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The Globe Pub hosts its annual Burns Supper Thursday at 7 PM to celebrate the birthday of poet Robert Burns (which is actually January 25). There will be haggis, tatties and neeps, scotch, and a Scottish bagpiper. $10 cover charge.
Barbara Glunz, third-generation owner of the Old Town wine and spirits emporium House of Glunz, and Tribune food editor Carol Haddix give a talk Saturday at 10 AM at the Chicago History Museum called 25 Years of Great Chicago Cooking and Drinking. They’ll also discuss and sign the recently published Chicago Cooks: 25 Years of Chicago Culinary History and Great Recipes from Les Dames d’Escoffier. A ChicaGourmets luncheon featuring recipes from the cookbook follows at 12:30 at Naha; Haddix will attend. The talk costs $5; the lunch is $79.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba and the Instituto Cervantes kick off a six-week course on Spanish language and cuisine Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM at the cafe. The language part is food-oriented and designed for novice speakers; the cuisine part involves food and wine pairings from a different region of Spain each week. On Saturday chef Tim Cottini focuses on Seville with a menu including shaved pata negra (the Iberian cured ham that only recently became available in the U.S.), grilled vegetable cannelloni, duck-stuffed pears with rainbow chard, and crema Catalana. Classes are every Saturday through March 1 and enrollment is limited. $250 for all six weeks.
Chili Fest at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church offers all-you-can-eat hot, mild, or vegetarian chili for $6 ($4 for children under 10) from 4 to 6 PM on Saturday. 4511 N. Hermitage, 773-561-2610.
The Asian American Coalition of Chicago's Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner is Saturday, starting at 5 PM with a cocktail reception, exhibits, and a political forum. Dinner follows the 6:30 opening ceremonies and presentation of awards, after which the UIC Banghra Team and the KAPWA Dance Group of Loyola University will perform. Tickets are $70 per person or $700 for a table of 10.
Pastoral's downtown location is introducing free wine tastings on the last Saturday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 PM; this month focuses on organic, biodynamic, and sustainable production methods.
The 81st annual Raccoon Dinner in Delafield, Wisconsin is this Saturday from 4 to 8 PM. According to the Trib, you should also be able to find the critter closer to home, but to experience what inspired Cathy Lambrecht of LTH Forum to bring some 'coon back for Moto chef Homaro Cantu to prepare a few years ago, you'll have to drive for a couple of hours.
Chicago Originals, an organization of local independent restaurants, has a "restaurant week" that starts Sunday and continues through next Sunday, February 3. Member restaurants (see a complete list here) will offer three-course dinners for $20.08 and select bottles of wine for the same price.
Catholic Charities' d'Vine Affair, a wine-tasting fund-raiser for its self-sufficiency programs that takes place Sunday from 2-6 PM at the Union League Club of Chicago, features wines from over 50 vintners, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. There's also a wine appreciation seminar with Patrick Fegan of the Chicago Wine School and sommelier Bob Bansberg, a silent auction, and a raffle drawing. Tickets are $120.
Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe boasts that its two-day Mardi Gras Bash, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 to 10:30 PM at Burbank Manor, offers "the best Cajun/Creole food north of the Mason-Dixon line." Among the dishes included in the extensive buffet are seafood gumbo, Cajun tenderloin, crawfish etouffee with andouille, fried alligator, curried chicken a la Paul Prudhomme, and tilapia stuffed with corn bread and crawfish. The buffet closes at 8 PM, but the party continues with performances by Hurricane Gumbo (Tuesday) and Wayne Baker Brooks (Wednesday). $45-$47.