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.

Wildlife Scavenger Hunt

12 Wild Animals You Might See in the Everglades

Keep your eyes peeled for alligators, crocodiles, otters, deer, birds and more.

02/27/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Swamp Outposts

The Best Places to Stay in the Everglades

There's an option for every kind of traveler.

02/27/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Face Off

Meet the Miccosukee Tribe’s First Female Alligator Wrestler

Looking back on those who doubted that women could wrestle gators, Jessie Cottone just laughs. “We sure as hell can do it,” she says.

02/27/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Rising Tide

How Climate Change Threatens the Everglades

According to experts, improving the flow of freshwater through the Everglades presents the best chance of staving off dramatic effects from climate change.

02/27/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Glades Grub

The Best Places to Eat in the Everglades

From gas station fare to authentic Cuban, these are our favorite spots to chow down around the swamp.

02/27/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Journey to the End of Florida

Four Must-See Everglades Destinations

It only takes about two hours to drive from Sarasota to the Everglades' entry point, but once there, you’re on the edge of a vast new world.

02/27/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Weekly planner

The Best Dining Events in Sarasota This Week

On the menu: the De Soto Food & Music Festival, an Englewood beer bash, a pizza-making lesson and the Cornhole & Cocktails Festival.

02/26/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

River view

Manatee River Restaurant Will Open Next Month

Whiskey Joe's Bar & Grill is opening its new Ellenton location in mid-March.

02/24/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Le Sunday Funday

Downtown C'est La Vie! Location Adds Sunday Brunch Service

From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the restaurant is serving eggs Benedict, avocado toast, croissant French toast and more, plus its regular menu.

02/20/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

It's official!

Local Farm Earns Organic Certification

Parrish's Honeyside Farms supplies produce to local restaurants, clubs and hotels and sells its goods at two area farmers' markets.

02/20/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Weekly planner

An Italian Carnival, a Pressure Cooking Class and More of This Week's Best Food and Drink Events

Also on the menu: yoga at a rooftop bar in Bradenton, a weekly grilling session and a Venice wine dinner.

02/19/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Best Restaurants

The Best Restaurants in Sarasota

Where to eat right now.

02/18/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Weekly planner

Nine Fun, Romantic Options for a Special Valentine's Day Meal

Restaurants, stores and breweries are offering everything from heart-shaped steaks to beer-infused cupcakes this Valentine's Day. Here are some great options for a fun time.

02/12/2020 By Rachel Suwak and Cooper Levey-Baker

Outward Bound

Rick Steves Says His Mission Is to Inspire Americans to 'Venture Beyond Orlando'

The popular guidebook author and travel TV host spoke in Sarasota on Tuesday as part of the Ringling College Library Association Town Hall lecture series.

02/11/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Philly up

Five Delicious Cheesesteaks That Will Please Your Inner Philadelphian

Chef Judi has noticed an uptick in the number of cheesesteaks on local menus and went on a mission to find the best.

02/10/2020 By Judi Gallagher

Restaurant Review

At Shore's Longboat Key Location, Food and Ambiance Share the Spotlight

The second outpost of the popular restaurant opened on Longboat Key last October.

02/04/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The T-Shirt Wars

Inside the Bitter Fight for the Future of Sarasota

A series of hard-fought conflicts has created a situation in which you can tell by the color of someone’s T-shirt whether that person is an ally or a mortal enemy.

02/03/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Farewell

Earth Fare Will Close

The grocery store chain that opened in Lakewood Ranch just two years ago is shuttering all of its stores.

02/03/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Glendi Time!

Sarasota's St. Barbara Greek 'Glendi' Celebrates the Food and Culture of Greece

For nearly 40 years, Sarasota’s Greek community has come together for the annual festival.

02/03/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Travelin' Man

Guidebook Author and TV Host Rick Steves on Why Traveling the World Is a 'Political Act'

"When you travel, the most valuable souvenir you bring home is a broader perspective."

01/31/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker