Dig Weekend Guide – April 2-4

Welcome to the weekend. It’s Easter Weekend and if you don’t have plans for Sunday yet, there are lots of great places to enjoy Sunday Brunch at with the fam. We’ve got a few of them listed with links to some other great lists from Zagat and Caroline on Crack. Just in case you hate bunny rabbits there’s always the venerable and wacky Lebowski Fest, the Santa Anita Derby, pillow fights in downtown, wines from Chile in South Pas, Frog’s Leap wine in West LA, or polish your wine tasting knowledge and take a intro to wine course at Learn About Wine. Don’t forget to check out the upcoming events for next weekend. It’s never too early to start planning.

Friday, April 2

Wine Styles – Wines of Chile
South Pasadena (5-9:30pm)
Support Chilean wine at Wine Styles in South Pasadena. Taste 5 different wines from Chile for just $15. Take two bottles home and your tasting is half off. On the menu for the evening, Cono Sur Viognier, Cono Sur Pinot Noir, Calina Carmenere, Calina Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carma Carmenre.

Lebowski Fest
Los Angeles
Lebowski Fest returns the City of Angels with a screening of the film at The Wiltern on April 2nd followed by the Bowling Party at The Cal Bowl on April 3rd! Special guests and other details to be announced. More info on their web site.

Saturday, April 3

Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day
Downtown Los Angeles (3pm)
Be a part of the largest pillow fight the city of angels has ever seen. Starting at 3pm in Pershing Square, thousands of people will meet up after hitting up the local bars for the pillow fight of your life. The rules are simple, bring your own pillow, don’t hit too hard, only hit people who have pillows, and wait for the horn before starting. This event is free, more info here.

Santa Anita Derby
Arcadia (1pm post)
The $750,000 Santa Anita Derby is the last major California stakes for 3-year-olds heading to the Kentucky Derby from California. See this year’s up and coming stars before they move onto the Kentucky and Triple Crown trail. Participate in the Derby Day 5K Run/Walk, plus a free Derby Casual Shirt Giveaway.

Wally’s Saturday Tasting: Frog’s Leap Winery
West LA (1-4pm)
Come on down to Wally’s every Saturday between 1 and 4 pm and taste some wine. This Saturday they are tasting the wines from Frog’s Leap. The fee is only $10 per person, and there will be a worthwhile discount on the wines being tasted. Cheese and bread are also provided. Tastings are held in their store at 2107 Westwood Blvd.

Sunday, April 4

Wine 1.0 – Wine Camp – Introduction to Wine
Downtown Los Angeles (3-5pm)
Do you want to understand what wine is? Do you want to be able to describe what you taste? Learn the wine basics from A – Z at LearnAboutWine’s Wine 1.0. Taste seven types of wine and acquire the skills to evaluate what you smell and taste. Learn how to taste wine, wine pairing, the do’s and don’ts of wine service, how to store your wine and more. Tickets are $59, more info here.

Easter Brunch
Various Los Angeles Locations
Here’s a quick round-up of some Sunday Brunch dining options. Cache in Santa Monica is offering a $25 pre-fix menu from 11am-2pm. Head downtown to Chaya for their 3 course menu with bottomless mimosas for $35, or $15 for the kids. SimonLA is doing it family style for $40 a person; click here for the full menu. If Sunset Blvd is more your scene, check out Sebastien Archambault’s artisanal cheese selections and charcuterie, plus a selection of entrees and sides served family style at Andaz Hotel’s RH for $52 and $20 for kids. Check out Caroline‘s list or Zagat for more Easter dining options.

Continuing:

palate food + wine Sunday Session and Supper
Glendale (12-5pm & 5-9pm)
This 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 (6pm-11pm)
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 (7:30pm)
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.

Friday Night Sessions @ California Plaza
Downtown Los Angeles (7pm)
Free concerts return to California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles on the 2nd Friday of every month. The program includes performances by local emerging indie bands. The Friday Night Sessions concert series is a collaborative effort by lafreebee, Isgoodmusic, SideCho Records, Heart Music Group, Casa Downtown, Grand Performances and the artists themselves. This Friday’s performers include Under the Asbury, Garland, Lady Katherine, and Bright Million.

Upcoming:

April 10-11 – The Cherry Blossom Festival is a free event open to the public and takes place on the streets in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles. There were over 45,000 attendees at the 2009 Festival. Live entertainment includes Japanese Dancing, music, a Hawaiian Village, Cultural Pavillion, and a Beer & Sake Garden. Several food trucks will be on hand feeding the hungry festival goers.

