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. 

THE STATE OF CRAFT

6 Design Stars Shaping Portland’s Craft Scene

It's no secret that our city is a hotbed of impressive stuff. Meet the makers behind the magic.

10/01/2014 By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, and Marty Patail

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Neighborhood Pies at East Glisan

A new player brings thin crusts and farm-fresh toppings to Montavilla.

09/26/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

ANATOMY OF A DISH

Deconstructing Clyde Common's Crispy Pork Trotter

Chef Carlo Lamagna serves up his personal culinary history in a single decadent dish—hoof and all.

09/26/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

ROUNDUP

Willy Wonka’s Got Nothing on Quin Candy

Trick or treat! Jami Curl re-imagines childhood classics with Northwest flavors, while keeping the nostalgia intact.

09/26/2014 Photography by Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING NEWS

Boke Bowl Does Brunch, Dim Sum Style

Boke Bowl West announces new weekend morning program with an eye for bao, dumplings, and potstickers.

09/25/2014 By Benjamin Tepler and Anna Loh

FEAST PDX INTERVIEWS

Q&A: Alma’s Ari Taymor

On the eve of Feast, L.A.'s Alma star talks pop-ups (what else!?), cooking with rose petals, and his top PDX dining spots.

09/16/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Early Cuts at Pono Farm Soul Kitchen

The lauded Bend meat purveyor’s first Portland restaurant needs less sauce and more meat.

09/08/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

OPENING WATCH

Palace Cakes Now Open Downtown

Two Tarts owner Elizabeth Beekley launches her by-the-slice cake operation.

09/03/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

INTRODUCING

Stammtisch Nails Nostalgic German Nosh

With a geeky Euro beer list and Bavarian pretzels, Prost crew gives PDX a new German lesson.

09/02/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

RECIPE

DIY Pine Gravlax for a Very Local Brunch

Holdfast’s Will Preisch makes the most of this year’s record-breaking salmon run.

09/02/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE

How Viridian Farms Transformed Portland Menus

Thanks to a blend of Old World evangelism and Portland taste, this Spain-loving couple has become a bellwether of local food culture.

09/02/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE

The New Portland Pantry

14 Oregon-made kitchen cabinet essentials, from guajillo chile oil and spicy Thai peanut butter to marionberry espresso jam and addictive granola.

09/02/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE

Eastern Oregon's Farm-to-Table Lostine Tavern

Why did locavore crusader Lynne Curry open a standout eatery in a one-horse town on the way to the Wallowa Mountains?

09/02/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE

Five New Farmers Market Food Stars

Introducing a handful of upstart hotshots making waves at Portland area farmers market this season—and where to find them

09/02/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

LOCAL FOOD

The A to Z Food Lover's Guide to Oregon

This alphabetic sampler of the state's best things to eat and drink will sharpen your appetite (and appreciation) for the fertile place we call home.

09/02/2014 Edited by Zach Dundas and Benjamin Tepler By Rachel Ritchie, Allison Jones, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Maya Seaman, Nicole Cordier, Caleb Diehl, and Sarah Richards

FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE

A Full Week of Portland-Area Farmers Markets

Because not every day is Saturday, we’ve compiled a handy hypothetical planner for enjoying local market bounty seven days a week.

09/02/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

OPENING WATCH

The People’s Pig Puts Down Roots

One of Portland’s best food carts turns to barbecue for its brick-and-mortar.

08/08/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

OPINION

Has the Food Cart Bubble Burst?

Why Portland’s ever-growing cart scene is a double-edged sword.

08/05/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT THIS NOW

Portland Taquerias' Top Tacos

Three cantinas stoking our hand-held cravings this summer (plus plenty of drinks to wash down the spice)

08/01/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

RECIPES

3 Fresh Ways to Use Heirloom Tomatoes

Make the most of Oregon’s summer tomato bounty in these new spins on seasonal salads and chilled soup.

08/01/2014 By Benjamin Tepler