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. 

BEST BARS 2014

Booze Futures: A Drinker's Digest

A fresh wave of drinking destinations is heading our way in 2014

02/03/2014

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Introducing Tuscan Food Cart Burrasca

A Florentine native nails Italian classics for a shoestring budget.

02/03/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

RECIPE

John Taboada's Clam Pasta with Calabrian Chiles

Luce fires up a classic Italian pasta dish—a perfect way to spice up your date night.

02/03/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

HIT LIST

Portland’s Best Bars of the Moment

We sipped and rambled our way across the city in search of your favorite new bars—whether you’re in the mood for a fresh new spot or an old standby.

02/03/2014 With Brian Barker, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, and Marty Patail Edited by Kelly Clarke

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Spring Report: Ten Portland Restaurants to Watch

Your field guide to an exciting new season of Portland restaurant openings

01/27/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

RESTAURANT & BAR UPDATES

Portland News to Chew

Shut Up and Eat expands to a DIY sandwich-building deli, Growlers Hawthorne debuts with 40 taps, Mi Mero Mole offers Super Bowl snacks, and more of the city's hottest food stories.

01/22/2014 By Eat Beat Team

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Nonna’s Italian Grandma Cuisine

A neighborhood tavern brings meatball comfort, killer prices, and great wine.

01/22/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Promising New Italian Eatery Renata to Open in Southeast

Former French Laundry Maitre d’ and PDX homeboy Nick Arnerich returns with San Francisco chef-talent in tow.

01/15/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

FOOD FINDER

Portland Gluten Free Food & Drink Guide

From 100% gluten-free restaurants, breweries, and bakeries to fine dining destinations with dedicated GF menus, we've rounded up our go-to spots for gluten-free dining.

01/14/2014 By Allison Jones and Molly Woodstock

EAT WITH YOUR EYES

Maurice's Pastries, Desserts, and Minimalist Style

A first look at lauded pastry chef Kristen Murray’s new luncheonette and dessert bar.

01/07/2014 By Benjamin Tepler Photography by Allison Jones

INTRODUCING

Multnomah Whiskey Library is Worth the Wait

A new drinking parlor ups the ante (and the time in line) for sophisticated sipping.

01/02/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

RECIPE

Transform the Spoils of Winter with this Chestnut, Apple, and Celery Soup

Davenport chef Kevin Gibson works pure, unfussied magic using off-season produce.

01/02/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

ANATOMY OF A DISH

Racion’s Fried Sweetbreads

We step into Anthony Cafiero’s molecular arena for a taste of his steakhouse-inspired fried sweetbreads.

12/16/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT WITH YOUR EYES

Davenport’s First Plates

Early bites at former Evoe chef Kevin Gibson’s new eatery.

12/10/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT HERE NOW

Lauretta Jean's: Biscuit Sandwich Heaven

With an expanded menu, Portland's premier pie shop emerges as Division's dessert destination, breakfast sandwich epicenter, and date night find.

12/10/2013 By Karen Brooks

RESTAURANT & BAR UPDATES

Portland News to Chew

A fond farewell to Township & Range and Trifecta's bakery, a hearty hello to Tilt and Clyde Common's new chef, and the rest of the week's hottest food world stories.

12/10/2013 By Benjamin Tepler, Molly Woodstock, and Nathan Tucker

PITCH IN

Portland's Best Sandwich?

Attention sandwich citizens: In 2014, Portland Monthly will build the ultimate sandwich list, but we need your help!

12/05/2013 By Karen Brooks

EAT THIS NOW

Doughnuts and Chai at Pip’s Original

A new neighborhood stronghold fries up tiny, irresistible doughnuts and blends custom chai.

12/04/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT HERE NOW

Teote's Venezuelan Fire

Arepas, grilled meats, and mezcal form a new haven of vibrant Latin American flavors

12/02/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

INTRODUCING

Classic Spanish Flavors at Ataula

Barcelona-born chef Jose Chesa brings the cuisine of Iberia to Northwest Portland

12/02/2013 By Benjamin Tepler