Lauren Wicks Title: Writer Education: The University of Alabama Experience Lauren Wicks has been a freelance writer and editor since 2022. She previously worked as a digital editor for Veranda and EatingWell and was an editorial fellow at Cooking Light. Lauren's work has been featured across a host of respected national media brands, including Food & Wine, Redbook, Real Simple, and Delish. Lauren began working as a freelance writer in college and began her professional career as a writer and copy editor for Alabama Weddings magazine before joining Cooking Light and the world of food media. She's been working with national and regional lifestyle publications since 2018.Lauren left the food world in 2020 to join Veranda's digital team and helped the brand grow exponentially over the next two years. She covered everything from luxury home tours designed by the world's top creatives to first-person travel features and deep dives into the world of wine. While at Hearst, her work was featured on Town and Country, Delish and Redbook, among others. She recently took the leap to become a freelance writer and editor in order to cover the diverse host of topics she is passionate about. Education Lauren fell in love with journalism while working at The University of Alabama's student newspaper as an extracurricular activity. As a lifelong lover of language and literature, she pivoted her career aspirations from becoming a dietitian to a food writer and graduated with a degree in journalism and minors in food & nutrition and literature. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.