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. 

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

SAVOR

Spring Salad

Local dough master Ken Forkish rolls out a new way to bring bread to the table.

03/15/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

In the Kitchen

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 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Fish Sauce

A neighborhood Vietnamese spot brings a wallet-friendly happy hour and expertly crafted cocktails to Northwest Portland.

03/13/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Chef Rick Widmayer Out at Screen Door

Longtime Screen Door chef Rick Widmayer has departed, with plans for a doughnut shop/bar in the works.

03/01/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

TREND WATCH

Next-Generation Bagel Wars

A new crop of Portland bagelmeisters enters the fray.

02/27/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

CHEAP EATS 2013

Taco Tours

Portland's newest generation of Mexican flavors

02/22/2013 Edited by Rachel Ritchie and Karen Brooks By Benjamin Tepler

CHEAP EATS 2013

Best of the Bowls

Fathomless pho, Korean hot pots, and goat curry

02/22/2013 Edited by Rachel Ritchie By Karen Brooks and Benjamin Tepler

INTERVIEW

Five Questions with Roseline Coffee’s Marty Lopes

Lopes talks St. Jack’s coffee program and the role of coffee in restaurants.

02/20/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

VIDEO

In the Kitchen with Earl Ninsom and Ning Purnabimba

Tarad's chef demonstrates how to make a spicy relish of chiles, garlic, and shrimp paste.

02/15/2013 Edited by Benjamin Tepler

SAVOR

Thai Tutorial

A new market brings the essential ingredients of Thai cooking to inner Southeast.

02/15/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

OPENING NIGHT

Inside The Kingdom of Roosevelt

McMinnville chef Eric Bechard’s new Portland restaurant takes a walk on the wild side.

02/13/2013 By Benjamin Tepler