Please note that this event was complimentary. However, the opinion expressed in this post are my own.
I was really looking forward to the Bacon and Beer Classic event at Citi Field, after a first immersion last year. Again, I was more interested with the bacon part of it, but was glad to try some different beers too. At the same time, I got to be invited as Press (the perks of a food blogger: what a sacrifice!) and thus, had access to the field (you need a VIP pass for this), but this time, no visit of the secret inside of the stadium, the season not being over.
I went with my friend Gary who is a huge Mets fan. We queued up, anxiously waiting for the doors to open, in the middle of a crowd excited at the idea to be in the stadium, but even more excited to get some food made with bacon (some very original), as well as different kinds of beers.
So, this event is about bacon and beer. For the later, there was ton of choices, with beers from all over the country.
Concerning the food, we got to try some amazing dishes; some of them were classic, others quite creative and surprising.
There were of course burgers! It started off with BareBurger and their bacon jam and blue cheese burger. It was heaven from the start: the meat was juicy and the pairing with the bacon jam and blue cheese was delicious.
Then, the one from S.Ottomanelli and Sons that was a caramelized onion patty:
And the peanut butter and bacon burger from Whitman's, surely an interesting combination that surprisingly works:
There was also bacon on a stick. First was Landhaus from Brooklyn, with their maple bacon:
Steakhouses were well represented, first by Executive Chef Michael Vignola from Striphouse, with his Strip House cured Mangalista bacon with tomato chimichuri:
As well as the bacon on a stick from Angus Club Steak House, a great restaurant located Midtown that I discovered last year.
John's Pizza was also there, with a great cheese and bacon pizza that definitely pleased the crowd.
Or the bacon rolls from Roll With It:
As well as the Applewood smoked bacon with magic sauce and BBQ confit Nueske from Bar Bacon (nice name!):
The bacon and cauliflower chowder from Blind Tiger Alehouse:
The asparagus and potato with foam infused with bacon from Casa Del Chef.
For a healthy (right) snack, there is nothing better than broccoli dipped in some sort of bacon marinade from The East Pole.
Then, we got to try some sweets with bacon! First, the best was the pineapple bacon chocolate delice from Manila Social Club:
Donuts with bacon from Sweet Dreams:
The nutella and bacon cheesecake from Bespoke:
So we had a great time there: the food was delicious and the beer unlimited...This is definitely an event that is worth going to!
Enjoy (I did)!
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