Hand Girl Scouts cookies to some of Tampa Bay's top chefs, unleash their imaginations and behold the results.
Attendees at Dessert First, a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, will do just that starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Hotel InterContinental. And as the title suggests, they will eat dessert first before enjoying a buffet dinner.
Chefs from Roy's Tampa, Columbia Restaurant, Macaroni Grill, Maggiano's Little Italy, Hotel InterContinental, Brio Tuscan Grille, Datz Dough and Publix Aprons Cooking School will be among those competing for the coveted Golden Whisk (judge's choice) and Silver Whisk (people's choice). Each chef will create one of kind desserts using Girl Scout cookie favorites such as Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs.
The event also will include a silent and live auction featuring exclusive jewelry pieces, a relaxing bed and breakfast getaway in New Smyrna Beach, select golfing packages and a week-long condo stay in Orlando.
Individual tickets for Dessert First are $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit DessertFirstTampa.com.
YMCA branches stage two foodie fundraisers
The Campo YMCA will host its annual fundraiser, Corks and Forks, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday. This year's event will have a "Night In Venice" theme. Tickets are available for purchase at the Campo Y Welcome Center, 3414 Culbreath Road, Valrico.
Meanwhile, the Bob Sierra Family YMCA will host its signature fundraising event, Caribana 2014,on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the University of South Florida Marshall Center. The event will feature a country western theme, dinner by Lee Roy Selmon's restaurant, cocktails by Coastal Wine & Spirits and music by Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band
Patrons also will enjoy a fun mechanical bull ride, and a live and silent auction. WFLA-Ch. 8 anchor Gayle Sierens will emcee the event. For more information, go to www.caribanaymca.com.
Pig Jig crowns barbecue winners
Trenam Kemker law firm was the overall winner at the Nov. 8 Tampa Pig Jig on the River. Team EZ Mulch placed second and Ring Power and Twisted Smoke/Bush Ross P.A. tied for third in the amateur barbecue contest.
Other winners included: Ian Beckles, Flavor Tampa Bay, ribs; Preferred Materials, wildcard; Trenam Kemker, pork; Twisted Smoke/Bush Ross, brisket.
The fundraiser sold out and proceeds went to NephCure Kidney International, a nonprofit that supports research and treatment for the debilitating kidney disease, FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) and Nephrotic Syndrome.