Friday, September 28, 2012

Ciderfest and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Cider doughnuts are the best part of fall.
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  • Cider doughnuts are the best part of fall.
When the leaves begin to turn, your brain just knows that it’s time to drink apple cider. And the local capital of the apple-cider universe is Louisburg, Kansas. Head out for the Louisburg Cider Mill’s Ciderfest September 29 and 30 or October 6 and 7 for hot and cold cider, freshly dipped caramel apples and cider doughnuts. If cider isn't your thing, get some of the root beer made on-site; it alone is worth the drive. The corn maze has opened, and there’s a pumpkin patch ready to be picked.

A beer stein is a terrible thing to waste, so get ready to fill yours. Grunauer's 2012 Oktoberfest (101 West 22nd Street) is scheduled for Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29. Listen to polka bands while enjoying weisswurst, bratwurst, pretzels, apple strudel and a lineup of beers from Hofbrau, in tents set up in front of the Freight House restaurant. Tickets cost $10 in advance (and include a Hofbrau draft). Tickets cost $25 at the door. For information, call 816-283-3234.

All that hard work you put into this year’s garden shouldn’t go to waste. Farmhouse owner and chef Michael Foust is leading a preserving class Monday, September 30, at 2 p.m. The class, organized by Slow Food Kansas City, will be held at Café Thyme at Powell Gardens, where Foust is overseeing the kitchen. He’ll walk class participants through the Heartland Harvest Garden and lead a step-by-step breakdown of pickling, which includes a take-home jar. Tickets cost $30 for Slow Food members or $35 for nonmembers.

Great burgers are like true love — they just don’t come around often enough. The Capital Grille (4740 Jefferson) has a deluxe burger and wine deal that will have you using the l-word. If you dine in the lounge through Sunday, November 11, you can get a Wagyu beef burger paired with a Silver Oak Cabernet or Belle Glos Pinot Noir for $25. Normally, the wine is $25 itself. The Wagyu burger is topped with havarti cheese, an egg sunny side up, and crisp onions on a brioche bun, and it comes with parmesan truffle fries.

It’s great when giving to charity means eating filet mignon. Sullivan’s Steakhouse (4501 West 119th Street, Leawood) has a special menu, the Pink Menu, in October to help raise funds and awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The menu is prix fixe, three courses for $39.95, and $5 is donated to the NBCF. Among the choices (which include filet mignon) are mushroom bisque with chive-infused oil, Cajun-dusted salmon filet with truffle-red-pepper chili butter, and bananas foster bread pudding.

If you haven’t yet properly greeted the arrival of fall, the Overland Park Fall Festival is a good place to start. The annual festival is set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fest has a parade, arts and crafts tents, three stages of live music, and every manner of inflatable bounce house, but the real attraction is the food. Say goodbye to summer with funnel cakes, gyros, roasted nuts, kettle corn, and produce from the downtown farmers market.

What have you got on tap for the weekend?

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