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Jan 13, 2020

Girl Scouts Top Cookie Competition Set for February

The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will be pitting Monmouth and Ocean counties’ top chefs against each other in a truly delicious cookie dessert competition.

“TopCookie: A Girl Scout Cookie Competition” will take place on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 9 pm at Asbury Lanes, a vintage bowling alley and entertainment venue in Asbury Park.
The tasty event will feature desserts created by local chefs using iconic Girl Scout cookies, including Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Samoas, S’mores, Trefoils, Thin Mints and a new flavor that will be introduced this month.

“Girl Scouts get their first taste of entrepreneurship from the Girl Scout Cookie Program,” said Eileen M. Higgins, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “This is a fun way to highlight this signature program, which has become the largest girl-led business in the world and make it possible to raise funds so more local girls can benefit from Girl Scout activities.”
Guests and celebrity judges will sample the dessert creations and cast their vote for their favorite concoction, plus the community may also help choose on their favorite participating restaurant by purchasing votes.

Restaurants vying for the People’s Choice Award and TopCookie title include McLoone’s Restaurants, multiple locations in Monmouth County and beyond; Nicholas Creamery, Atlantic Highlands and Fair Haven; Talula’s, Asbury Park; Ocean County Center for Culinary Arts Training. Popular restauranteurs and philanthropists Steve Bidgood, owner of Salt Creek Grille in Rumson, and Tim McLoone of McLoone’s Restaurants, will emcee the cookie competition. Celebrity judges include world-renowned Chef David Burke of Sea Bright’s DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke; Patty Caneda, owner of Caneda’s White Rooster; Jeremy Grunin, of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation; Tom Hayes, director of Consumer and Community Relations at New Jersey Natural Gas; and Carol Stillwell, chief executive officer of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc.

Tickets are $75 and include tastings of dessert entries, light dinner fare and bowling. A cash bar will be available.

For event information, sponsorship opportunities and tickets, visit, call 800-785-2090 or e-mail

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore serves more than 10,000 girls ages 5 to 18 in Monmouth and Ocean counties, providing a time-tested leadership experience that inspires and motivates them to take action for themselves and their communities. For more than 107 years, Girl Scouts has helped girls become women of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.