Cooper Levey-Baker has written about food, politics, civic issues, the arts, and music in Southwest Florida for 15 years. His work has won multiple awards from the Florida Magazine Association and the Florida Society of Professional Journalists, as well as an honorable mention from the Julia Child Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @LeveyBaker.

Coronavirus

How to Stay Safe If You Need Work Done Inside Your Home During the Pandemic

When your A.C. breaks, should you call someone to come into your home to fix the problem?

04/01/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Slow burn

Smoking a Brisket Is a Simple Pleasure for Un-Simple Times

To give form to formless days, last week I made the decision to attempt to smoke a brisket—without a smoker.

04/01/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

'I Have Goals and Dreams'

How Sarasota's Hispanic Community Has Changed

Yarumi Espana says her children’s experience growing up in Sarasota is “way different” from hers.

04/01/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

How the Coronavirus Relief Act May Help Struggling Restaurants

The bill contains at least $349 billion in federally guaranteed loans for small businesses.

03/27/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Kahwa Is Giving Out Free Coffee to Health Care Workers

'Our hearts go out to all individuals on the front line fighting this pandemic.'

03/27/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Sarasota Farm Begins Offering Produce Delivery Service

Jessica's Organic Farm is adding the service to reduce crowding at its market.

03/27/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Makeshift Music

Catch a Virtual Concert From the Lead Singer of Have Gun, Will Travel Tonight

COVID-19 has put the kibosh on most concerts in Florida, but the singer in one of the area's best bands is still putting on a show.

03/25/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Vendors Switch Up Sales Strategies in Wake of Farmers' Market Closures

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many farmers' markets to shut down during what is usually their busiest season of the year.

03/24/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Many in the Food and Beverage Industry Are Facing an Uncertain Future

"We'll make it through somehow," says restaurateur Paul Caragiulo. "I mean, what choice do you have?"

03/20/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Comfort food

Five Tasty Takeout Options for When You're Stuck at Home

In uncertain times, Chef Judi is craving food from her favorite restaurants. Here are some of her top takeout destinations.

03/20/2020 By Judi Gallagher

Hunger

Meals on Wheels Services Confront Rising Needs Caused By COVID-19

"We are seeing a huge increase in needs," says Amy Towery, the vice president of development at Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.

03/20/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Party Planning

Florida Winefest Returns for 30th Year Next Month

Over the past three decades, the multi-day wine bash has raised $8.6 million for 87 charities.

03/11/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Plant party

Vegan Food Festival Comes to Bradenton This Weekend

The organizers promise that "eating a plant-based diet doesn’t have to boring or bland."

03/09/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Going pro

Café Evergreen Wants You to Eat Like a Superstar Athlete

With its new Food Is Fuel program, the Nokomis restaurant is offering discounts to students to help them boost their athletic and academic performance.

03/09/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Ballpark Food Hall of Fame

What to Eat at Ed Smith Stadium, LECOM Park and CoolToday Park

These days, going to a spring training game means indulging in gourmet cuisine.

03/04/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Freshening Up

Zota Beach Resort Restaurant Updates Menus

Viento Kitchen + Bar has added new options to its breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner menus, all of them overseen by executive chef Jeremy White.

03/04/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Weekly planner

The Best Dining Events in Sarasota This Week

On the menu: Spice Boys in the Rosemary District, Fruitville Grove's strawberry festival, Parrish Heritage Day, a bestie brunch at Mote and a beer podcast at Calusa.

03/04/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Homage to Catalonia

Michael's on East Food Truck Brings Spanish Cuisine to Selby Gardens

The truck is setting up throughout the gardens' "Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind" exhibit, which concludes in June.

03/02/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Scoop

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Coming to Sarasota This Summer

A Jeni's shop will open near the University Town Center mall later this year.

03/02/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Journey to the End of Florida

A Beginner's Guide to Exploring the Everglades

Four easy-to-access destinations to experience this majestic place of sawgrass and sky.

03/01/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker