Third Annual Girl Scouts Cocktails & Cookie Creations Draws Hundreds
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Savory appetizers, spirits and the famous Girl Scout cookies were the stars of the third annual Girl Scouts Cocktails and Cookie Creations Friday night at Two Rivers Winery.
Chefs all around the valley were commissioned to create a savory appetizer dish out of a sweet Girl Scout cookie.
"We actually gave up on four recipes before we got to this one," said Josh Niernberg, chef/owner of Bin 707 foodbar.
"I had a lemon cookie, so lemon and seafood is kind of a natural [connection], so I started thinking in that direction," said Wayne Smith, assistant technical professor for Western Colorado Community College.
There might be a little friendly competition among the chefs, who are competing for best dish, but it's all for a good cause.
"[Money raised] helps to provide the programs to make girls strong and make them good leaders," explained Susan Alvillar, a Girl Scouts operational volunteer and lifelong member.
Friday's event also featured a silent auction, live music and spirits from local wineries, breweries and distilleries.
"It's a really nice cause and it's really good exposure for our wine," said Rob Crowell, special projects manager for Two Rivers Winery.
Officials say they hope the event will bring in even more than last year's record of $17,000.
"People on the committee that plan this event really work all year long to make it a success," said Alvillar.
"I just really enjoy doing it, it's for a great cause," said Zane Lawson, chef/owner of The Cowboy and The Rose Catering.
"We're just glad to be a part of it ... hoping to help the community," added Jonathan Rashleigh, owner of Craving Food Truck.