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

Where to Eat This Week: July 20-27

Al pastor tacos at Tight Tacos, boozy Sloshy Pops at New Deal, and playful cocktails at Tastebud are your required eating and drinking for the week.

07/20/2016 By Eat Beat Team

Restaurant and Bar Updates

PREAM, Muselet, and the Bent Brick Call It Quits, Plus More PDX Food News

… including a flashy Ava Gene’s acquisition and Pickathon’s new dinner series.

07/18/2016 By Michelle Porter

RECIPES

Move Over, Gazpacho: This Summer Is All about Garlic Almond Soup

Here’s how to prepare Olympia Provisions’ silky-smooth, sherry-revved, garlic-forward sipper.

07/12/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

WATER WORLD

Your Ultimate Guide to Northwest Swimming Holes

From hidden gems to trusty stalwarts, here’s where to cool down when the mercury soars. Plus: your essential river rat gear guide and some etiquette suggestions (if we may).

07/12/2016 By Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, Rachel Ritchie, and Caleb Diehl

TAKE THE PLUNGE

9 Incredible Northwest Swimming Holes

Breath-stealing waterfalls. Secluded lakes. Rollicking rivers. The Northwest’s greatest summer destinations hide off the beaten path—and within three hours of Portland.

07/12/2016 Edited by Benjamin Tepler By Rachel Ritchie, Margaret Seiler, and Caleb Diehl

GET OUT

The Pacific Northwest Swimming Hole Hall of Fame

The one caveat: everyone else knows about these 10 spots, too.

07/12/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

GEAR UP

Your Essential River Rat Gear Guide

From doggie life preservers to the most refreshing beer for your cooler, here’s our favorite Northwest-made stuff to schlep to the swimming hole.

07/12/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING NEWS

Natural Wine-Focused Restaurant Dame Announces Head Chef

An acolyte of Seattle's top talents, from Ethan Stowell to Renee Erickson, will head the NE Killingsworth kitchen with Mediterranean- and European-influenced plates.

07/12/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST LOOK

Inside Southeast Hawthorne’s Poke Mon

Eat Beat has the inside scoop on the poke-centric eatery, with make-your-own bowls and local toppers, Choi’s Kimchi to Ota Tofu.

07/07/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

GOOD EATS

Portland’s 10 Best Healthy Dishes of 2016

From heavenly acai bowls to vegan corn cashew pizza, here are 10 of the city's most nourishing—and delicious—dishes.

06/24/2016 By Benjamin Tepler and Molly Woodstock Photography by Aubrie Legault

GET FIT

The Portland Fitness Revolution

Parkour fitness. Twerking-inspired workouts. A locally hatched yoga style. Body-positive trainers. In Portland, there’s always a new way to work out.

06/24/2016 Edited by Zach Dundas By Katelyn Best, Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, Benjamin Tepler, and Molly Woodstock

ROCK ON

Portland’s Climbing Gyms: A Breakdown

As our city’s climbing scene hits new heights, which crag is right for you?

06/24/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING NEWS

Maritime Scraps Its Seafood Cart, Hints at Future Brick-and-Mortar

The sustainable seafood CSA truck from former Le Pigeon chef de cuisine Andrew Mace will splinter into a series of lunches, dinners, and cooking classes around town, with big plans for 2018.

06/23/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING NEWS

Fifty Licks to Open Second Shop on E Burnside

The cart-born ice cream operation will expand to the busy restaurant turf around 28th Avenue.

06/22/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING NEWS

'Neo-Bistro' Rue to Open on SE Ankeny

The growing food neighborhood of East Burnside that includes Le Pigeon, Marukin Ramen, and Nong’s adds a new player to the mix.

06/16/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

RECIPE

Marionberries: Sweet, Savory, and Marvelously Drinkable

In our minds (and mouths), Oregon’s most distinguished berry is the marion. Here are three ways to tap into its soul.

06/15/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING NEWS

Ashland’s Sammich Food Truck Finds a Home

The cult-favorite pastrami sandwich slinger will set up shop on West Burnside.

06/14/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

THE FUTURE

A Handful of Portland’s Best Restaurants Ban Tipping

With America’s gratuity-free movement gaining momentum, local bigwigs like Le Pigeon and Navarre join the tide.

06/13/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

RESTAURANT AND BAR UPDATES

Pizza Jerk Closes Indefinitely after Fire, Simpatica Ends 12-Year Brunch Run, and More PDX Food News

… including Spielman Bagels' new Division location, Ned Ludd’s summer plans, and the Oregonian’s restaurant of the year.

06/13/2016 By Michelle Porter

BIG IDEAS

Oregon’s Innovators Light Up Tech, Art, Business, History, the Cityscape—and the Future

From vanished ancient coasts to singing buildings to eco-drones, Oregonians break revolutionary ground.

06/13/2016 Edited by Zach Dundas By Benjamin Tepler, Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Fiona McCann, Eden Dawn, Chad Walsh, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, and Andrew D'Cruz