White out: The Social Concierge's Tyson Villeneuve and Jordan Kallman fronted the coolest party the season. Dressed all in elegant white, and carrying their own meals, dinnerware, tables and chairs, 1,200 diners participated in Vancouver's inaugural Diner en blanc, a tradition that originated in France back in 1988 and has since spread globally. A sort of flash mob that lasted four hours, attendees gathered for the fabulous pop-up feast at Jack Poole Plaza, a location that was kept secret until half an hour before the event started.
Rocking the Rim: Colin James rocked the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel last week. The singer-songwriter headlined the hotel's end of summer party shindig, an exclusive meet-and-greet and intimate concert for several hundred of the hotel's closest friends.
Rental return: While Top Chef Canada's Dale MacKay shuttered both his restaurants last week citing high rents, restaurateurs Gord Martin (Bin941, Go Fish!) and Abdel Elatouabi (Le Marrakech) pooled their talents to open their latest. SoL Sun Belt Cookery is a Mediterranean restaurant located in the same spot Elatouabi once occupied (with Bravo Bistro) but abandoned when his $10,000 rent went up 50 per cent. Subsequent failures saw the landlord wise up, rates fall, and the return of Elatouabi to the Denman at West Georgia space.