Senior Editor

Benjamin Tepler edits Portland Monthly’s Eat & Drink section, manages the Eat Beat blog, and writes across various departments, with a special love for weird science and the great outdoors. 

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. 

Hiking

5 Post-Thanksgiving Hikes around Portland

Skip Black Friday this year and spend your morning in Forest Park, on Mt Tabor, and elsewhere

11/17/2022 By Gabriel Granillo With Isabel Lemus Kristensen

Hiking

4 Great Fall Hikes near Portland

In early autumn, trails in Oregon and Washington offer glimpses of misty waterfalls, migrating birds, changing colors, not-so-snowy mountain peaks, and more.

09/15/2022 By Brian Barker, Gabriel Granillo, and Benjamin Tepler

Travel

10 Grand Lodges of the Pacific Northwest

For every season, there’s a dream destination. These retreats in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho invoke the mythic best of the Northwest.

09/13/2022 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, Amy Martin, and Kelly Clarke

Portland Bar Guide

9 Wine Bars Where We Love to Raise a Glass

Noble Rot, Bar Diane, Flor, and Stem are among our favorite wine bars in Portland.

09/01/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Fiona McCann, Julia Silverman, and Matt Trueherz

Food News

Bark City BBQ, One of Portland’s Best Barbecue Spots, Is Closing

Grab your last ribs and brisket by September 4.

08/16/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Get Out

19 Great Swimming Holes within 3 Hours of Portland

Drive to Hagg Lake, the Wilson River, Rooster Rock State Park, and more swimming holes near Portland, Oregon.

06/29/2022 By Benjamin Tepler, Rachel Ritchie, Margaret Seiler, Caleb Diehl, and Kasey Cordell

Dining Picks

Portland’s Best Spots for Smoky Southern Barbecue

Where to get tender smoked brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs, and scrumptious sides in Portland, and beyond.

05/20/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

The New Afuri, Holy Trinity Meets Culmination Brewing, and Nodoguro Owners' Pop-Up

Another Afuri Ramen location opens, Holy Trinity Barbecue meets Culmination Brewing, Nodoguro owners launch a pop-up, and more!

05/19/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

20 Food Carts that Define Portland Now

From Multnomah Village to Kerns to Mt. Tabor, find super-fresh sushi, quesabirria tacos, hand-pulled noodles, and more at the best carts in the Rose City.

03/22/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Outdoors

Oregon's Stupendous, Incredible, Magnificent Lake Country

Where to camp, hike, paddle, float from Mt Hood favorites like Timothy and Lost Lakes to Central Oregon gems to mighty Crater Lake National Park.

07/13/2021 By Kiva Hanson, Reina Harwood, Fiona McCann, Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Benjamin Tepler

Field Notes

The Gorge’s Polar Opposite Offers Ancient Old-Growth Forest and Blessed Solitude

The other Eagle Creek offers a wild, cathedral forest with scarcely another human in sight.

03/16/2021 By Benjamin Tepler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Foster/Powell

Dive bars, the Portland Mercado, and the one and only water heater king

02/25/2021 By Benjamin Tepler

Bon Appetit, Portland

So Long, and Thanks for All the Food

Eat Beat’s departing editor looks back at a decade of heavy eating.

05/28/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Breaking News

Ava Gene’s to Convert into a Semi-Permanent Marketplace

Shipshape’s meal kits, artisan foodstuffs, and a new seafood-focused sandwich operation will take the Italian institution’s place for the immediate future.

05/27/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Breaking News

Stacked Sandwich Mastermind Launches Grain Bowl Concept

Chef Gabriel Pascuzzi's Feel Good will double down on healthy, satisfying cooking in the Time of COVID.

05/18/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Breaking News

Portland’s Nearby Wilderness Areas Begin to Reopen

As of May 15, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is back in business.

05/15/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

James Beard Awards

Portland’s 2020 James Beard Nominees Revealed

The finalists were announced via Twitter this afternoon after a two month COVID delay.

05/04/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Breaking News

Oregon's First Shake Shack Will Open in Downtown's West End

Early plans show Danny Meyer's international burger chain set to open across from Powell's Books.

04/14/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Farmers Markets

Why and Where to Join a Portland-Area CSA During the Pandemic

Worried about grocery store supply chains? Want to support farmers? Check out the Portland Farmers Market’s new directory.

04/06/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Garden Culture

Faced with Peak Season Pressure, Portland’s Nursery Industry Adapts to COVID-19

Plus: where to order plants and veggies for pick-up and delivery.

04/02/2020 By Benjamin Tepler