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.

Rapper's Delight

Venice Musician Dick Hyman Has Serious Hip Hop Cred

Hyman's work has been sampled in songs by Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul and Kanye West, among others.

06/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Convention Wisdom

Inside This Month's Republican National Convention

Each congressional district in Florida is sending three delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 18-21.

06/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

We Shall Overcome

Hundreds Gather at Five Points Park to Mourn, Remember, Speak Out

Speakers on Monday evening called for solidarity, encouraged fearlessness and memorialized Eddie Sotomayor, the Sarasota native killed in Orlando on Sunday.

06/15/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

That Toddlin' Town

10 Bucks Or Less: Tony's Chicago Beef Co.

In search of Second City sustenance.

06/15/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Food

Chiles Restaurants Earn TripAdvisor Certificate

The Sandbar, the Beach House and Mar Vista Dockside were recently recognized by TripAdvisor as recipients of its 2016 Certificate of Excellence.

06/13/2016 Research by staff

Paladares

10 Bucks Or Less: Mojo's Real Cuban

Taste-testing an emerging Cuban chain before it arrives in Southside Village.

06/06/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

After Dark

10 Bucks Or Less: The Monkey Business

Quality late-night sandwiches, right on Main.

06/01/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

5 Great Inexpensive Asian Restaurants

Discover outstanding and well-priced cuisine at one of these spots.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

6 Sensational Sandwiches

You'll find immensely satisfying sandwiches at these six local spots.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

The Best Cheap Eats in Sarasota-Manatee

25 dining destinations where a great meal costs $15 or less.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

Why Do Publix Subs Taste So Good?

Neuroscientist Stefan Crynen on what makes Publix subs sublime.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

The Coffee Carousel: Main Street's Most Affordable Eatery

The Coffee Carousel has barely changed since the restaurant opened in the 1960s.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

6 Mighty and Affordable Mediterranean Restaurants

From pizza to gyros, here are our favorite places to score inexpensive Mediterranean meals in Sarasota-Manatee.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

5 Hot Spots for Latin American Specialties

From amazing tacos to fresh-made empanadas, here are our picks for the best local deals on Latin American favorites.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

Our 8 Favorite Tacos in Sarasota-Manatee

Here are our reigning favorites.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cheap Eats

6 Awesome All-American Eateries

Where to find standout burgers, hot dogs and more.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Feed

Darwin Santa Maria to Launch New Restaurant in Siesta Key Village

Plus, more local food news from Cooper Levey-Baker.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

'Cue Up

10 Bucks Or Less: A & G Caribbean BBQ

Looking for good pulled pork and jerk chicken? Head to a nearby Shell station.

05/23/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Meat Feat

Breaking News: Brick's Barbeque Coming to Southside Village

Mark Gabrick, working with business partner Dick Rivera, recently secured plans to take over a space on S. Osprey Avenue.

05/13/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Party for Your Right to Fight

The Harvey Milk Festival Delivers Art, Theater and Music with an Edge

The Harvey Milk Festival returns for a seventh year, with a run of events that begins Thursday evening and climaxes Saturday.

05/11/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker