2/07/2013 01:00:00 PM

LA Weekend Planner: German Karnaval, PinotFest and Julia Child Memories

Karnavel sausages and beer
Eat This
Germany's Karnavel is like Mardi Gras or Carnivale, just with more sausage and schnitzel. And lots and lots of beer. Celebrate the season at Wirsthaus, which has food and drink specials on Friday and Saturday night, plus live music, "outlandish decorations" and people in costume (345 N. La Brea Ave.; 323-931-9291).

Drink This
Pinot pinot pinot! Sip and swirl more than 200 wines from California, Oregon, New Zealand and France and more at the Pasadena PinotFest, set at the picturesque Altadena Town & Country Club. And unlike other events, if you like what you tasted, you can actually purchase to take a bottle or case home. There will be some food and snacks for sustenance. Tickets are $89 per person, or $119 for early entry. 1-4 PM (2290 Country Club Dr.).

Do This
What was it like to dine and toast with Julia Child? Two of her cohorts, Noël Riley Fitch, who was sanctioned by Julia to write Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child, and her husband Bert Sonnenfeld will discuss their fond memories of the grand dame of French cooking with the Culinary Historians of Southern California on Saturday (Feb. 9). There will be snacks served after the free event, which begins at 10:30 AM at the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Downtown Central Library (630 W. 5th St.).

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