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. 

EAT THIS NOW

Artisan Hot Dogs Are Ready for the Spotlight in PDX

Behold, the next generation of America's great franks, as reimagined by local chefs.

04/27/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

RECIPE

How to Make the Perfect Brunch for a Crowd

Hosting brunch at home? You can prepare every single one of these dishes the night before. We make it easy—like Sunday morning.

04/27/2015 Edited by Benjamin Tepler and Kelly Clarke

BEST BRUNCHES 2015

The 10 Best New Brunches in Portland

A bumper crop of delicious new brunches takes root in PDX, with global flavors and, just as important, no hours-long wait for tables—plus five more plates we can't resist.

04/27/2015 By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Karen Brooks, Benjamin Tepler, and Kelly Clarke

EAT WITH YOUR EYES

Inside P.R.E.A.M.’s Pizza Party HQ

An exclusive first look at the hottest new pie spot in town.

04/22/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

Restaurant and Bar Updates

Portland News to Chew

Blue Star Opens in Japan, Stumptown launches Cold Brew Nitro, and Justin Wills plans a second restaurant in Newport.

04/21/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

FOOD EVENT SPOTLIGHT

Gregory Gourdet’s Compass Dinner Series is Back

The Top Chef star sets course for a summer of intimate, globetrotting meals.

04/15/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Barbecue Deluxe at Smokehouse Tavern

The Westside BBQ joint heads to the Southeast with brunch, booze, and late-night ribs.

04/14/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING NEWS

The Scoop on P.R.E.A.M., Opening April 24

This month, the former hip-hop-loving pizza pop-up goes legit in Southeast Portland.

04/10/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

RESTAURANT AND BAR UPDATES

Portland News to Chew

Produce Row is reborn, Smallwares chef Johanna Ware opens a new restaurant, and Saveur and Food & Wine dole out local nominations.

04/08/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

HOLIDAY CHEAT SHEET

Portland's Last-Minute Passover Meals

A handful of only-in-Portland options for the food-fueled Jewish holiday.

04/02/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

FOOD EVENT SPOTLIGHT

P.R.E.A.M. Announces Preview Dinners

The hotly anticipated hip hop-themed pizza spot test-drives its wood-fired oven.

04/01/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

RECIPE

Spread the Spring with Rhubarb and Rose Petal Jam

A farmers market pro weaves together two flavorful seasonal ingredients for biscuit-ready preserves.

04/01/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING NEWS

Kitchen Shuffles at Olympia Provisions; McMinnville Gets Two New Restaurants

Executive chef Colin Stafford leaves his post for wine country while OP Southeast chef Alex Yoder steps up as head honcho for both restaurants.

04/01/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Jacobsen Salt Buys Out Bee Local

Two hyper-local Portland start-ups become one elemental food brand.

03/26/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Two Portland Chefs and Restaurant Critic Karen Brooks are James Beard Award Finalists

Castagna’s Justin Woodward, Ox’s Greg and Gabrielle Denton, and Portland Monthly’s very own flavor-seeking wordsmith are in the running.

03/24/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

RESTAURANT AND BAR UPDATES

Portland News to Chew

Ya Hala launches brunch, Bamboo Izakaya reverts to Bamboo Sushi, and Ristretto Roasters is Google’s favorite coffee.

03/23/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

OPENING WATCH

Three Reasons to Check Out Conserva, the New Specialty Market from Viridian Farms

The farmers-turned-tastemakers are bringing some of the best and most obscure Spanish and French ingredients to Northwest Portland.

03/18/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT WITH YOUR EYES

Inside Noraneko, Biwa's New Ramen and Juice Joint

A first look at the "alley cat" from Biwa owners Gabe Rosen and Kina Voelz.

03/16/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

Trend Watch

Hot Dogs: So Hot Right Now

The iconic ballpark frank is going through a major Portland renaissance.

03/06/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT WITH YOUR EYES

Tastebud’s Pizzamobile

Portland’s farm-fresh pizza and bagel makers built their dream truck: part wood-fired oven, part road-tripper.

03/03/2015 By Benjamin Tepler