Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

Jodi and I got invited to Citi Field for a Bacon and Beer Classic where visitors got an all-inclusive experience: walking through the stadium,  sampling craft beer & bacon-inspired treats by local chefs and supporting local charity, Citymeals-on-Wheels. 

Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

I admit that, coming from France, I am not really familiar with baseball. It is not a practiced sport there and is mainly known because of movies or TV series like Seinfeld (I know: wrong stadium!). 

Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

So, I was anyway excited to learn a bit about baseball and discover the backstage of this sport, as we were allowed to go on the field, under the stadium, in the tunnel, where photos were restricted. 

The tunnel at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
The tunnel at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
The Clubhouse at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
The Clubhouse at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

We saw for instance the players' lounge, the gym, the locker room, as well as the press conference room.

Press conference room at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Press conference room at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Press conference room at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Press conference room at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Press conference room at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Press conference room at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

After the amazing tour, we went back to the stadium:

Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

I should mention that we sat a bit in the dugout that is the team's bench area:

Phones in the dugout at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Phones in the dugout at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
the dugout at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
the dugout at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
the dugout at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
the dugout at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

So, let's talk about food and beverages: they had more than 80 restaurants and breweries, the first ones proposing dishes made with bacon. So I got to try a bit of everything...Here is some of what I tried:

Sylvia's - Sweet potato and bacon roll.

Sylvia's - Sweet potato and bacon roll at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Sylvia's - Sweet potato and bacon roll at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Sylvia's Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Big Daddy's - Cinna-Bacon cupcake (cinnamon maple batter, cinnamon frosting and candied bacon):

Big Daddy's - Cinna-Bacon cupcake at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Big Daddy's - Cinna-Bacon cupcake at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Big Daddy's - Cinna-Bacon cupcake at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Big Daddy's - Cinna-Bacon cupcake at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Big Daddy's on Urbanspoon
Big Daddy's on Urbanspoon
Big Daddy's on Urbanspoon

Duke's - Roadhouse chili (bacon croutons, jalapeƱo, candied bacon, cheddar, cornbread and chipotle sour cream):

Duke's - Roadhouse chili at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Duke's - Roadhouse chili at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Duke's - Roadhouse chili at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Duke's - Roadhouse chili at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Duke's on Urbanspoon
Duke's on Urbanspoon

Sweet Dreams donuts - bacon donut:

Sweet Dreams donuts - bacon donut at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Sweet Dreams donuts - bacon donut at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Sweet Dreams donuts - bacon donut at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Sweet Dreams donuts - bacon donut at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

Mac Bar - Bacon Mac & Cheese:

Mac Bar - Bacon Mac & Cheese at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Mac Bar - Bacon Mac & Cheese at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
MacBar on Urbanspoon

Delicatessen - The King's cheesecake (peanut butter, candied bacon and caramelized banana):

Delicatessen - The King's cheesecake at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Delicatessen - The King's cheesecake at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Delicatessen on Urbanspoon

Blackbird's - Beef and bacon patty:

Blackbird's - Beef and bacon patty at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Blackbird's - Beef and bacon patty at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Blackbird's - Beef and bacon patty at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Blackbird's - Beef and bacon patty at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Blackbird's on Urbanspoon

Whitman's - Peanut butter and bacon burger:

Whitman's - Peanut butter and bacon burger at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Whitman's - Peanut butter and bacon burger at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Whitmans on Urbanspoon

Strip House - Black pepper smoked bacon served with arugula, charred corn and pickled melon salad:

Strip House - Black pepper smoked bacon at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Strip House - Black pepper smoked bacon at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Strip House - Black pepper smoked bacon at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Strip House - Black pepper smoked bacon at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Strip House - Black pepper smoked bacon at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Strip House - Black pepper smoked bacon at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Strip House on Urbanspoon

Roni Sue's chocolates - Bacorn (homemade caramel popcorn and bacon bites & chile spiked peanuts) and pig candy (chocolate covered bacon):

Roni Sue's chocolates - Bacorn at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Roni Sue's chocolates - Bacorn at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Roni Sue's chocolates - Pig candy at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Roni Sue's chocolates - Pig candy at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Roni Sue's Chocolates on Urbanspoon

Robicelli's bakery - bacon brownie:

Robicelli's bakery - bacon brownie at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Robicelli's bakery - bacon brownie at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Robicelli's Bakery on Urbanspoon

South Brooklyn Pizza - Bacon and blue cheese pizza:

South Brooklyn Pizza - Bacon and blue cheese pizza at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
South Brooklyn Pizza - Bacon and blue cheese pizza at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
South Brooklyn Pizza on Urbanspoon
South Brooklyn Pizza on Urbanspoon

Come and Get It BBQ - bacon and chocolate chip cookies:

Come and Get It BBQ - bacon and chocolate chip cookies at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Come and Get It BBQ - bacon and chocolate chip cookies at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

John's of Times Square - Bacon and cheese pizza:

John's of Times Square - Bacon and cheese pizza at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
John's of Times Square - Bacon and cheese pizza at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
John's of Times Square on Urbanspoon

Rudy's Pastry Shop LLC - bacon cheesecake:

Rudy's Pastry Shop LLC - bacon cheesecake at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Rudy's Pastry Shop LLC - bacon cheesecake at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

Chef One Corp. - Dumpling and roll:

Chef One Corp. - Dumpling and roll at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Chef One Corp. - Dumpling and roll at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Chef One Corp. - Dumpling and roll at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Chef One Corp. - Dumpling and roll at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Chef One Corp. - Dumpling and roll at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Chef One Corp. - Dumpling and roll at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

Black Tree - Whiskey bacon chocolate chip cookie:

Black Tree - Whiskey bacon chocolate chip cookie at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Black Tree - Whiskey bacon chocolate chip cookie at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Black Tree on Urbanspoon

Ribs Within - no name...

Ribs Within - no name... at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Ribs Within - no name... at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

S. Ottomanelli and Sons - caramelized onions and bacon burger:

S. Ottomanelli and Sons - caramelized onions and bacon burger at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
S. Ottomanelli and Sons - caramelized onions and bacon burger at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
S. Ottomanelli and Sons - caramelized onions and bacon burger at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
S. Ottomanelli and Sons - caramelized onions and bacon burger at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

And of course, I got some beer...

Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

So, this was a great event: I may not have learnt much about baseball, but I am now more curious. Food wise, this was fantastic: some dishes like the cupcake from Big Daddy's or the smoked bacon from Strip House were amazing, and I have to say, these restaurants and Chefs showed a lot of creativity, especially the ones serving sweets, proving that you can put bacon everywhere! And the fact that charities benefited from it is definitely a plus.

Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets
Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets

Enjoy (I did)!

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