Girl Scout Cookies and Gourmet Foods? Yes, Please! Check Out this Event in the Lehigh Valley This Weekend

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What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie? Mine are the Peanut Butter Patties®! I know I can’t wait until I start to see the girls selling the cookies outside many local businesses. On Feb. 26, from 1-3 p.m. at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem, 16 restaurants will serve up delicious dishes made with Girl Scout Cookies during the 3rd Annual Girl Scout Cookie Crunch. This is open to the public to sample some creations and vote for their favorite! Kids under 18 years old can also vote for the Kid’s choice award! Adult guests will take home a box of the brand new S’Mores® celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout cookie sale!

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

Ticket Information

Tickets for Cookie Crunch, which takes place at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, are $30 for adults, $25 for ArtsQuest Members and $15 for children ages 12 and under and active Girl Scouts ages 17 and under. Tickets 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.

About the Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) is the largest girl-serving organization in Pennsylvania and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  GSEP serves close to 40,000 girls in partnership with more than 15,000 volunteers in Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia counties.For further information about Girl Scouting, how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, call 215-564-2030 or visit www.gsep.org. Follow GSEP on Facebook or Twitter @GirlScoutsEPenn!

About ArtsQuest

ArtsQuest™ is a Bethlehem, PA-based nonprofit dedicated to presenting music, arts, festivals, cultural experiences and educational and outreach programs that aid in economic development, urban revitalization and community enrichment.For more information on ArtsQuest, visit www.artsquest.org or call 610-332-1300. Follow ArtsQuest on Facebook or Twitter @ArtsQuest and @SteelStacks!

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