Girl Scout cookie recipe challenge set for March 5

February 29, 2000|By KATE COLEMAN

About the contest

Radio personality Stacy Drake of WYII in Martinsburg will serve as master of ceremonies.

The judges for the cookie recipe challenge are Lou Scally of WJEJ and NBC25, Marlo Barnhart, Herald-Mail reporter and former Girl Scout; Dr. Sally Pepper, president, Shawnee Girl Scout Council; Casey Brooks of WYII; Paul Letterman, vice president, board of directors, Shawnee Girl Scout Council; and Joseph Eakle, Berkeley County schools.

Another judge will be selected from the audience via a free drawing at the mall.

Participating restaurants and caterers for 2000 Milleni-yum-yum! include:


Martinsburg, W.Va.

Colonial Cake Decorating


DeFluri's Fine Chocolates



The Dining Room

Inwood, W.Va.

Grapevine Cafe




Historic Boomtown Restaurant


Inwood Eatery

Bunker Hill, W.Va.

Linda & Danny's Kitchen


Purple Iris


See also: Girl Scout cookie recipe challenge: The Recipes

What's for dinner?

Girl Scout cookies.

On my honor.

Berkeley County, W.Va., restaurants and caterers will create recipes using any of the eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies for the second annual Girl Scout Cookie 2000 Milleni-Yum-Yum! Recipe Challenge Sunday, March 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the gazebo in Martinsburg Mall, Martinsburg, W.Va.

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Last year prize-winning entries included an array of cookie-based dessert concoctions, but it was an entree that took first place. Going to the Caribbean Chicken was submitted by Historic Boomtown Restaurant. Owner Kimber White says the dish is on his restaurant menu, and customers love it.

He'll be back again this year with new recipes.

"I just think this is an opportunity to give back to the community," he says. The event is fun, he adds.

Shane Kauffman, owner of Grapevine Cafe in Martinsburg, says he found out about last year's contest at the last minute, but he still came up with a recipe for Pistachio Mint Cookie Pie.

When the judging is complete, people in the audience will be invited to taste the recipes.

Work that Girl Scouts of North Berkeley Service Unit has been doing throughout the year will be displayed, and Girl Scout cookies will be available for $3 a box. Last year, approximately 175 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies were sold, according to information on the Girl Scout Cookie Web site at

The event is free and designed to promote cookie sales, of course. But it also is a way to raise awareness about what Girl Scouts are doing, says Kristen Battle, who shares the service unit's cookie manager duties with Dawn Hockenberry.

Girl Scouts have come a long way since Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low started the first troop in Savannah, Ga., in 1912. Soon after, individual troops began selling home-baked cookies to be "self-reliant" and fund their activities, according to information on the Girl Scout Cookie Web site.

By the 1930s, Girl Scout cookies became so popular that homemade cookies couldn't keep up with demand. Today, three commercial bakers are licensed to make cookies for the Girl Scouts, but proceeds - about two-thirds of the selling price of the cookies - remain in the Girl Scout councils, and local volunteer boards decide how they are spent.

North Berkeley Girl Scouts and local restaurants are taking cookies to a place that "Daisy" Low couldn't have imagined. But she probably wouldn't mind their self-reliance.

Last year's winners

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