Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen wins Best Overall Dish at 11th Annual Farmer and the Chef

Grain’s Chef Michael Dikeman pairs with Delaware’s Powers Farm to create event’s best dish.

(September 18, 2018) Over 20 of Delaware’s top Chefs came together with regional farms at the March of Dimes 11th annual The Farmer and the Chef presented by DuPont. The local farmers and chefs prepared tasting samples for event attendees who then voted on their favorite dish. The fundraiser helps March of Dimes fund research, education, and advocacy programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

This year, the favorite dish was created by Chef Michael Dikeman of Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen in Newark, Delaware using products from Powers Farm of Townsend Delaware. Chef Dikeman created a ground bacon and dry-aged beef slider with a maui-onion marmalade on a focaccia roll.

Chef Dikeman explained his inspiration for the award-winning dish “The folks at Powers Farm had an excellent range of options to choose from. Once we agreed on the bacon and beef combination, I knew I needed to come up with a marmalade that could keep up with the flavors of the meats.”

The award-winning dish will be featured as an off-menu special at Grain’s Newark location, when available. “Based upon the long line at The Farmer and The Chef event, we are definitely looking at adding a version of the dish to our regular menu in the future.” reports Chef Dikeman.

Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen currently owns and operates three award-winning gastropubs in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Grain’s restaurants are designed to offer a warm inviting place to meet family and friends, and enjoy a shared experience of contemporary American fare. Grain’s concept is a casual and energizing space where well-crafted food and drink happily go hand-in-hand while live music fills the room. The company started in 2015 in Newark, DE and was quickly recognized as Delaware’s Best New Restaurant by the readers of Delaware Today Magazine. Combined, the three locations have earned over twenty awards. Visit for more information.


March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.