• These are the best four bars to open in Melbourne this year. One just added heated seats to its rooftop – genius.

• It’s almost here: Maker & Monger’s new cheese haven opens next week. There’ll be a walk-in cheese room and so much more.

• Sink into a tan leather booth for elevated European fare from an ex-Vue de Monde and Matilda chef at this South Yarra diner.

• This Northcote spot is dedicating a day to dumplings and their fish’n’chip shop-favoured spin-off, the humble dimmy.

• More than a year in the making, Old Palm Liquor is from the Neighbourhood Wine team. Get ready for woodfired snacks and low-intervention vino.

• Coffee specialist St Ali is raising funds to send 200 LGBTQI+ youth to the queer formal of their dreams.

• Cold weather calls for carbo-loading. Time for all-you-can-eat handmade pasta for $30.

• Victorian vermouth company Maidenii has taken home two prizes at the Cocktails Spirits Paris bar awards – Best Aperitif and Most Influential Spirits Innovation.

• Truffle tragics and the truffle-curious are all invited to this weekend-long truffle festival.

Two popular Melbourne cafes are the latest to have been found underpaying staff.

• From July 16, Heston Blumenthal's theatrical and imaginative diner Dinner by Heston will become a degustation-only restaurant. But the Meat Fruit isn't going anywhere.