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. 

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

PREHISTORY

Does Oregon's Vanished Coastline Hold the Secrets of the First Americans?

Archaeologist Loren Davis has a radical theory about when (and where) humans first arrived on our continent.

06/13/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

BEST OF THE CITY 2016

Best of the City 2016: 11 Portland Eats, Spots, and Sips We Can’t Resist Right Now

Iced matcha-chai lattes to killer pastrami sandwiches, here are some of our city’s most delicious things.

06/13/2016 By Kelly Clarke, Eden Dawn, Marty Patail, Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie

BREAKING NEWS

Portland Monthly’s Rising Star 2015 Nomad.PDX Puts Down Roots

The modernist, intensely seasonal pop-up finds a home next door to Providore Fine Foods.

06/09/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From Cubanos at the People’s Pig to espresso-spiked milkshakes at Jim & Patty’s Coffee, these are the things you must eat and drink this week.

06/08/2016 By Eat Beat Team

FOOD AND DRINK EVENTS

Bigwig Chef Collaborations at JolieLaide, Baja Wine Dinners at Xico, and More Portland Food Events

… including a gnocchi fundraiser at Nostrana, cooking classes at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and seafood boils at Teutonic Wine Company.

06/03/2016 By Michelle Porter

BEER ME

Portland’s 12 Best Soccer Bars We'll Be Rocking All through June

Two big-deal international tournaments mean major day-drinking (and, uh, soccer-watching) opportunities.

05/27/2016 By Marty Patail and Ramona DeNies

OUTDOORS GUIDE 2016

Oregon's Ultimate Summer Backpacking Treks and River Trips

Quintessential Northwest trails. Epic whitewater voyages. Luxuriously lazy floats. Here’s how to make the most of the season.

05/19/2016 Edited by Rachel Ritchie By Benjamin Tepler, Christopher Van Tilberg, and Adam Sawyer

EAT HERE NOW

Marukin Ramen Ups Portland’s Noodle Game

The Tokyo import might just be making the best ramen in town.

05/19/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

CAMPING GUIDE

How to Camp Like a True Oregonian

We tapped a slew of Oregon experts for hard-earned tips and tricks for every kind of camping.

05/19/2016 By Rachel Ritchie and Benjamin Tepler

BACKPACKING

Eight Classic Northwest Backpacking Trips

High-desert mesas, gushing waterfalls, and breathtaking wildflower displays: whatever your style, there’s a trail for you.

05/19/2016 Edited by Rachel Ritchie By Benjamin Tepler and Christopher Van Tilberg