Citi is bringing together two of America’s favorite pastimes, baseball and food, to benefit two local New York City institutions, the James Beard Foundation and the Queens Economic Development Corporation. “Teammates in the Kitchen” will take place on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at the Delta Sky360 Club at Citi Field.
Mets alumni and greats Sid Fernandez, John Franco, Tom Seaver and Darryl Strawberry will join participating chefs James Beard Foundation Award Winner David Pasternack (ESCA, NYC and Catch of the Day, Citi Field) and other award-winners including Anita Lo (Annisa, NYC), Pastry Chef George McKirdy (Astor Bake Shop, Astoria, NY), John Schenk (Strip House, NYC; Houston; Las Vegas), Michael Sobelman (Acela Club, Citi Field), James Beard Foundation Award Winner Bradford Thompson (Miss Lily’s Restaurant, NYC) and Flavien Trichery (Citi Field).
Fans of both baseball and the culinary arts can now make reservations to meet Mets alumni and join their favorite chefs for an evening that will celebrate, nurture, and preserve the City’s diverse and rich culinary heritage, which is the heart of what the James Beard Foundation does on an ongoing basis. Additionally, the event will shine a spotlight on local businesses that are central to the mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation, a longtime non-profit partner of Citi’s New York Community Development team.
“We are happy to make a meaningful impact in the communities where we have a presence and our support of the James Beard Foundation and the Queens Economic Development Corporation through ‘Teammates in the Kitchen’ is an important step in giving back to the community with a fun night of delicious food and legendary players,” said Mark Ingall, Managing Director, Global Strategic Media, Citi. “This is another example of Citi and the Mets coming together to make a difference in the community.”
Citi and the Mets have teamed up in a series of community-themed initiatives throughout the past year, including the Citi Field Kids program, an educational and motivational community-based program for New York City school students. Additionally, Citi and the Mets have honored the Wounded Warriors Project, worked together to build homes with Habitat for Humanity and honored the spirit of service and volunteerism this past June when they celebrated “Teammates in the Community Week,” a series of initiatives including planting trees and flowers at a garden in Harlem, painting a YMCA roof in Brooklyn white to conserve energy and repacking apples with City Harvest.
Almitra Gasper will be presented with the “Teammates in the Community” award on Thursday, September 16 during a pre-game ceremony at Citi Field prior to the Mets hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m. Gasper is a volunteer with the Farmers Boulevard CDC, an organization which works closely with the Queens Economic Development Corporation. She will be honored for her exemplary commitment and dedication to serving and helping others and will be the ninth volunteer the Mets and Citi have feted with the award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment in giving back to the community.