Cathi di Cocco
Chef/Owner Café di Cocoa
Cathi’s interest in the food world came at an early age when her father owned and operated an Italian restaurant in New York. She went on to Florida State University where she earned a degree in Vocational Home Economics Education. Rather than return to the classroom, she became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica and spent her time working with the Ministry of Agriculture as an extension agent. This opportunity to teach in another culture opened her eyes to the importance of food education.
Various jobs in the food industry fueled the next stage. Her cooking and nutrition classes for adults through community based Adult Education programs were well received. Many years of working with child care providers throughout New England gave her an opportunity to teach those who have great influence over children’s eating habits. She provided food and education for John Robbin’s Y.E.S. camps, (Youth for Environmental Sanity), in Maine and Maryland. Boston Vegetarian Society invited Cathi along with chef/author Didi Emmons and Ken Bergeron to appear as “Iron Chefs in the Raw” at an annual event. Cathi provided food demonstrations for North American Vegetarian Society’s annual Summerfest in Pennsylvania for many years. She assisted Chef Ken Bergeron in the kitchen at the NAVS event held in North Carolina. Cathi has appeared nationwide in Delicious TV’s guest chef series.
“Café Di Cocoa-Food for the Soul” opened in Bethel, Maine in 1996…a 28 seat vegetarian restaurant located on Main Street in a Victorian farmhouse. Five years later they expanded to include a retail Market and Bakery located next door. She continues to feed and educate multitudes of people through her in - house cooking classes, food tasting, community soup kitchen and Summer Cooking Camp for Kids.
Plans for a cooking school/educational center are in the works!