BETHEL — Cathi DiCocoa, professional chef and owner of DiCocoa’s Marketplace in Bethel, will present “It’s a Pasta Party” on Thursday, March 7.

It will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bethel Congregational Church, 32 Church St. Snow date is March 14.

DiCocoa said she was raised on pasta because her parents owned an Italian restaurant. She is well versed in the many types of pasta and ways to use them. However, she said, “It’s important to know how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own pasta. It’s very doable.”

She will demonstrate how to make fresh pasta with different sauces and will provide recipes.

Other demonstrations will include how to make stove-top lasagna and handmade stuffed pasta. She will explain the use of leftover pasta in dishes such as pasta pie.

Audience members will enjoy a pasta tasting, which will include two kinds of pasta with sauces, spaghetti pie and mini cannoli.

She has made several trips to Italy and will give the history of pasta, its use in the different regions and how it has spread around the world.

DiCocoa has a Bachelor of Science degree in education, and started cooking classes in Bethel in 1992 teaching, “Fearless Natural Foods.” She has continued cooking classes, locally and nationally since then.

The program is sponsored as a community service by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College with the collaboration of Bethel Family Health Center and SAD 44/Continuing Education.

The public is invited and admission is free. For more information, contact Peter Musso at 207-890-7034.

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