A record 16 restaurants will serve up delicious dishes made with Girl Scout Cookies during the 3rd Annual Girl Scout Cookie Crunch at SteelStacks Feb. 26, 1-3 p.m. Included are savory delights like lemon ricotta gnocchi made with Lemonades® and Caribbean chicken meatballs with roasted tomato sauce and Caramel deLITES®, as well as sweet treats like strawberry shortcake cream cheese bites featuring Shortbreads® and Lemonades®.
During this fun filled, public event, attendees can sample all of the culinary creations, as well as vote for their favorites in People’s Choice ‘sweet’ and ‘savory’ categories. New this year, ages 18 and under can also vote for the winner of the Kid’s Choice Award. Each dish will feature one or more of the Girl Scout Cookie brands: Thin Mints®, Peanut Butter Patties®, Caramel deLITES®, Shortbreads®, Lemonades®, Peanut Butter Sandwiches®, Thanks-A-Lots® and Gluten-Free Trios®.
Adding to the flavor of this year’s event, all adult guests will take home a box of the brand new S’Mores® celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout cookie sale, and have a chance to meet Lucy Chelton, a Girl Scout Junior of Sellersville who was named winner of the popular Food Network show “Chopped Jr.” this past August.
Leading the list of culinary participants at the Cookie Crunch is 2016 Cookie Crunch winner Cindie Feldman of 29 Cooks Catering + Culinary Center of Macungie, a recent winner of the Food Network’s “Cooks vs. Cons.”
The Cookie Crunch participants and a sample of their offerings include:
29 Cooks Catering and Culinary Center – Sweet BBQ Chicken Mac & Cheese and Strawberry Shortcake Cream Cheese Bites
ArtsQuest Center Culinary Team, Bethlehem – Bacon Macaroni and Cheese topped with Shortbread Cookies
Bell Hall, Allentown
Bethlehem Dairy Store, Bethlehem – S’mores & Cream and Lemon Chiffon Crunch
Centro, Allentown – Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi with Lemonades® Cookies coated in a Sage Infused Butter
The Dime, Allentown – Kabocha Squash Gelato with Coconut Mole and Caramel
Emeril’s Chop House, Bethlehem – Strawberry Crème Domes
Forks Mediterranean Deli, Easton
Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse, Allentown
Iron Lakes Country Club, Orefield – Caribbean Chicken Meatball, with Roasted Tomato Sauce with Caramel deLITES®
Papa’s Cupcakes, Perkasie – Samoa Cupcakes
Parkhurst Dining Services, Cedar Crest College
Shankara Vegan Restaurant, Bethlehem
The Steel Pub, Bethlehem
Trixie’s Treats, Allentown – Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
Vince’s Famous Cheesesteaks, Allentown
Tickets for Cookie Crunch, which takes place at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, can be purchased at www.steelstacks.org/cookiecrunch or 610-332-3378; all proceeds from the unique culinary fundraiser benefit both Girl Scouts of Eastern PA (GSEP) and the ArtsQuest Art Education Fund, which provides quality arts and education programs for area students. For more information, visit www.steelstacks.org/cookiecrunch.