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. 

Q & A

The Top Chef Exit Interview: Doug Adams

The Top Chef bronze medalist talks strategy, romance, and reaching the breaking point on Bravo’s hit television show.

02/09/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Top Chef Recap: Episode 14

Adams out for good; Gourdet headed to finale

02/05/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Le Vieux’s Old World Plates

The Northwest Portland eatery does justice to the classics, but needs a boost of comfort.

02/04/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

BIG PICTURE

This Majestically Decayed Warehouse Is Incubating New Ideas in Food and Business

Could Ecotrust’s new project be a new asset for Portland’s gastro-entrepreneurs and an example of enlightened capitalism?

02/02/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT THIS NOW

3 Comforting Dishes to Help You Survive the Late-Winter Drizzle

Hot, Creamy, Cheesy: these gray-day plates will keep spirits high until the sun returns.

02/02/2015 By Benjamin Tepler and Kelly Clarke

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Top Chef Recap: Episode 13

Adams comes back from the brink to crush the competition.

01/29/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

RECIPE

Tex-Mex Touchdown! Recipes For Your Super Bowl Spread

La Taq’s fundido, salsa, and fumble-free guacamole are your top gridiron party prospects.

01/28/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

FOOD & DRINK EVENTS

Eat Beat Weekly Planner

Kurt Spak cooks at Fenrir, Chefs’ Week PDX, Stray Dogs returns

01/27/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

RESTAURANT AND BAR UPDATES

Portland News to Chew

Boxer Ramen Northeast opens, Castagna launches a new menu, and the owner behind Gustav’s and Der Rheinlander plans a new location for Keizer, Oregon.

01/23/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Top Chef Recap: Episode 12

Gourdet narrowly slips into the finale; Adams in limbo.

01/22/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

HIT LIST

The 10 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2015

Our hottest restaurant prospects for the new year (March is going to be a big one).

01/21/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Top Chef Recap: Episode 11

Gourdet hangs on with help from his sister; Adams slotted for a comeback.

01/15/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

FOOD EVENT SPOTLIGHT

PREAM’s Chinese-Italian Pop-Up

Menu details for the hip-hop-inspired pizza sensation’s new pop-up dinner series.

01/13/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

FOOD AND DRINK EVENTS

Eat Beat Weekly Planner

Our digest of Portland’s top upcoming food and drink events, including the Oregon Truffle Festival, dance parties at DaNet, and izakaya dinners at Nodoguro

01/12/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Top Chef Recap: Episode 10

In an ode to Julia Child, Imperial's Doug Adams is eliminated (for now).

01/08/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The New Laurelhurst Market

Chef Ben Bettinger and bartender Kevin Ludwig helm Portland’s iconic, alternative steak house; Paley’s Place chef Patrick McKee joins the kitchen.

01/07/2015 Photography by Benjamin Tepler

GIVEAWAYS

Win Tickets to the Oregon Truffle Festival

Eat Beat snagged a pair tickets to OTF’s “A Walk on the Wild Side” dinner on Friday, January 16th—and they may have your name on them!

01/06/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

INTRODUCING

Bamboo Izakaya's Sustainable Grill is Sizzling on Alberta

Anchored around a custom-made robata grill, the promising new sister restaurant to Portland’s sustainable sushi franchise is heating up.

01/05/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

RECIPE

3 Killer DIY Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from Cheese Plate PDX

Deep in the bleak, bone-chilling days of winter, we adults need a booster of gooey, nostalgic grilled cheese just as much as the kids do.

01/05/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT THIS NOW

Junk Food at Stray Dogs PDX

The talent-studded, hot dog-themed pop-up is a must-try.

12/23/2014 By Benjamin Tepler