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. 

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Portland Comes Home Empty-Handed at the 2016 James Beard Awards

Washington takes Best Chef Northwest for the second year in a row.

05/03/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From vermouth cocktails at Americano to Pugliese pasta carbonara at Enzo’s, these are the things you must eat and drink this week.

04/27/2016 By Eat Beat Team

RECIPE

Bollywood Theater Serves Up a Spicy, Fruity Indian Chutney

Troy McLarty's rhubarb strawberry achaar is a real spring pickle.

04/22/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

THE NEXT ROUND

Portland’s Best Bars 2016

We’ve got the city’s best new bars, 11 essential new cocktails, a watering hole for (nearly) every neighborhood, and a tasting room decision tree.

04/22/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke and Benjamin Tepler

WHAT'S NEXT

The Bars of Summer 2016

It’s shaping up to be an epic year for fun-loving drinkers. We’ve got the goods on five spots opening soon.

04/22/2016 By Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, and Benjamin Tepler

DRINKING DISHES

Five Bar Plates Good Enough to Make You Forget Your Drink

From Expatriate’s chicken and waffles to the Sudra’s pakora, these are Portland’s destination bar dishes.

04/22/2016 By Benjamin Tepler and Kelly Clarke

THE NEXT ROUND

Portland’s 13 Best New Bars

Whether you're into ham and fortified wines or mussels and Belgian beers, there’s a new spot for you.

04/22/2016 By Marty Patail, Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Kelly Clarke

BREAKING NEWS

Chef Doug Adams Leaving Imperial for an Undisclosed Project

The guy who brought Texan spice and Top Chef fans to the downtown hot spot will phase out this year to pursue a new opportunity.

04/20/2016 By Karen Brooks

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From rotisserie chicken at Arrosto to customizable bubble tea at Townshend’s, these are the things you must eat and drink this week.

04/20/2016 By Eat Beat Team

COCKTAIL RECIPES

Portland’s Next Classic Cocktails Will Rewrite the Rules of the Liquor Cabinet

The city's top bartenders share the secrets for their best new drinks.

04/15/2016 By Benjamin Tepler Illustrations by Scotty Reifsnyder

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From brisket tacos at Taqueria Nueve to arroz con pollo at Pambiche, these are the things you must eat this week.

04/13/2016 By Eat Beat Team

A-SALT?

Is Miami’s Jorge Salt & Co.’s Branding Too Close to Oregon’s Jacobsen Salt Co.?

Florida man hand-harvests salt … and rips off Oregon’s saint of salt in the process?

04/05/2016 By Kelly Clarke

NATIONAL PARK WEEK

Oregon Has Eight National Park Sites—and Next Week, Admission Is Free

For its 100th birthday, the National Park Service is throwing a week-long party. Here’s your guide to keeping it local.

04/05/2016 By Caitlin Collins and Ramona DeNies

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Unbeatable Bowls at Marukin Ramen

The newest player in Portland’s increasingly authentic Japanese ramen game might be the city’s best.

04/05/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

OPENING WATCH

First Look inside Americano, a New Coffee and Vermouth Bar on East Burnside

A new watering hole from Hale Pele’s Blair Reynolds embraces Italy’s greatest exports.

03/28/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

DISPATCH

Is Tipping Dead?

Restaurateur Scott Dolich of the Bent Brick and Park Kitchen embarks on a bold experiment to close the wage chasm between cooks and servers.

03/25/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From fried chicken Chefwiches at Lardo to double-stuffed rolls at Bamboo Sushi, these are the things you must eat this week.

03/23/2016 By Eat Beat Team

RECIPE

Make the Margherita From Ken's Artisan Pizza at Home

A new pizza bible from bread master Ken Forkish explores the soul and science of pie making.

03/18/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING NEWS

Rachel’s Ginger Beer to Open Bar and Torta Spot in Southeast Portland

The Seattle-based ginger beer phenom migrates south.

03/17/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From meatball pies at East Glisan Pizza Lounge to “clarified” gin and tonic at Chesa, these are the things you must eat and drink this week.

03/16/2016 By Eat Beat Team