Agenda: Coffee 101, Chili Championship, and Valentine's Day Dining

FEATURED EVENT

Coffee: Tasting and History
Francine Segan's "World of Tasting" series will be exploring the history of coffee. Discover how it was eaten in ancient Africa, learn to brew the perfect cup, and sample several different types of roasts. The event will take place at the 92nd Street Y (Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street) on Wednesday, February 4th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $40/person.

EVENTS THIS WEEK (February 4 through 10)

Pride of New York
This year's city wide winter festival, Winter Jam 2009, will feature a Warming Hut and Winter Market sponsored by Pride of New York. Guests may sample and purchase some of the latest Pride of New York products. The organization is a program of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets which promotes agricultural products grown and processed within the state. The free event will take place on Saturday, February 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at East River Park (Houston Street and FDR Drive).

Seduce Your Spouse
Chef-owner Alex Ureña and his wife, Martine Gren Ureña, of Pamplona restaurant (37 East 28th Street) are teaching a special class, "Seduce Your Spouse." The hands-on lesson will teach home cooks how to prepare a romantic, Spanish-inspired menu in time for Valentine's Day. The class will take place on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 212.213.2328 or email martine@pomplonanyc.com. $65/person.

Chili Takedown
Chili cooks will have an outlet to showcase their work and chili lovers will have an excuse to be a food critic for a day at the latest Chili Takedown, sponsored by Brooklyn Kitchen. All are welcome to enter the contest with any chili recipe, but they must prepare 2 gallons (no exceptions). There will be a $100 cash grand prize and additional prizes rewarded. The event will take place on Sunday, February 8th at Union Pool (484 Union Avenue, Brooklyn) at 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Matt Timms. $10/at-the-door.

COMING UP: VALENTINE'S DAY
Valentine's Day is fast approaching and now is the perfect time to book your dinner reservations. We've rounded up a few prix fixe dining options to consider with your sweetie.

Absinthe Wine Bar (111 First Avenue, 212.777.0440)
4 courses, $55/person.
Open 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Annisa (13 Barrow Street, 212.741.6699)
4 courses, $110/person.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Barbetta Restaurant (321 West 46th Street, 212.246.9197)
Multi-course menu, $70/person (pre-theater).
$85/person (after 8:30 p.m.), live music and dancing.

Cercle Rouge (241 West Broadway, 212.226.6252)
3 courses, $59.95/person.
Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Counter (105 First Avenue, 212.982.5870)
4 courses, $50/person, $25/wine pairing.

EN Japanese Brasserie (435 Hudson Street, 212.647.9196)
Valentine's Kaiseki: 7 courses, $85/person.

Jules (65 St. Marks Place, 212.420.0998)
3 courses, $39.95/person, plus live music.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Le Singe Vert (160 Seventh Avenue, 212.366.4100)
3 courses, $39.95/person.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

The Modern (@ The Museum of Modern Art, 9 West 53rd Street, 212.333.1220)
7 courses, $185/person.
Guests will also enjoy a private stroll through MOMA.

P*ONG (150 West 10th Street, 212.929.0898)
7 courses, $82/person, $38/wine pairing.
The restaurant will also offer a special Dessert Tasting menu for diners who only want something sweet. $44/person, $30/wine pairing

Pamplona (37 East 28th Street, 212.213.2328)
3 courses, $70/person.
Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Toloache (51 West 50th Street, 212.581.1818)
3 courses, $65/person.
Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Yerba Buena (23 Avenue A, 212.529.2919)
4 courses, $75/person, $100/dinner with cocktails.
Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.