BLACKFOOTâ€”Blackfoot Girl Scout Troop #584 is celebrating their world famous cookies with a sweet new fundraiser called "Cookies In the Kitchen." The event will be March 1, 5:30-7p.m., at Ridge Crest Elementary School in Blackfoot. Local businesses and Blackfoot High School culinary students will compete to create "the best" original dessert made from Girl Scout Cookies.
The judging will be done by community leaders: Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis, Local News 8 anchor Karole Honas, longtime Girl Scout supporter and historian Lois Bates and SE Idaho Girl Scout membership director Kelly Stombaugh.
The public is invited to buy tickets for the tough job of sampling about 14 delectable treats and voting their favorite.
Dessert samples will be five for $5 or 20 for $15. There will also be raffle tickets sold for a chance to win a number of great prizes donated by local Girl Scout supporters.
Money raised from the event will go to help the troop with Girl Scholarships, troop activities and supplies, awards and Girl Scout Cookie merchandising products.
Troop leaders Mike Curtis, Cindy Reese and Annie Gardner, who have helped Troop #584 (Daisies, Brownies and Juniors) grow from five to 40 members in just three years, have been thrilled with the reception they've received the community and local businesses in planning this event.
"We held a Girl Scout recruiting event in November an added about 30 new girls," Gardner said. "We're continuing to grow and are signing up new girls every week."
"We are so proud of how this group has grown and we are excited to make this "Cookies In The Kitchen" an annual event," Reese said.
The local restaurants that will be entering a dessert are: Wingers Roadhouse Grill, Rupe's Burgers, Tommy Vaughn's Cakes. Xll Stones, Homestead Restaurant and Mr. Pizza.
Gardner said that "Cookies In The Kitchen" will be completely led by the girls from emceeing, selling raffle tickets to manning the booths.
"There's very little that the adults will do," she said. "The girls will be able to earn a special patch from their participation in this event."
"We cannot keep this program running and give these girls the wonderful opportunities that they deserve without the support of our community," Reese concluded. "We need the support of our community through participation of "Cookies In the Kitchen" cookie sales, and word-of-mouth about the great opportunities for the girls through our local troop."
Troop #584 holds meetings at the Blackfoot Community Center every Monday at 6 p.m. Any girls (in grades K-5) who are interested in joining Girl Scouts are invited to drop in at a meeting with a parent to learn more about the Girl Scouts program.