Shelby Vittek

Shelby Vittek is an award-winning food, wine, and travel writer. Her food writing has won several awards from the Association of Food Journalists, and her work has appeared in numerous publications. She has never lived in a state without a Wegmans.
This Easy Foil Packet Tilapia is One of My Dad’s Signature Recipes
No matter where I am, this simple tilapia recipe always reminds me that he was and always will be present in my life.
Jun 19, 2022
In the Pandemic, I Mourn My Grandmother Through the Pierogies She Taught Me
"It seemed as if her death was less significant than the ones making headlines, even though it didn’t feel that way to me."
Aug 7, 2020
I Broke Up With My Boyfriend of Eight Years and He Ruined One of My Favorite Recipes
"I had invested nearly all of my twenties into a relationship, and yet here I was, still making dinner for one alone in my kitchen."
Feb 12, 2020
The Top 10 Comfort TV Shows Paired with the Best Comfort Food Recipes
Watch Week
This is a no-brainer.
Feb 7, 2020
The Viral Recipe That Helped Me Through My Depression
At the end of last year, as the Thanksgiving holiday was getting closer, I felt myself drifting away. Everything was cloudy and bleak. I couldn’t focus at work. I didn’t feel much like reading any of the books that sat waiting for me in a tall pile on my coffee table, or binge-watching any of the shows I’d been meaning to see. I couldn’t muster up enough energy to get dressed for the gym or a yoga class (yet alone get out of bed before 10 a.m.
Apr 10, 2019
The 100-Calorie Trap I Embraced (Then Escaped)
I was a teenager when the 100-calorie snack pack trend took off around 2006. I was working as a cashier at Wegmans, and I watched as more and more customers (mostly women) loaded the 100-calorie boxes into their carts and onto my conveyer belts. The boxes were filled with small, colorful packets with familiar brand-name snacks like Oreos, Wheat Thins, and Doritos.
Jan 29, 2019
10 Podcasts to Listen to While Cooking
For a long time I listened exclusively to music while cooking, occasionally getting annoyed when a song I didn’t like popped up on the playlist and I had to clean off my hands in order to skip it. That all changed when podcasts started taking off a few years ago. If, like me, you live alone or tend to do much of your cooking by yourself, listening to podcasts will help pass the time away.
Nov 27, 2018
5 Food Podcasts That Are Inspiring Us Right Now
I’ll admit it: The number of outstanding food podcasts that exist sometimes overwhelms me. I’m never able to listen to all the episodes fast enough. Longstanding favorites like the Splendid Table, the Sporkful, and Spilled Milk have only gotten better over the years, but there are plenty of recent arrivals and food-related podcasts that are tackling important topics and delving into difficult discussions about the food and restaurant worlds.
Nov 7, 2018
Here’s Why Chefs Are Obsessed with This Japanese Mayo
It's tangy, rich, and salty-sweet, with a secret ingredient not found in most American mayos.
Oct 15, 2018
5 Cookbooks to Buy for Budget-Friendly Recipes
When you’re living on a tight budget, having a handful of affordable recipes you can turn to is crucial. I know I often fall back on making dishes like sweet potato and black bean tacos or fridge-dump fried rice during the last week of the month, when rent is due. It’s easy to find yourself in a recipe rut when funds are limited. But there’s a whole category of cookbooks that focus on budget-friendly recipes for you to turn to!
Sep 28, 2018
5 Smart Instagram Accounts to Follow for Budget Recipe Ideas
Eating on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor and nutrition at mealtime. Whether you’re saving up for a family vacation, or making room in your budget to pay off those student loans, it’s possible to eat well on the cheap.
Sep 11, 2018
The 5 Absolute Best Pickle Snacks to Try Right Now
I think it’s time we have a talk about pickles. For whatever reason, pickle-flavored everything has been the biggest food trend of the year — replacing pumpkin spice as the flavor of the moment — and it shows no signs of slowing down. According to data calculated by Statista based on the U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey, 239.17 million Americans consumed pickles in 2017. This figure is projected to increase to 245.56 million in 2020.
Aug 24, 2018
Nabisco’s 100-Calorie Packs Taught Me How to Count Calories as a Teen
We might be living in a golden age of wellness, self-care, and body positivity, but it wasn’t that long ago that diet-related trends were the driving force behind food marketing. Anybody remember America’s obsession with 100-calorie snack packs? In 2004, Kraft launched a new line of 100-calorie packs of snacks like Oreo Thin Crisps and Wheat Thin Minis to appeal to consumers who were trying to lose weight.
