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.

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.

9:24am 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

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

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

Design

A Historic Midcentury-Modern Beach House Marries Old and New

When a 2017 storm nearly destroyed the iconic Van Evera Bailey home, the family restored it to its 1955 splendor—with a 2019 twist.

08/27/2019 By Kelly Clarke Photography by Caitlin Murray

True Lice

School Is In. Here’s How to Battle the Lice Scourge.

The fight against the X-Men of vermin comes down to one word: vigilance.

08/27/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Editor's Note

We Tried to Find All the Ways to Throw a Party in Portland

Our September issue is devoted to helping you plan the perfect bash—for any occasion.

08/27/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Entertaining Guide

17 Bars and Restaurants That Will Host Your Next Bash

These sweet local spots cook the eats, serve the drinks, and—most importantly—clean up.

08/27/2019 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, Monica Juárez, and Conner Reed

Seafood Guide 2019: Catch It!

3 Easy Ways to Catch Your Own Oregon Seafood

From kid-friendly trout farms to hassle-free crabbing, here’s how to dip your toes into fishing.

07/24/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Seafood Guide 2019: Restaurants

A Diner’s Guide to Oregon Seafood

These are our favorite seafood restaurants right now.

07/24/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, and Benjamin Tepler

Seafood Guide 2019: Fishmongers

Our 5 Go-To Portland Seafood Markets

From tiny, traceability-obsessed counters to our city's Costco of fish, here’s where to source your seafood.

07/24/2019 By Kelly Clarke

PDX Index

12 Things That Are Banned in the Beaver State

You already know Oregon law frowns on certain fireworks. But sky lanterns and pet leopards?

06/25/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

Portland Fermentation Fest Snags Noma’s David Zilber for its 10th Anniversary Event

The celebrated head of Noma’s Fermentation Lab will give a talk at “Stinkfest” and attend a Plaza Del Toro La Ruta dinner inspired by his ferments this October.

06/18/2019 By Kelly Clarke