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Dessert First, presented by Publix Super Markets Charities

November 20 | 6:30 p.m.

Renaissance Tampa

International Plaza Hotel

We're excited to announce that our signature event will be back in-person this year. Dessert First is an unforgettable adults-only evening filled with Girl Scout Cookie-inspired original dessert creations by chefs from some of the Tampa Bay area's favorite restaurants, a plated dinner, and drinks along with fabulous experiences and items to bid on during our auction. This year's event will be emceed by Celebrity Chef and Florida Dairy Farmers Ambassador, Chef Chris Valdes.  

More information on this year's event is coming soon! And if you loved our family-friendly virtual event last year, we have great news: we're looking at implementing a similar event for girls closer to the Girl Scout Cookie Program. 

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Miami born and raised Latino chef, and Florida Dairy Farmers Ambassador, Chris Valdes, has embraced many cultures through his cooking by fusing Caribbean flavors with modern influences to create iconic dishes.  His relentless drive to share his passion for cooking and bringing people together led Chef Chris to create his own platform on YouTube and star in his very own series, Cooking with Chris. Chef Chris has been featured on the cover of several magazines, various national TV shows such as Hallmark’s Home and Family and LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, and was a finalist on Food Network Star and Star Salvation.

Chef Chris blends his passion for food with his love for the local community, and has worked with many organizations such as Florida Dairy Farmers, No Kid Hungry, and the March of Dimes. The Chef donated over 40k meals to his community including first responders, seniors and families in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. He was also chosen to participate as a featured chef in many of the local and national food festivals including Carnival Miami’s Cork and Fork, the New York Food & Wine Festival, and in several of the South Beach Food & Wine Festival VIP events.

For questions about this event, please contact Denise Pare.

For questions about becoming a sponsor, please contact Clara Moll.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Publix Super Market Charities

Samoa Sponsor

  • Marion R. Rich

Tagalong Sponsor

  • Zahn

Do-Si-Do Sponsor

  • Zahn