THOUSAND OAKS, CA--(Marketwire - December 16, 2009) - Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies, so what could be sweeter than a head-to-head competition, owner vs. chef, to create California's best Girl Scout Cookie Dessert? That will be the scene this January as Liz Beddow, owner of both Fiamme Restaurant & Bar and The Melting Pot Thousand Oaks, takes on Fiamme's Executive Chef Bob Barber in the Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast Cookie Bake-off and Auction at California Lutheran University, January 16th.

Each chef selected one Girl Scout cookie in a random drawing held December 13th and was provided with cookies and required to create two batches of one unique, mouth-watering dessert. Fiamme will be creating with Tagalong® cookies, round cookies with a layer of peanut butter on top, and covered in chocolate, and The Melting Pot, Thousand Oaks, with Trefoil shortbread cookies. One batch will be tasted and judged as part of the competition and the other will be auctioned as part of a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast.

The Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast Cookie Bake-off is supported through Fiamme's "Fire Up the Community!" a program that aids non-profit organizations with their fundraising efforts. To date, the popular restaurant and music venue has helped raise urgently needed funds for local groups including Agoura High School Charger Club, the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura, the Dignity® Memorial Vietnam Wall, the Lilly of the Valley AIDS Organization Mission (Love Fest), the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, The United Way, and FOODShare among others. For information, contact 805.497.9444.

Fiamme Restaurant & Bar

Fiamme Restaurant & Bar blends the heart of Italy and spices from around the world, with American ingenuity, to create surprising cuisine and memorable experiences. From its signature Fiamme Fire! Sauce to homemade pasta and bread, Fiamme transforms "eating out" into an extraordinary journey that surprises, excites, comforts and satisfies. Fiamme creates unique dishes with an obsessive attention for detail including tantalizing special or custom-designed menus for holidays and special events. The innovative restaurant is ideal for personal, group, or business dining with private rooms available for meetings or intimate celebrations. Fiamme combines all the elements needed to make every night out a memorable experience in a destination unlike any other in California. Fiamme is Fire!

Contact Information: Media Contact: Phyllis Grabot 805.341.7269