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. She is based in the American South, and has reported from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Greece and Italy.
Her writing and films have appeared in Guernica, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Modern Farmer, Rodale News, Bon Appetit, Travel + Leisure, The Local Palate, PBS.org, and INDY Week, where she is currently the food editor. She has been an INDY chief contributor since 2008. Victoria was selected as a 2017 Adelante fellow for the International Women's Media Foundation cross-border trip to El Salvador and Guatemala. In 2017, Southern Living included Victoria in its list of "30 Incredible Women Moving Southern Food Forward." In 2018 she was among 12 filmmakers selected for a three-day workshop at UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program.
Victoria's first film, Un Buen Carnicero, a bilingual documentary by Vittles Films and Southern Foodways Alliance, 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. She is currently co-directing The Last Partera, a documentary feature in production about midwifery and feminism in rural Costa Rica.
In 2013, Growing Home, a collaborative INDY Week 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. La Comida de los Cocineros / Line Cooks at Home, a short film she co-produced with Andrea Patiño Contreras, won the 1st place 2016 multimedia award from the Association of Food Journalists and the 2017 PBS Reel South award.
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.)