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.

Weekly planner

A Home Brew Contest, a Wine Walk and More Top Food and Drink Events

Also on the menu this week: a wine tasting at The Reserve, a discount for bike riders at Libby's and a special chef's dinner at Boca.

08/14/2019 By Hanna Powers

With our powers combined

How to Get Your CBD Fix and Your Caffeine Fix at the Same Time

Thanks to one downtown shop, you can find CBD infused in one of our very favorite things: nitro cold brew.

08/08/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Weekly planner

A Rooftop Brunch, Frozen Custard Day and More of This Week's Top Food and Drink Events

Also on the menu: a food truck rally, a new cocktail menu at Made and a science café.

08/06/2019 By Hanna Powers

Business School

High School Students Created Sauces Lining Publix Shelves

Taste of Immokalee products now line the shelves of 240 Publix stores across Florida—including eight in Sarasota and three in Bradenton.

08/02/2019 Photography by Cooper Levey-Baker

Can Do

You've Probably Heard of a Growler, But What About a Crowler?

The crowler is completely sealed, meaning it keeps your beer fresher.

08/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

Chef Wei Ren Brings His Ramen to Bradenton

Ren serves up spectacular ramen at Mitaka Japanese Ramen House in Bradenton.

08/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Weekly Planner

Swiss Dishes, a Musical Brunch and More of This Week's Top Food and Drink Events

Also on the menu: painting at Lucky's Market and a sauce-making class at Publix.

07/31/2019 By Hanna Powers

Hungry Hungry History

For One Scholar, Corn Offers a Window Into Florida's Past—and Present

The history of corn in Florida goes back millennia.

07/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Hog U

Special Mattison's Dinner Raises Money for Farmer Scholarships

Next month's Niman Ranch Next Generation Scholarship Dinner highlights the benefits of humanely and sustainably raised livestock.

07/19/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Iberian eats

New Owners Plan Portuguese Makeover for Italian Restaurant

Portugal natives Tito and Liana Vitorino recently purchased downtown Sarasota's Amore Restaurant and a changeover is in the works.

07/11/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Garden and Fun

New Sarasota Beer Garden Opens Today

Siegfried's Restaurant includes two separate areas: an indoor sit-down dining room and a beer garden with long picnic tables and a food trailer out back.

07/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Newsmaker

Veronica Brady Is Out to Raise $20 Million to Build Phase One of The Bay

Brady was an early supporter of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization and part of a three-person team that raised $2.1 million in 2017 to pay for the master plan.

07/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Grab & Go

Looking for Tasty Takeout? We've Got the Best of the Bunch

Snuggle up on the couch, grab a container and a fork, and dig in.

07/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

All The "Ways"

Cincinnati’s Skyline Chili Comes to Lakewood Ranch

Skyline is a revered Cincinnati institution dating back to 1949.

07/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Waste Not

Five Products That Reduce Takeout Trash

Eco-conscious consumers are even bringing their own utensils to the table.

07/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Great Disruption

How Food Delivery Apps Are Changing the Economics of the Restaurant Business

Today, Bite Squad works with more than 170 area restaurants.

07/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Grab & Go

10 Can't-Miss Takeout Meals

When we’re too lazy to fix dinner, these are the to-go feasts we turn to most often.

07/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Groceraunts

Five Great Quick-Dinner Items You Can Pick Up While Grocery Shopping

We consider these our weeknight staples.

07/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Essential Intelligence

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Is Back on Florida's Gulf Coast

Sea turtles have been swimming the world’s oceans for 100 million years, but today their future is precarious.

06/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Shack Attack

Shake Shack Has Arrived at The Mall at UTC

Shake Shack now operates roughly 250 locations around the world.

06/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker