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. 

STAGE

The Shows to Know

These are the shows to see in Portland as the leaves begin to turn.

08/17/2009 With Addoley Dzegede, Kim Winternheimer, Victoria Nguyen, Laura Klairmont, and Keri Miller Edited by Bart Blasengame

Music

The Maestro

The kinetic conductor of the Oregon Symphony does things his own way, but the question remains if he can move the symphony forward.

08/17/2009 By Bill Donahue

Mudroom

Home Alone

The unit vacancy caused by the recession in new high rises isn't all bad.

08/17/2009 By Kasey Cordell

Big, Obnoxious Drinks

Yard Arms

Can really tall daiquiris save our local economy? No, but who cares?

08/11/2009 By John Chandler

Music

The Ballad of Fred and Toody

Fred and Toody Cole, Portland's rock lifers, reflect on making music and staying in love after 40 years of marriage and life on the road.

07/21/2009 By Bart Blasengame

POUR

Relief Pitcher

There's more to drink in Portland than that tasty hoppy beer that's taking up space in the fridge. Use some local fruit and make some sangria.

07/20/2009 By Tom Colligan

SAVOR

Orange Crush

Jerry Huisinga, the head chef of Bar Mingo, brings out unexpected tastes from the cantaloupe.

07/20/2009 By Martha Calhoon

Best Burgers 2009

Create the Perfect Burger

In this issue, not only did we judge the best burgers in the city; we gathered some of the top chefs in the city—Tommy Habetz of Bunk, Oswaldo Bibiano of Autentica, and Naomi Pomeroy of Beast—for a no-holds-barred Iron Chef-esque competition to create the

07/20/2009 By Bart Blasengame

Burgers

Portland's Best Burgers

You got the need, the need for beef? Let our guide to Portland's best burgers give you the resources you need to make that educated culinary choice on that most American of dishes: the hamburger. We scoured the city to find the best in nine different ca

07/20/2009 With Martha Calhoon, Randy Gragg, Brian Barker, John Chandler, and Rachel Ritchie Edited by Kasey Cordell

Sustainability Scope

The Coolest City of Them All?

Portland’s Climate Action Plan measures up

06/30/2009 By Benjamin Tepler

Architecture

Building Blocks

Jeff Stuhr and John Holmes, the founding partners of Holst Architecture and the architects behind Ziba Design's soon-to-be world headquarters in Portland, are leading a charge of change that encompasses other local firms such as Works Partnership Architec

06/22/2009 By Amara Holstein

Mudroom

PDX Pop Now!

Four can’t-miss bands rock Portland’s favorite all-ages music festival.

06/22/2009 By Bart Blasengame

Beyond the Bridges

Great Lake

Wintertime Tahoe holds no shortage of its own stunning imagery and activities, but for natives and long-timers, summer is the secret star. Choosing a vacation base can feel overwhelming. If I had to build a pair of perfect days there, I'd stick to Tahoe C

05/26/2009 By Paige Williams

Hit List

All in the Family

From kites to rodeos to cherry picking, there's something for everyone this summer. Here's your guide to Portland's family-friendly summer events.

05/21/2009 By Kaitlin Johnson

Get Out

Hikes & Bikes

One of the best things about living in Portland is the ease with which we can escape the city for more rugged delights. So we paged through guidebooks, consulted local experts, and wore a little leather off our own boots...

05/20/2009 Edited by Kasey Cordell With Brian Barker By Kaitlin Johnson, Ariel Bleicher, Victoria Nguyen, and Bart Blasengame

Pour

Soter Vineyards

Our Critic's Top Wine Picks

05/19/2009

Nosh

Eat Their Words

Understanding restaurant menus shouldn’t be this hard.

05/19/2009 By J. David Santen Jr.

EAT THIS NOW

Chicken & Waffles at Simpatica

Get thee to Simpatica for a breakfast of fried chicken and golden waffles that hails from either Harlem or somewhere in the South.

05/19/2009 By Camas Davis

The Hit List

Haute Diggity

Need a boxwood for the backyard or a succulent for the sill? Look no further.

05/19/2009 By Camela Raymond

Stroll

Walk On

Only Portland boasts an integrated network of both trails and streets that turns much of our city into one giant pedestrian playground.

05/19/2009 By Anna Hirsh