We’re just 2 weeks away from Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s annual Dessert First event on Friday, Nov. 17 at the Tampa Airport Marriott. This event features some of the Tampa Bay area’s leading 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 desserts will be served before dinner! Best of all this fun-filled evening is all to support the development of G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders) 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
"Tagalong Cheesecake" by Jason Saldutti from Brio Tuscan Grille
"Thin Mint Crunch Bar" by Chef Jake Yergensen from The Don CeSar
"Thin Mint Tiramusu" by Chef Brandon Christie from Maggiano's Little Italy
"Lemon Verbena & Blackberry Gateaux" by Chef Adam Polisei and Chef Miguel Posada from Ocean Prime
"Coconut Mocha Macchiato" by Chef Aldo Perez from Seasons 52
"Tagalong Peanut Butter Gelato Sundae" by Chef Henry Kimball and Chef Marta Santiago from Skyye Bar & Grille
Minted Chocolate Raspberry Tart by Chef Doug Wanek from Trinity Cafe
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.
Peanut Butter Crunch Bar
2016 Judges' Choice Golden Whisk Award Winner
Chef Jake Yergensen from The Don CeSar Hotel
Samoa Brownie Bavarian Stack
2016 People's Choice Silver Whisk Award Winner
Chef Adam Polisei from Ocean Prime
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 $125 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our Dessert First page.