Girl Scouts announce selected chefs for 5th Annual Destin Desserts

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
2015 Destin Desserts Chair Gretchen Erickson with the 2015 1st place winner Chef Ernie Danjean, owner of Dockside Café & Oyster Bar in Niceville.

The Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle recently announced the six area chefs who were selected and who will compete for the 2016 Destin Desserts Champion title. The chefs that will present their own original dessert creations utilizing famous Girl Scout cookies, include Chef Nikhil Abuvala of Roux 30a, Chef Chris Rookis of Aegean Restaurant, Sous Chef Katrina Prebula of Lulu’s, Chef Ruston Johnson of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Pastry Chef Angie Malabet of Bijoux and Chef Brian Murray of DIG.

An event designed to tempt your taste buds, Destin Desserts showcases the talents of local chefs featuring Girl Scout cookies as the main ingredient. Now in its fifth year, local chefs, representing area businesses, will create delectable desserts and compete for the title of Destin Desserts Champion on Jan. 22 at The Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the program beginning promptly at 7 p.m. All attending the event have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dessert. Guests can also bid on unique products and services from the area on display through donations from individuals and businesses contributing to the silent auction. Live entertainment will be provided by Shades of Blue. Guests will also enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Attire is business/business casual.

Proceeds from Destin Desserts solely benefits the Girl Scouts’ Camp Kolomoki, located just west of DeFuniak Springs in Walton County. The camp, which had fallen into disrepair because of heavy rains and inclement weather a few years back is currently not able to be utilized by the Girl Scouts. The funds raised from this event will go toward completion of the repairs and aide in re-opening Camp Kolomoki.

To purchase a ticket, make a donation, or commit to an event sponsorship, visit the Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle at www.gscfp.org. Tickets are $35 each and are also available for purchase at Shear Twist in Niceville, The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Destin, and Frillseekers in Destin.

The programs and services of the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle, Inc., teach girls to discover, connect and take action, while building courage, confidence, and character, to make the world a better place. A United Way agency, the Council currently serves 5,019 girls across 19 counties of the Florida Panhandle with the assistance of 2,095 dedicated volunteers. To volunteer or join Girl Scouts, call 1-888-271-8778 or visit www.gscfp.org.