Award winners named for Girl Scout Cookie Celebration dessert contest |

Award winners named for Girl Scout Cookie Celebration dessert contest

Nancy Oliver Hayden, Tribune Community Editor

Embassy Suites Executive Chef Roy Choi and Sous Chef Eric Liebendorfer, from left, display the award they were presented as Overall First-Place winners in the Girl Scout Cookie Celebration dessert contest. They also received ribbons for Best Presentation and Most Creative. |Chris Wellhausen/Tahoe Daily Tribune|

Everyone knows Girl Scout Cookies are delicious when eaten straight from the box. But chefs from seven businesses around Lake Tahoe took the sweet treats to a higher level March 12 during the 2003 Girl Scout Cookie Celebration at Harveys Resort & Casino.

The event brought accomplished chefs together in a dessert competition to celebrate the 91st birthday of Girl Scouting and to kick-off the annual Girl Scout Cookie sale. The chefs used one or more of the seven varieties of Girl Scout Cookies as the main ingredient in their scrumptious desserts, which were savored by everyone attending the fund-raiser. In addition, Kevin Cox of Dreyer’s Ice Cream provided special edition Girl Scout Cookie Ice Cream and Libby Long of Northern Nevada Dairymen donated milk for the event.

The entries and their creators included “Peanut Butter Pattie Tiramisu” by Richard Beyer, Tahoe Biltmore; “Lemon Cookie Truffle,” Peggy Tavener, Victorian Fancies & Tea Society; “PlumpJack Chocolate & Peanut Butter Pattie Terrine,” Alex Olson and Jeffery Powell, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn; “The Lady Scout,” Jeff Wiesinger, Heavenly Ski Resort California Main Lodge; “Animal Treasure African Cheesecake,” Roy Choi and Eric Liebendorfer, Embassy Suites; “Lemon Pastry, Thin Mint & Caramel Delite Trio,” Heather Barnet, Caesars Tahoe; and “Peanut Butter Cookie Pie,” Laura Piskoz, Harrah’s/Harveys Lake Tahoe.

The desserts were judged on taste, creativity, presentation and use of cookie by a panel of eight people from the community. A panel of 10 Girl Scouts, who were the top cookie sellers in 2002, selected the Girl Scout Choice Award and guests at the event voted for the People’s Choice Award.

The winners are:

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Overall First Place — Embassy Suites

Overall Second Place — Caesars Tahoe

Overall Third Place — Tahoe Biltmore

Best Presentation — Embassy Suites

Most Creative — Embassy Suites

Best Taste — Caesars Tahoe

People’s Choice Award — Victorian Fancies & Tea Society

Girl Scout Choice Award — Victorian Fancies & Tea Society

Proceeds from the fund-raiser support the local Girl Scout program and the Girl Scout Financial Aid, which assists families who cannot afford such items as uniforms, handbooks, trip fees and summer camp tuition.

Girl Scout Cookies will be sold for $3 a box in front of supermarkets at the South Shore from 3 to 5 p.m. daily and on the weekends throughout the month of March. They also are available at the Sno-Flake Drive In, Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Modesto Ave., (530) 544-6377.

For more information about the Girl Scouts of America program call the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada office at (775) 322-0542.