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Destin Desserts is back!

01/11/2015 03:03PM ● Published by Nancy Babin

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Let the competition begin!

Girl Scout cookies are an all time love but what's even better is a gathering of great local chefs who try and out do each other with deserts they create from Girl Scout Cookies! 

The Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle will be holding their 6th Annual Destin Desserts at The Palms of Destin on January 20, 2017. Area chefs will be showcasing their talents by creating their own original desserts utilizing legendary Girl Scout cookies as the main ingredient. Guests get to sample the creative and delectable desserts and cast their vote for their favorite. 

“This year will be extra special as 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the first Girl Scout troop selling cookies,” said Gretchen Erickson, chairman of the event, “I am sure the talented chefs competing this year in Destin Desserts will produce amazing desserts highlighting the many varieties of Girl Scout Cookies.” The impressive line-up of  restaurants and their chefs who will be competing for the 2017 Destin Desserts Grand Champion title are:


Agean – Christopher Rakas

Café Rico – Daniel Soto

Clemenza’s – Dominic Damiano

Jackacudas – Allen Tueton

LuLu’s – Mathew Von Eberstein

Signature Catering of 30A – Christopher Holbrook

The Black Pearl – Kevin Wynn

Proceeds from Destin Desserts solely benefit the Girl Scouts’ Camp Kolomoki, located just west of DeFuniak Springs in Walton County. Mother nature caused water erosion and complete washouts to the main road of camp causing the camp to be closed a few years ago. The funds raised from this annual event go towards completion of the repairs and will aid in re-opening Camp Kolomoki. 

There are over 5,000 Girl Scouts in the 19-county area of the Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle division, and over 3 million Girl Scouts world-wide.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a social hour, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; followed by dessert tasting and voting, chef awards, along with a silent and live auction. Entertainment will be by the Niceville High School Big Band.

Area businesses and people are being sought to be a sponsor of Destin Desserts. To become a sponsor, or for more information, email or visit their Facebook page,  Tickets are $40 if pre-purchased and $45 at the door. Destin Dessert tickets are available at the competing chef’s restaurants, or online at

Friday, January 20, 2017
The Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center
4201 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Doors open at 6 p.m. 
Program begins at 7 p.m.
Social Hour, heavy hors d' oeuvres, Dessert Tasting and Voting, Awards, Silent Auction
$40 per person or $45 at the door

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