March 2, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
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.
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*
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.
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.