The sweetest benefit, Dessert First, supporting the 40,000 girls and adult members of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is slated for Oct. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, Cleveland-Rockside in Independence. The gala will challenge regional chefs to create desserts featuring famous Girl Scout Cookies. The desserts will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges as well as guests. The dessert tasting will be followed by an elegant dinner, and silent and live auctions.
The rundown of chefs and restaurants at this year’s event include:
Gamekeeper’s Tavern, Chef Michael Slater
Gervasi Vineyard, Chef Jerry Risner and Chef Nancy Davis
Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside, Chef Krystal Lung
Hudson’s Restaurant, Chef Kendra Altomare
Cuyahoga Community College Culinary Program, Chef Maureen Leonard and Chef Edward Frygier
Ice Cream Joy, Chef Marissa Flynn
Bloom Bakery, Chef Saidah Farrell
D’Agnese’s at White Pond, Chef Joe Gallagher
Virtue’s Restaurant, Chef Megan Horrigan
Tremont Taphouse, Chef Kendra Eustache
The Union Club, Pastry Chef Emma Scheer
Young Chef’s Academy, Chef Chad and Chef Maria Kleis
Food for Thought, Chef Jonathan Riegelmayer and Chef Tracie Pascoe
Sweet Moses Soda Fountain & Treat Shop, Chef Erica Young
Melt Bar and Grilled, Chef Matt Fish
Strip the Steakhouse, Chef Ron
A panel of celebrity judges comprised of members of the media will sample each dessert and judge on Presentation, Creativity and Taste. Judges include:
Erika Lauren, WMMS
Glenn Forbes, WTAM
Sandra Miller, WONE
Colin Baker, Akron Life Magazine
Bill O’Connell, ideastream/WCLV
Dustin Klein, Smart Business
April Helms, Record Publishing
Debbie Snook, The Plain Dealer
Douglas Trattner, Cleveland Scene Magazine
Nicole Mastrangelo, Crain’s Cleveland Business
The event, which is the Girls Scouts’ signature fundraiser, will support leadership development and character building programs across 18 counties of Northeast Ohio.
Sara Shookman, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and Alumnae and anchor at WKYC Channel 3 News will serve as the evening’s emcee.
Guests may bid on over 65 featured silent auction items and experiences. A live auction offer priceless experiences including an exclusive stay at the Union Club Cleveland and a Disney vacation. The Fund a Need Campaign will also be part of the evening’s festivities.
To purchase guest tickets and to learn more about Dessert First and the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, see www.gsneo.org/gala or call 330-983-0368.