Michelle Aspis

My name is Michelle Aspis and I am the voice behind this madness. I started Grassroots Gourmet back in Nov 2008 as a part of my college senior thesis project but am now continuing the site onto my life post-graduate school adventures after my time at University of Gastronomic Sciences (Universita di Scienze Gastronomiche) in Parma, Italy.

I love food, but more importantly, I love good food with an with a rich history. I currently work for a company that represents important Italian specialty food brands in the US of A.

Where my road leads, who knows?  But whether I end up the next Anthony Bourdain (my god I wish), or  just a very happy soul with a full belly, I want to bring my readers along for the ride..

Join me as I take a bite around the world.

If you want to contact me, please feel free at michelleaspis@gmail.com


11 thoughts on “Michelle Aspis

  1. Request photo “Porto Venere” by Qualivita Foundation

    Good morning,
    my name is Mauro Rosati. I’m the director of Qualivita Foundation and I’m member of Flickr community with the nick name qualigeo.
    The Qualivita Foundation is a no profit organization and its members are public institutions. Its main purpose is the promotion of Italian and European agricultural and food products of quality and, more in general, the promotion of food quality culture.
    Now we are working at the publication of the new Atlas of Italian PDO, PGI and TSG on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Agricultural Policies.
    For the full success of the work we would insert in the publication also some photos representing the landscape and the production methods of all products. For this reason I ask your authorization to use the your photo with link: https://grassrootgourmet.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/1186071396_mnns_swd___italy___porto_venere___liguria.jpg
    for our publication.
    If it is possible you send the photo, to the greatest possible resolution, by mail to the addres: grafica@qualivita.it (format jpeg,tiff, ecc)
    Looking forward to your reply, thank you very much in advantage
    Best regards
    Mauro Rosati

  2. Ben

    Hey, I placed a comment on one of your photos about a Sardinian agriturismo but the blog is a little confusing so I thought I’d post again here. My girlfriend and I are playing a trip to Sardinia with eating a paramount element (!) and we were planning on staying in some agriturismos. If you have a chance, please would you reveal the names of the ones you visited?

  3. Brian

    Hi Michelle,

    My wife and I are planning on enrolling in the program together in 2012 (we’re finishing masters programs right now). What were the requirements to get into the University there? We have gotten mixed information. We are planning on take some Italian classes beginning this fall, but do you need a background in the food industry or a prior degree in a food or agriculture program?

    We really are enjoying your blog and following your journey!

    Please let us know. Thanks!

    1. Hey Brian, Sorry it took so long to respond to you it’s been a crazy couple of weeks… If you could give me your personal email address I’d be more than happy to answer some questions for you about the program.


  4. adam

    hello and thanks for sharing all of your info on. food. kind of a weird connection but i live in claremont and was reading some of you reviews on stuff in yelp and suddenly saw the blog and realized you were in italy. i was heading over there next month to the northern region. i was hoping to do some cooking classes there and didn’t know if you had ventured up there yet. i will be in the area around turin, staying in alba. thanks for the help. have a great time over there i am extremely jealous!


    1. You are an excellent wietrr even if I have thought your writing seems sad sometimes! I am so glad you are honest! The truth will set you free, is true! I love you and I am so blessed to be your Mom!

  5. emily

    Hi Michelle!
    It looks like you are having an amazing time! I am interested in applying to the program alsop and wanted to see if you could tell me more about the type of candidates they are looking for?
    I am young also, 21, and have just received a BA in Communication from the College of Charleston with a minor in Hospitality and Tourism. I lived in Florence, Italy for 6 months in 2008 and would like to attend the University of Gastronomic Sciences to pursue a Master in Food Culture and Communications.
    I look forward to hearing from you and I am so jealous of your adventures!

  6. hello
    1 I guess I already tried to contact you over here, hehe. Well, Once again, I’ve been readin your blog and as I scroll down the pages It makes more anxious to go straight to UNISG. I have so many questions – no so many, actually- but some more basics like, how did you manage to get a place with roomates instead staying at the Uni facilities…its seems you are habing a great moment, and been that young its seems more delicious been over there, having all that adventure. Well, if you can, by any chance, keep in touch with me, I’d appreciate soo much! Im more or less like you, Im just a journalist and a food blogger hunting the best bite all over. I hope we ca talk soo. Big kiss, Paloma/ Brazil!

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