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. 

James Beard Awards

Portland's 2018 James Beard Finalists Announced

Coquine, Clyde Common, Kachka, and Castagna are in the final running, along with a pair of local cookbooks.

03/14/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Food News

Portland Cookbook Wins—and Promptly Loses—Coveted Award amid Policy Scandal

Martha Holmberg, local cookbook author and CEO of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, is in hot water over her Six Seasons win.

03/05/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Eat Here Now

Nimblefish Brings the Art of Sushi Back to the Basics

With a stellar wine list to boot.

02/27/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Global Comfort Food

We Asked 20 Portland Chefs and Foodies: What Tastes Like Home?

From hearty Haitian soups to pupusas, here's what makes these locals feel safe and loved—and where to score these touchstone eats.

02/27/2018 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Karen Brooks, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Pechluck Laskey, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Molly Woodstock

Breaking News

Sellwood's Either/Or Expands to N Williams

The freewheeling coffee shop, mocktail lab, and chai factory will morph into a bar with a full menu in May.

02/19/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Hometown Pride

Oregon Scores 18 Semifinalist Nominations at 2018 James Beard Awards

It’s another landslide year for Portland chefs, restaurateurs, and wine aficionados.

02/15/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

News to Chew

Bamboo Does Brunch, Wild Abandon Shutters, and More PDX Food News

… including yet another new brunch at Bar Casa Vale, a reboot at Shizuku by Chef Naoko, and new digs for Holdfast and Deadshot.

02/14/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

V Day

The Valentine’s Day 2018 Hit List

If it were our money, these are the five places we’d take our honeys.

02/05/2018 By Eat Beat Team

First Impressions

Vivienne Kitchen & Pantry Rolls Out New, Homey Dinner

The Hollywood brunch mainstay debuts a delicious, unfussy evening menu.

01/30/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Pour

Go Beyond the Cheese Plate at These Portland Wine Bars

Oui Wine Bar and Park Avenue Fine Wines put a premium on food.

01/30/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Recipes

Chocolate Babka Is the Best Thing Ever

Pastry whiz Clare Gordon teaches the art of buttery, chocolate-filled bread.

01/30/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Date Night PDX

25 Great Dates in and around Portland

Romantic evenings, chill times with a pal, roving parties, and trips for two: plan your next outing or overnight here.

01/30/2018 Edited by Eden Dawn By Hannah Bonnie, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Anya Rehon, Margaret Seiler, Benjamin Tepler, and Eleanor Van Buren

Cannabis: Top Shops

Portland's 9 Finest Cannabis Dispensaries

From converted firehouses to Scandinavian-chic spots, here are the city's top shops—newcomers welcome!

01/30/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, and Benjamin Tepler

News to Chew

Gabriel Rucker to Open New Restaurant, Blue Star Moves, and More PDX Food News

… including closures at Pazzo and Rue, an expansion at Occidental, and new digs for former Paley’s Place pastry whiz Michelle Vernier.

01/17/2018 By Christine Menges and Benjamin Tepler

Eat Here Now

What to Eat This Week: Jan 17–23

From cart-smoked meat at Bark City BBQ to 100-layer lasagna at Park Avenue Fine Wines, these are the things you must eat this week.

01/17/2018 By Eat Beat Team

First Look

Inside Bistro Agnes, Downtown’s New Old-School Frenchie Joint

James Beard Award winners Greg and Gabi Denton of Ox have just opened their SuperBite replacement.

01/17/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

First Look

The People’s Pig Is Now Smoking Brisket on E Burnside

The barbecue standout opens with new happy hour snacks, cocktails, and a porchetta sandwich in the works.

01/17/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Weekly Planner

A New Oyster Festival, the Return of DaNet, and More PDX Food Events

… including a clay pot dinner at Aviary, Jolie Laide’s Langbaan takeover, and a month of chocolatey desserts.

01/10/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Drink Here Now

4 New Portland Bars to Visit This Winter

Our city's latest crop of watering holes is wild, bright, and a little spooky.

12/28/2017 By Benjamin Tepler, Fiona McCann, Eleanor Van Buren, and Ramona DeNies

Pour

Boost Your Smoothie Game with These DIY Nut Milks

Cristina Baez, the tastemaker behind Ataula and 180, shares her recipe for creamy, do-it-all nut milks.

12/28/2017 By Benjamin Tepler