Jessica Farthing

Jessica Farthing
Title: Food Writer
Education: Georgia Southern University
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Expertise: Southern Food, Restaurants, Travel

In her career, Jessica has worked as a professional cook and caterer and focused on continuing education in the culinary world. Stepping out of the kitchen, she's written about food and nutrition, brought chef's stories to the forefront and covered every aspect of the culinary business. She travels through the South searching for stories to bring the world of food to life. 


Previous Position:
Owner, Half Moon Catering and Chef Services

Current Position:
Writer, Salt Air Freelance


Writer's Digest 2017 Writing Competition Award Winner

2022 American Society of Journalists and Author's Outstanding Travel Article Award Winner BBC Article

2022 Society of American Travel Writers Eastern Conference Best in Show Winner Miscellaneous Category Winner BBC Article


Jessica Farthing is a published freelance writer and source for all subjects related to the culinary arts. She is published the first of her non-fiction series on writing in late 2022 and teaches classes at professional conferences and writing groups throughout the United States. She also covers travel, accessibility and health and wellness.

Jessica is an accomplished Southern cook, culinary writer, and former owner of Half Moon Catering and Chef Services. Food is the commonality between her work and family life. 

She's a multi-award winning freelance writer with work in numerous national and local outlets. You'll also find her articles in major hotel publications. 

Jessica teaches freelance writing classes, most recently at the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the Society of American Travel Writers, Eastern Conference.


Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Georgia Southern University

Attended Savannah College of Art and Design, working on Master of Fine Arts in Writing

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