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.

I'm With Her

Get to Know These 4 Standout Women in Portland's Culinary Scene

Food industry folks gush about some of their favorite local ladies.

04/24/2018 By Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke

Spotlight

At Dos Hermanos, Two Yucatán-Born Brothers Work Bakery Magic

Gabriel and Josue Azcorra fuel N Williams with great baguettes and sugar-showered Mexican pastries.

04/24/2018 By Kelly Clarke

The Oregon Woman: Shredding the Patriarchy

Fabi Reyna Is Changing the Guitar Industry with She Shreds

Portland is home to the world’s only print magazine devoted to women guitarists and bassists. But it’s only the first step in its founder’s plan to destroy bro-rock culture.

04/24/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Trophy Case

Some of Portland’s Coolest Stuff Is Lady-Made

From erotic selfie quilts to colorful tote bags, women run this city's maker scene.

04/24/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

Salt & Straw Is Going to Disneyland

Portland’s iconic ice creamers will debut a scoop shop at the House of Mouse’s Downtown Disney District in the Disneyland Resort later this year.

04/24/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Eat This Now

Bánh Mì Nam Lộc Is a Trove of Teeny Vietnamese Seafood Pancakes

The SE 82nd Avenue strip mall spot serves banh khot with a side of Law & Order.

04/02/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Eat Here Now

Find Great Hand-Stretched Noodles at This Downtown Food Cart

Slurp, sip, and repeat.

03/27/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Checking In

Same, Same but Different: Philippe’s Bread Is Now Dos Hermanos Bakery

A pair of Yucatán-born brothers keep the North Williams spot’s great baguettes and add killer, sugar-showered ham-and-cheese Mexican pastries.

03/06/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Long Story Short

At Tender Table, Women and Nonbinary People of Color Share Stories of Food and Family

"I felt the need to bring people together around food and stories about food," says poet and founder Stacey Tran.

02/27/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Global Comfort Food

Portland Dishes That Taste Like Home

We asked some of our favorite local chefs and foodies one deceptively simple question: What tastes like home? Here are their globe-spanning responses.

02/27/2018 Edited by Kelly Clarke

Global Comfort Food

We Asked 20 Portland Chefs and Foodies: What Tastes Like Home?

From hearty Haitian soups to pupusas, here's what makes these locals feel safe and loved—and where to score these touchstone eats.

02/27/2018 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Karen Brooks, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Pechluck Laskey, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Molly Woodstock

Food Event Spotlight

Portland Mercado Chefs Serve 4 Pop-Up Dinners in March

Posole parties to arepa blowouts, special meals from Latino-owned carts come to pop-up hub Feastly PDX.

02/20/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Travel

How to Vacay in Phoenix—with Kids

Need some pro tips for keeping everyone happy on a winter getaway to the Valley of the Sun? Roller coasters, butterflies, and ranch dinners.

02/16/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Eat This Now

Where to Eat This Week: Feb 7–14

Eye-popping hotcakes at Proud Mary and rose-honey-filled pita sandwiches at Ya Hala are your required eating for the week.

02/07/2018 By Eat Beat Team

Beans N Vines

Gorge on Chili and Wine at Southeast Wine Collective’s Franc & Beans Cook-Off

The Division Street urban winery celebrates the winter pairing you never knew you needed: spicy stew and Cabernet Franc.

01/30/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Date Night PDX

25 Great Dates in and around Portland

Romantic evenings, chill times with a pal, roving parties, and trips for two: plan your next outing or overnight here.

01/30/2018 Edited by Eden Dawn By Hannah Bonnie, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Anya Rehon, Margaret Seiler, Benjamin Tepler, and Eleanor Van Buren

Cannabis: Top Shops

Portland's 9 Finest Cannabis Dispensaries

From converted firehouses to Scandinavian-chic spots, here are the city's top shops—newcomers welcome!

01/30/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, and Benjamin Tepler

Design

How Do You Make a Bar Fun? The Elvis Room Duo Tells All.

The barmen behind Portland's double-decker ode to the King know how to create a space that's always on your mind.

01/30/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Food News

Magna Lands a Prime Spot Next to Pizza Jerk on NE 42nd Avenue

Carlo Lamagna’s anticipated Filipino restaurant will open late spring with lumpia and noodles loaded with Dungeness and crab fat.

01/06/2018 By Kelly Clarke