Executive Senior Editor

Kelly Clarke is a 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.

Best Restaurants 2016: Peru + Portland

Portland’s Best Flamboyant Peruvian Cuisine: Paiche

Peruvian seafood meets Portland farm finds, to wild effect.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Top Nonprofits

Meet Our 2016 Light a Fire Winners

Celebrating the nonprofits that make Portland a better place to live, love, give, and grow.

10/10/2016 Edited by Marty Patail By Kelly Clarke, Claire Colby, Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Lisa Dunn, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Regina Winkle-Bryan

Light a Fire 2016: Keeping Us Healthy

Cascade AIDS Project Serves More Than 400 People Each Month

In 30 years, CAP has blossomed into a 60-staffer juggernaut, with services ranging from HIV testing to housing and job placement.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

First Look at Tokyo's Cult Afuri Ramen, Opening Soon in Southeast Portland

In mid-October, Afuri unveils an ambitious showcase for Japanese cooking in SE Industrial—noodles to sake and skewers—anchored by a key Oregon-only ingredient and major international chef talent.

10/03/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Theater

Little Shop of Horrors Is a Bloody Good Time

Doo-wop girls to man-eating plants, Portland Center Stage’s cult musical revival is totally killer.

09/27/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Eat Here Now

Where to Eat This Week: September 22-29

Spicy, funky eats at Straits Kitchen, “Kimchiladas” at Han Oak, and Haitian xurros at 180 are your required eating and drinking for the week.

09/22/2016 By Eat Beat Team

Gardening

How to Grow a Pizza

Bored with your raised garden bed? Take your cues from Pizza Jerk, and plant for maximum flavor.

09/21/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Local Design

Get a Load of Portland’s Most Lavish Wall Art

Custom-painted Rorschach inkblots to fanciful barn owls, forget all your ideas about fusty wallpaper.

09/21/2016 By Kelly Clarke and Heather V. Keeling

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The Solo Club: Where Summer Lasts Forever

Spritzes and Southeast Asian bites fuel Besaw’s new bitters-loving sister bar.

09/21/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Food Coma

Feast Portland 2016: A Retrospective

Senior editor Kelly Clarke and restaurant critic Karen Brooks recount four days of country ham chocolate bars, enormous shrimp tower phalluses, and heavenly Asian breakfast.

09/21/2016 By Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

New Details on Vitaly Paley's Lavish Russian Tea Service, Coming to the Heathman Hotel This Fall

Paley’s Heathman Hotel restaurant revamp promises a bit of DaNet in the historic Tea Court Lounge—antique samovars to Russian-accented pastries from dessert ringer Jeff McCarthy.

09/01/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Eat This Now

Sausage Party at Matt’s BBQ

At Portland’s hottest ‘cue cart, the ribs are great. But don’t forget the jalapeño-cheddar sausage.

08/24/2016 By Kelly Clarke

WHAT WE ATE

Portland’s Restaurant History: The People, Places, and Plates That Set Our City’s Epic Table

How did we conquer the food world? We chronicle more than a century of Portland dining.

08/15/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke

RECIPES

Eight Classic Portland Recipes, 1932 to Now

From Henry Thiele’s German pancakes to Lucy Brennan’s avocado daiquiri, here’s how to eat (and drink) your way through Portland history.

08/15/2016 By Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Karen Brooks

SOUL SCENE

Revisiting the Mid-Century Jazz Clubs and Soul Food Kitchens of Portland’s Albina Neighborhood

Before it became a chic bike thoroughfare, N Williams was a compact universe of black-owned businesses.

08/15/2016 By Kelly Clarke

FOOD HISTORY

Pioneer Salt, Giant Pancakes, and Sexy Salads: The Two-Century-Long Story of How Portland Conquered the Food World

Here are the wild spots, rule breakers, lost treasures, and unforgettable dishes that forged our food culture.

08/15/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Karen Brooks, Molly Woodstock, and Michael Zusman Photography by Nicolle Clemetson Styled by Ashley Marti/Local Haven

Breaking News

Pine Street Market’s Common Law Closes; Kim Jong Grillin’/Smokehouse Tavern Collaboration Will Fill Space

Chef Patrick McKee’s fine dining French-Asian spot calls it quits. Up next: KJS, a Korean barbecue-meets-smoked meats project from two of Portland’s favorite meat men.

08/11/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

Eb & Bean Will Open Second Shop on SE Division Street This Fall

A new outpost of Portland’s chic frozen yogurt spot will snug between Stella Taco and Bollywood Theater come October.

08/09/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

Blue Star Donuts to Open PDX Airport Outpost

Travelers will be able to nab a Cointreau crème brûlée on their way outta town by Thanksgiving.

07/27/2016 By Kelly Clarke

EAT HERE NOW

At Vivienne Kitchen & Pantry, “Pleasant” Is a Very Good Thing

Breakfast sandwiches to toothsome porridge to pork and beans, this new Hollywood cafe refreshes in its simplicity.

07/12/2016 By Kelly Clarke