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

Eat This Now: Brunch at Lauretta Jean's

The all-butter crusts still draw a crowd, but there's much more than pie happening here (especially on a weekend morning).

05/01/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

ANATOMY OF A DISH

Diving Into Wafu’s Roasted Crab Hand Roll

We take a close look at the flavorful elements of this best-selling dish from SE Division Street's "inauthentic" ramen house.

04/30/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Cambodian Flavors at Sok Sab Bai

A newly converted cart-to-brick-and-mortar brings Cambodian flavor and finesse to Southeast Portland.

04/24/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

BEHIND THE SCENES

Chocolate Salami at Olympic Provisions

Ever wonder how chocolate salami is made? We invaded the Olympic Provisions pastry kitchen to discover the secret behind this sweet novelty.

04/23/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

BEHIND THE SCENES

Smoke Signals Cocktail at Laurelhurst Market

Ever wonder how ice gets smoked? We went behind the scenes to uncover the secret to one of Portland's most iconic cocktails.

04/17/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Bagel Wars: The Front Line

Closures and expansions in Portland’s ever-changing bagel scene and a few new hole-y warriors you need to know about.

04/16/2013 By Benjamin Tepler and Allison Jones

FEATURE

Ocean Alchemy

Great artisan salts are made across the world—but not much in the United States. From the mucky shores of Netarts Bay, Ben Jacobsen wants to change that.

04/12/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

SAVOR

New Potato Gnocchi

Flexitarian chef Abby Fammartino serves a spring dish almost anyone can enjoy.

04/12/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

VIDEO

In the Kitchen with Abby Fammartino

Abby's Table chef Abby Fammartino gives us her recipe for a flavorful gluten-free gnocchi.

04/12/2013 Edited by Benjamin Tepler

ANATOMY OF A DISH

Deconstructing Aviary’s Sweet and Sour Monkfish

We investigate the sweet and the sour in this Northeast Portland restaurant's elevated Cantonese classic.

04/10/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

5 Reasons to Get Excited About the Multnomah Whiskey Library

We've got the scoop on Portland’s upcoming “spirit library” and its lead man, Tommy Klus.

04/09/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

ROOM FOR DEBATE

Meatball Madness

Three of Portland’s top meatball subs go head to head: Shut Up And Eat, 24th & Meatballs, and Bunk Sandwiches

04/03/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

ANATOMY OF A DISH

Deconstructing Le Pigeon’s Mussels Vinaigrette

A closer look at Gabriel Rucker’s mad method for mussels.

04/03/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

ANATOMY OF A DISH

Deconstructing Blue Star’s Valrhona Donut

We dig deeper into the cocoa-driven wonder from Blue Star Donuts.

03/27/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Sephardic Flavors at Scott Snyder's Levant

How a new French-Arabesque restaurant on E Burnside fuses the cuisines of Spain, Portugal, North Africa, and the Middle East into one of the boldest openings of the year.

03/27/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

HOT FOOD STORIES

Portland News to Chew | March 27

Everything you need to know about this week's Portland food and drink news, including the closing of Alice's Bagels and the debut of Huckleberry Pub.

03/27/2013 By Allison Jones

EAT HERE NOW

Eat Here Now: Raven & Rose

The historic Ladd Carriage House is now a worthy restaurant mixing Northwest culinary trends with English tradition (and plenty of cocktails).

03/22/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

GIVEAWAY

Win Tickets to Portland's Food for Thought Festival

We're giving away a pair of tickets to a new, four-day festival of food, literary enrichment, and comedy aiming to fight hunger in Oregon.

03/21/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

HIT LIST

8 Reservation-Friendly Portland Restaurants

We explore Portland's no-reservation policy and dish on the top dinner spots you CAN count on, without the wait.

03/20/2013 By Benjamin Tepler and Allison Jones

VIDEO

In the Kitchen with Ken Forkish

Portland's legendary bread guru shares his recipe for early spring salad with salami crisps, pickled asparagus, and smoked rye.

03/15/2013 Edited by Benjamin Tepler