heinz Ketchup in their custom-made Big Chill Retropolitan 20.6 cubic-foot refrigerators.

On the grill

Jesse Gander

On Saturday, September 13, the 25 member wineries of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association will gather for the Okanagan's wine and food event of the fall season.

The 1950s-themed Naramata Bench Wineries Association Tailgate Party will take place at Poplar Grove Winery from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Tailgate partygoers will enjoy wine from the Naramata Bench wineries, a menu of gourmet local cuisine created by seven talented chefs from Naramata Bench restaurants, and live '50s music in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Naramata-shot film, My American Cousin

If you don't live on the North Shore, chances are you don't get over to West Vancouver very often. There's that mental block of a bridge, which actually isn't such a big deal once you hop in the car or even on a bus from downtown. And once you arrive at the waterfront near Ambleside Pier, you'll wonder why you don't go more often.

What’s in Your Fridge is where the Straight asks interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting beside the Heinz Ketchup in their custom-made Big Chill Retropolitan 20.6 cubic-foot refrigerators.

 

On the grill

Trevor Risk

Who are you

We actually don't have enough space here to tell you everything Trevor Risk does, but here's a short list of some of his many jobs: frontman of dream-pop band Sunshine; freelance writer; club-night promoter and DJ (Come Friday, Ice Cream Social); and project manager, brand ambassador, and all-around arbiter of cool at Light Organ Records. In other words, Risk basically runs this town. 

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