BU Journalism Alum Shares Marvelous Malibu Yarn

Life is good, for both journalist Ashleigh Fryer and Malibu matriarch Geraldine Gilliland.

From a meteorological point of view, Ashleigh Fryer is already a clear winner.* After graduating from Boston University in 2013 with a B.S. in Journalism, she wound her way west, where since that year’s fall she has worked as a senior editor for newspaper the Malibu Surfside News.

There’s much more to envy once you read Fryer’s latest item, all about the incredible life of cook, restaurateur and teacher Geraldine Gilliland (pictured). This year alone, Gilliland has been voted LA’s “Irish Woman of the Year,” put out a new cookbook and kicked off a summer home cooking series to die for:

Beginning last Saturday, June 6, Gilliland translated her culinary skills into a far more intimate setting, reviving the monthly cooking classes she used to conduct on her 250-acre Corral Canyon ranch – Rancho Chiquita – for small groups of friends, neighbors and Malibu locals.

The three-hour classes are open to chefs of all skill levels and Gilliland said each one will feature the talents of famous guest chefs… Attendees will have the chance to dine on food, wine and tequila pairings, all while taking in Gilliland’s sweeping views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean.

Gilliland came to the U.S. in 1975 as part of an Irish tour group. When it came time to head back east from LA to New York, and home to Ireland, she decided to stay in America. Good call.

*Editor’s Note (June 12):
Post-publication, we discovered that Fryer is headed back east, having accepted a job as associate editor at the Council of State Governments Justice Center in New York. See you soon!
 
[Photo via: geraldinegilliland.com]