The Farmer and the Chef

10 Year Anniversary, September 14th at 5:45PM to Benefit the March of Dimes - A Fighting Chance for Every Baby

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Join us in Wilmington! September 14, 2017
at 5:45PM

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Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

The Farmer and The Chef is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, with proceeds going directly to the mission of the March of Dimes—improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Local farmers & local chefs pair up to prepare delectable tasting samples for you to enjoy!

The premise of the event is simple: pair local farmers with local chefs. Farmers will provide their product to the chefs, who then use that product to prepare tasting samples to all event attendees.

While the event is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, we are also helping to create sustainable relationships between local farmers and chefs, while reinforcing the movement of eating healthy—something that the March of Dimes believes in and promotes to women who are considering pregnancy.

With Agriculture being such an important industry in Delaware, it is vital that we support our local farmers and for us to make sure that people know they can buy fresh, local produce right here – literally in their own backyard.

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Beautiful Diamond to be raffled off at the 10 Year Anniversary The Farmer and the Chef Event
Beautiful Diamond to be raffled off at the 10 Year Anniversary The Farmer and the Chef Event

10 Year Anniversary Diamond Raffle

We’ll be raffling off a Diamond from our Diamond Sponsor, Del Haven of Wilmington, to celebrate 10 years of The Farmer & The Chef! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the event.

Meet the
2016 Winners

  • First Place Chefs Kip Poole, Matthew Vaugh, Ian Baker, and Students from William Penn High School (Delaware) with Penn Farm / Against the Grain Farm
  • Second Place Chef William Wallen from Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen with Fair Weather Farm at Fairhill
  • Third Place Chefs Tom Craft and Donnie Stephens from Food Bank of Delaware with Phillips Mushroom Farms
  • The Newcomer Award Chef William Wallen from Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen
  • The Best Decorated Booth Milburn Orchards

The Cause - March of Dimes, A Fighting Chance for Every Baby™

Fund the Mission Your donation fights premature birth and birth defects

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The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. We are focused on advancing research on maternal and health issues, helping moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, we offer information, comfort, and support to families. By researching the problems that threaten our babies, we are better able to work on preventing them.

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Photo of the 2017 Ambassador Family

Katrena Elizabeth and Kirsten Marie 2017 Ambassador Family

Steve and I had trouble conceiving for a few years. In the summer of 2012, we found out that we were finally pregnant and having twins. We were scared, but excited that we were blessed with not one gift, but two. In November, we found out that we were having twin girls and the pregnancy was quite uneventful... until I went in for an ultrasound at 23 weeks. We were told I had a shortened cervix and would be admitted into the hospital. We were very nervous, as we learned if I went into labor, we weren't far enough along for them to stop it. I went home on bed rest the next day and returned a week later with the same outcome. This time I knew I was staying in the hospital until the babies were born. I was prepared to wait in that hospital bed for another 15-16 weeks! My contractions picked up on New Year's Eve and there was nothing anyone could do. The babies were arriving shortly!

Katrena Elizabeth and Kirsten Marie arrived on January 1, 2013, which was 15 weeks too soon! They were less than a pound and a half. We knew our little princess, Katrena, for only 3 days. She was born with a stage 4 brain bleed and premature lungs, but fought as hard as she could. She loved to squeeze your finger for hours to show her love for you. She also cuddled and loved to listen to you sing to her. Kirsten was a fighter from the very beginning, as our little peanut survived a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) ligation at 12 days old. She loved to keep her parents and nurses on their toes due to her feisty nature. She hated to be swaddled and always tried to break free. She loved songs sung to her and books read to her. We were fortunate to spend 25 days with Kirsten during which we could hold, snuggle, and learn about her little personality. She passed away from poor circulation, an infection, and premature lung development.

We quickly learned about the March of Dimes and wanted to become a part of the March for Babies walk in the spring of 2013. We raised money through donations after both of the girls passed. Team Katrena and Kirsten was one of the top fundraising teams for that year and every one since. We declined being included in the Faces of Prematurity calendar for that year, as we didn't want just my husband and me in the pictures. Our team goal for the following year was to raise enough money to be photographed for the calendar with our new baby boy.

March of Dimes is crucial in funding the research necessary to educate on premature birth and prematurity awareness. I found out through their literature that having a cerclage put in during pregnancy may help with my shortened cervix. Because of the support and research through March of Dimes, I am able to stand here today with two healthy, full-term baby boys. Matthew is 2½ and Beckett was born on November 22, 2016. I am thankful for the information I have learned and friends I have made through the March of Dimes. No one should have to go through losing a child or having one born prematurely, if together we can prevent it!

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Meet This Year's Farmers

Our Farmers come from all over the region to provide the fresh, locally grown ingredients used in the events’ savory dishes. Thanks to all the participating Farmers below for keeping local agriculture strong!

Meet This Year's Farmers

The Chefs join us from the region’s top restaurants, hotels, wineries, breweries, and culinary schools. Year after year, we can’t wait to see what they create from our Farmers’ fresh, locally grown ingredients. Thanks to the participating Chefs below for their hard work and delicious food!

Bar Station Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

  • AAA
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • Division of Small Business, Development and Tourism
  • FMC
  • M&T Bank
  • New Castle County Council
  • WSFS Bank

Bronze Sponsors

  • Harvey Hannah and Associates
  • Millicare Floor & Textile Care
  • New Castle Conservation District
  • New Castle County Farm Bureau

Event Sponsor

  • Patterson Schwartz

Diamond Sponsor