Dig Weekend Guide – March 4-6

Welcome to the weekend. Sunny skies are on tap for the weekend, so grab the kids and head to Burbank for Cavalia, a magical encounter between horse and human. Head out of town on Saturday for a special barrel tasting weekend in Temecula, or stick around for a Pinot tasting in Woodland Hills or a Corkbar 2-year anniversary party in downtown. On Sunday shop for unique pieces of art or learn about wine at Wine Camp. Finally, finish off the weekend with some great food at Gold Standard and food trucks galore at TruckIt Fest.


Friday, March 4

Burbank (8 pm)
Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Horse and Human, a grand-scale spectacle created by Normand Latourelle, one of the founders of Canada’s famed Cirque du Soleil, returns to Los Angeles under the White Big Top in Downtown Burbank. Cavalia visited Los Angeles for the first time in 2004 where it played to sold-out houses. Constantly evolving, the current production is nearly double in size from the original, and showcases new artists, new horses, and entirely new acts, including Sylvia Zerbini, who works with nine Arabian horses, unbridled, in a liberty act of breathtaking beauty. Tickets start at $69 for adults and $59 for kids (2-12).

Saturday, March 5

Corkbar 2 Year Anniversary
Downtown Los Angeles (5-10pm)
Corkbar celebrates its two-year anniversary with happy hour pricing, specially featured wines and beers, and a “$2 Tastes Menu” from Executive Chef Albert Aviles. Featuring select dishes from the wine bar’s popular Test Kitchen Tuesdays series—a weekly event featuring off-the-menu, seasonal small plates for just $2—as well as signature favorites, the “$2 Tastes Menu” will include “Ball Park Sliders” made with Pork Sausage, Mustard, and Relish on a Pretzel Bun; Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Pasilla Chiles; and Spice-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Israeli Couscous. Special off menu beers and wine will be featured all night as well.

World of Wine 2011 Barrel Tasting Weekend
Temecula (10am-4:30pm)
Once again, the wineries of the Temecula Valley open their cellar doors for guests to enjoy a bevy of wines at our annual two day barrel tasting event. You’ll enjoy a self-guided wine country tour that will take you to 30+ wineries, each of whom will be offering varietal wines from barrel, tank or bottle. The wines will be paired with scrumptious food samplings which exemplify the perfect marriage of food and wine. Ticket holders will receive a map of the Temecula Valley, a passport which allows a visit to each participating winery and a souvenir glass. 2 day tickets are $99. Get your tickets here.

PNizzle: A Pinot Noir Tasting
Woodland Hills (2-4pm)
If you like Pinot Noir, head to Morton’s in Woodland Hills. The Pinot Noir extravaganza will feature over 20 boutique wineries specializing in Pinot Noir from California and Oregon. Grand comestibles including Beef Tenderloing Carving Station, Crab Cakes, Smoked Salmon Pizza, Prime Cheeseburgers, and more will be served. Tickets are $60, more info and tickets here.

Sunday, March 6

3rd Annual LA Weekly Gold Standard
Los Angeles (1-5pm)
The Wine House and LA Weekly are proud to present “LA Weekly’s 3rd Annual Gold Standard Food & Wine Event” featuring a selection of 40 restaurants curated by Pulitzer Prize winning food critic, Jonathan Gold. VIP tickets are sold out, but plan to get there early anyway, as lines tend to build up quickly. Patience is the key at these events, so be prepared to do a lot of standing around while you wait for food. But you will be rewarded greatly. Tickets are $60 and can be had here.

TruckIt Fest
Downtown Los Angeles (11am-5pm)
The new monthly TruckIt Fest makes its debut on Sunday, March 6th from 11am-5pm at Downtown’s iconic Union Station. The festival is a celebration of three things Los Angeles can’t seem to get enough of: food trucks, hand-crafted jewelry and accessories, and live music. With a VIP ticket, guests can even chill with their entourage in a private lounge and have their food served to them. It also includes valet parking, complimentary nonalcoholic beverages and a $10 food voucher. Food trucks for the day include Komodo, Border Grill, Gourmet Genie, The Munchie Machine, Crepes Bonaparte, Barbie’s Q, Sweets Truck, Slammin’ Sliders, Del’s Lemonade, the Yummy One, Canter’s Deli and Mandoline Grill. More info here.

Itty Bitty Art Sale
Santa Monica (10am)
The will feature original postcard-sized art, each to be sold for $40 on a first-come, first-served basis. The work is unsigned on the front, so no one knows the artists’ identity until it is purchased and the name is revealed on the back. The artist can be anyone with a passion or idea – a well known architect, professional designer, Hollywood celebrity, talented amateur, rock & roll musician, or a well meaning animator.

Wine Camp – An Introduction to Wine
Downtown Los Angeles (3-5 p.m.)
Learn About Wine presents Wine Camp – An Introduction to Wine. Learn the wine basics from A – Z and taste seven types of wine and acquire the skills to evaluate what you smell and taste. Wine Camp covers information that is good for everyone from the beginner to the frequent wine shopper. Understanding how wine is made helps you describe what your tasting! Learn how to pair wines, the do’s and dont’s of wine service, and how to purchase and store wine. Get your tickets for $59 or two for $100 here.


