Editor in Chief

Kelly Clarke is editor in chief at Portland Monthly, where she manages the magazine’s insatiable Food & Drink section and creates lively cover packages that often double as guilty pleasures, from scouting out the city’s best bars or chronicling how to turn your backyard into a chic, gluttonous party paradise. She also pens stories on everything from mouthy ballerinas and bartenders to artisan junk food taste tests and Portland’s next crop of influential chefs.

In her former life, Kelly was the longtime Arts & Culture Editor at Willamette Week, where she founded the Portland alt-newsweekly’s popular Finder city guide, wrote about PDX’s excellent ethnic markets, chefs fighting over pigs, sex machines, and very expensive dog wheelchairs. Her Portland Monthly story about a wildly talented local chef channeling his hazardously addictive personality into cooking success won the SPJ’s 2013 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition for Personalities reporting. She lives, cooks, and eats with her husband and very opinionated daughter in Northeast Portland, where pho shops still outnumber Salt & Straw outposts.

The Little Joys of Summer

Here's What You Need Right Now to Party at a Distance

Celebrate local eateries and drink makers with your own backyard feast of homey takeout, icy drinks, and vividly flavored market finds.

08/01/2020 By Kelly Clarke

Tacos & Top Guns

San Diego Boasts Harbor Seals, Beachfront Roller Coasters, and All the Tacos

Add sun (there’s always sun), and you have an easy family getaway.

01/21/2020 By Kelly Clarke

Best Places to Work

Software Giant Autodesk’s Central Eastside Office Is an Homage to Portland Makers

Their six-floor hub inside the stories Towne Storage building includes lovingly preserved artist’s graffiti, a custom laser-cut video game console, and Mayor Ted Wheeler’s favorite roof deck.

12/31/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Nooners

10 Portland Lunches We Can’t Stop Eating

Portland’s collective brunch trance is ending. The golden age of workday lunching has arrived.

12/31/2019 By Benjamin Tepler With Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke

Best Places to Work

Why You Should Always Love Your Work Family

Portland Monthly's outgoing editor in chief Kelly Clarke on the people who absorb your stress and celebrate your wins—and concoct the best inside jokes

12/31/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

Multiple Women Recall Sexual Misconduct and Perceived Retaliation by Gordon Sondland

Three women recall Sondland made unwanted sexual contact in business settings. One says he exposed himself and that, later, she fell over the back of a couch trying to escape him. All recall professional retaliation after they rejected him.

11/27/2019 By Julia Silverman, Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Maryam Jameel, and Doris Burke

Party for a Cause

Celebrate Portland Monthly’s 2019 Light a Fire Award Winners in Person

Get ready for all the feels at our 15th annual nonprofit and volunteer awards gala at the Oregon Convention Center November 21.

11/12/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

Flying Fish Company is Opening a Full Restaurant and Seafood Market on East Burnside

The lauded sustainable seafood seller will trade its perch at Providore Market for its own digs in the space last home to the People’s Pig.

11/07/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Extraordinary Volunteer

This Volunteer Has Fostered 18 Guide Dogs for the Blind Just Since 2016

Says Debi Hays: “They give me the dogs that are a ‘challenge.' I call them misunderstood.”

10/23/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Best New Restaurants 2019: Trends

Seven Spots Expanding Portland’s Food Map

In 2019, Guam, Burma, the Philippines, and other nations got more room at the table.

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

Best New Restaurants 2019

Best New Restaurants 2019

Asian flavors—wild to traditional—ruled the day, a scotch destination was born, vegan fine dining got serious, and two bakeries cracked our list. And that’s ...

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, and Benjamin Tepler

Best New Restaurants 2019

Portland Monthly’s Best New Restaurants 2019

Asian flavors—wild to traditional—ruled the day, a scotch destination was born, vegan fine dining got serious, and two bakeries cracked our list. And that’s just a taster of 2019. Pull up a seat.

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, and Ramona DeNies Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

Best New Restaurants 2019

2019’s Cart Standouts Were All About the Meat and Potatoes

The year belonged to Austin barbecue, Tex-Mex tacos, and chicken n’ jojos.

10/18/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, and Ramona DeNies

Entertaining Guide

A Portland Pro on How to Throw the Party of Your Dreams

Portland Monthly’s own party planner, Polly Zel, spills her secrets (including budgets, blooms, and Bud Light).

08/27/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Entertaining Guide

25 Ways to Throw the Perfect Portland Party

No matter what kind of bash you're planning, here's where to book, who should cook, and tips that'll save you time, money, and a boatload of stress.

08/27/2019 Edited by Kelly Clarke Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

Entertaining Guide

25 Ways to Throw the Perfect Portland Party

No matter what kind of bash you're planning, here's where to book, who should cook, and tips that'll save you time, money, and a boatload of stress.

08/27/2019 Edited by Kelly Clarke

Entertaining Guide

12 More Awesome Ways to Party in Portland

From axe-throwing contests and rooftop get-downs to wine-and-cheese platters and pizza parties, there's really no excuse not to throw an epic party.

08/27/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson, Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Conner Reed, and Benjamin Tepler

Entertaining Guide

4 Super Sweet Local Dessert Experiences for Your Next Shindig

From boozy ice pops to torched-to-order s'mores and cotton candy art, here's who makes the good stuff.

08/27/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Entertaining Guide

Roll Your Own Pasta in a Feminist Party Pad

The Nightwood Society—run by a cabal of badass ladies—hosts interactive parties, bubbly included.

08/27/2019 By Kelly Clarke