(Knoxville, Tenn.) – Girl Scout Cookies are the stars, but who will be the champion?

That will be decided on Friday, March 16, when men and women over the age of 21 are invited to attend “Cookies & Cocktails,” a first-time event in which attendees will sample savory appetizers and the sweetest desserts – all inspired by Girl Scout Cookies! The event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Knoxville Emporium Center on March 16.

During the event, chefs from area restaurants are asked to put a new spin on an old Girl Scout Cookie favorite. Sweet or savory, chefs may use any of the eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies to create and serve up their signature item of choice. Attendees will enjoy samples and cocktails while listening to live music from Old City Buskers.

“Celebrity” judges include Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, former University of Tennessee basketball star Dane Bradshaw and food editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel, Mary Constantine. Attendees will vote on the “People’s Choice” winner. WATE’s Lori Tucker will emcee the event.

Chefs from Knoxville Catering, Coolato Gelato, Magpies Bakery, Nama Sushi Bar, The Crown & Goose, Echo Bistro and Wine Bar, Roman’s Pizza and Chez Liberty will create culinary masterpieces for the event.

“Cookies & Cocktails is going to be a ton of fun,” said Booth Kammann, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA). “It is an adult celebration of the Girl Scout Cookie season that will feature the community benefits of the program in a fun, festive and adult-oriented environment.  We look forward to engaging a diverse group of adults in Girl Scouts, via an event targeted specifically toward them.”

In 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA will celebrate its 100th Anniversary. “Cookies & Cocktails” is just one of the many events that GSCSA will produce this year to celebrate the anniversary.

Tickets for “Cookies & Cocktails” are $50. Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend. Pre-registration and more information is available online at http://www.girlscoutcsa.org/events/284. Tickets will also be sold at the door pending availability.

For more information on the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, visit www.girlscoutcsa.org.

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About Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians serves nearly 20,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City. The organization’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The council offers financial assistance to ensure that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity to join this vibrant organization.

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