Karen’s Diner

Several unique eating experiences available for Swift, Barbie or Karen fans

Taylor, Barbie or … a Karen?

No, it’s not the joke you’re thinking (get your mind out of the gutter!), it’s about in whose company you would rather spend a morning, afternoon or evening dining with.


Who is it?

Because if you want to make your eating-out experience a little more interesting this month, there are trio of lady celeb-themed feasts to target.

Let’s start with the Taylor Swift dining experience, which takes place at Trolley 5 Brewpub on Oct. 28 and 29.

The celebration of all things Swift allows fans to enjoy a meal from the Enchanted-themed menu while being serenaded by
a curated setlist of her hits.

No, it’s not as good as a ticket to her Eras tour, but for a meagre fee it might still make you feel as if you’re in the company of the artist and her talent. 

Tickets for the event cost $60 and include a brunch dish and one drink upon arrival. 

According to promoters, you can “expect lip-sync battles, trivia and prizes for the best dressed” Swiftie fan.

And, hell, if you go to the all-ages Sunday brunch, perhaps they’ll put the Kansas City Chiefs game on the TVs so you, along with Taylor, can cheer on her new beau Travis Kelce against the Broncos.

For tickets to the event, which promises to deliver “style, peace and happiness to like-minded Swifties bonding over a meal in honour of the songwriting queen,” please go to explorehidden.com.

Not into Tay-Tay (I’m old, but I’m pretty sure that’s a thing), c’mon Barbie, let’s go party.

If you’re one of the millions of people caught up in the Barbie craze, thanks to the record-breaking film about everyone’s favourite plastic plaything and her eunuch boyfriend Ken, there’s a Barbie-themed lunch and brunch Oct. 14 and 15, also at Trolley 5 on 17th Ave SW.

Sounds like something fun for all enthralled with the doll.

Barbie Themed Lunch & Brunch

With multiple seat available throughout each day, the “unique extravaganza … immerses attendees in the fabulous universe of the iconic doll loved worldwide.”

What exactly does that involve?

“This exclusive event promises a day filled with entertainment, nostalgia, and endless Barbie-inspired fun. From VIP movie giveaways to themed cocktails, Aqua’s iconic Barbie Girl sing-along to thrilling trivia sessions, guests will be immersed in a magical Barbie experience like no other.”

Tickets for the all-ages fun are $59, with the brunch, lunch or dinner included in the ticket price along with a themed, age-appropriate welcome drink.

Once again, please go to explorehidden.com for tickets.

And finally, we have a meal with Karen.
You, know, that viral, racist busybody who is scared of the others, and weaponizes her white privilege to assert her, well, very angry whiteness.

Want to confront that head on? And have
a good nosh up while doing it?

Here’s what you need to know.

“Get ready to feel the wrath of the OG Karen as Karen’s Diner is touring the world and stopping in Calgary on Oct. 21!”

Need the details? 

Here they all in all of their belligerent glory. Or, as the release says:  “Because Karen doesn’t have time for your sh*t, here are a few FAQs.”

What’s on the menu?

KARMA. Get served what you deserve at Karen’s Diner. If it’s good enough for Eddie Hall it’s good enough for you.

Do I need to book?

FFS Karen, HOW MANY TIMES DO WE NEED TO TELL YOU!! Obviously you need to book.

Are kids allowed?

Ahh, the spawn of Satan! Karen’s ‘favourites‘. BEFORE 6 p.m. only, and keep them on a tight leash! If you’re expecting Karen to be nice to your kids, Karen’s Diner is not the place for you. As yes, there is a lot of swearing, and no, Karen doesn’t hold back *rolls eyes*

Do you cater for dietary requirements?

Karen does, but she’s not happy about it. If your name is Karen and you are ordering a vegan burger, you must be a brave, brave woman (that or stupid …). All eyes are on you.”

Verbal abuse and a meal — what more could one ask for?

This is another explorehidden.com event taking place Oct. 21, with Karen making serving appearances for sessions at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m at the Belmont Diner in Aspen.

“Don’t miss out on this great food but horrible service! Whatever you do, don’t ask for a refund! Tickets cost just $55 and include a burger with fries and a soft drink, so loosen those purse strings and get yours now!”

If you’re wanting to support local restaurants, please do. And if it takes a theme night or experience to get you out and immersed in Calgary’s food and culture scene, then please enjoy and share with your friends.

It might just be a gateway to something mouth memorable, and lead you further into the weeds of wonderful.