Supper Club at the American, Cinder Block’s birthday and Oktoberfests: the week’s food and drink events

Monday, September 25

Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue, North KC) celebrates four years in business today with the beginning of a week of special tappings and events. Today, enjoy $3 year-round beers. Tuesday brings the release of Cinder Block’s champagne cider and some free trivia. Wednesday there’s a new specialty IPA, or you can try the cranberry gose, before an arts-and-crafts event with David Schumacher. Friday: beer floats made with Betty Rae’s ice cream. And on Saturday, expect barrel-aged flights. 

Thursday, September 28

All the boozy options are out there tonight. First, more beer: the first Westport Oktoberfest Celebration begins today at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday afternoon. Plans for the four-day celebration include live music outdoors, German food, stein-hoisting competitions, theatrical performances and loads and loads of beer. A full schedule of events and more information are available here

For something a bit calmer, you could try the Burn Cottage Vineyards Wine Dinner at Tannin Wine Bar (1526 Walnut). Burn Cottage Vineyards, in New Zealand, is owned by former Kansan Marquis Sauvage, who will be hosting tonight’s event. The dinner is $75 a person, exclusive of tax or gratuity (with 15 percent off for Tannin wine-club members). Call 816-842-2660 or email barryt@tanninwinebar.com for reservations. 

Even more laid back is Happy Hour in the Gardens at Kansas City Community Gardens (6917 Kensington Avenue), with drinks from Boulevard Beer and Lifted Spirits, and vegan and vegetarian offerings from Organic Soul. The event is free to KCCG members, or $10 for nonmembers. More information and tickets available here. Proceeds benefit KCCG. 

Finally, Julep (4141 Pennsylvania) is hosting a four-course dinner tonight featuring Belle Meade Bourbon, a pre-prohibition-style whiskey out of Nashville. Tickets are $70 and include tax and tip. Tickets are available here.

Friday, September 29

If you’re in Lawrence, head to Bon Bon (804 Pennsylvania) for its first go at Oktoberfest. The outdoor event features seasonal beers and specialty drinks, as well as German-style food prepared on Bon Bon’s yakitori grill. The party begins at 4 p.m.

If you’re feeling like something grand (with accompanying price tag), Les Dames d’Escoffier and the KC Jazz Ambassadors are hosting a Supper Club benefit at the American (200 East 25th Street). Proceeds from the event benefit Les Dames d’Escoffier (which provides scholarships for female culinary students graduating from Broadmoor Bistro at the Center for Academic Achievement) and KC Jazz Ambassadors (which sponsors music students through the Tommy Ruskin Memorial Scholarship Fund). Participating chefs include a who’s-who of Kansas City’s culinary talent: Debbie Gold (the American), Celina Tio (the Belfry), Theresia Ota (the Monarch), Katee McLean (Krokstrum Klubb), Remy Ayesh (Café Sebastienne), Renee Kelly (Renee Kelly’s Harvest) and Alison Reid (the Olathe Advanced Technical Center). Tickets are $150 a person and include tax and gratuity. More information and tickets can be found via the event’s website

Saturday, September 30

Fall is officially upon us, which includes all of its comforts. Starting today at 2 p.m. and running through tomorrow afternoon at KC WIne Company (13875 Gardner Road, Olathe), guests can sit on the vineyard’s patio and order up an apple cider wine slush paired with fresh kettle corn. Live music will also be provided.

Up in Parkville, Voice for Animals is hosting Vegtoberbest at English Landing Park (8701 Clark Avenue). From 3 to 8 p.m., organizers will be serving up vegan-friendly brats and cookies, as well as Boulevard and Main Street Brewery beer and a variety of nonalcoholic drinks. There is no admission charge, though you’ll need cash for food and drink.