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.

Fall Getaways

4 Perfect Fall Getaways

We're going leafing.

09/28/2016 By Megan McDonald, Cooper Levey-Baker, and Kay Kipling

Fall Getaways

4 Perfect Fall Getaways

We're going leafing.

09/28/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker, Kay Kipling, and Megan McDonald

Dream Homes

The 20 Most Expensive Homes in Sarasota

The magnificent 20—and the people who own them.

09/28/2016 By Susan Burns and Cooper Levey-Baker

Fall Getaways

Head to Chattanooga for an Urban Escape

The former dirtiest city in America has come a long way, folks.

09/28/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Location 2: Electric Vindaloo

10 Bucks or Less: Curry Station

Yes, yes, I know Curry Station's lunch buffet costs more than $10, but you'll more than get your money's worth.

09/21/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Walk This Way

Two Sarasota Spots Ranked in List of Top 10 Most Walkable Florida Neighborhoods

The real estate brokerage firm Redfin on Tuesday released its ranking of Florida’s 10 most walkable neighborhoods and Sarasota earned two spots in the listing.

09/14/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Just grab 'em biscuits

Buttermilk Handcrafted Food Serves Top-Notch Biscuits and Sweets

A lovable daytime hangout in east Sarasota.

09/13/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Squarespace

10 Bucks or Less: Michelangelo Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant

A neighborhood pizza joint that specializes in four-sided pies.

09/07/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Mall Madness

Mall Meal Deals at Taste of UTC

At a Taste of UTC, you'll get specially priced three-course lunch and dinner menus at seven mall restaurants.

09/02/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Magnifique

New C'est La Vie! Opens Sept. 12

The new spot's menu will be "exactly the same as the downtown location."

09/02/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Sugar Shack

10 Bucks or Less: Paisano's Italian Bakery

An absurd array of edible articles at this Stickney Point sweet shop.

08/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Power Players

Meet the 25 Most Influential Men and Women in Sarasota Today

Each of the 25 power players on our list wields major clout in our community.

08/31/2016 By Susan Burns, Tony D'Souza, Pam Daniel, Ilene Denton, Kay Kipling, and Cooper Levey-Baker

Peculiar Child

How an Englewood Kid Dreamed Up the New Tim Burton Movie

Author Ransom Riggs says his Englewood childhood “fueled his imagination” and helped inspire his first novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

08/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

In Town

Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Comes to Sarasota on Sept. 11 in Celebration of Pet Sounds

We asked Wilson about the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds and his career.

08/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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