Farm Fresh Food & Fundraising

Benefiting March of Dimes, ninth annual event is Sept. 15

“Always fresh, never frozen.”

Learn the meaning of this tagline on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the ninth annual Farmer and The Chef at the Chase Center on Wilmington’s Riverfront.

The fundraising event, which benefits the March of Dimes, helps create sustainable relationships between farmers and chefs while also promoting healthy eating. Some 15 local farmers will team up with more than 25 local chefs to create fresh dishes for guests, who can then vote for their favorite sample.

Last year’s winners were Chefs Mike Mullen and Gary James and their students from Delcastle Technical High School, who teamed with Farmer Tommy Eliason from Kalmar Farm. Runners-up were Chef Seth Harvey of Home Grown Café and Farmers Bill and Joan Powers from Powers Farm. Third place went to Chef Robert Lhulier from University and Whist Club and SIW Vegetables. The Newcomer Award was presented to Chef Robbie Jester of Stone Balloon Ale House, who teamed with Crow Farm and Vineyard as well as to Chef Jim Berman from Gordon Food Service with Class Produce and Halpern’s Meats.

According to Laura Klatzkin, executive director of market development for the March of Dimes, “The Farmer and The Chef is a unique opportunity to experience the diverse culinary talent in Delaware while celebrating and supporting a great cause.”

General admission begins at 5:45 p.m., but The Chef’s pass ($75) allows entry at 5 p.m. and includes one complimentary drink ticket and an exclusive gift. General admission tickets are $45 when pre-ordered and $55 at the door.

Proceeds go directly to the March of Dimes, an organization that focuses on advancing research on maternal and family health issues, helping mothers to have healthy pregnancies and supporting families.

Says Klatzkin, “We are thrilled and honored to have this group of farmers and chefs joining us in our mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.”

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