By Julie Yolles
Observer & Eccentric
That’s the way the cookie crumbled and caramelized and blended into the finest, tastiest works of edible art at the 2013 Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) annual Cookie Gala which was held this year, for the first time, at the DTE Energy Headquarters in Detroit.
Ten top-area restaurants and bakeries competed for a variety of awards. A record attendance of 350, who also voted for their favorite dessert, helping bring in close to $85,000.
The Bloomfield Hills dynamic fundraising duo of Maggie Allesee and Irma Elder were once again co-chairs.
And the winners are: CEO’s Choice Award—Macomb Culinary Institute (Chef Francois Faloppa); Judge’s Choice Award -Prime 29 Steakhouse in West Bloomfield (Chef Hai Ying); Ford Motor Company Presenting Sponsor Award went to Gastronomy in Southfield (Chef Emily Davis); Girls’ Choice Award—Sweet and Savory Bake Shop in Oxford (this was the third consecutive year that the team of Pastry Chefs Debbie Meyers and Scott Eschelbach have won for their cookie creations); and the People’s Choice went to Henry Ford Community College’s Fifty One-O-One (Chef Kristin Jablonski).
Money raised from Girl Scouts cookie sales help fund troop activities like service projects and camping. Last year, nearly 22,000 GSSEM participated in cookies sales and raised more than $1.5 million.
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