Delicious Inspiration: 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

 

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For the sixth year in a row, chefs from some of the state’s most popular restaurants will use their culinary prowess to re-imagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout Cookies — Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Savannah Smiles, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and Trefoils — into a custom dessert menu item during the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge.

Each restaurant will feature its dessert on their menu Feb. 1–28, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting Girl Scouting in Arizona.

Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is thrilled that both Rusconi’s American Kitchen and The Thumb are taking part again. They’ve been with us for all six years and are major supporters as a result,” says Susan de Queljoe, senior associate of marketing and communications. “It’s also so inspiring to see Original Gravity, PNPK, ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, The Herb Box and Lovecraft taking part since they are all either proud woman-owned businesses or have female chefs in the kitchen.”

First-time challengers this year include Babbo Italian Eatery, Jake’s Unlimited and The Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen.

In year’s past, the Dessert Challenge Champion was decided by dessert sales. This year, the Council is hosting a poll at www.girlscoutsaz.org/dessertchallenge.

But beyond conceptualizing, creating and offering the desserts on their menus, this year the chefs are also partnering with the Girl Scouts on several enhanced elements of the challenge.

“Last year, we got the idea to have a few girls join us in the kitchen to see all the moving parts that goes into both running a restaurant and delivering food to the table,” says chef Lance Whipple of Proof at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North. “It was such a hit that we are hosting ‘Girl Scout Field Trips’ with some local troops this year to really get them excited about the art, math and science behind what we do. Maybe there are even a few future chefs in our mix!”

Similarly, Aioli Gourmet Burgers, ZuZu, PNPK and others will bring girls behind the scenes this cookie season. And several partners are helping troops to set up formal boothing stations outside their venues, allowing our girls to sell cookies in what is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world: Girl Scout Cookie Season.

All the chefs hope not only to raise funds to support local Girl Scouting, but also to inspire home cooks across Arizona to buy an extra box or two this season to create their own desserts. Girl Scout Cookie season runs through March 3 this year. Locations of cookie booths can be found online at www.girlscoutsaz.org/cookiefinder.

 

Caring Corps Set To Host Annual Fundraiser

Proceeds will support elderly independence services

Area residents are invited to an evening of epicurean delights for a good cause, as the Foothills Caring Corps presents its 14th Annual Taste of Foothills Fundraiser, March 15.

The Taste of Foothills Fundraiser helps support the Caring Corps’ mission to promote elderly independence and is a vital contributor to the nonprofit’s diverse selection of programs and services.

“We are so grateful for the community’s generosity at the Taste of Foothills Fundraiser. With each admission ticket purchase, you make a generous contribution to support services promoting elderly independence and help the Caring Corps to meet the growing need for these services,” said Debbra Determan executive director of Foothills Caring Corps.

Terri Ouellette

TV personality and native Phoenician Terri Ouellette, host of “Sonoran Living” on ABC15, will serve as MC for the event. “Terri O” has entertained and educated viewers for more than 20 years on the morning news, hosting several lifestyle shows and in her book, Easy Embellishing with Terri O. Besides sharing her passion for creativity, Ouellette also has a passion for helping people learn how to live life to the fullest.

Guests will enjoy a festive evening filled with sweet and savory tastings from local restaurants. Participating restaurants include Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue, Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen, Civana Carefree, It’s a Divine Bakery, Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, The Herb Box, Liberty Station and Venues Café.

Kilted Spirit

Auctioneer Jonathan Blair will offer a chance at prizes, as well as local and travel experiences. Attendees will hear musical entertainment by Kilted Spirit. Since 2010 Kilted Spirit has charmed Phoenix with a unique blend of Celtic sound, bringing an Irish flair to popular and classic dance. Their eclectic mix of instruments and boundless enthusiasm bring fun and excitement to every show.

The popular wine table is back offering guests the opportunity to win an entire table filled with wine bottles and accessories.

The social event and fundraiser will take place 5–8:30pm Thursday, March 15, at Stagecoach Village, 7100 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. General admission is $50 per person. The $1,000 VIP admission provides tickets for 10 and a reserved group table. All proceeds benefit the volunteer-based nonprofit. Purchase tickets by calling Foothills Caring Corps at 480.488.1105 or visit www.foothillscaringcorps.com/events.

Local First Mixer At DC Ranch

localfirstAre you interested in finding out how to become a part of the growing Local First Arizona (LFA) business community? In partnership with DMB Associates, along with media sponsor CITYSunTimes, Local First is holding a “Get to know Local First” mixer on January 16 at Regale! on Market Street in DC Ranch from 6-8pm. This is a special opportunity for local business owners to meet each other and hear what Local First is all about from Executive Director, Kimber Lanning. Appetizers will be provided by fellow Market Street restaurants Armitage, West Addison and The Herb Box. There will also be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle will be held. Current LFA members can increase their chances to win with each potential member they bring along.

For information, contact Chrisal at chrisal@localfirstaz.com or visit www.localfirstaz.com.

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