Preschoolers and pre-K programs to compete for best VPK parfait


Preschoolers and Pre-K Programs To Compete for Best VPK Parfait

– Paula Kendrick, Fresh from Florida Kids chef, will judge entries from VPK programs as part of month-long celebration of VPK’s 10th birthday –

Tallahassee, Fla. – The month-long VPK 10th Birthday celebration continues with a VPK Parfait Contest that will take place Friday, Feb. 12, at the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region. VPK programs from around the state, including a number from Tallahassee, have submitted recipes and photos of parfaits they have created.

Contestants will bring their creations for judging beginning at 10:15 a.m. to the coalition’s offices at 1940 North Monroe Street in Tallahassee. VPK programs submitted a class-created parfait recipe that had to include at least one Fresh from Florida food item. Submissions will be judged based on taste, originality, presentation and technique.

Paula Kendrick, Fresh for Florida Kids chef, will judge the competition. Kendrick is a former “Best of Tallahassee” award winner who once prepared meals for the governor of Florida. She brings her culinary expertise to recipe development, trainings, tastings, and kids’ cook-offs throughout the state of Florida.

A month-long celebration of VPK’s birthday kicked off Tuesday, Jan. 26, as some of the individuals who helped start the program along with others who have contributed to the program over the years arrived for 2016 Children’s Week. The celebration is continuing through the month of February with activities and events across the state.

In 2002, Florida voters became the first in the nation to initiate and approve a constitutional amendment to create a state-funded voluntary prekindergarten education program. Ten years after the first 4-year-olds began attending VPK in 2005, more than 1.7 million children have benefited from the successful program.

More information about the history of VPK and activities and events that are taking place during the month-long celebration is available at


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