February 13, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Volunteering with the Girl Scouts for the past year and a half has given me the chance to help girls grow into independent thinkers and leaders. To help empower these young ladies, I’ve had to put on my big-girl pants and take chances.
I camped for the first time in my life last year (it was in a lodge, BUT STILL). I learned how to build a fire so I could teach second graders about fire safety. And I’ve learned how to lead and cooperate with the eight wonderful women who co-lead our colossal troop of 45 girls. At some point between mediating a cheating allegation during a tense game of Marco Polo and holding my breath as I showed a timid girl how to light a match, I became a stronger woman along with my girls. So when the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana asked me to be a guest judge at their annual foodie fundraiser, a resounding “YAAAAAS” was the only suitable response.
Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana’s ninth-annual Desserts First event is a culinary competition to raise money for the non-profit organization. The event will feature local chefs, bakers and bartenders slinging out dishes that include Girl Scout cookies as a key ingredient. Think the TV show Chopped, but with a Girl Scouts theme. Desserts First takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center. This year’s theme is “The Technology of Cooking,” so I’m expecting to see (and taste) some neat uses of tech in the kitchen.
Tickets for the event are $55 apiece. HOWEVA, there’s currently a special going on now through Feb. 24 where you can buy two tickets for the price of one. That’s BOGO, people. A small price to pay for the empowerment of young girls.
Still not convinced? Check out the lineup of this year’s Desserts First restaurant competitors:
Adrienne & Co., Bake My Day, Bill’s Famous Spreads, Bluegrass Brewing Company, Bristol Bar & Grille, Cake Flour, Cellar Door Chocolates, Comfy Cow, Crescent Hill Craft House, Desserts by Debbie, Feast BBQ, Flour de Lis Bakery, Galt House Hotel, Gary’s on Spring, Highlands Tap Room, Hillbilly Tea, John Conti Coffee, Lady Fingers, Mango’s Mexican Grill, Melting Pot, Q&A Sweet Treats, Red Hot Roasters, Roux, Varanese, Vincenzo’s
And did I mention that there’s a killer group of judges that you might know from their blogs, Twitter and the rest of the interwebs? Me (yep, I’m calling myself killer because I’m leaning in), @CHRISTINEinLOU (a fellow Troop 628 co-leader), @BellaPortaro, @AllisonRMyers and @louisvillenoms are going to have a great time judging. Meet us there, won’t you?
Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana’s Desserts First fundraiser