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 TIME

Last-Minute New Year's Eve Destinations (and Where to Grub the Morning After)

A handful of the city’s best bars and restaurants give you a reason to venture out on New Year's Eve.

12/29/2015 By Kelly Clarke

YEAR IN REVIEW

The Biggest Openings and Closures of 2015

The Eat Beat team examines the year in Portland restaurants.

12/28/2015 By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Kelly Clarke

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week: Dec 23–29

From char-spotted pepperoni pies at Pizza Jerk to grand whole Peking duck at Departure, these are the things you must devour this week.

12/23/2015 By Eat Beat Team

DRINK HERE NOW

Bone, Mugs, and Harmony

Haters gonna hate, but Broth Bar heals winter chills, one sip at a time.

12/21/2015 By Kelly Clarke

EAT THIS NOW

Three Things to Eat at Fremont’s Every Diet-Friendly Thrive Sauce & Bowls

The healthy truck caterer settles into its brick-and-mortar space with vibrantly sauced rice and bean bowls for gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and, gasp, meat-eaters, too.

12/16/2015 By Kelly Clarke

READ 'EM AND EAT

The Best Local Cookbooks of 2015

From groundbreaking charcuterie tomes to giftable picnic handbooks, these are the year’s must-read Portland recipe collections.

12/15/2015 By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Kelly Clarke

HOLIDAY BOOZING

Celebrate the Holidays Early with Aquavit Week 2015

The city’s best bars join forces to spotlight Scandinavia’s very merry go-to spirit.

12/03/2015 By Kelly Clarke

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

10 Local Gifts for the Portland Foodie

Our annual roundup of the shiniest kitchen tools, most covetable stocking stuffers, and undeniably crave-worthy foodstuffs to give this holiday season.

12/01/2015 By Benjamin Tepler and Kelly Clarke

HOLIDAY GETAWAY

How to Spend a Merry, Mellow Holiday Weekend at the Oregon Garden

Silverton’s Oregon Garden Resort is a low-key holiday haven—massive twinkling light displays, ice skating, and Frank Lloyd Wright, included.

11/26/2015 By Kelly Clarke

KITCHEN SHUFFLES

Sugar Cube’s Kir Jensen is Renata’s New Pastry Chef

After closing her much-loved bakery, the dessert ace lands at the high-profile Italian kitchen—lemon curd and nocino in hand.

11/24/2015 By Kelly Clarke

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

A Picture-Perfect Meal from the Land of Ice and Snow

Dig in to our very Scandinavian holiday buffet, with festive recipes, inspired seasonal décor, and a jul glögg to remember.

11/20/2015 By Kelly Clarke and Benjamin Tepler

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

Maurice Persimmon Cookies with Cardamom Brown Butter Icing and Ross Fogelquist’s Jul Glogg

Sweeten up your party with old school Scan cookies and a mulled wine recipe from a local knighted by the King of Sweden.

11/20/2015 By Kelly Clarke

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

Make Nordic Holiday Punch for a Crowd

Say cheers in true Scandinavian style with bartender Jacob Grier’s bright, fizzy, aquavit-assisted winter punch.

11/20/2015 By Kelly Clarke

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week

Whether you need a pillowy, Jersey-style meatball parm or Latin-spiced birds drizzled in garlicky, neon green aji sauce, these are the places you must visit this week.

11/18/2015 By Eat Beat Team

INSIDER EATS

Where Do Portland’s Best Chefs Eat on Their Own Time?

From hearty Italian spreads to Balkan stews and cheap salt-and-pepper squid, our chefs devour the city.

10/27/2015 By Kelly Clarke

LIGHT A FIRE 2015

Portland's Best New Nonprofit: Villages NW

Helping seniors spend their golden years at home rather than an assisted-care facility

10/20/2015 By Kelly Clarke

BEST RESTAURANTS

Are You a True Portland Food Fan? Take Our Quiz!

How do you rate on the scale of ultimate Portland food fanaticism? Find out now.

10/20/2015 By Kelly Clarke

THE MENU MAKERS

Meet the Local Farmers, Ranchers, and Beekeepers that Drive Portland Menus

Learn the stories behind the names you've come to know—and find out what ingredients will be inspiring Portland chefs in the future.

10/19/2015 By Kelly Clarke and Allison Jones

THE MENU MAKERS

How Ayers Creek Farm Creates Tomorrow's Heirloom Ingredients

The Gaston-based couple stay busy selecting the fruits, vegetables, and grains on your future dinner plate.

10/19/2015 By Kelly Clarke

THE MENU MAKERS

Camas Country Mill Brings the Wheat to Portland's Bakeries and Pizzerias

Meet the miller behind your favorite local slices, loaves, and bagels.

10/19/2015 By Kelly Clarke