Cooper Levey-Baker has written about food, politics, civic issues, the arts, and music in Southwest Florida for a decade. His work has won an honorable mention from the Julia Child Foundation and a Bronze Award for Best In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Magazine Association, and he was named a finalist for Best Public Service Reporting by the Florida Society of Professional Journalists. His fiction earned him a John Ringling Fund Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Sarasota County and his rendition of "Drunk in Love" has left karaoke audiences throughout the region bewildered.

10 Bucks or Less

Rincon Cubano Excels at the Basics of Habanero Cuisine

Rincon Cubano translates as “Cuban corner,” and that gets right to the heart of what this restaurant is all about.

11/06/2019 By Staff

Sip, baby, sip

Forks & Corks Tickets Go on Sale Monday

The 2020 Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival is scheduled to take place Jan. 23-27.

10/31/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Eastward bound

New Libby's in Lakewood Ranch Opens Today

The new eatery will ape the menu and ambiance of the Sarasota location and seat 189 between its indoor and outdoor spaces.

10/31/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

The Reborn Libby's Improves on the Original

This is French comfort food par excellence—delicious and satisfying.

10/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Sound Wave

Restaurants Are Getting Louder. Not Everyone Loves the Trend

Let's hope restaurant owners are listening.

10/29/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

It's Showtime!

At One of Sarasota's Oldest Restaurants, Great Service Matters

Columbia Restaurant assistant manager Richard Appelgren shares the secrets to the restaurant's success.

10/29/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Best Restaurants

The Best Restaurants in Sarasota

Where to eat right now.

10/29/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Sunday service

Lakewood Ranch Farmers' Market Moves to Sundays, Starting This Week

The Market at Lakewood Ranch will run 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday from November through April.

10/28/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Health is Wealth

Healthy Café Delivers Fast-Casual Bowls With an Indian Twist

The restaurant is currently offering a 20 percent introductory discount on its dishes, plus free turmeric tea and watermelon juice.

10/21/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Farm fun

Eat Local Week Kicks Off Thursday

The theme of this year's Transition Sarasota celebration is "Exploring Food Waste."

10/14/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Sarasota Rapper's New Album Drops Today

YB's Fire & Desire contains 11 tracks of well-crafted Christian hip hop.

10/09/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

October is the coolest month

Student Poets Will Be in Residence at Art Ovation Next Week

Led by educator Joanna Fox, creative writing students from Booker Middle School will be typing up poems inspired by random words plucked from a jar.

10/03/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Snacks back

Bradenton Farmers' Market Returns Saturday

The market sets up along Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday from October through May.

10/03/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

There Goes The Neighborhood

Is Airbnb Ruining Our Neighborhoods?

Do sites like Airbnb boost the local economy or tear neighborhoods apart?

10/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

Bridges Restaurant Marries Old World and New World Food

Be sure to ask for a table by the window for stunning views of downtown Sarasota.

10/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cut!

Claws Will Return for a Fourth and Final Season

The program is one of TV's most entertaining shows, a witty blend of Florida noir, dark comedy and outlandish style.

10/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Call it a comeback

Phillippi Farmers' Market Returns Wednesday

It's that time of year. Temperatures are dipping below 95, pumpkin spice is flowing freely and seasonal farmers' markets are returning to action.

10/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Greek Show

Athens Family Restaurant Delivers Food Network-Approved Greek Cuisine

Food Network host Guy Fieri dubbed the restaurant's kotopita "crunchalicious."

10/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Sober Up

More and More Bars Are Mixing Creative Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

It’s part of what some call a nationwide “sober curious” trend.

10/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Pie times

Oak & Stone Opens New 'Fastfire' Location

Oak & Stone Fastfire offers a stripped-down menu that focuses on Oak & Stone's beloved pizzas, with a fast-casual setup.

09/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker