Desserts First event belongs in my life’s highlight reel

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March 2, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

Delicious treats from Bluegrass Brewing Company at Desserts First, a fundraiser for Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.

Delicious triple cookie peanut butter square from Bluegrass Brewing Company at Desserts First, a fundraiser for Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.

Last week was a whirlwind of wonderful. Between hosting two events (the University of Louisville’s Fryberger Greek Sing and The Moth StorySLAM), I was a judge at Desserts First, a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana that took place at the Mellwood Arts Center last week. I’m pretty sure my participation as a judge ranks in the top five best experiences of my life.

A view of the judges' table. I was super official with a score sheet and everything.

A view of the judges’ table. I was super official with a score sheet and everything.

More than 20 restaurants, caterers, bakeries and coffee shops made appetizers, desserts and drinks with at least one type of Girl Scout cookie as the main ingredient. The creativity levels were up to 11 when it came to incorporating Girl Scout cookies. There was a Trefoil-crusted lamb shank, Samoa cookie butter ice cream and a Savannah Smile poundcake, just to name a few that I still dream about. I was super impressed with Bristol Bar & Grille’s Tagalong chicken mole on top of a Trefoil-cornbread waffle. *insert wide-eyed emoji*

Chicken and waffles with two types of Girl Scout cookies from Bristol. Crazy idea, fantastic execution.

Chicken and waffles with two types of Girl Scout cookies from Bristol. Crazy idea, fantastic execution.

Flour de Lis Bakery took home the big prize for best dessert. The bakery killed it with a peanut butter chocolate stout pie. I did not get a picture because I ate my sample super fast. It was that tasty.

My buddy/fellow Girl Scout troop leader/fellow judge Christine and I had a great time judging. I hit my sugar high about an hour after this picture.

My buddy/fellow Girl Scout troop leader/fellow judge Christine and I had a great time judging. I hit my sugar high about an hour after this picture.

Being a judge was an honor, not just because I’m a Girl Scout volunteer, but because there are very few opportunities in life in which an organization sanctions you to judge others. It was like Cupcake Wars, except I didn’t have to endure catastrophes like the grits cupcake with a collard green filling (don’t even get me started on that episode). So thank you, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, for a valid reason to eat too many sweets and be judgmental.

4 thoughts on “Desserts First event belongs in my life’s highlight reel

  1. Amanda J. says:

    What a dream job!!! I have got to go to this event next year.

  2. […] are my favorite kinds of fundraisers. So many options under one roof AND you get to support a cool facility that promotes the arts? […]

  3. […] friends. But someone has to judge these dishes, and I’m the lady for it. And you know I love judging a cooking competition — it’s like Chopped come to […]

  4. […] (about three years in non-Scouting terms) AND I get to be a judge at the event for the second year in a row. Wait, one more reason – tasty […]

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