Rock & Roll Brunch
Hollywood (11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
What better way to soak up the booze from Saturday night than a tasty brunch with rock music the next morning? Kelly Cole and Ian Cripps presents Rock & Roll Brunch at Magnolia in Hollywood. Hair of the dog specials include four dollar Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Screwdrivers, or order a bottle of bubbly for the table (w/mixers) for $22. Valet parking available for $5, or find a meter on the street.

Fleming’s Winter 3 Course Menu
Downtown Los Angeles
Next time your downtown checking out a game or a concert, and need a bite, check out one of our favorites at LA Live for their special winter 3 course meal. Fleming’s Executive Chef Russell Skall has created an innovative 3-course dinner with bold and flavorful offerings. The new Winter Prix Fixe menu offers a choice of appetizer, two entrées and dessert for just $39.95. To start, choose from a Hearty Mushroom Soup or Roasted Pear and Candied Walnut Salad. Then choose your main course, a Bistro Steak or Crackling Pork Shank. For dessert, a yummy Chocolate Mousse Cake. Their wine selection is also top notch with 100 selections by the glass.

Fried Chicken & Keg Beer @ Eva
Los Angeles (6 p.m.)
Eva Restaurant offers Fried Chicken & Keg Beer on Tuesday nights with all-you-can-drink beer and fried chicken for $25. The beer is a North County Pilsner from Eureka. The á la carte menu will not be available on this night, as it’s only fried chicken and beer starting from 6 p.m.-closing. Call 323-634-0700 for more info.

Weekend Flights at Rosso Wine Shop
Glendale (5-8 p.m.)
A new wine theme each week. Whether it is their Old World favorites or Pinot Noir from Russian River, they mix it up and keep the price reasonable. Visit www.rossowineshop.com for more details. They also have wines by the glass available at the bar, along with some select beer picks by the bottle, if the wine flight doesn’t work for you. Cost is around $10.

Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club
Downtown Los Angeles (6-11 p.m.)
Travel back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs every Sunday at the Cicada Club in Downtown. Featuring the finest vintage dance orchestras and entertainment, Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club is unlike any night on the town you have ever experienced. Vintage or evening attire encouraged. A dinner reservation will guarantee your table for the entire evening. To see who’s playing each week and for more info check out their web site.

palate food + wine Sunday Session and Supper
Glendale (12-5 p.m. & 5-9 p.m.)
Every Sunday at palate food + wine try the featured “Single Dish” at Sunday Session for $12. Or do the full Sunday supper for $35 which includes an appetizer, a main course, and dessert. Wine flights available for $12.

Little Dom’s Monday Night Supper
Los Feliz (6 p.m.-11 p.m.)
On Monday nights Little Dom’s if offering a $15 prix-fixe supper featuring seasonal dishes like Shrimp & Whitebean Brushetta , Grilled Albacore w/ Roasted Peppers & Oregano,
Cranberry & Chocolate Chunk Rice Pudding. Bottles of Dago Red or White are $10, and Peroni beer is $2. Sounds like the perfect recession buster to us.

Wine Pairing Wednesday at Upstairs2
West LA (7:30 p.m.)
Upstairs 2, located above the massive Wine House, offers a four-course dinner prepared by chef Todd Barrie every Wednesday, paired with four wines from around the world selected by sommelier Marilyn Snee. Each week will showcase a different wine region, and there will be a brief discussion of each wine and its pairing. The cost is only $55 per person. Make your rezzy here.


March 12 – LA St. Patrick’s Day Festival is a Beer, Wine and Spirits festival in the heart of Hollywood at Sunset and Vine. From 2-6pm enjoy beers, wines, and spirits from all around the world paired with cheeses, sausages and other great foods. Great entertainment including Irish Dancers, LAPD Emeralds marching band, Live karaoke band, 80’s bands and more. The St. Patrick’s Day Festival is produced by Barcelona Enterprises to raise funds for the Hollywood Arts Council. Tickets are $50, get more info here.

March 17-20 – The Pacific Wine and Food Festival is a sophisticated showcase of master wine makers, culinary personalities and talented chefs designed to entertain, educate and entice food and wine lovers. The event features exhibitors, restaurants, culinary artisans, wineries and spirits makers from all over the world. Visitors enjoying the event will not only get to indulge in an unforgettable flavor experience, they will also have the opportunity to meet and learn from celebrated chefs and master sommeliers. In addition to the weekend’s flavor extravaganza, the celebration includes L.A. Uncorked and our Grand Tasting Gala benefiting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Share our Strength. The event takes place at the LA Convention Center and parts of LA Live. Tickets go on sale next month.

March 23 – Learn About Wine Presents the Stars of Napa at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. taking place from 7-9:30pm, sample some of the best wines from the Napa Valley area. Learn by talking to the wine makers, owners, and executives. This event is limited to just 150 people, a great ratio of people to wineries. Some of our favorite wineries will be at the event, including Frank Family, Peju, Beaucanon, Robert Biale, and more. Tickets are $79 each or two for $150. Get your tickets here.

June 18 – Salute! is a lifestyle event for those who appreciate fine craft beer and food. Your $60 all inclusive ticket provides each guest with a wristband, a 4 oz. tasting glass to enjoy unlimited tastings of finely crafted beers from around the the world. Pair the beer with unlimited tastings of food by some of the finest local restaurants in Southern California. The event takes place at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura. For a full list of beers and participating restaurants click here.

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Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

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