Senior 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. 

Entertaining Guide

These One-Bite Snacks Will Rule Your Next Party

Try these next level hors d'oeuvres from Portland caterers.

08/27/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Entertaining Guide

12 More Awesome Ways to Party in Portland

From axe-throwing contests and rooftop get-downs to wine-and-cheese platters and pizza parties, there's really no excuse not to throw an epic party.

08/27/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson, Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Conner Reed, and Benjamin Tepler

Field Notes

This Easy Hike Offers Oregon’s Best Mt Hood Views

It’s less than three miles of gently graded trail to the top of Lookout Mountain.

08/27/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101

A Beginner’s Guide to Surfing on the Oregon Coast

We’re an hour and a half from the ocean, but Portland’s surf scene has never been hotter.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: As Told To

Preview: Cancer Survivor Ben Moon’s Coming-of-Age Memoir

The Pacific City–based photographer, filmmaker, and surfer gives us a snapshot of Denali, out in January 2020.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: Q&A

The Truth About Great White Shark Attacks in Oregon

We talk to Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Jim Burke for the lowdown on the predators.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: Wetsuit Tech

The Future of Surfing Is Neoprene Supreme

A big reason more people are surfing now: wetsuits keep getting better.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: Beginners

Three Beaches (and Expert Guides) to Help You Catch Your First Wave

Want to get started surfing? We’ve got the deets.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: Etiquette

How to Fit In With the Real Surfers on the Oregon Coast (and Not Get Your Tires Slashed)

Critical surf etiquette, according to Oregon Surf Adventures’ Lauren Algren

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Seafood Guide 2019: Restaurants

A Diner’s Guide to Oregon Seafood

These are our favorite seafood restaurants right now.

07/24/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, and Benjamin Tepler

Seafood Guide 2019: Recipe

This Flaming French Mussel Dish Is Ridiculously Simple

L’éclade de moules sounds fancy, but this briny crowd-pleaser is just a mussel bonfire.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Food News

The Country Cat to Close on August 4

One of Portland’s most storied meat institutions will end its 12-year run.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Neighborhood Eats

Foster-Powell’s Food Scene Is Finally on the Map

The busy, auto-shop-studded triangle between Lents and Woodstock, is having a food renaissance.

06/25/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Savor

How to Make Mama Bird’s Beautifully Brined Grilled Chicken

A new, healthy-ish eatery in Northwest Portland promises grilled thrills, plain and simple.

06/25/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Breaking News

Olympia Provisions Star Sommelier Jessica Hereth Launches Urban Winery

Stick Figurine Wine is a new pet project from the Food & Wine favorite.

06/17/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Interview

I Talked to TV Legend LeVar Burton About Visors and Literacy and Now I Can Die Happy

While he was in town, we caught up with the titan behind Roots, Reading Rainbow, and Star Trek.

06/14/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Eat With Your Eyes

First Look: Gado Gado’s Playful Chinese-Indonesian Eatery

The buzzy noodle-centric pop-up opens the doors to its brick-and-mortar restaurant on Monday.

05/30/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

First Impressions

Holy Trinity Is Some of the City’s Best New Barbecue

An upstart food cart on SE Powell Blvd is making brisket like you wouldn’t believe.

05/28/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Summer Adventures

The Ultimate Guide to Oregon's Great Outdoors

Hike, bike, and paddle your way around the wildest corners of the Northwest.

05/28/2019 Edited by Benjamin Tepler