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.

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

The Feed

C'est La Vie and Jpan Open Second Locations Out East

Plus, news on downtown's new Lila and Boca Kitchen and Bar and the sudden glut of burgers in this town.

08/30/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Batch-elor in Paradise

10 Bucks or Less: Jim's Small Batch Bakery

You had me at "candied bacon."

08/24/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Out for Blood

Zika Has Landed

The disease is just the latest threat in Florida’s long-running war against mosquitoes.

08/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker Photography by Everett Dennison

Where Eagles Dare

What It's Like to Ride an Olympics BMX Course

Olympic champions competing in Rio were training at Sarasota's BMX track last week. We decided to join them.

08/18/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker Photography by Salvatore Brancifort

Biscuits and Grits and Toast, Oh My

New Southern Food Hangout Coming Soon to East Sarasota

The husband and wife team behind Buttermilk Handcrafted Food hopes to open the restaurant within the next couple weeks.

08/17/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Truck Tales

10 Bucks or Less: Happy Hour Cafe

Sampling Venezuelan street food in a gas station parking lot.

08/16/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

So. Many. Hamburgers.

10 Bucks or Less: BurgerFi

Does this new chain have what it takes to stand out in a crowded meat market?

08/10/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Gimme S'more

Try These Gourmet Takes on a Classic S'more

Happy National S'more Day! Here are two ways to make a great dessert even better.

08/01/2016 By Megan McDonald

Gentle into the Night

Tidewell Hospice Workers Help People Die Peacefully

You might think working with dying patients would be draining and depressing. Those at Tidewell Hospice say you'd be wrong.

07/29/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

After Orlando

Fear and Resilience at a Sarasota Gay Bar

Patrons of Barrel 87, one of Sarasota's last remaining gay bars, come together after the tragic shooting in Orlando.

07/29/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Mushroom Cloud

Gulf Coast Mushrooms Grows Edible Fungi in Gillespie Park

An unorthodox trio of growers explores the mysteries of fungi.

07/29/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Bodega bites

10 Bucks or Less: La Sabrosura

Meat me at the market.

07/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Breakfast Club

10 Bucks or Less: Keke's Breakfast Cafe

This Florida mini-chain does breakfast sandwiches right.

07/20/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Burger King

Has the Shakespeare's Burger Gone Downhill? An Investigation

Just give me my damn Pulitzer already.

07/19/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Naan Stop

10 Bucks Or Less: Gateway to India

Gateway to India's lunch buffet converts non-believers into naan believers.

07/12/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Pigging Out

10 Bucks or Less: Drunken Poet

A new selection of $9 street food items includes some potent pork.

07/06/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Road Not Taken

10 Bucks Or Less: Daily Eats

Ciccio Restaurant Group offers up two distinct choices in the Cooper Creek shopping plaza. I avoid the healthy one.

06/29/2016 Photography by Cooper Levey-Baker

Trailer Made

10 Bucks Or Less: El Carrito Grill

A gas station food truck that excels at crafting South American sandwiches.

06/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Take the Cake

How a Dispute at a Gulf Gate Bakery Ended Up on National TV

James Plocharsky, owner of Jim's Small Batch Bakery, filed a small claims complaint and ended up on The People's Court.

06/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker