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. 

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

Cover Story

Portland's Best New Bars of 2020

From basement speakeasies to rock-themed party palaces, the bar scene is hotter than ever.

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

Winter Getaways

Hood River’s Offseason Keeps Getting Better

A new bouldering gym, Hood River Hotel upgrades, and Ferment’s massive brew operation are reason enough for non-skiers to pay a visit.

02/17/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Recipe

Beet Salad Gets a Face-Lift at Churchgate Station

Chaat spice and Kashmiri chile are the keys to this vibrant, Indian-inspired dish.

01/21/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Field Notes

Snowshoe in Solitude at June Lake

This tucked-away Mount St. Helens trail offers a snowy, kid-friendly day out.

01/21/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Hometown Pride

Oregon Brings Home 21 Good Food Awards

At the Oscars of artisan foodstuffs, we reliably medal.

01/20/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Nooners

10 Portland Lunches We Can’t Stop Eating

Portland’s collective brunch trance is ending. The golden age of workday lunching has arrived.

12/31/2019 By Benjamin Tepler With Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke