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 and 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-Dixie who made a “WD Squeeze” cocktail using the Girl Scout Lemonade cookie. The “People’s choice” award went to Bartender Dave Jackson from Lüke who 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 Restaurant, Crescent City School of Gaming and Bartending, Culinary Kids, Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria, High Hat Cafe, La Boulangerie, Mizado Cocina, NOLA Brewing Company, Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitchen, Revel Café & Bar, Sac-a-Lait, Semolina, Sheraton New Orleans, World of Beer, Zea Rotisserie & Grill.
Emcee was Kenny Lopez, reporter at WGNO’s News with a Twist, and celebrity guest judges included NFL analyst Mike Detillier, 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 include on-air personality Uptown Angela from iHeart Media. Event co-chairs were WVUE-TV News Anchor Nancy Parker and Dr. Allison Augustus-Wallace, and corporate sponsors were New Orleans East Hospital, George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, Florida Parishes Bank, Winn-Dixie, and Yelp. Entertainment was provided by New Orleans jazz vocalist Anais St. John.
Lopez invited the chefs and bartenders on stage to talk about their creations, before awarding the winners an engraved hi-ball glass, while all participants received an engraved shot glass.