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.

Eat Your Heart Out

Valentine's Day Candy, Ranked

Sarasota Magazine staffers pick their favorite Walgreens Valentine's Day candy.

02/12/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker and Megan McDonald

Public Service

Mayor Willie Shaw Hands Out Free Coffee at Sarasota's New Kahwa

Sarasota's new Kahwa Coffee Roasting is the St. Pete-based chain's first shop south of Tampa Bay.

02/10/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Dinner and a Movie

CinéBistro Opens Friday at Westfield Southgate

CinéBistro is part movie theater, part restaurant, part bar.

02/08/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Mamma Mia!

10 Bucks Or Less: Piccolo Italian Market & Deli

Ginormous subs are a hallmark of this Gulf Gate eatery.

02/05/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Talking Points

How to Sound Smart About: Making Florida's State Parks Free

The Florida Legislature is considering waiving entrance fees at state parks for an entire year, starting July 1.

02/01/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker


10 Bucks Or Less: The Clever Cup

Cool independent coffee shop? In Gulf Gate? I'm sold.

01/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Grab 'N Go

Where to Eat Breakfast When You're on the Run

Where--and what--to eat when you're on the go.

01/25/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Local Notables Share Their Favorite Breakfasts

Here's what a congressman, an imam, a gospel singer and more eat for breakfast.

01/25/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker and Ilene Denton

Calling All Nighthawks

Midnight Breakfast at the Waffle House

While the world sleeps, breakfast—and an iconic American experience—await.

01/25/2016 Photography by Cooper Levey-Baker

Global Breakfasts

Around the World in 5 Bites

Eat your way around the globe without leaving town.

01/25/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Rise and Dine

The 23 Top Breakfast Spots in Sarasota-Manatee

Our guide to the region's finest breakfast spots.

01/25/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker


10 Bucks Or Less: World Bites Kafe

Cheap global street food at the North Trail eatery that has replaced Big E's.

01/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker


10 Bucks Or Less: Sonic

Cheeseburgers, "waffleberries" and nostalgia make for a powerful combo.

01/14/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Space Race

Corporate Meetings Bring Big Business to Sarasota-Manatee

Corporate meetings are big business.

01/11/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Two Sundance Films Revisit an On-Air Sarasota Suicide

Christine Chubbuck’s hair-raising on-air suicide has inspired not one, but two new films.

01/07/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker


10 Bucks Or Less: Maximillian's Café

Maximillian's may have achieved peak brownie.

01/07/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker


How to Sound Smart About The Mobility Plan

The county commission is motoring ahead on its new mobility plan.

01/01/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Here We Grow

Anna Maria Island's Building Boom Sparks a Civil War

On once-quiet and charming Anna Maria Island, developers and longtime residents are battling over growth. What's ahead for this piece of paradise?

01/01/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker


10 Bucks Or Less: Camacho's Best Tacos

Life-altering burritos served out of the back of a pickup truck.

12/30/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Food and Drink Events

Seven-Chef Dinner Showcases Sustainable Meat

Local chefs are gathering Dec. 14 to promote the use of organic meat that comes from ethically and sustainably raised animals.

12/10/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker