Two restaurant events in Santa Cruz on Tuesday March 12

Food at Lago di Como Ristorante

Food at Lago di Como Ristorante

There are so many fun food- and restaurant-related events in Santa Cruz that it’s hard to keep up; here are two occurring on Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2013.

Winemakers Dinner at Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria

Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria, which opened in December, is having its first Winemakers Dinner. The cost is $62 for a six-course meal including wine pairings. Courses include salad, pasta, fish, and meat (the latter is top sirloin stuffed with artichoke, panko, Parmesan, with rosemary-white wine sauce and served atop garlic mashed potatoes). Read more and view the full menu at Lago’s Facebook page. The event begins at 6 p.m. and features winemakers from Treviso, Italy-based La Cantina Pizzolato Winery. Reservations will be accepted up until noon on Tuesday, via email (lagodicomosc@yahoo.com) or phone (831-454-8257). Read more about the restaurant here.

Location: Lago di Como Ristorante, 2-1490 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz

India Joze Persian New Year Ritual

Now Rooz, also known as Persian New Year, takes place each year at the same time as the vernal equinox. There are many celebratory rituals associated with this holiday, including one where people “jump over fire” (sometimes a mini-bonfire at the beach) while saying certain phrases to “get rid of the old and bring in the new.” India Joze is holding a few events related to Now Rooz; read more at the restaurant’s Facebook page. One event is on Tues. Mar. 12 from 7-9 p.m. There will be free Persian appetizers and desserts, plus an optional fire-jumping ritual, all right outside India Joze.

Location: India Joze, 418 Front Street, Santa Cruz