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.

No Time to Rest

How This Supreme Court Marriage Equality Plaintiff Went From "Accidental" Activist to Just Plain Activist

"The opponents of equality know they're losing and they're lashing out in every way they can."

10/12/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Going Up

The Coolinary Opens in Second-Story Main Street Space

Main Street's newest restaurant blends high and low with both its cuisine and its design.

10/11/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

We Beefin'?

Your New Source for Local Beef

Meet the Sarasota Beef Company, which sells Myakka City meat directly to customers and supplies it to dozens of local restaurants.

10/05/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cup, Cup and Away

Made in Sarasota: Tervis Tumbler

The nearly indestructible cup is the ideal sipping device.

09/28/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Who You Going to Call?

Waiting for Bigfoot

A Tampa Bay investigator checks out local Bigfoot sightings.

09/28/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Mexico in a Texaco

10 Bucks or Less: Taco Jalisco

Checking out a newish Mexican restaurant in a South Trail gas station.

09/28/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fall Getaways

4 Perfect Fall Getaways

We're going leafing.

09/28/2016 By Megan McDonald, Cooper Levey-Baker, and Kay Kipling

Fall Getaways

Head to Chattanooga for an Urban Escape

The former dirtiest city in America has come a long way, folks.

09/28/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Dream Homes

The 20 Most Expensive Homes in Sarasota

The magnificent 20—and the people who own them.

09/28/2016 By Susan Burns and Cooper Levey-Baker

Location 2: Electric Vindaloo

10 Bucks or Less: Curry Station

Yes, yes, I know Curry Station's lunch buffet costs more than $10, but you'll more than get your money's worth.

09/21/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Walk This Way

Two Sarasota Spots Ranked in List of Top 10 Most Walkable Florida Neighborhoods

The real estate brokerage firm Redfin on Tuesday released its ranking of Florida’s 10 most walkable neighborhoods and Sarasota earned two spots in the listing.

09/14/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Just grab 'em biscuits

Buttermilk Handcrafted Food Serves Top-Notch Biscuits and Sweets

A lovable daytime hangout in east Sarasota.

09/13/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Squarespace

10 Bucks or Less: Michelangelo Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant

A neighborhood pizza joint that specializes in four-sided pies.

09/07/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Mall Madness

Mall Meal Deals at Taste of UTC

At a Taste of UTC, you'll get specially priced three-course lunch and dinner menus at seven mall restaurants.

09/02/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Magnifique

New C'est La Vie! Opens Sept. 12

The new spot's menu will be "exactly the same as the downtown location."

09/02/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Sugar Shack

10 Bucks or Less: Paisano's Italian Bakery

An absurd array of edible articles at this Stickney Point sweet shop.

08/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Power Players

Meet the 25 Most Influential Men and Women in Sarasota Today

Each of the 25 power players on our list wields major clout in our community.

08/31/2016 By Susan Burns, Tony D'Souza, Pam Daniel, Ilene Denton, Kay Kipling, and Cooper Levey-Baker

Peculiar Child

How an Englewood Kid Dreamed Up the New Tim Burton Movie

Author Ransom Riggs says his Englewood childhood “fueled his imagination” and helped inspire his first novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

08/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

In Town

Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Comes to Sarasota on Sept. 11 in Celebration of Pet Sounds

We asked Wilson about the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds and his career.

08/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Flour Power

Bradenton's Flowers Baking Co. Produces Almost 2 Million Pounds of Bread Each Week

The bakery also goes through almost 59 million pounds of white and wheat flour each year.

08/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker