Executive Senior Editor

Kelly Clarke is executive senior editor 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.

WINTER BUCKET LIST

14 Things You Must Eat and Drink This Winter

From flaming cocktails to Sichuan hot pot, we've got more than a dozen tips for giving your appetite a big, warm hug.

12/01/2014 By Benjamin Tepler and Molly Woodstock Edited by Kelly Clarke

WINTER BUCKET LIST

How to Hibernate Like a True Portlander

From oddball home deliveries to streaming videos and board games, we've got plenty of reasons to pray for a snow day.

12/01/2014 By Aaron Scott, Allison Jones, Win Goodbody, and Sarah Ostaszewski Edited by Kelly Clarke

WINTER BUCKET LIST

15 Ways to Pamper Yourself From Head to Toe

From salt-cave massages and yoga to champagne and chocolate pedicures, we've got plenty of ways for you to melt away winter stress.

12/01/2014 By Eden Dawn, Allison Jones, and Kelly Clarke

WINTER BUCKET LIST

16 Ways to Keep Yourself (and Your Guests) Entertained This Winter

Our guide to Portland's best seasonal shows, winter sports, holiday lights, and after-hours fun

12/01/2014 By Zach Dundas, Aaron Scott, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

BEST RESTAURANTS

How to Devour Portland's Restaurant Scene in 7 Days

The ultimate food lover's challenge—a very full week-long tour of Portland's best restaurants. We dare you.

11/03/2014 By Kelly Clarke

LIGHT A FIRE

Extraordinary Board Member: Diane O'Connor

Advocating for the patients and survivors of an often misunderstood disease

10/23/2014 By Kelly Clarke

CHEF LIFE

Where Do Portland's Best Chefs Eat on their Own Time?

From pop-up chefs who gorge on Asian noodles, empire-builders who lunch at “prison-like” taquerias, and a James Beard Award winner who swears by Elmer’s—Portland chefs devour this town.

10/21/2014 By Kelly Clarke

DANCE REVIEW

Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre Turns 25 with a Stage Extravaganza

OBT kicks off its quarter-century season with Balanchine, tuxes, memories, and a joyous collaboration with Pink Martini. Thru Oct 18

10/13/2014 By Kelly Clarke

VISUAL THINKING

XPlane Tranforms Global Companies with the Power of Doodling

Using drawings, skits, role-playing, and the power of "show, don't tell," one local design consultancy generates some seriously smart thinking.

10/10/2014 By Kelly Clarke

FEAST PDX INTERVIEWS

Q&A: Rolf & Daughters' Philip Krajeck

On the eve of Feast, the Nashville chef talks farro, fat, and why he's not America's Pasta Lord.

09/17/2014 By Kelly Clarke

FOOD EVENT SPOTLIGHT

Four Reasons to Get Excited About the Portland Fermentation Festival

On the eve of next month’s fifth annual “stinky wonderful” tasting event at Ecotrust, we tapped local author Liz Crain for four of her favorite ferments.

09/16/2014 By Kelly Clarke

POUR

The Bitter Housewife Is On a Mission to Help Home Bartenders

Portland's home bar heroine wants you to spice up your liquor cabinet—and shares her recipe for brandied cherries.

09/16/2014 By Kelly Clarke

BREAKING NEWS

Bunk’s Tommy Habetz to Launch Moon Pizza this Winter

Portland’s sandwich king plans to tap his East Coast roots for a family-centric SE Powell pizzeria and ice cream spot.

09/10/2014 By Kelly Clarke

FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE

Ancient Heritage Dairy Goes Urban

Oregon's old-school cheese operation is gearing up to move operations from Madras to Southeast Portland.

09/02/2014 By Kelly Clarke

INTRODUCING

First Impressions of John Gorham's Mediterranean Exploration Company

According to the chef of Toro Bravo and the Tasty empire, MEC is essentially “Tasty n Sons, focused on one part of the world.” We're happy to be along for the ride.

09/02/2014 By Kelly Clarke

HIT LIST

Portland's Newest Fried Chicken Feasts

In the past few months, the city has hatched three new spots for seriously good fried chicken. We gladly set out to investigate.

09/02/2014 By Kelly Clarke

LOCAL FOOD

The A to Z Food Lover's Guide to Oregon

This alphabetic sampler of the state's best things to eat and drink will sharpen your appetite (and appreciation) for the fertile place we call home.

09/02/2014 Edited by Zach Dundas and Benjamin Tepler By Rachel Ritchie, Allison Jones, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Maya Seaman, Nicole Cordier, Caleb Diehl, and Sarah Richards

PARTY, PLANNED

Three Ways to Amp Up Your Labor Day Barbecue

Celebrate the end of summer in style with Ox's short rib recipe, refreshing shandy cocktails, and super-sized lawn games.

08/27/2014 By Kelly Clarke

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Maurice is One of Bon Appétit's Top 10 New Restaurants in America

Quirky PDX dessert haven Maurice nabs a coveted spot on Bon Appétit's "Hot Ten" list of the best new restaurants in the country.

08/19/2014 By Kelly Clarke

POUR

Portland Soda Works Geeks Out on Pop

Nationally lauded graphic novelist and former food critic Chris Onstad considers the cola.

08/13/2014 By Kelly Clarke