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Dessert First

Dessert First

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Chase Park Plaza
Cocktails and Tasting in the Lindell Room
Seated Dinner in the Khorassan Ballroom
St. Louis, Missouri
6-9 pm

Calling all cookies connoisseurs!

Dessert First challenges prominent St. Louis chefs to flex their baking skills and deliver one-of-a-kind Girl Scout Cookie-inspired creations. During the cocktail hour, guests are asked to vote for their favorite desserts. Later, at the formal seated dinner, attendees celebrate the extraordinary achievements and contributions of three Legacy Builders and two amazing Girl Scouts! All proceeds support our leadership development programs for girls. 

Legacy Builders

Dessert First honors one Corporate Legacy Builder, one Individual Legacy Builder and one Community Legacy Builder. The honorees are chosen because of the enormous support and service they have provided to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.

2019 Legacy Builders

  • 2019 Corporate Legacy Builder: Wells Fargo
  • 2019 Individual Legacy Builder: Ann and Doug Teske
  • 2019 Community Legacy Builder: Operation Food Search

Past Legacy Builders

Scholarship Awards

On Thursday, February 21, 2019 Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will host Dessert First.  At our signature fundraising event, over 500 people join us to taste delicious Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts, to recognize our honorees and scholarship awardees, and to support our mission: building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. 

At this event, Girl Scouts celebrates the leadership and service of outstanding Girl Scouts by who are making a difference in our community and unleashing their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) tm. Recipients are selected through a multi-stage application process. Two finalists will receive a $5,000 scholarship and three semi-finalists will receive a $500 scholarship for higher education.

About the Scholarship
Scholarship Awardees are selected through an application, essay, and interview process. The selection of scholarship recipients is made by an impartial committee. The selections are final and at the discretion of the committee. 

Scholarship Applicant Eligibility
To apply for the Dessert First Education Scholarship, each applicant must:

  • Be a currently registered Girl Scout with Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
  • Be a current high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Have had their Girl Scout Gold Award project proposal approved and be actively working towards completing their Gold Award, or have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Submit a completed application by Thursday, October 11, 2018 by midnight
  • Be interviewed and taped the first week of December 2018 for a video that will play at the Dessert First event.
  • Attend the award presentation at Dessert First on February 21, 2019.

Please click here for the fillable PDF. The application must be typed.

For more information email Ashlie Zimmerman, Senior Manager, Fund Development or call 314.592.2367.


Past Scholarship Recipients:

Corporate Sponsorships

Dessert First corporate sponsors invest in Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri to develop strong, well-equipped, and service-minded leaders for tomorrow’s workforce.

Girl Scouts develops a pipeline of future leaders in your organization. Girl Scouting works, and your investment in girls will impact the future leadership of your organization, of Missouri, of the United States and of the world.

For more information email Ashlie Zimmerman, Senior Manager, Fund Development or call 314.592.2367.

2019 Participating Chefs
23 City Blocks Hospitality Group Nick Miller, Executive Chef
360 Rooftop Rick Kazmer, Executive Chef
The Chase Park Plaza Joshua House, Executive Pastry Chef
Edibles & Essentials Jessica Osborne, Pastry Chef
Greenbriar Hills Country Club Lauren Wolff, Executive Pastry Chef
Kakao Chocolate  Monica Tirre, Confectioner
Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company April Mathews, Asst. Director of Culinary Operations
La Patisserie Chouquette Patrick Devine, Assistant Pastry Chef
Niche Food Group Sarah Osborn, Group Executive Pastry Chef
Park Avenue Coffee Marilyn Scull, Head Baker
Piccione Pastry  Mary Kohnen, Pastry Chef
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Dave Marren, Executive Chef
Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream Cheryl Herbert, Pastry Chef
Whisk Kaylen Wissinger, Owner
Winslow’s Home Brittany Phelps, Lead Baker