Alibi V.20 No.9 • March 3-9, 2011 

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Thin Mint Makeover

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails 2011 Cookie Caper

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The folks at Cupcakeology know their way around desserts.
Courtesy of Cupcakeoogy

I’m polishing up my tasting spoons and getting ready for one of the sweetest gigs around. Author Anne Hillerman, along with chef/owner Christophe Descarpentries of P’tit Louis Bistro, will be joining me at the judges’ table for this year’s Cookie Caper. The gala fundraiser helps to support programs and activities for more than 5,000 girls throughout the New Mexico Trails Council.

Girld Scout
The secret ingredient
Courtesy of GSNMT

This event is where the familiar treats take on a whole new identity. No plain Samoas here—no more Do-si-dos just out of the box. Ten of New Mexico’s most adventurous chefs will transform the crunchy treats into the main ingredient for gourmet delights. There’s no telling what these cooks will do to meet the challenge.

The roster of chefs includes familiar faces. Leonard Razatos of Plaza Café Southside, Kaitlin Ojeda and Charles Dale of Encantado Resort, Frank Padilla of the Santa Fe Country Club, Patrick Gharrity of La Casa Sena, and Leonard of Garbo’s at RainbowVision. Fred Gallegos will represent Scalo. Pam and Laurie English will apply their Cupcakeology expertise. Stone Kiva’s Mary June Arquero, Elizabeth of Napoli Coffee, and Savory Fare’s Jeff Rubin will all be up to their elbows for the occasion. We hope their fans will be there to cheer them on and taste one-of-a-kind desserts that may never happen again.

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A Janet Williams carved cookie jar will grace the silent auction.
Courtesy Janet Williams

In order to keep the cookies contained, a host of artisans have donated handcrafted cookie jars for a silent auction. Look for works by Janet Williams, Tony Butler, Stephanie and Rita Ryan, Thelma Hand, and many more. Think how pleasant it will be to open them again—and again.

Myles Copeland of Big I 107.9 is acting as emcee for the evening’s entertainment and auction. In addition to sampling the raft of desserts, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Encantado chef Charles Dale.

Did you know there’s a GSA recipe for Do-si-do peanut Thai chicken? I didn’t either: gscnc.org/cookies_for_fun.html. Now get your tickets to see what happens to the cookies in the hands of New Mexico’s professional chefs.

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails 2011 Cookie Caper

Friday, March 11, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Santa Fe’s Encantado Resort and Spa, Aspen Ballroom

Tickets: $50 in advance, $60 after March 4. Seating is limited to 250 guests and tickets are going fast. Contact Tony Base at (505) 343-1040 or tbase@gs-nmtrails

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