April 10 – Join the three ladies of On the Lamb as they flaunt their strawberry debauchery in a cooking demonstration at Surfas Restaurant Supply and Gourmet Food in Culver City on Saturday April 10, 2010 from 12-2pm. It’s free to play, but be warned, these ladies play for keeps. On the menu: Strawberry, balsamic basil soda, Strawberry black pepper biscuits with prosciutto and honey mustard with a small side arugula, herb and strawberry salad topped with pecorino and dressed with balsamic vinaigrette, and Strawberry banana cream pie. Seating is limited so be sure to arrive early.

April 10 – Reserve your place for a fun, interactive cooking class from 11am-1pm with Jar Executive Chef Suzanne Tracht, Pastry Chef Sandra Bustamante, and Sommelier Rob Harpest. Items on the class menu for the day include a Spring Radish Salad with English pea puree, Leg of Lamb with roasted asparagus and potatoes au gratin and a Chocolate Caramel Tart. Cost is $125 per person. Please call (323) 655-6566 to reserve your space.

April 10 – Come enjoy some great wine and awesome cupcakes at Dig Lounge’s own Saarloos & Sons Wine and Cupcake Pairing. Taste 4 of Saarloos & Sons new releases – Daughters (Chardonnay), SoLo (Syrah), 194six: moon (Cab/Syrah), and brothers (Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc) – and pair them with delectable cupcakes from Enjoy Cupcakes like Chocolate Blackberry Syrah, Strawberry Delight, Meyer Lemon Chardonnay and Chocolate Cheesecake. Tickets are limited so before this event sells out. Only $15 for Dig Lounge readers! Use code “DIGLA” for $5 off.

April 10 – DrinkEatPlay presents the LA Beer Festival. The event will feature dozens of international and domestic brews, beer friendly food pairings, and live tribute bands. There are two sessions taking place, 1-4pm and 5-8pm. Admission is $40 and includes unlimited 4oz pours of beer. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so .

April 11 – The La Habra Spring Citrus Fair 2010, located in La Habra California, will include great food, entertainment, rides, products, games and exhibits with a historic Spring Citrus theme. Located on La Habra Boulevard between Cypress and Euclid streets. A “Home and Garden” exhibit area is planned for the Fair focusing on growing vegetables, fruits, citrus, herbs right in your backyard.

April 24 – At the 2nd Annual UNIQUE LA Spring Show, taking place at the California Market Center (11am-6pm), shop for two-days at the event that showcases independent design talent at great prices – with an emphasis on “made in America” goods, as 99% of products at the show are proudly made right here in the USA. Your $10 admission includes a collectible, exclusive tote bag designed by a guest artist, refreshments, giveaways, free workshops, DIY den, kids play area, and more.

April 24 – The 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational returns to Los Angeles in April. It’s the nation’s biggest, craziest, most awesome grilled cheese sandwich cooking competition. Details are slim, and the exact location is still TBD. But let’s hope its a little bit more organized after the horror stories last year.

April 27-28 – The Guacamole Festival in Lincoln Heights promotes the consumption of all type of avocados. Attendants enjoy Food dishes serve with lots of Avocado & Guacamole such as burgers, Avocado sandwiches & salads, guacamole dips, tacos, etc. This free event will enjoy a variety of Avocado food recipes, free health screenings, free gifts, Carnival Rides & Games, live music and all type of exhibitors with 15,000 attendees expected.

May 31 – The first annual City of Angels Wine Fest taking place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 from 12 noon to 5:00pm at the Music Center Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Featuring wines from thirty premiere California wineries and food prepared by several Patina Restaurant Group’s downtown restaurants, the event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Los Angeles will benefit the Volunteers of America Los Angeles downtown homeless service center. It’s a great opportunity to sample wonderful wines, eat delicious food and support a fabulous local organization.Center Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are $65.00 in advance and $75.00 at the door. Tickets include nine (9) wine tickets and two (2) food tickets, with additional food and wine tickets available for sale. Tickets will be available for sale on March 15.

June 19 – Beer from the nation’s finest craft brewers and cuisine from the Gold Coast’s finest chefs will converge on the beautiful San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura, California during Father’s Day Weekend on Saturday, June 19th 2010, to celebrate the first annual Salute! A Festival to Celebrate Finely Crafted Beer & Food. This beer and food lifestyle event will include live music and take place from 1pm – 5pm, with a special limited-ticket VIP Tastemaker reception from 11am – 1pm where VIP guests will meet with brewers and have exclusive access to limited edition brews and a special VIP Tastemaker lounge area.

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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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