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.

Screeeeeech!

Planning Commission Delays Decision on Food Truck Rules

The board expressed a desire to loosen county regulations, but was split about the best way to proceed.

05/06/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coming Soon

New Siesta Key Restaurant From Darwin Santa Maria in the Works

The chef hopes to open CeviChela Latin Street Food on Siesta Key later this month, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

05/03/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Ah ga ga ga ga ga ga

10 Bucks Or Less: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Heaven is a place on earth.

05/02/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Bonnet Rippers

Amish Romance Novels Are a Booming Literary Genre

No, seriously.

05/02/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

On a Bender

Binge Drinking is Up in Sarasota County. Why?

A community health assessment released in January by the county health department shows binge drinking is on the rise.

05/02/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Feed

Mojo's Real Cuban Opens On S.R. 70; Russian House and Lovin' Spoon Full Close

This month's dining dish from Cooper Levey-Baker.

05/02/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Eat This Now

The 5 Best Things We Ate This Week - 4/26/16

From sculptural Peruvian food to dainty French macarons, here's what we ate and loved this week.

04/26/2016 By Eat Beat Team

Pie High

10 Bucks Or Less: Palermo Pizza

Excellent 'za in a tucked-away South Trail strip mall.

04/25/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Handcrafted Success

JMX Brands CEO Jim Miller Shares His Strategy for Success

Jim Miller's fast-growing JMX Brands uses technology to sell Amish furniture.

04/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker Photography by Evan Sigmund

Law & Order

Watch Jim's Small Batch Bakery on The People's Court

Jim Plocharsky of Jim's Small Batch Bakery in Gulf Gate made a surprise appearance on daytime TV.

04/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Street Meat

Food Truck Rally Intended to Call Attention to Restrictive County Rules

SRQ's First Food Truck Rally runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

04/20/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Beef chief

10 Bucks Or Less: BrewBurger's Pub and Grill

Burgers, burgers and burgers at this Venice hangout.

04/15/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Local Motion

Local-Focused Tampa Restaurant Chain Coming to Downtown Sarasota

Boca Kitchen Bar Market is planning to open on Lemon Avenue, just south of Main Street

04/08/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Lovely 'Rito

10 Bucks Or Less: Poppo's Taqueria

From small Anna Maria spot to burgeoning mini-chain, Poppo's has stayed consistent.

04/08/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Get Wild

20 Great Local Outdoor Adventures

Hike! Bike! Paddle! Camp!

04/05/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Family Matters

How To: Camp With Kids

Don’t forget to pack the kids.

04/05/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Meat Me

Renowned Cookbook Author Visits Sarasota

Love cured meat and literary fiction? Michael Ruhlman's talk Friday evening at Bookstore 1 is right up your alley.

04/05/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cozy Campers

Vintage Campers Make a Comeback

Walter Sayers restores old trailers with Second Chance Camper Restoration.

04/04/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Into the Wild

Five Overnight Adventures for Campers Old and New

Whether you're a seasoned pro or it's your first time out, our region offers camping experiences for everyone.

04/04/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Put Your Oar In

Five Local Aquatic Adventures for Kayakers, Canoers and Paddleboarders

From lazy canoe rides to after-dark paddleboard excursions, there's something for everyone.

04/04/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker