Senior Editor

Benjamin Tepler edits Portland Monthly’s Eat & Drink section, manages the Eat Beat blog, and writes across various departments, with a special love for weird science and the great outdoors. 

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. 

Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Sweets

Portlanders have a serious sweet tooth. Cheese Bar boss Steve Jones points out classy confections.

08/23/2012 By Rachel Ritchie With Karen Brooks

Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Seafood

Local culinary enthusiasts seeking outstanding oysters would do well to follow our expert explorers.

08/23/2012 By Benjamin Tepler With Camille Grigsby-Rocca

Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Meat

All good carnivores should know where to get their fix—and how to fix it.

08/23/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Destination Markets

For these food impresarios, grocery shopping isn’t just business. It’s personal.

08/23/2012 By Karen Brooks With Benjamin Tepler

Out and About

Olive, Vine and More

In the search for life's essentials, don't skip this spot

08/22/2012 By Kristin Belz


Xico Debuts on Division

Kelly Myers and Elizabeth Davis opened the doors of their upscale casual Mexican eatery this week, complete with handmade tortillas, refined entrees, summery...

08/20/2012 By Allison Jones


Master Class

The search is over. We've got the list of all the best pizzas from around the Portland area. Find a new sensational gourmet pizza pie in your neighborhood.

08/19/2012 By Karen Brooks


Bunk’s New Restaurant: Tex Mex–Loving Trigger

In October, Portland’s sandwich kings will go underground with a rock ‘n’ roll Tex-Mex eatery beneath the Wonder Ballroom on NE Russell Str...

08/15/2012 By Karen Brooks


Three Sisters Nixtamal

Portland newcomers bring pitch-perfect tortillas to the artisan food scene.

08/15/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Eat Beat’s News to Chew

Top food news stories from around Portland, including the opening of Xico on Division and Whey Bar, Ox Restaurant’s new booze-fueled waiting area.

08/14/2012 By Allison Jones


Ox Expansion

Argentine-inspired Ox to open a bar and waiting area next door

08/08/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

free stuff

Zoo Doo!

a fantastic – and free! – local soil amendment resource

08/07/2012 By Kate Bryant

get dirty

Plant Fall Vegetables!

-there’s plenty of time to get a bountiful fall and winter garden growing

08/07/2012 By Kate Bryant


Speakeasy Below the Ace Hotel

Eat Beat confirms that Nate Tilden’s secret Spanish bocadillo shop and underground bar run by Jeffrey Morgenthaler will open late September.

08/04/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

gallery grazing

First Thursday Sampler

08/02/2012 By Aaron Scott


Las Primas

Peruvian street food finds a toothsome balance between authentic Lima flavors and Portland’s sandwich culture.

08/01/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


From Farm to Face

The Spa at Washington’s Salish Lodge lets you create your own custom body scrub—from the ingredients in the on-site organic garden.


Design Guide

Getting Into the Garage Groove

An unofficial guide to the principles of great (or at least good) garages.

07/29/2012 By Kristin Belz


Feast Portland Brings the Brunch (and new guest chefs!)

The folks behind Portland’s upcoming international food and drink festival have just released additional lineup details, including a new brunch event a...

07/26/2012 By Allison Jones

theater fest, just add water

Our picks for the JAW Playwrights Festival

Friday through Sunday at Portland Center Stage

07/26/2012 By Aaron Scott