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Chefs bake off in Girl Scout cookie challenge

Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council announced the return of its award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge. For the second year in a row, chefs from some of the state’s most popular restaurants 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 February 1 to February 28, 2015, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the transformation of the local Council’s Camp Sombrero to a Leadership Center for Girls and Women.

The participating restaurants, and their creative desserts, are:

Restaurant: 32 Shea

Location: 10626 N. 32nd Street in Phoenix

Chef/Dessert Designer: Theresa “Chef T” Willie

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mint

Dessert: Double Chocolate Thin Mint Cookie Mousse


Restaurant: 5th and Wine

Location: 7051 E. 5th Avenue in Scottsdale

Chef/Dessert Designer: Enrique Sanchez

Assigned Cookie: Rah-Rah-Raisins

Dessert: Rah Rah Cookie Mud Pie


Restaurant: 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’


Restaurant: Blue Wasabi

Location: 2080 E. William Field Road in Gilbert

Chef/Dessert Designer: Christian Palomares

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Tempura Thin Mint Ice Cream


Restaurant: CHoP

Location: 2625 E. Queen Creek Road in Chandler

Chef/Dessert Designer: Grant Gates

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Tagalong Shortbread


Restaurant: Criollo

Location: 16 N. San Francisco Street in Flagstaff

Chef/Dessert Designer: Hillary Wamble

Assigned Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Citrus Trefoil Trifle


Restaurant: Del Frisco’s

Location: 2425 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix

Chef/Dessert Designer:

Assigned Cookie: Rah-Rah-Raisins

Dessert: Rum Raisin Ice Cream Sandwich


Restaurant: Different Pointe of View

Location: 11111 N. 7th Street in Phoenix

Chef/Dessert Designer: Lara Coleman

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Respect the Legacy


Restaurant: Gelato Spot

Location: 4166 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale

Chef/Dessert Designer: Josh Bracher

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Samoa Cookie Gelato


Restaurant: Grimaldi’s

Locations: 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


Restaurant: Kelly’s at Southbridge

Location: 7117 E. 6th Avenue in Scottsdale

Chef/Dessert Designer: Kelli Casey

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Tagalong Chocolate Donut Holes


Restaurant: Lumberyard Brewery

Location: 5 S. San Francisco Street in Flagstaff

Chef/Dessert Designer: Richard Kimball

Assigned Cookie: Do-Si-Do

Dessert: Do-Si-Do Peanut Butter Gooey Cake


Restaurant: Melting Pot

Locations: 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


Restaurant: Olive + Ivy

Location: 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


Restaurant: Over Easy

Locations: 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


Restaurant: Rusconi’s

Location 10637 N. Tatum Blvd. in Phoenix

Chef/Dessert Designer: Michael Rusconi

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Samoa Decadence


Restaurant: Sushi Roku

Location: 7277 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale

Chef/Dessert Designer: Joy Butteweg

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Thin Mint Chocolate Mousse Dome


Restaurant: The Henry

Location: 4455 E. Camelback Road in Arcadia

Chef/Dessert Designer: Marissa Pintor

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Thin Mint Doughnuts


Restaurant: The Second Story

Location: 4166 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale (upstairs from The Gelato Spot noted above)

Chef/Dessert Designer: Josh Bracher

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Bruleed Salted Chocolate Tart with Somoa Cookie Crust


Restaurant: Tom’s Thumb

Location: 9393 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale

Chef/Dessert Designer: Lisa Anderson

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Samoa The Tom-oa


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 January 26 to March 8, 2015. Like last year, the Girl Scouts  will have all cookies on hand for immediate customer purchase. Please also note that while select Councils nationwide are piloting a Digital Cookie order program through GSUSA this year, the local Council is not participating in the pilot, but expects to provide this program in the next few years after GSUSA completes testing and formalizes best practices.

For more information on the challenge, please visitwww.girlscoutsaz.org/dessertchallenge. And be sure to get social with us! Tag any and all of your Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge photos and posts with #DessertChallenge and #GirlScoutsAZ to join in the movement!

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Artigue Agency Expands Growing Sports Practice

Local marketing communications firm, The Artigue Agency has announced the addition of several new clients to its growing sports practice.  Led by sports marketing veteran Ray Artigue, the firm’s new clients include Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA), Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, former Phoenix Suns star and NBA veteran Eddie Johnson, Patriot All-America at Wigwam Arizona and QR Gameplan.

“The growth of the agency represents the need for additional staff and expanded offices and I’m flattered by the market’s demand for our professional services,” said agency principal Ray Artigue.  “As we evolve and expand our sports offering, our greatest marketplace differentiator remains our people.  Our team comes from a variety of backgrounds, bringing diverse skills and extraordinary expertise in their respective specialty areas, ensuring that we’ll continue to deliver successful PR and marketing programs.”

The Artigue Agency recently moved to a larger office in Biltmore-area of Phoenix to be closer to new and existing clients and to accommodate its growing team.  The firm has also added two new two senior account executives, Casaundra Donahoe and Ian La Cava.

Donahoe brings nine years of experience in brand strategy, creative development, media relations and communications planning. Prior to joining The Artigue Agency, Donahoe worked for Park & Co. where she served as strategic counsel for brands like Goodwill, Girl Scouts, Expect More Arizona, METRO Light Rail, Coca-Cola and many others.

La Cava has five years of experience developing and executing public outreach campaigns and strategic initiatives on behalf of several clients in the sports industry. Prior to joining The Artigue Agency, La Cava worked for Niner Sports Marketing where he managed talent procurement, endorsement deals and social media for marquee athletes.

The Artigue Agency works with emerging and established companies in several markets with extensive experience in the sports, entertainment and lifestyle, healthcare, financial, legal and environmental industries.  Current clients include Arizona Broadcasters Association, Arizona Public Service (APS), Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, Abrazo Health Care, Cardon Global, Gallagher & Kennedy, BMO Private Bank, JDM Partners, Scottsdale Tourism Development Council, Wigwam Golf Club and Waste Management, among others.