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Samoa Soiree: Beyond Milk and Cookies
Sometimes it is ok when the cookie crumbles, especially at the annual Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Samoa Soiree.

This year’s sixth-annual event took place Feb. 9 at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Norfolk, with around 400 folks attending in support of the scouts and their mission.

“This event helps raise awareness about what we do in Girl Scouts to build girls of courage, confidence and character” says Tracy Keller, CEO of Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast. “What an incredible and fun event for adults and all for a good cause.”

The Samoa Soiree, an evening where top chefs from across the region gather with unique creations—some sweet, some savory—using Girl Scout cookies as key ingredients.

Honors awarded:
Judge’s Choice for Best Presentation—Samoas Donut with Black Garlic Ice Cream and Torchon of Foie Gras with Thank U Berry Munch Crème by Atlantic Shores Retirement Community in Virginia Beach.

Judge’s Choice for Most Creative Use of a Girl Scout Cookie—Dulce de Leche cookies topped with candied, smoked bacon, spicy pecan-coated boursin cheese and finished with dulce de leche and sea salt by BRAVO! Cucina Italiana in Virginia Beach.

Judge’s Choice for Favorite Dessert—Mini Baked Alaska with Thin Mint Ice Cream and Marshmallow Pavolva Merengue by Hogarth’s Bar and Bistro in Williamsburg.

Judge’s Choice for Favorite Hors d’Oeuvres—Savannah Smiles encrusted Goat Cheese Truffle by 80/20 Burger Bar in Norfolk.

Judge’s Choice for Best in Show—Key Lime Samoas Tart by Hummingbird Macarons in Chesapeake.

People’s Choice for Favorite Hors d’Oeuvres—Savannah Smiles Ceviche Shrimp by Karnage Asada food truck based in Suffolk.

People’s Choice for Favorite Dessert—Key Lime Samoas Tart by Hummingbird Macarons in Chesapeake.

Chefs from Cotton Southern Bistro, Chesapeake; Freemason Abbey, Norfolk; Gatling Pointe Yacht Club, Smithfield; Hell’s Kitchen, Norfolk; and Small’s Smokehouse and Oyster Bar, Norfolk, also participated.

Live music for the evening was performed by the Jim Newsom Band. Guests also bid on more than 40 items in a silent auction. Proceeds from the evening benefited the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Opportunity Fund, which provides financial assistance to girls whose families need help with membership, summer camp and program fees.

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