Victoria Bouloubasis is a journalist and food writer who grew up slurping milkshakes at her grandpa's aluminum-sided Greek diner. She explores identity attached to food, its connection to labor and migration, and farmworker rights.
In 2017 she was selected as an Adelante fellow for the International Women's Media Foundation cross-border trip to El Salvador and Guatemala. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Modern Farmer, Rodale News, The Local Palate, and INDY Week, where she currently runs the food section as an associate editor. She has been an INDY chief contributor since 2008.
In 2014 Victoria directed Un Buen Carnicero, a bilingual documentary by Vittles Films and Southern Foodways Alliance that goes behind the courtesies of a North Carolina butcher's counter to explore the complex realities of immigrant life while celebrating America's freedom and questioning its convenience. It was selected for the 2016 Indie Grits Film Festival, 2015 PBS Online Film Festival, and as the encore film of the 2015 NC Latin American Film Festival. Victoria is a Vittles co-founder.
In 2013, Growing Home, a collaborative INDY essay with photographer D.L. Anderson, earned a multimedia award from the Association of Food Journalists. The feature highlights Karen refugee families who fled war and unrest in Burma and now farm for survival and sustenance in their "third home" of Carrboro, NC (while learning how to properly hold an American hamburger).
Victoria earned a master's degree from the Folklore program in American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016. She graduated from UNC's School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2005, with a focus on news writing and a second B.A. in Spanish. (Full resume and academic CV available upon request.)