We’re just one week away from Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s annual Dessert First event on Friday, Nov. 20 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park. This event features some of the Tampa Bay area’s best chefs in a heated culinary competition for the “Golden Whisk” and “Silver Whisk” awards. Each chef will use their creative flair to create one-of-a-kind desserts using Girl Scout Cookie favorites such as Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs. As the name of the event implies, we are breaking the rules and all desserts will be served before dinner! Best of all this fun-filled evening is all to support leadership development of girls in our community.
Today we’re giving you a sneak peek at this year’s dessert menu and glimpse at winning desserts from the years past. The competition is going to be fierce this year. Our chefs aren’t holding anything back as they compete for our two coveted awards. If these treats taste half as good as their names, your sweet tooth is going to satisfied from now until cookie season!
Dessert First Tasting Menu
"Samoa Kraken Brittle and Peanut Butter Do-si-do Moussse" by Chef Greg Rosace from Bascom's Chop House
"Marscapone Cheesecake Lemon Wonders" by Chef Ahmed El from Brio Tuscan Grille
"Samoa Georgia Chews" by Chef Eric McHugh from Fodder & Shine
"Trefoil Toffee Treats" by Chef Samanatha Miller from Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
"Samoa Pudding Pop" by Chef Jake Yergensen from Loews Don CeSar Hotel
"Luan's Ultimate Cupcake" by Chef Deborah Benanti from Maggiano's Little Italy
"Samoa Croissant Donut" by Chef Rosana Rivera and Chef Ricardo Castro from Piquant Hyde Park
"Samoa Snowballs" by Chef Freddie DiPietro from Roy's Restaurant
"Trefoil Peanut Butter Tart" by Chef Greg Baker from The Refinery
Golden & Silver Whisks
So, who is going to decide this year’s winners? YOU! All guests in attendance will vote for the People’s Choice “Silver Whisk” award. We also have a panel of guest judges to decide the Judges’ Choice “Golden Whisk” award. This year’s judging panel includes:
- Ernest Hooper, Tampa Bay Times Columnist
- Laura Moody, Fox 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay News Anchor
- Bridgette Bello, Tampa Bay Business Journal Publisher
2014 Judges' Choice Golden Whisk Award Winner
Chef Gerald Bayona, Columbia Restaurant
Everything But The Kitchen Sink Peanut Butter Pie
2014 People's Choice Silver Whisk Award Winner
Chef Felicia LaCalle, Roy's Tampa
Tagalong Panna Cotta
2013 Judges' Choice Golden Whisk Award Winner
Chef Geraldo Bayona and Chef Al Johnson, Columbia Restaurant
The Piggy Ate My Tagalong
2013 People's Choice Silver Whisk Award Winner
Chef Andy King, Datz Dough
In addition to sampling decadent Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts, Dessert First will also feature a buffet dinner, cocktails and live and silent auctions. This year’s auction items include several trips such as a Royal Caribbean cruise up to 8 nights, whitewater rafting in the Smokey Mountains, a weeklong stay in Orlando, a getaway to Cedar Key, VIP tickets to the Ellen DeGeneres Show, exclusive jewelry pieces, sports memorabilia, and much more!
Individual tickets for Dessert First are $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our Dessert First page.