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.

Whiskeytown

An Insightful, Fun, Somewhat Blurry Taste-Test of Downtown's Best Whiskey Drinks

Whiskey's everywhere these days, but who in Sarasota is pouring the good stuff?

03/20/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Meating Agenda

6 Boss Butcher Shops

Our guide to local meat spots that are a cut above.

03/15/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker and David Hackett

Time Is a Lie

Ethan Hawke Discusses Success, Failure, Art at Ringling College

"Feeling like you don't belong or there isn't a place for you is very common, and it's not permission to not take a step forward."

03/09/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Chapters and Chow

New Book, Coffee, Sandwich Spot Opens Near Ringling College

A new North Trail business with a smart selection of used books and tasty snacks.

03/08/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Road Trips

Apalachicola Is a Seafood Lover's Town

Roughly 90 percent of Florida oysters and 10 percent of American oysters come from Apalachicola Bay.

03/06/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Exit Interview

Departing Commissioner Suzanne Atwell Sounds Off on City Government

"Commissioners should have more passion and courage. It’s sickening."

03/01/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Wake Up

5 Great Sarasota Coffee Shops

Five of our favorite caffeine-capable coffee counters and their bodacious bean-based beverages.

02/27/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Party Foul

Judge Grants Injunction Against Dub Shack

The new University Parkway beer bar has been embroiled in a complicated court case since opening late last month.

02/22/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Get Into the Groove

Meet Walker Lukens, the Excellent Austin Singer Who Headlines the Next Ringling Underground Concert

"Bands don't go to Florida very often, but it's actually a great place to build a fanbase because of that. Audiences are a little more appreciative of people coming."

02/17/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Why Millennials Struggle in Sarasota

The good news: Not all young people hate Sarasota. The bad news: The obstacles to keeping them here are bigger than most people realize.

02/14/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker Photography by Everett Dennison

Coming Home

10 Bucks or Less: Bianca's Mexican Restaurant

After an extended absence, an old favorite returns to Sarasota.

02/08/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fabulous Flying Ford

Video: Flying in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor Plane

The Experimental Aircraft Association brings the historic plane to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

02/03/2017 By Hannah Wallace

Made in SRQ

Made in Sarasota: Aso Bandages

Aso's east Sarasota HQ cranks out billions of wound-care products and oversees operations in the U.S., Mexico, the Philippines and Europe.

02/01/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Road Warriors

The Battle Over Beach Road

Mike Cosentino and Elizabeth Gomez-Mayo crusade to keep a beachfront stretch of road public.

02/01/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Best Restaurants 2017

Maison Blanche's José Martinez Moves Forward By Standing Still

Longboat Key's Maison Blanche is formal, private, hushed and leisurely.

01/31/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Settle Down

10 Bucks or Less: Chefs2U

A mobile food business opens a stationary hub.

01/31/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Beer Me

Inside Sarasota-Manatee's Craft Beer Scene

Craft beer lovers’ cups are running over with several new and newish breweries in the 941. We tour their taprooms and sample the suds.

01/30/2017 By Hannah Wallace Photography by Everett Dennison

A River Runs Next to It

Mattison's Returns to Downtown Bradenton

Paul Mattison recently took over the YachtSea Grille, overhauled the space and rebranded it as Mattison's City Grille.

01/27/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Land

Cleveland-Themed Eatery Plans April Opening

LeBron fans will soon have a new spot to call home.

01/25/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

New Era

In Sarasota, Dick Cheney Talks Trump, Iraq, Women's March

"I think what we did in Iraq was the right thing to do. I still believe that."

01/23/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker