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Cookies & Cocktails

Cookies & Cocktails & all that Jazz! hits the high notes

A big thank you to sponsors and participants in this year's fundraising gala! Your contributions will help the council offer much-needed leadership development programs to girls throughout southeast Louisiana. Sponsors included  New Orleans East Hospital, Winn-Dixie, Florida Parishes Bank, LaitramGeorge Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, Girl’s Guide to New Orleans, and Yelp. Event co-chairs were Dr. Allison Augustus-Wallace and Nancy Parker, FOX 8 anchor.

Emcee was WGNO’s News with a Twist reporter Kenny Lopez. Guest judges included NFL analyst Mike Detillier, community medicine physician and health educator Doc Griggs, food columnist Kristine Froeba of the Uptown Messenger and host of WWNO’s Out To Lunch  Peter Ricchiuti. Other special guests included on-air personality Uptown Angela from iHeart Media. 

Winners announced in competition

What does a “Lemony Sippit” and “ Thai Peanut Shrimp and Noodles” have in common? They were both made with a secret ingredient: Girl Scout cookies. Twenty chefs and bartenders made amazing appetizers, desserts, and cocktails that were served at Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Cookies & Cocktails & All That Jazz gala, held at club XLIV on February 4. Guests and celebrity judges sampled an array of delicious selections throughout the evening, voting on their favorites.

Winner in the best dessert category was Chef Lenny Minutillo of Happy Italian Pizzeria who made a Black bottom Lemonade Mousse, while the winner in the appetizer category was Chef Darryl Holliday from University of Holy Cross Food Science Program, who invented a Peanut Butter Pattie Thai Dumpling with Cabbage Slaw.  Best Cocktail was made by Corporate Executive Chef Deanna Stephens of  Winn-Dixiewho made a “WD Squeeze” cocktail using the Girl Scout Lemonade cookie. The “People’s choice” award went to Bartender Dave Jackson from Lükewho created a Lemony Sippit cocktail which is a vodka infused lemon pudding with crumbled Lemonade cookies, topped with condensed milk and roasted marshmallows. 

Other participants included  Antoine’s RestaurantCrescent City School of Gaming and Bartending, Culinary Kids, Fat Boy Pantry, Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria, High Hat Cafe, La Boulangerie, Mizado CocinaNOLA Brewing Company, OxalisRevel Café & Bar, Sac-a-Lait, Semolina, Sheraton New Orleans, Tiki ToltecaWorld of Beer, Zea Rotisserie & Grill.

As guests sampled the chefs’ creations and enjoy unique cocktails, they also enjoyed music by jazz vocalist Anaïs St. John, photo booth, cash bar, and an exciting silent auction.

Media Highlights from 2017 Cookies & Cocktails!

The New Orleans Advocate, 2/19/17, Nell Nolan society column
Times-Picayune/nola.com 2/12/17 Girl Scouts Cookies & Cocktails combines guilty pleasures and a cookie centennial
NewOrleansLocal.com's Facebook Photo Gallery of Cookies & Cocktails
Girl Scouts Louisiana East's Facebook Photo Gallery
WGNO-TV's News with a Twist, 2/2/17, Cookies & Cocktails: Bartenders & chefs mix and make adult treats using Girl Scout cookies
WWL-TV’s Morning Show, 2/1/17, Girl Scout Cookies with a Twist
WGNO-TV Good Morning New Orleans, 1/23/17, Cookies & Cocktails Gala
Fox 8’s Morning Show, 1/18/17, Cookies & Cocktails

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Sponsorship Benefits

Girl Scouts Louisiana East Cookies & Cocktails is an opportunity for your company to be affiliated with an organization that has an excellent reputation and is committed to encouraging and recognizing the leadership and positive impact women and girls make in our communities every day through its advocacy, programs, and services for girls and their families.

At Girl Scouts, we believe that when girls succeed, so does society. We provide girls with a place to discover their passions, find their voice, and make positive impact in their communities. These girls are building a better world for all of us! Help us ensure that every girl in Girl Scouts Louisiana East develops the confidence that Girl Scouts nurtures. An investment in Girl Scouting is a commitment to the next generation of self-sufficient and capable women.

Click here to download our Sponsorship Package or click here to become a Sponsor today!

Money raised from this fundraiser helps girls get the leadership and social skills they need to make a positive difference in their communities.

For more information please contact the Fund Development office at 504-355-5885.