Associate Editor

Benjamin Tepler edits Portland Monthly’s Eat & Drink section, manages the Eat Beat blog, and writes across various departments, with a peculiar interest in Oregon-based entrepreneurial success stories, like Jacobsen Salt, Steven Smith Tea, and Kinfolk magazine

The New York native and Oberlin College graduate joined Portland Monthly in 2010, equipped with a culinary degree and a failed career in marine biology. To counter-balance his high-caloric diet, Benjamin spends his free time running, hiking, and climbing up Oregon’s various peaks. 

Best Restaurants 2016: Casual Korean

Portland’s Coolest New Restaurant: Han Oak

Salt-baked pork belly bo ssam to thumping ’80s hip-hop, Peter Cho’s casual Korean spot is the place to be right now.

10/10/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2016: Ramen Rapture

Portland’s Best Real-Deal Ramen: Marukin

Mark it down: in 2016, we finally got certifiably amazing Tokyo-style ramen.

10/10/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Top Nonprofits

Meet Our 2016 Light a Fire Winners

Celebrating the nonprofits that make Portland a better place to live, love, give, and grow.

10/10/2016 Edited by Marty Patail By Kelly Clarke, Claire Colby, Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Lisa Dunn, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Regina Winkle-Bryan

Dispatch

Columbia Sportswear Takes on Gore-Tex

Can a Portland company topple the industry juggernaut?

10/10/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Eat Here Now

Where to Eat This Week: September 22-29

Spicy, funky eats at Straits Kitchen, “Kimchiladas” at Han Oak, and Haitian xurros at 180 are your required eating and drinking for the week.

09/22/2016 By Eat Beat Team

Eat Here Now

In Portland’s Poke Wars, Which Bowl Reigns Supreme?

The Hawaiian raw seafood trend has finally arrived. We size up three contenders.

09/13/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Recipe

How to Make Naomi Pomeroy’s Ballsy French Onion Soup

The Beast chef’s debut cookbook—featuring this impossibly rich umami bomb—blends self-taught Francophile sensibilities with bold tweaks.

09/13/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Food Event Spotlight

Feast—Portland’s Biggest, Baddest Food Fest—Happens This Week

Wondering what all those bloated, barbecue smoke-steeped out-of-towners are up to? Check it out.

09/12/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

News To Chew

Pok Pok Wing to Open on Milwaukie Ave, Aviary Chef to Launch Soup Dumpling Spot, Plus More PDX Food News

… including Pizza Jerk’s reopening, the Parish’s shuttering, and Dame’s first week.

09/12/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Weekly Planner

Artigiano Does Sicilian, Ippai Cooks the Harvest, and More Portland Food Events

… including the Fresh Hop Beer Fest, a special dinner at Fukami sushi, and a Broth Bar ramen collaboration.

09/06/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Eat Here Now

Where to Eat This Week: Aug 31–Sept 7

Bierwurst at Wursthaus, neighborhood brunches at Accanto and Americano, and more poke—here's your required eating for the week.

08/31/2016 By Eat Beat Team

Opening Watch

Natural Wine-Focused Restaurant Dame to Open Sept 14

We’ve got a first look at the NE Killingsworth restaurant from Ava Gene’s wine star Dana Frank.

08/30/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Food News

'Inauthentic Asian' Restaurant Smallwares to Close

The celebrated, innovative Beaumont eatery that took taboo Asian fusion in a bold new direction will call it quits September 24.

08/29/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Poke Party at Bamboo Annex

The sustainable sushi spot turns to the trendy Hawaiian staple.

08/17/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT THIS NOW

Pastrami Zombie’s Wet, Hot, Smoked Reuben

Portland’s cart version of Ashland’s cult-worshipped Sammich serves up a magical Montreal-style sandwich.

08/15/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

PORTLAND PANTRY

Portland’s Ultimate Locavore Larder

It’s a golden age for delicious, locally made (or internationally procured) foodstuffs. Stock up.

08/15/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

RECIPES

Eight Classic Portland Recipes, 1932 to Now

From Henry Thiele’s German pancakes to Lucy Brennan’s avocado daiquiri, here’s how to eat (and drink) your way through Portland history.

08/15/2016 By Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Karen Brooks

BREAKING NEWS

The Inside Scoop on Upcoming Korean Spot Revelry

Eat Beat has the first look and menu details at Revelry, a new restaurant from Seattle superstars Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi.

08/08/2016 By Karen Brooks

Breaking News

Backyard Social Opening in Old Hop & Vine Space

The beloved restaurant, bottle shop, and outdoor dining space on N Killingsworth will be reborn thanks to its employees.

07/28/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Eat This Now

Where to Eat This Week: July 27–Aug 3

Sustainable poke at Bamboo Sushi Annex, the city’s first Burmese food cart, and tacos galore are your required eating right now.

07/27/2016 By Eat Beat Team