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.

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Sarasota Rapper's New Album Drops Today

YB's Fire & Desire contains 11 tracks of well-crafted Christian hip hop.

10/09/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

October is the coolest month

Student Poets Will Be in Residence at Art Ovation Next Week

Led by educator Joanna Fox, creative writing students from Booker Middle School will be typing up poems inspired by random words plucked from a jar.

10/03/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Snacks back

Bradenton Farmers' Market Returns Saturday

The market sets up along Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday from October through May.

10/03/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

There Goes The Neighborhood

Is Airbnb Ruining Our Neighborhoods?

Do sites like Airbnb boost the local economy or tear neighborhoods apart?

10/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

Bridges Restaurant Marries Old World and New World Food

Be sure to ask for a table by the window for stunning views of downtown Sarasota.

10/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cut!

Claws Will Return for a Fourth and Final Season

The program is one of TV's most entertaining shows, a witty blend of Florida noir, dark comedy and outlandish style.

10/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Call it a comeback

Phillippi Farmers' Market Returns Wednesday

It's that time of year. Temperatures are dipping below 95, pumpkin spice is flowing freely and seasonal farmers' markets are returning to action.

10/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Greek Show

Athens Family Restaurant Delivers Food Network-Approved Greek Cuisine

Food Network host Guy Fieri dubbed the restaurant's kotopita "crunchalicious."

10/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Sober Up

More and More Bars Are Mixing Creative Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

It’s part of what some call a nationwide “sober curious” trend.

10/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Pie times

Oak & Stone Opens New 'Fastfire' Location

Oak & Stone Fastfire offers a stripped-down menu that focuses on Oak & Stone's beloved pizzas, with a fast-casual setup.

09/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Morning glory

New Café Coming to University Town Center

Georgie's Garden Café will be a sister restaurant to the popular Naples eatery Jane's Café.

09/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Green party

New North Port Farmers' Market Kicks Off Wednesday

The list of vendors includes a number of names familiar from other local farmers' markets, like Maggie's Seafood, Mr. Fun Guy, Fermentlicious and more.

09/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Still Life

Drum Circle Distilling's New Coffee-Flavored Rum Is a Big Hit

To make it, the company runs its silver Siesta Key Rum through Colombian beans roasted by Latitude 23.5 Coffee and Tea.

09/04/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

Even After a Major Overhaul, Mar Vista Retains Its Old Florida Bona Fides

Mar Vista's updates include a state-of-the-art kitchen, an outdoor fireplace and a revamped dining room and bar. What hasn’t changed? The magic.

09/03/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

How Cool

Eskimo Bros.'s Clean Ice Makes Cocktails Taste Better

A Sarasota company is helping bartenders improve an often-overlooked ingredient: ice.

09/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Health Report

Addicted at Birth: Newborns Struggle With the Legacy of Opioids

As the number of overdoses has increased, so has the number of babies born suffering from withdrawal, the pain of addiction cascading from one generation to the next.

09/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Bookmarks

Where to Find the Latest Info About Hurricane Dorian

Where to get sandbags, how to determine your "evacuation level" and other important information as Dorian draws nearer.

08/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Bay fever

Bay Team Unveils Changes to Phase One Plans

The tweaks include moving the concession stand and restrooms, narrowing sections of the spiral boardwalk and more.

08/22/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Weekly planner

Sunset Jams, Beers From Boca Raton and More of This Week's Top Food and Drink Events

Also on the menu: a truffle-making class and an indie flea market.

08/21/2019 By Hanna Powers

Mission: Impossible — Roast Protocol

Beef 'o' Brady's Becomes the Latest Restaurant to Test Out the Impossible Burger

A Bradenton Beef 'o' Brady's is one of just nine of the chain's restaurants offering the plant-based burger substitute.

08/20/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker