Michelin stars celebrate summer, Dachi pulls out patio lanterns, LOCAL joins the party, and Juke gets extra fancy

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      We know what you’re thinking—don’t talk about it, or you’re going to jinx things. Still, let’s just throw this out there—given the weather this past week in May, is it too much to hope that June might actually be more like Georgia in July than Vancouver in January?

      There, we said it. And with the very real possibility that the annual weather horrorshow called Juneuary might be on the horizon, think positive as you make a note to put down the phone and its weather app, and check out the following.

      Get your Michelin fix

      The downside of the Michelin Guide discovering Vancouver was that any place awarded a star, bib gourmand, or free snow tires for life instantly became a lot more difficult to get into. The Fairmont Pacific Rim is about to give you a taste of what you might be missing out on with a six-week pop-up starting June 1. Taking place on the Pacific Rim Patio, the summer-long event will have Michelin-anointed Vancouver chefs coming up with a summer-inspired dish which will be available for four days. Those taking part include Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson from Published on Main, Lee Cooper of L’Abattoir, Lý Nguyen and Vincent Nguyen from Anh and Chi, and Michael Zafirian of Bacaro. Overseeing the program is Hector Laguna of the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s much-celebrated Botanist. Things kick off with Stieffenhofer-Brandson on June 1-4, and wrap with Zafirian’s four-day stint August 24-27. No word on whether reservations are required, but why not just walk up, like in the pre-Michelin days at Anh and Chi, and see what happens.

      Dachi parties on the patio

      Need a guarantee that no reservations are required before you leave the house? East Village staple Dachi will celebrate May Two-Four with a long-weekend event featuring an outdoor barbecue, DJs, and special-guest winery A Sunday in August. (Before you get all smart-ass about the “outdoor” barbecue part of the equation, yes, there are indoor barbecues, and they’re great if you want your house to look like the BC Interior during wildfire season.) Billed as the Dachi x A Sunday in August Summer Patio Party, the festivities start in the early afternoon and then run until the evening. The best part of things, especially if you’re the kind of person who shows up to the party three hours early? That would no reservations are being offered, with only walk-ups guaranteed a table.

      Fraser River District gets a local

      In another lifetime, Vancouver’s Fraser River district was famous for nothing but log booms, acres of shipping containers, and the truly terrifying FRAMS bar (where, depending on the night, you could get punched out to Stonebolt, the Headpins, or the aptly named Hit & Run). Today it’s a neighbourhood on the rise, with a 130-acre master-planned community leading to an influx of condos, businesses, and restaurants, creating a waterfront ’hood that’s still one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Joining the scene on May 25 will be LOCAL Public Eatery, which already has locations in Gastown and Kits. Known for hand-pressed burgers that would impress no less than Chef Julian Slowik, LOCAL will offer both indoor and patio seating at its new South Van locale, with the drinks menu focussed on craft cocktails and boasting 16 beers on tap. Be warned that patio seating is first come, first served, and given that the Fraser River District is indeed on the rise, that means you might want to arrive sometime other than 8pm on Saturday night if you’re looking to score a table.

      Chicken and champagne come together at Juke

      It sounds every bit as high concept as Southern Culture on the Skids (whose eight-minute white-trash opus “Dirt Track Date” you should always play in a bar anytime it’s on the jukebox). On June 7 the Chickadee Room (aka the lounge in Chinatown’s ever-delicious Juke Fried Chicken) plays host to what’s being billed as "Juke & Jug: A Night of Birds and Bubbles." What you get is Juke’s insanely addictive fried chicken and three pours of Krug Champagne. And, if that wasn’t fancy enough, caviar (yes, you read that right), snack plates, and cocktail pairings are also part of the deal. Pouring the Krug Grande Cuvée and overseeing the cocktails will be Vancouver bar legend Sabrine Dhaliwal. The fact that there will be two seatings—at 5:30pm and 8pm—tells you all you need to know about acting fast if you’re looking to secure a spot. Space is limited, so click here to reserve. And don’t forget that no one’s going to judge you if, through a mouthful of chicken, champagne, and caviar, you ask your server if there’s any way someone can can cue up “Dirt Track Date” and then crank it to 11 for the song's last five minutes.