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. 

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

Quarantine Cooking

Gabriel Rucker, Vitaly Paley, and Gregory Gourdet Launch Instagram Cooking Shows

You still can’t buy a Canard steam burger, but now you can make it for yourself.

03/30/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Coronavirus

The Region’s National Forests, From Mt. Hood to Southwest Washington, Have Officially Closed Borders

The sweeping mandate is meant to keep Oregonians at home.

03/26/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Coronavirus

Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge “Waterfall Corridor” Shuts Down

State and federal agencies are stepping in to keep crowds away from popular attractions.

03/23/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Coronavirus

Portland-Area Farmers Markets Ramp Up for the Busy Season with New Precautions

For many local farmers, Portland’s regional markets are their only hope.

03/20/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Coronavirus

Spring Break In Place: State Parks, Campgrounds, and Forests Are Closing to Overnight Guests

And while we’re on the subject—is it even safe to stay in an overnight rental on the coast?

03/19/2020 By Benjamin Tepler and Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

Will I Get Coronavirus from Ordering Takeout?

The lowdown on safety and ethics in Portland’s new takeout-only restaurant reality.

03/18/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Coronavirus

7 Easy Recipes for Quarantined Cooks

Yes, Portland’s mandatory restaurant closures mean you’re going to have to learn to cook.

03/17/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Coronavirus

Where to Get Delivery, Takeout, or Curbside Pickup in Portland Right Now

A regularly updated roster of restaurants and bars shifting to takeout and delivery in the wake of the pandemic.

03/16/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Indoor Activites

10 Recipes to Get You Through Quarantine

Nothing takes the mind off of a pandemic like a long, delicious kitchen project.

03/12/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Eat This Now

Miso-Pork Katsu Is the Star at Tokyo Sando

A new PSU food cart joins the cheffy konbini movement.

03/06/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Culinary Celebration

Oregon Nabs 17 James Beard Semifinalist Nominations

Portland and beyond feel the love from this year's annual culinary awards.

02/26/2020 By Portland Monthly Staff

Bottoms Up

Drink Your Way Through the Best New Bars in Portland

Swank speakeasies, scotch-soaked lounges, music nerd paradises: 10 temples of booze you need to visit.

02/25/2020 Edited by Benjamin Tepler Photography by NashCO Photo