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.
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!).
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.
We saw for instance the players' lounge, the gym, the locker room, as well as the press conference room.
After the amazing tour, we went back to the stadium:
I should mention that we sat a bit in the dugout that is the team's bench area:
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.
Big Daddy's - Cinna-Bacon cupcake (cinnamon maple batter, cinnamon frosting and candied bacon):
Duke's - Roadhouse chili (bacon croutons, jalapeño, candied bacon, cheddar, cornbread and chipotle sour cream):
Sweet Dreams donuts - bacon donut:
Mac Bar - Bacon Mac & Cheese:
Delicatessen - The King's cheesecake (peanut butter, candied bacon and caramelized banana):
Blackbird's - Beef and bacon patty:
Whitman's - Peanut butter and bacon burger:
Strip House - Black pepper smoked bacon served with arugula, charred corn and pickled melon salad:
Roni Sue's chocolates - Bacorn (homemade caramel popcorn and bacon bites & chile spiked peanuts) and pig candy (chocolate covered bacon):
Robicelli's bakery - bacon brownie:
South Brooklyn Pizza - Bacon and blue cheese pizza:
Come and Get It BBQ - bacon and chocolate chip cookies:
John's of Times Square - Bacon and cheese pizza:
Rudy's Pastry Shop LLC - bacon cheesecake:
Chef One Corp. - Dumpling and roll:
Black Tree - Whiskey bacon chocolate chip cookie:
Ribs Within - no name...
S. Ottomanelli and Sons - caramelized onions and bacon burger:
And of course, I got some beer...
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.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Please note that this event was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!