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. 

Summer Adventures: Under Construction

Some of These 6 Oregon Trails Don’t Exist Yet—But They Will Be Epic

These trails are the future of outdoor adventuring in Oregon.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

Summer Adventures: The Gorge

Two Years After the Eagle Creek Fire, Some of the Gorge’s Most Iconic Hikes Are Open Again

Here are three hikes to get you back into the Gorge.

05/28/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Summer Adventures: Hiking

6 Off-the-Radar Treks to Pull You Out of Your Work-a-Day Rut

From crushing mountainside hikes to easy coastal jaunts, here's how to get out of your head and into the outdoors.

05/28/2019 By Ted Alvarez and Benjamin Tepler

Hometown Pride

Oregon Comes Home Empty-Handed at the 2019 James Beard Awards

For the second year, Seattle takes the gold.

05/07/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Food Event Spotlight

PoMo Food Critic Karen Brooks to Interview Salt & Straw’s Tyler Malek

The two will dive deep into the ice cream mogul’s new cookbook at Powell’s Books.

05/03/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

First Impressions

5 & Dime Brings Excellent, Affordable Cocktails to Foster-Powell

A special blend of boozy know-how, community vibes, and, of course, pizza, is helping transform the growing neighborhood’s food and drink scene.

04/23/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Breakfasts 2019: Get Spicy

3 Hot Sauces You Need to Try Right Now

These PNW-based chile concoctions are your new Tabasco alternatives.

04/23/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Breakfasts 2019: Recipes

The Breakfast Hacks That Will Change Your Mornings Forever

From decadently soft scrambled eggs to the fanciest toast you'll ever eat, Portland chefs offer tricks for upgrading any morning.

04/23/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Breakfasts 2019

12 Breakfast Dishes You’ve Got to Eat Right Now

From fancy Australian eggs and bacon to chilaquiles and the city’s first great babka, this is what you need come sunup.

04/23/2019 By Karen Brooks, Benjamin Tepler, and Kelly Clarke

Cold Fusion

Salt & Straw’s Ice Cream Cookbook Is Anything but Vanilla

Time to dig that dusty ice cream maker out of the basement.

04/23/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Field Notes

Wildflowers and Sweet Silence on the Weldon Wagon Trail

A hidden Gorge hike near Husum offers rare blooms, valley views, and solitude.

04/23/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Breaking News

Beetroot, a Modern Jewish Deli, Will Open in Northwest Portland This Summer

Yes, there will be bagels and pastrami. But also Russian tefteli and za’atar-roasted vegetables.

04/09/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Hometown Pride

Portland’s 2019 James Beard Finalists Vie for Best Chef Northwest

Shut out of the national game, Oregon’s top chefs are still going strong for regional honors.

03/27/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Insider’s Guide 2019: Outside

An Expert Urban Hiker Shares the Portland Parks, Bridges, and Landmarks You Need to See

Laura O. Foster—author of eight Portland guidebooks—knows exactly where to go for the views.

03/26/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Insider’s Guide 2019: Tourism

Portland’s Cultural Liaison to Japan Shows Us Her Local Itinerary

Sakiko Setaka gives Japanese visitors a “local experience” of our city. Here's her hit list.

03/26/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

First Impressions

Matt’s BBQ Goes Tex-Mex

One of Portland’s premier meat slingers is serving Austin-style breakfast tacos on SE Hawthorne.

03/12/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Hometown Pride

Oregon Nabs 16 James Beard Semifinalist Nominations

2019 could be a big year for our hometown food heroes.

02/27/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Breaking News

Dame Shifts to a Pop-Up-in-Residence Model

The first tenants at Dame Collective? Perlot’s Patrick McKee and Farm Spirit alums Kei Ohdera and John Schaible.

02/26/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Spring Road Trips: Oregon Outback

The Oregon Outback Offers Up Otherworldly Views and Healing Hot Springs

Seeking total solitude? Look no further.

02/26/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Mannheimer, and Benjamin Tepler

Spring Road Trips: Snack Packer

Pack the Ultimate Picnic Basket for Your Next Road Trip

From smoked oysters to Alpine cheese, toss these delicious fixings in the trunk.

02/26/2019 By Benjamin Tepler