While two well-known, major events occur this week --- Halloween and start of baseball’s World Series --- another is relatively new and unfamiliar, even to those who delight in eating spaghetti and meat balls, notes Grumpy Editor.
Today marks World Pasta Day 2009, an observance started in 1995.
But look for coverage mainly in food sections.
That's because a conference in New York City will attract food editors and perhaps some medical writers rather than general assignment people.
The National Pasta Association and the International Pasta Organization are behind the conference that features the world’s leading pasta manufacturers spotlighting latest nutritional and scientific research on pasta.
Presentations will include a scientific update on nutritional aspects of pasta, research on the effect of the Mediterranean Diet on Alzheimer’s, and a summary of recent research on carbohydrates.
Then, world-class chefs roll up their sleeves for demonstrations on preparing appetizing and healthy pasta recipes.
In the current economic climate, pasta is being hailed as a budget-friendly meal coupled with health benefits.
The pasta folks point out the average price of a one-pound box of pasta --- enough to feed a family of four --- is $1.33. When taking into account additional ingredients, such as sauce that goes with it, the cost of a meal comes to about 83 cents a serving.