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.

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

THE MORNING AFTER

Inspired Plates from the Xico-Smallwares Collaboration

A dish-by-dish recap of a stellar night of Mexican Asian fusion on SE Division

08/07/2014 Photography by Allison Jones By Kelly Clarke

WALLET GUIDE

4 Local Root Beers for Better Floats

Add a scoop to these true brews from Oregon's beer pros (they're all way better than Barq's!)

08/06/2014 By Kelly Clarke

SEIZE THE SUMMER

5 Places to Splash in the City

Take your brood for a plunge without leaving Portland.

08/01/2014 By Kelly Clarke

SEIZE THE SUMMER

7 Relaxing Summer Day Trips

Into short drives, easy strolls, and sweat-free escapes? There's no shame in that! Here's how to make the most of summer in your flip-flops.

08/01/2014 By Zach Dundas, Eden Dawn, Allison Jones, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail Edited by Rachel Ritchie

BREAKING NEWS

Doug Adams Crowned Imperial’s Chef De Cuisine

Up-and-coming sous chef Doug Adams takes the reigns at Vitaly Paley’s downtowner Imperial.

07/24/2014 By Kelly Clarke

HIT LIST

Portland's 10 Best Guilt-Free Dishes

Vegan sushi, Paleo parfaits, bracingly acidic ceviche, and salads a-plenty...there's a whole new world of healthy dining out there, and it's delicious.

07/17/2014 By Benjamin Tepler, Allison Jones, Kelly Clarke, and Molly Woodstock

WE <3 VIDEO

Watch the Full-Length Andy Ricker Doc Online Now

PoMo's Karen Brooks explains Andy Ricker's sweet and savory food charms as Vice streams its full length Pok Pok documentary online.

07/08/2014 By Kelly Clarke

INSTA-SUMMER

How to Host the Perfect Summer Party

We offer 60 expert tips for the best backyard bash ever, from food to drinks to DIY decor—and the perfect playlist for the action.

07/01/2014 Photography by Stuart Mullenberg Edited by Kelly Clarke

BIG DEALS

Son of a Biscuit Opens With 1,000 Free Fried Chicken Meals

Micah Camden's and Katie Poppe's new SE Division Street fried chicken shack takes flight with free fried chicken, biscuits and sides on June 21.

06/19/2014 By Kelly Clarke

DIY

Make Your Own Easy Party Pinwheels

Geranium Lake's Kim Foren puts a summer spin on party décor.

06/11/2014 By Kelly Clarke

ECOLOGY

Life Goes On: Mount St. Helens' Flora and Fauna

Ecologists reflect on the rebirth of the mountain after its modern eruptions—and a field guide to its wildest residents (yes, including Sasquatch).

06/02/2014 Illustrations by Dan Gay By Kelly Clarke