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Sneak Peek at Dessert First 2016

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We’re just a little over one week away from Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s annual Dessert First event on Friday, Nov. 18 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

 "Trefoil Samoa Truffle Pops" by Ryan Kelly from Bascom's Chop House

 "Tuscan Macaron Delight" by Jason Saldutti from Brio Tuscan Grille

 "Peanut Butter Crunch Bar" by Chef Jake Yergensen from Loews Don CeSar Hotel

 "Tagalong Trifle" by Chef Charlie Shupe from LUNA

 "Maggiano’s Magical Girl Scout Treat" by Chef Jared Schular from Maggiano's Little Italy

 "Samoa Brownie Bavarian Stack" by Chef Adam Polisei from Ocean Prime

 "Cookie Collage" by Chef Freddie DiPietro from Roy's Restaurant

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.  

Sneak Peek

Earlier this week, Chef Jake Yergensen from the Loews Don Cesar shared a sneak peek of this Peanut Butter Crunch Bar creation on the morning show Great Day Tampa Bay. Take a look of the finished product. Yum! We can't wait to try it for ourselves.

Watch the full interview

Previous Winners

Samoa Kracken Brittle and Peanut Butter Do-si-do Mousse"
2015 Judges' Choice Golden Whisk Award Winner
Chef Greg Rosace from Bascom's Chop House

Mascapone Cheesecake Lemon Wonders
2015  People's Choice Silver Whisk Award Winner
Chef Ahmed El from Brio Tuscan Grille

In addition to sampling decadent Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts, Dessert First will also feature a buffet dinner, cocktails and live and silent auctions. Individual tickets for Dessert First are $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our Dessert First page.