Aug 21, 2018
I Gave Up Plastic for One Week and It Was Very Eye-Opening
I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with plastic. Perhaps you have too, Because the problem with our plastic-filled world is a topic that has become impossible to ignore. First, there was that awful, horrible video about the turtle with a plastic straw in 2015 (watch at your own risk). This year there was the June 2018 National Geographic cover unveiled in May, with an arresting photo of a plastic shopping bag partially submerged in the ocean, giving the illusion of an iceberg.
Aug 14, 2018
The 5 Most Popular Cooking YouTube Channels
YouTube is quickly becoming the new Food Network. What first started as a website full of cute cat videos and funny home videos has transformed into a major home for food and cooking content — and not just for celebrity chefs. Of course, professional chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver certainly have a following on YouTube, but so do a variety of self-taught cooks. From kitchen hacks to cooking technique how-tos, there’s a video for cooks of all levels.
Jul 30, 2018
The 6 Most Popular Baking YouTube Channels
We’ve come a long way since the beginning days of Cake Boss, but if there’s anything that the number of YouTube baking channels shows us, it’s that our infatuation with watching elaborate cakes be made hasn’t gone away. There are plenty of professional and self-taught bakers making a name for themselves on YouTube, with large followings and plenty of baking cred.
Jul 23, 2018
The 6 Most-Viewed Cooking Videos on YouTube
We are living in the golden age of cooking videos. Whether they’re watching for entertainment or food inspiration, or as an aid in meal creation, more people are tuning in to cooking videos than ever before. According to a study conducted by Millward Brown Digital, Firefly, and Google in 2014, nearly half of all adults watch food videos on YouTube, with millennials watching 30 percent more food content than other demographics.
Jul 19, 2018
I Have a Dishwasher, but I Still Prefer Washing My Dishes by Hand
For more than five years I lived in a tiny studio apartment without a dishwasher. Every evening I’d wash the day’s dirty dishes by hand and then cram them into an overcrowded drying rack, occasionally breaking a wine glass in the process. As the skin on my hands gradually wrinkled from the water, I’d stare at the seemingly never-ending mound of dishes in my sink and dream of the day I would never have to hand-wash them again. I wanted nothing more than a dishwasher.
Apr 17, 2018
The Dinner Table Is Yet Another Way We Ignore Single People
I’ve spent the vast majority of my adult life living — and eating — alone. When I first moved into my own place, I dreamt of becoming a person who ate all her meals at the kitchen table. I dreamt of replacing screen time with a book during mealtime, meditating on each and every bite. And I’ve tried my best to evolve into this healthier idea of a person. But it just wasn’t meant for me.
Apr 6, 2018
The Best Red Wine to Drink While Eating on the Couch
A year ago, I finally replaced the stiff IKEA futon in my living room with my dream sofa from West Elm — one I had spent years saving up and planning for. The mid-century sofa quickly became my most beloved piece of furniture, but from the very beginning I was concerned its light grey fabric would attract accidents. My biggest fear was that someone would drop a big saucy meatball or spill a giant glass of wine on it.
Feb 20, 2018
How Not Having a Microwave Saves Me Money
Five years ago, my microwave suddenly stopped working — the clock went dead and no beeping sounded when I pressed on any of its buttons. At first I thought I’d maybe tripped a breaker, which happened frequently in my old apartment building. But when I went to check the circuit breaker panel in the basement, I found nothing out of order. Everything was fine, except for the fact that my microwave had just died on me.
Jan 18, 2018
What Thanksgiving Means When Your Mother Is Estranged from Her Family
It’s been nearly a decade since my mother has attended a family Thanksgiving dinner. She stopped speaking to her mother and siblings when I was still a teenager, for reasons that remain important to her — reasons that I respect and empathize with but might never fully grasp myself. When I was younger, before my mother became estranged from her family, our Thanksgiving rituals included voicing what we were most thankful for that year.
Nov 21, 2017
The Top 10 Healthy Snacks You Can Find at Wegmans
Good for your wallet and good for you.
Oct 9, 2017
The Roast Chicken Budget Strategy: My Simple Trick for Keeping a Food Budget
One whole chicken goes a long way when you live by yourself. I learned this when I was in graduate school and living in a tiny studio apartment, doing my best to stick to a budget that was even tinier. The best way for me to stretch my dollars and still enjoy healthy, delicious meals wasn’t by eating packets of ramen or rice and beans every night for dinner, but by roasting a whole chicken once a week. Sticking to a financial plan is still important for me.
Oct 4, 2017
My Summer Job: Scanning Barcodes and Finding Family at Wegmans Grocery Store
This month we’re looking back on all the strange and wonderful food jobs people have held during the summer. Whether it’s a job at a local scoop shop, a grocery store, or the concession stand at a baseball field, the skills and memories you gather in those short, hot months usually turn out to be invaluable. Here’s Shelby Vittek on her experience working at Wegmans, which was a dream come true.
Jul 19, 2017