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.

Restaurant Review

Siegfried’s Friendly Beer Garden Offers Classic German Fare

The Gillespie Park restaurant's menu runs through a host of traditional Rhineland dishes.

01/03/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Big Problem, Small Solution

Can Accessory Dwelling Units Ease the Area’s Affordable Housing Crisis?

In Sarasota County, four out of 10 households are defined as being “cost-burdened,” meaning they are spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

01/02/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Caffeine Injection

An Old Bradenton Bank Has Been Converted Into a Fun Coffee Experience

Every cool, walkable neighborhood needs a cool caffeine provider. Tellers is exactly that.

01/02/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Flight Club

A Group of Local Kids Gather Every Saturday to Build Real, Working Airplanes

In addition to encouraging young people with an interest in aviation, the Teen Aircraft Factory of Manasota is also aimed at helping at-risk kids.

12/31/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Best of the Year

Our 10 Most Popular Stories of 2019

MTV's "Siesta Key" red tide, the new Sarasota Art Museum and more topped the list this year.

12/30/2019 By Megan McDonald

Staycation special

Your New Sunday Splurge: Brunch & Brushes at the Art Ovation Hotel

This fun weekly event lets you stuff yourself silly, then hang out in the hotel's rooftop pool.

12/20/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Deep impact

An Early Childhood Development Expert Explains How Trauma and Stress Can Derail a Kid's Life

Mimi Graham is the director of Florida State University’s Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy and advises agencies and nonprofits all around the state, including here in Sarasota.

12/19/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Good Luck Charm

Cotechino and Lentils Is the Delicious New Year's Tradition You Deserve

What's so special about this simple, luxurious meal? The memories.

12/19/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Pork for Your Fork

Family Farm Brings Its Pork to the Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market

At Sarasota's Tatum Ridge Farms, teamwork makes the dream work.

12/18/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Finally

New Main Street Coffee Shop Opens

O & A Coffee and Supply, the brick-and-mortar outpost of Justin Banister's mobile coffee cart Out and About Coffee, is open for business.

12/12/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Rescue Mission

Taste of Asia Nearly Closed Down for Good. Thank Goodness It Didn’t

While keeping its menu intact, the restaurant has made slight changes to how it does business.

12/09/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cancel all other plans

Season Three of MTV's Siesta Key Starts Jan. 7

The popular Sarasota-set reality TV show is back.

12/05/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Copy and paste

Selva to Add Second Location Near University Town Center Mall

After 15 years in business, the ever-popular Sarasota restaurant Selva is expanding.

12/05/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Sky's the limit

New Oak & Stone Restaurant Opens

When completed, the new downtown Bradenton location will offer nice views of the Manatee River.

12/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Plant This

A Venice Beautification Project Helps Fight Climate Change

When completed, the new Venice Urban Forest will cover nearly 1.8 miles and provide shelter for insects, birds and other animals.

12/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Müv-ing Up

A Retired Lakewood Ranch Executive Is a Major Player in the Smoking-Hot Cannabis Industry

“We’re real pioneers,” Michael Smullen says, “but we’re just scratching the surface of what this could really look like.”

12/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Horse Whisperers

These Three Pros Help Horses Perform Their Best

Yes, even horses need therapists.

12/02/2019 By Hannah Wallace, Kay Kipling, and Cooper Levey-Baker

Ugly Delicious

'Ugly Produce' Delivery Company Begins Shipping to Florida

Misfits Market brings food that's not aesthetically pleasing enough for the grocery store right to your doorstep.

11/18/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker