A week full of beer (and cider! and beet!) dinners: your food and drink events for October 9-15

Tuesday, October 10

Choose from two autumn-themed specialty dinners tonight. The first is a five-course cider dinner at Bluestem (900 Westport Road), featuring hard ciders from all over the world. An example of what’s on offer: the fourth course features dry-aged duck with stewed apples, radicchio and garden beets, served with Bordatto Etxaldea, a cider from the Spanish Basque country. The dinner is $100 a person, exclusive of tax and tip. Call 816-561-1101 for reservations. 

Others may opt for the beet dinner at Krokstrom Klubb and Market (3601 Broadway), featuring beers from Crane Brewing Company. Chef Katee McLean has planned a five-course menu, with the humble root vegetable as the evening’s star. Each course will come paired with a Crane beer (including its spectacular Beet Weiss), or a beet-inspired craft cocktail. The dinner is $75 a person, not including tax and gratuity. Make reservations online via Krokstrom’s website

Wednesday, October 11

Draftcade (7260 Northweset 87th Street) is hosting a beer dinner tonight featuring several beers from Founders Brewing Company (All Day IPA, Rubaeus, Mango Magnifico, ReDANKulous, Breakfast Stout and Doom), along with what sounds like a series of bites and snacks (Korean pork skewers with the Mango Magnifico and Moroccan meatballs with the ReDANKulous, for example). The dinner is $40 a person, exclusive of tax or gratuity. Email vip@draftcade.com or call 816-759-3474 for reservations. 

Thursday, October 12

The final Feast of Fountains food truck fest takes place today from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the National World War I Museum and Memorial (2 Memorial Drive). Featured trucks today include Bochi Truck, American Fusion, KC Pinoy, Jazzy B’s Diner, Smish Smash Sandwich Company and Coffee Cake KC. 

Up in North Kansas City at Chicken and Pickle (1761 Burlington Avenue), guests can opt for a four-course Sam Adams “Oktoberfest” dinner on the roof. We are not sure why it is deemed an Oktoberfest dinner; the food seems to be decidedly Mexican-influenced (a chimichurri-marinated tri-tip with salsa creola and and pulled-pork tacos are listed among other menu items), but so it is. The dinner, which features four Sam Adams beer and a commemorative glass, runs $60, which includes tax and tip. Tickets are available via Eventbrite

Saturday, October 14

The Overland Park Arboretum (8909 West 179th Street, Overland Park) is hosting its annual Botanical Brewfest from 3 to 8 p.m., featuring live music, dozens of brewers and distilleries, and snacks from 12 food vendors (including Smoke Brewing Company, Ted’s Cafe Escondido and more). Your $50 ticket includes all food, drink and entertainment, and can be purchased here

More beer! Twenty-six breweries, seven wineries and seven distilleries are participating in this year’s Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too at the Kansas City Zoo (6800 Zoo Drive). For $45 (or $35 if you are a Friends of the Zoo member), you’ll get beverage samples and two drink tickets, in addition to benefiting the zoo’s conservation efforts here and abroad. Additional drink tickets as well as food from participating food trucks will be available for purchase. Purchase your tickets in advance here