Girl Scout Fundraiser to take place next Thursday

Audrey Dwyer
Chef Kate Rench from Café Diva will be preparing her Rah-Rah Risotto Gyro Sushi Rolls inspired by the Rah-Rah Raisins cookie at the "Cocktails and Cookie Creations" event next week.
Audrey Dwyer

If You Go...

What: "Cocktails & Cookie Creations" Girl Scout Fundraiser

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28

Where: Catamount Ranch & Club,Golf Course, 33400 Catamount Dr.

Chef Kate Rench from Café Diva will be preparing her Rah-Rah Risotto Gyro Sushi Rolls inspired by the Rah-Rah Raisins cookie at the “Cocktails and Cookie Creations” event next week.
Audrey Dwyer

— What happens when a common household cookie becomes inspiration for a savory appetizer?

Creativity is put to the test and anything from a greek inspired, gyro sushi roll to a chocolate dipped BMT sandwich or pad thai is considered fair game.

As part of the third annual “Cookies and Cocktail Creations” benefit for local Girl Scout troops, seven chefs selected a cookie of their choice to then turn it into a savory appetizer.

Featuring unique cocktails and savory dishes, the event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 at the Catamount Ranch & Golf clubhouse.

“That’s the biggest thing to figure out is how do I turn a sweet snack or dessert into something savory,” said Chef Greg Smith from Fireside Catering back for his second year in a row and was inspired by the thin mint cookie to make The Chocolate BMT with Port Wine Sauce. “It definitely challenges us and gets the mind running.”

By using Girl Scout cookies, Carol Griffin one of the organizers for the event said they wanted to incorporate something people commonly relate to Girl Scouts. Since the event started three years ago, Griffin said Girl Scout membership has increased. In addition, the money raised has allowed the girls to take part in Girl Scout camps and a Keystone Science Camp.

“It’s something different every year and I’m always amazed at how creative the chefs are,” Griffin said. “We are always afraid someone will choose the same cookie because it’s first come first serve basis, but each year when they pick which cookie they want to use everyone picks something different.”

The cookies used by chefs at this year’s fundraiser include the Rah-Rah Rasins, Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Trefoils.The Thin Mint and Samoa martinis will be the featured drinks of the night.

Allowing the chefs to get creative and step outside of their comfort zone, most had an idea of how they wanted to incorporate various ingredients with the cookies. Kate Rench from Cafe Diva made the Rah-Rah Risotto Gyro Sushi Rolls based on the Rah-Rah Rasin cookie with a greek/ indian flavor as her inspiration. She said she used the cookie in the risotto rice that is wrapped around the lamb sausage with a feta cucumber cookie tzatziki sauce on the side.

“This event really opens up the guests eyes to see how we can introduce the savories because a lot of them have said in the past they would never think to put some of these ingredients together,” said Smith.

Tickets for the event are $50 each available online here: or at All That, 601 Lincoln Ave #103.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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