• There’ll be an after-hours dinner at Lune, a spaghetti party and a chip party and when the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival kicks off in March. Book soon, because it’s already selling out.

• Two of Melbourne’s best diners – Embla and Lesa – almost never happened. Here’s why.

• The ultimate sweet-salty combo – ice-cream and hot chips – gets a classy upgrade at this dessert-based feast.

• At Welcome to Brunswick there’s an ever-rotating selection of burgers, tacos, Philly cheesesteaks and woodfired pizza – and New Zealand-themed cocktail jugs.

On Tuesday night you could be eating a Noma dish at Brae, a Massimo Bottura meal at Oakridge or a David Thompson dinner at Ides. You just won’t know it until the meal is over.

• The duo behind Pet-Nat Sats is hosting another good-time wine party, this time pouring extra big bottles of pét-nat.

This Victorian distillery has been crowned International Gin Producer of the Year.

Here’s where to get free Chrismas-themed Pidapipó ice-cream – only on Monday 2 December.

• Train at a spin class, sip cold brew spiked with grapefruit and grab a smoked-mozzarella toastie at this new Collingwood spot.

• It’s been open under the radar for months, but this hard-to-find courtyard-diner is just what Melbourne needs this summer.

Howler’s taco-and-tequila pop-up bar is back, with $5 tacos and $5 frozen Margaritas.

• Why bother making coffee when you can have a four-litre goon bag of the stuff ready to go at all times, for the beach, camping or a music festival?

• After falling into disrepair, this three-storey, 140-year-old pub is getting an overhaul.

Black Star Pastry brings savoury danishes and tarts – and that world-famous layer cake – to a new St Kilda shop.

• From classic Cantonese to a seaside diner that’s worth the two-hour drive, here’s where Heston Blumenthal eats when he’s in Melbourne.

Maker & Monger cheesemonger Anthony Femia is hosting a session to help you select your festive-season fromage.