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. 


Portland's Best Bagels

A fresh wave of artisans lead Portland to the promised land of bagels.

11/21/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Introducing Uno Mas Taquiza

Oswaldo Bibiano is Portland’s dean of Mexican cuisine.

11/20/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


In the Kitchen with Michelle Vernier

Michelle Vernier preparing her toffee gingerbread

11/16/2012 Edited by Benjamin Tepler


Three Simply Delicious Holiday Desserts

A trio of top Portland chefs share simple dessert recipes to satisfy your winter cravings.

11/16/2012 By Benjamin Tepler



A new Central Eastside “enopub” pairs creative food with an exceptional wine list and Portland vintages bottled across the room.

11/14/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Kenny & Zuke's Deli Bar

A third K&Z outpost on North Williams brings eclectic cocktails, deli classics, and Franken-food in between.

10/31/2012 By Benjamin Tepler



Troy Furuta’s pre-theater restaurant offers solid food with jumbled service.

10/24/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2012

The Next Wave

Five brand-new restaurants to look out for in the final months of 2012.

10/19/2012 Edited by Rachel Ritchie and Karen Brooks With Benjamin Tepler


Nudi Noodle Place

Portland’s Thai options take a turn for the weird.

10/17/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2012

20 Spots That Defined the Year in Food

It's our annual assemblage of Portland's most exciting eateries.

10/16/2012 With Mike Thelin, Benjamin Tepler, and Allison Jones Edited by Rachel Ritchie and Karen Brooks


In the Kitchen with Diane Morgan

Root expert Diane Morgan sets the table for the holidays.

10/13/2012 Edited by Benjamin Tepler


Holiday Recipes from Diane Morgan

The local cookbook dynamo shares her crowd-pleasing, root-themed holiday dishes.

10/11/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Power Salad at Addy’s Sandwich Bar

Addy's power salad is a no-frills lunch with dynamic textures, fresh ingredients, and balanced flavor—all for $6.50.

10/10/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Uno Mas Taquiza

Autentica’s Oswaldo Bibiano unleashes a landslide of adventurous tacos onto Northeast Portland.

10/03/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Pix Patisserie/Bar Vivant

Dessert whiz Cheryl Wakerhauser brings savory tapas to her new space.

09/19/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Feast Portland Interviews

Seven of the visiting Feast Portland food stars answer our culinary questions.

09/19/2012 By Karen Brooks and Benjamin Tepler

Feast Portland Interviews

Q&A: April Bloomfield

New York’s gastropub pioneer talks snout-to-tail cooking and the ethics of celebrity chef status.

09/18/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

Feast Portland Interviews

Q&A: Aaron Franklin

The owner of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue, the “best barbecue in America” according to Bon Appétit, lets us in on the perfect brisket and gives us a sneak peek at his offerings for Thursday’s Sandwich Invitational.

09/17/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

Feast Portland Interviews

Q&A: Chris Cosentino

San Francisco’s offal lord talks about the inspiration for pig-brain mayonnaise, his leap into online food television, and Portland’s place in the national meat hierarchy.

09/16/2012 By Karen Brooks and Benjamin Tepler

Feast Portland Interviews

Q&A: Anita Lo

The cooking icon and Michelin-starred chef gives us the lowdown on Asian fusion done right and the future of New York dining trends.

09/15/2012 By Benjamin Tepler