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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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.

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

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 07/08/2014
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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.

  • By Stuart Mullenberg and Kelly Clarke
  • Published 07/01/2014
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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.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 06/19/2014
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DIY

Make Your Own Easy Party Pinwheels

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

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 06/11/2014
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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).

  • By Dan Gay and Kelly Clarke
  • Published 06/02/2014
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LONG STORY SHORT

Jeffrey Morgenthaler: The Man Behind the Bar

The legendary Clyde Common bartender reveals his slow rise to cocktail stardom (by way of dive bars and white collar ambitions).

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 06/02/2014
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HIGH SPIRITS

Squirrel Nut Sippers: DIY Walnut Liqueur

We'll show you how to turn those green walnuts into black gold by Christmas.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 06/02/2014
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SNEAK PEEK

First Look at Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s The Bar Book

Three geeky things we learned from the Clyde Common bartender’s new cocktail technique bible.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 05/12/2014
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HIT LIST

10 Portland-Style Junk Food Favorites

Portlanders are turning your favorite greasy, sugary, salty snacks into artisan masterpieces.

  • By Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke
  • Published 05/01/2014
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FEATURE

Reasons to Love Portland

From poetry to poutine, from high tech to high fashion, we celebrate what makes our city the best anywhere.

  • By Randy Gragg, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, Allison Jones, Carl Abbott, Jonathan Frochtzwajg, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Molly Woodstock, Maya Seaman, Peter Holmstrom, Lexy Folkes, Greg Young, Rene Denfeld, Brian Doyle, Justin Hocking, and Laini Taylor
  • Published 04/25/2014
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INTERVIEW

Getting Personal with Portland’s Food Napoleon Micah Camden

We sit down with the outspoken chef and restaurateur to find out the secret to smart expansion and his life's singular regret (hint: it involves Voodoo Doughnut).

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 04/11/2014
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YA BLOCKBUSTERS

Local Author Laini Taylor on Monstrous Love Affairs

The best-selling scribe of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy releases its final chapter and gossips about its big screen adaptation and sex in YA. Apr 16

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/10/2014
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DANCE REVIEW

Review: NW Dance Project’s Director’s Choice

PDX’s contemporary powerhouse celebrates 10 years with a quartet of intense, beautiful, athletic dances. Thru Apr 5

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/03/2014
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LONG STORY SHORT

Portland's Veteran Dancer Takes Her Final Bow

A look back at Alison Roper's decades-long career with the Oregon Ballet Theatre

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/02/2014
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BEER BULLETIN

Ecliptic Brewing: Third Beer from the Sun

Pioneering Oregon brewmaster John Harris launches a new North Mississippi brewpub

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/02/2014
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DANCE

Alison Roper, Dancing Queen

On the eve of her retirement, we take a look back at the Oregon Ballet Theatre ballerina’s remarkable career.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 03/12/2014
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Introducing Angel Face, Navarre's Feminine Counterpart

John Taboada’s mysterious bar project is here at last. Hallelujah.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 03/12/2014
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EAT HERE NOW

Power Lunch at Harlow

Refuel with vibrant bowls, salads, and filling plates at Southeast Hawthorne's gluten-free, mostly vegan, organic hot spot.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 03/03/2014
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INTRODUCING

The Sudra's Colorful Vegan Fare

The Ocean goes Indian, by way of New Mexico.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 03/03/2014
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