Cooper Levey-Baker has written about food, politics, civic issues, the arts, and music in Southwest Florida for 15 years. His work has won multiple awards from the Florida Magazine Association and the Florida Society of Professional Journalists, as well as an honorable mention from the Julia Child Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @LeveyBaker.

Unity Awards 2018

Judge Charles Williams and Attorney Charlie Ann Syprett Stand Up for Diversity

Williams and Syprett launched the Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Committee. Their efforts earned them one of our 2013 Unity Awards; here's an update.

01/23/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Bowl Game

10 Bucks Or Less: Rice Bowl Asian House

This small Bradenton restaurant whips up filling and flavorful DIY combos.

01/22/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Guten Tag

Meet 'Der Bachelor'

The star of the new season of the German version of "The Bachelor" lives right here in Sarasota.

01/15/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Red-Hot Market

Four Great Food Stalls at the Venice Farmer's Market

Under savvy leadership, the Venice Farmer’s Market keeps getting bigger—and better.

01/02/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Eat This Now

The Food Lovers' Guide to Sarasota

In a city brimming with delicious new options, your guide to the best markets, shops, purveyors and products.

01/02/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker, Megan McDonald, Hannah Wallace, and Ilene Denton

Eat This Now

The Food Lovers' Guide to Sarasota

In a city brimming with delicious new options, your guide to the best markets, shops, purveyors and products.

01/01/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker, Megan McDonald, Ilene Denton, and Hannah Wallace

Made in SRQ

Made in SRQ: Moke Electric Jeep

Moke military jeeps earned new life in the 1960s when movie stars made them a stylish way to cruise Mediterranean hot spots like Saint-Tropez.

12/27/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

One Day

A Day in the Life of Gocio Elementary Food Service Manager Diana Losier

Food services manager Diana Losier and her team of six serve lunch to 530 students at Gocio Elementary School every day in addition to offering breakfast to 300 and preparing supper for students who stay after the school day.

12/27/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Hot Pockets

10 Bucks Or Less: EmpaCurious

A casual new Gulf Gate spot stuffs global flavors into doughy half-moons.

12/12/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Sip it Up and Start Again

Men, Whiskey, Watches & Wheels Tickets Still on Sale

Cocktails for a cause.

12/07/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Christmas Time Is Here

The Charlie Brown Christmas Live Show Brings Vince Guaraldi's Soundtrack to Life

The national touring show hits the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall stage at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17.

12/04/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Insider's Guide 2017

Sarasota's Barbecue Scene is Smokin' Hot

There's a restaurant for every kind of 'cue lover in Sarasota.

11/29/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Into the Wild

The Ultimate Guide to Myakka River State Park

Let's go exploring.

11/29/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Into the Wild

Where and How to Camp at Myakka River State Park

From barebones basics to rustic comfort, find your site in the park.

11/29/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Into the Wild

The Ultimate Guide to Myakka River State Park

Let's go exploring.

11/29/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Into the Wild

Five Great Ways to Navigate Myakka River State Park

Walk, paddle, ride, boat.

11/29/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Into the Wild

The Myth of the Skunk Ape

Legend has it that Myakka River State Park is home to the fearsome Skunk Ape.

11/29/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Into the Wild

Into Myakka's Flooded Forest

Here's what it's like to kayak through the park during the rainy season.

11/29/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

One Day

A Day in the Life of Cortez Boat Captain Kathe Fannon

Kathe Fannon makes sea adventures.

11/29/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Made in SRQ

Made in SRQ: Siesta Key Rum

Here's the dish on rum made right here in Sarasota.

11/29/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker