Scottsdale eateries chip in to help Arizona Girl Scouts

Cookie recipesGirl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council has announced the return of its award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge.

For the second year in a row, chefs from some of the Northeast Valley’s most popular restaurants including several from Scottsdale — will use their culinary prowess to re-imagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout cookies – Do-Si-Dos, Samoas Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Trefoils, and new flavor Rah Rah Raisins – into a custom dessert menu item.

Each restaurant has agreed to feature its dessert on its menu from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the transformation of the local Council’s Camp Sombrero to a Leadership Center for Girls and Women.

Participating area restaurants, and their creative desserts, are:

* 32 Shea, 10626 N. 32nd St. in Phoenix.
Chef/Dessert Designer: Theresa “Chef T” Willie
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mint
Dessert: Double Chocolate Thin Mint Cookie Mousse

* 5th and Wine,  7051 E. 5th Ave. in Scottsdale
Chef/Dessert Designer: Enrique Sanchez
Assigned Cookie: Rah-Rah-Raisins
Dessert: Rah Rah Cookie Mud Pie

* Bink’s Midtown, Bink’s Scottsdale and Café Bink’s
Locations: Phoenix, Scottsdale and Carefree
Chef/Dessert Designer: Amy Binkley
Assigned Cookie: Trefoils
Dessert: Banana Trefoil Puddin’

* Del Frisco’s, 2425 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix.
Chef/Dessert Designer:
Assigned Cookie: Rah-Rah-Raisins
Dessert: Rum Raisin Ice Cream Sandwich

* Different Pointe of View,  11111 N. 7th St. in Phoenix
Chef/Dessert Designer: Lara Coleman
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: Respect the Legacy

* Gelato Spot,  4166 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.
Chef/Dessert Designer: Josh Bracher
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Samoa Cookie Gelato

* Grimaldi’s — All Arizona locations throughout Chandler, Gilbert, Peoria, Scottsdale and Tucson.
Chef/Dessert Designer: Cory Lattuca
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints & Samoas
Desserts: Chocolate Thin Mint Cheesecake as well as a Samoa Cheesecake offering

* Kelly’s at Southbridge, 7117 E. 6th Ave. in Scottsdale.
Chef/Dessert Designer: Kelli Casey
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: Tagalong Chocolate Donut Holes

* Melting Pot — All Valley locations throughout Ahwatukee/Phoenix, Glendale and Scottsdale.
Chef/Dessert Designer: Jon Boggs
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Melting Pot Dark Chocolate Mojito Fondue

* Olive + Ivy,  7135 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale.
Chef/Dessert Designer: Kelli Sappington
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Gelato with Girl Scout Tagalong Cookie Crunch

* Over Easy —  All Valley locations throughout Arcadia, Gilbert, Mesa and Scottsdale.
Chef/Dessert Designer: Aaron May
Assigned Cookie: Do-Si-Do
Dessert: Chocolate Do-Si-Dos Muffins

* Rusconi’s, 10637 N. Tatum Blvd. in Phoenix.
Chef/Dessert Designer: Michael Rusconi
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Samoa Decadence

* Sushi Roku, 7277 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale.
Chef/Dessert Designer: Joy Butteweg
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Thin Mint Chocolate Mousse Dome

*  The Henry, 4455 E. Camelback Road in Arcadia.
Chef/Dessert Designer: Marissa Pintor
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Thin Mint Doughnuts

* The Second Story,  4166 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.
Chef/Dessert Designer: Josh Bracher
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Bruleed Salted Chocolate Tart with Somoa Cookie Crust

*  Tom’s Thumb, 9393 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale.
Chef/Dessert Designer: Lisa Anderson
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Samoa The Tom-oa

In addition, Southeast Valley hotspots Blue Wasabi and CHoP as well as award-winning Flagstaff venues Lumberyard and Criollo are also taking part.

Camp Sombrero, located at the base of South Mountain Preserve, is a 14.5 acre site that has been owned and used by Girl Scouts for the past 51 years.

“It’s time to better utilize this beautiful property and transform it into an urban program center, with camp appeal, to provide leadership training for girls and women, give girls their first camping experience close to home and serve the surrounding community groups, partner organizations and schools,” says Susan de Queljoe of the local council. “We’re halfway to our fundraising goal for Camp Sombrero and look toward beginning phased construction in early 2015.”

In addition to benefiting from the dessert challenge, a portion of the council proceeds from all local 2015 Girl Scout cookie sales will also benefit the Camp Sombrero project. The transformation of Camp Sombrero is one of the local council’s objectives as part of its overarching “Campaign for Girls in Arizona.”

“Our comprehensive campaign goal is to raise $15 million in philanthropic support. This will enable us to significantly expand and enhance the Girl Scout experience for more girls,” says de Queljoe.

“When the Girl Scouts reach their 2015 cookie sales goal, with the help of the chefs, they will have raised more than $1 million for the Campaign for Girls, from the sale of cookies.

Girl Scout Cookies will be on sale through March 8. Like last year, the Girl Scouts  will have all cookies on hand for immediate customer purchase.

For more information on the challenge, please visit www.girlscoutsaz.org/dessertchallenge.

Girl Scouts was founded in Savannah, Ga., on March 12, 1912 and chartered by the United States Congress on March 16, 1950. The local council, GSACPC, held its first annual meeting in 1936 and was incorporated in Arizona in 1940.

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