In Dining Out
It’s that time of year again — Girl Scout Cookie season! And while that definitely means binging on a sleeve of Thin Mints it also signals the start of the 5th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Challenge. My friend, Bre Krager, from HMA Public Relations will be sharing weekly snippets with us about these amazing desserts and where you can find them. Take it away, Bre!


Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council’s 5th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge is back! And it starts today! Chefs from some of the state’s most popular restaurants have used their culinary prowess to re-image one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout Cookies – Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Trefoils, S’mores and Savannah Smiles into a custom dessert menu item.
Each restaurant has agreed to feature its dessert on their menu from Feb. 1-28, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting Girl Scouting in Arizona.

But where can you find all of these delicious desserts? Have no fear, I’ll be posting weekly on the various locations participating in this year’s Dessert Challenge.
To start, today’s blog post is dedicated to the four restaurants that are now ranked among the prestigious “Five Timers Club.” These venues have been with the Dessert Challenge from the beginning and are once again bringing all they have to this year’s challenge!

Olive + Ivy
Dessert Designer:
Summer Ormsby
Assigned Cookie: Tagalong
Dessert: Tagalong Gelato – An icy, decadent treat made with chocolate and peanut butter swirled together with Tagalong cookies.
Cost: $3.25 for one scoop; $4.25 for two scoops; $6 for three scoops
Address: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Rusconi’s American Kitchen
Dessert Designer: Dave Rico
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: Banana Cream Pie in a Jar with Tagalong Crust
Cost: $8
Address: 10637 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85028

The Thumb
Dessert Designer: Susan Kolman
Assigned Cookie: Smores
Dessert: Smores Fudge Pop – A rich fudge brownie layered with chocolate, marshmallow and a S’mores cookie crust dipped in dark chocolate. Presented on a lollipop stick.
Cost: $4.25
Address: 9393 E. Bell Road Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Lumberyard Brewing Company
Dessert Designer: Winnie Hanseth and Team
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: Tagalong Mousse Jar
Cost: $5.39
Address: 5 S. San Francisco Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

To see all the desserts available across the Valley, visit 

And to share your own dessert creations—or photos of you and your family enjoying any of the chefs’ creations—simply tag our social media posts with @GSACPC and #dessertchallenge.

I’m not quite sure why you’re still sitting here reading the last of this blog post—get out and start trying these amazing creations!

(all photos courtesy of HMA Public Relations). 
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