Lauren Vied Allen is a visual creative focused on food and travel photography as a means of gaining a larger understanding of cultural identities and enriching her community. She documents culinary traditions, food, people and the crossroads where they collide to create compelling photographic stories. She is a 2019 national winner of The Fence and a VSCO Voices Creator. Her project “GRITO” documents the impact of ballet folklórico as it empowers immigrant youth, preserves Mexican heritage, and educates local communities in rural North Carolina.

She is the editor and co-founder of The World In A Pocket, where she is committed to exploring the world through the lens of a dumpling. 

Lauren is currently based out of Durham, North Carolina.

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Bon Appetit

Whetstone Magazine

W&P Design


Extra Crispy

Bit & Grain

Duke Kunshan University

Marshallberg Farms

Short Stack Editions

Garden & Gun

Little Sous

Ungraded Produce

Southern Living

The Local Palate

Texas Monthly