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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!


The Business of Girl Scouts

This will be a great year for women – and in part, you have the Girls Scouts to thank for that.

Right now we have two things to celebrate: The Girl Scouts’ wrapping up another successful year of cookie sales – last day of booth sales are March 30 – and a record number of women in the U.S. Senate. How do these relate?

Fourteen of the 20 female Senators sworn into Congress recently are former Girl Scouts. If you include those in the House of Representatives, 60 percent of females currently in Congress are Girl Scout alumnae. This number is especially impressive when you consider that only eight percent of women in the U.S. participate in Girl Scouts during adolescence.

I can go on with statistics – 80 percent of female business owners and 64 percent of females CEOs were Girl Scouts – but what is really important is how the Girl Scouts creates leaders.  Leaders who are sales executives, financial planners, economists or the managers of their household budget.

The answer:  It’s in the Cookies.

Probably the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when thinking about the Girl Scouts is the Cookies, most likely Thin Mints (one of my favorites). Many consider the Girl Scout Cookie Program a fundraiser, and, yes, with revenue of $715 million each year – 20 times that of membership dues – it is a major fundraiser. But it’s so much more than that. It’s the largest girl-run business in the world. It is also the largest financial literacy and entrepreneurial training program for girls in America.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls the basics of running a business by emphasizing “The 5 Skills.” These are skills that I use every day as the CEO of the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council and are skills taught in every business school in the country. Businessmen and women making millions of dollars each year have based their success on these skills. And I, too, learned the “The 5 Skills” when I was a Girl Scout:

Goal setting: Setting concrete goals help develop strategies and measure success. Girl Scouts set individual goals as well as goals to reach as a Troop, much like a business leader sets personal and professional goals.

Decision making: Perhaps one of the biggest differences between a leader and a follower is the ability to make a smart decision quickly. During the Cookie Program, Girl Scouts make their own decisions as to how they approach each potential customer, the amount of effort they want to put into their cookie sales as well as what the aforementioned goals should be.

Money management: You can’t make money if you can’t manage it. The Cookie Program teaches something to every age group: Daisies and Brownies (our youngest members) add and subtract, Cadettes and Juniors practice multiplication, and Seniors and Ambassadors estimate how many boxes need to be purchased to be sufficient for their initial orders and booth sales.

People skills: The fact is, more confident individuals rise to the top. This confidence is gained through stepping out of your comfort zone – something each Girl Scout has to do in order to make a sale.

Business ethics: Sadly, not all business leaders are ethical – but the most successful are. Girl Scouts are taught the value of a promise and delivering on that promise. No business can last 101 years without a strong, ethical approach.

More than three million Girl Scouts are involved in the Cookie Program each year. That’s three million more girls who will grow up with skills to become business leaders. And while the statistics of women in business and politics are not equal to the opposite sex yet, you can bet on these three million to help close the gap.

So when you go to pick up your last batch of cookies for the year from that Girl Scout cookie booth set up outside a local business, don’t forget to ask her about her goals when she sells you those boxes of cookies!

Tamara Woodbury is currently CEO of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Inc., one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 24,000 girls throughout central and northern Arizona. Her leadership and the success of the Girl Scouts in Arizona has been recognized nationally and locally for innovative programs and business practices. She can be reached at twoodbury@girlscoutsaz.org.

Girl Scouts Camp Sombrero, AZRE July/August 2010

Other: Girl Scouts Camp Sombrero


Developer: Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council
General contractor: TBD
Architect: Marlene Imirzian & Associates
16th St. & Dobbins Rd., Phoenix
Size: 37,900 SF on 14 acres

The camp is currently raising funds to reach projected development costs of $14M. The Girl Scouts organization hopes to begin construction in 2012. Plans include new buildings and major site amenities such as an archery range, large amphitheater and fire rings, splash pad, climbing tower, low ropes course, tent sites, zip line, labyrinth and large multi-purpose field.

AZRE July/August 2010