Ashlyn Frassinelli is a freelance food writer from Pennsylvania currently living in Norfolk, VA. She graduated from George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. In 2018 she earned an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University with a focus in communications. She also holds certifications in Cheese and Beer & Spirits from BU’s Food and Wine Studies program.
Ashlyn has been writing since childhood, but her interest in food began after moving to Washington, D.C. in 2012. The city introduced her to countless new cuisines, flavors, and styles of cooking; she’s been cooking and experimenting with food ever since. Her first foray into recipe development was during her undergraduate studies -- her blog, Offally Sweet, featured dishes made with lesser-used animal parts like liver, tongue, and brain.
Ashlyn’s writing has been featured in food and lifestyle publications such as Coastal Living Online and DC Magazine. She is also a contributor for women’s food and art journal GRLSQUASH. While studying at Boston University, Ashlyn’s memoir essay “Family” won the Julia Child Scholarship Award for outstanding writing.
Ashlyn’s writing interests span from creative nonfiction pieces to longform feature articles, though she’s most at home writing about food as it intersects with culture. In the kitchen she tends to make and eat veggie-heavy dishes with a mind towards seasonality -- but she also makes some pretty mean mac and cheese. Her favorite foods change frequently. Right now the forerunner is strawberry ice cream. Last week it was fish tacos, and next week it’ll likely be something else entirely. She’s not a big fan of lemon desserts, licorice, or capers, but she’s working on it. Her one personal rule is that she’ll try anything once (and most things twice).
You can find more of Ashlyn’s writing, as well as her other projects, on her website.