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 andbartenders 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.

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Extraordinary Board Member: Diane O'Connor

Advocating for the patients and survivors of an often misunderstood disease

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 10/23/2014
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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.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 10/21/2014
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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

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 10/13/2014
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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.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 10/10/2014
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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.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 09/17/2014
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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.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 09/16/2014
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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.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 09/16/2014
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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.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 09/10/2014
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Ancient Heritage Dairy Goes Urban

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

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 09/02/2014
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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.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 09/02/2014
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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.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 09/02/2014
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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.

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

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/27/2014
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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.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/19/2014
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Portland Soda Works Geeks Out on Pop

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

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/13/2014
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Inspired Plates from the Xico-Smallwares Collaboration

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

  • By Allison Jones and Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/07/2014
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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!)

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/06/2014
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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.

  • By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Eden Dawn, Allison Jones, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail
  • Published 08/01/2014
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5 Places to Splash in the City

Take your brood for a plunge without leaving Portland.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/01/2014
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Doug Adams Crowned Imperial’s Chef De Cuisine

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

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 07/24/2014
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