We’re just a few weeks away from Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s annual Dessert First event on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. Today we’re giving you a sneak peek at the Girl Scout Cookies used in this year’s dessert menu, a look back at last year's winning desserts, a glimpse at our favorite auction items, and a preview of the evening's entertainment from the DeLeon band!
Dessert First features some of the Tampa Bay area’s leading chefs in a heated culinary competition for the “Golden Whisk” (chosen by our event judges) and “Silver Whisk” (aka, the people's choice) awards. Each chef will use their creative flair to create one-of-a-kind desserts using Girl Scout Cookie favorites. This year our chefs have selected Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, Trefoils, and Girl Scout S'mores as inspiration for their desserts.
Every year the competition among the chefs is fierce. Chef Jeffery Hileman from Locale Market took home the Judges' Choice Award with his Do-Si-Dos Peanut Rodeo and Chef Julie Curry from Bake'n Babes took home the People's Choice Award with her Lemon Cheesecake Shooter.
As the name of the event implies, we break the rules and dessert is served before dinner during the silent auction and cocktail hour! Spekaing of the silent auction, we're so excited this year to offer tickets and autographed memorabilia from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lightning, and Rays along wiht other fabulous items, packages and experiences. Included in your ticket price are drink tickets so you can pair a glass of wine with your Girl Scout Cookie-inspired dessert.
After the plated dinner, raise your paddle and bid on our live auction items. This year's live auction items include a three-night stay in a private home in Napa Valley with an eight hour chauffeured wine country tour and concierge services; a five-night adventure vacation to Santorini Greece for two with accommodations, continental breakfast, and catamaran cruise included; and a four-night stay at your choice of one of Club Med's all-inclusive resorts in Florida, Cancun, Ixtapa, or Punta Cana for up to two adults and two children.
Of course, during the live auction you also have the opportunity to send a girl to Girl Scout Summer Camp who otherwise would not be able to attend. Your support offers her a chance to build her leadership skills, develop independence, take safe risks, and make new friends, while creating memories that will last a lifetime!
After the live aution ends you can put on your dancing shoes and join us as DeLeon Entertainment plays music to get you on your feet and moving to your favorite songs. Don't take our word for it. Check out this video from last year's Dessert First!
Best of all, this fun-filled evening is all to support the development of thousands of G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders) in our community. So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!