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.

Bottled Up

Spice Boys Is Making Beverages Now, Too

The popular food truck is getting into the liquid game with an apple rose tonic and a botanical kola.

04/05/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Still Happening

Forks & Corks Details Revealed

The festival will be limited this year because of Covid-19 safety precautions, but there's still plenty going on.

04/02/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Cooking

New Cookbook Offers Flavorful Recipes From Across the Arab World

Reem Kassis' "The Arabesque Table" is a followup to her popular 2017 cookbook "The Palestinian Table."

04/01/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Politics

Will Sarasota Crack Down on 'Hotel Houses'?

Next week, the Sarasota City Commission will debate implementing new rules to regulate vacation rentals that residents say are ruining their neighborhoods.

03/29/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Sugar Shot

Got the Vaccine and Want Your Free Krispy Kreme? You'll Have to Go for a Drive

For those in the Sarasota area, the nearest locations where you can claim your treasure are in St. Petersburg, Brandon, Tampa and Fort Myers.

03/23/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Hitting the Road

G's Southern Kitchen Is Leaving Bobby Jones Golf Club

With the Bobby Jones clubhouse set to be demolished soon, G's is moving out, with plans to operate as a pop-up and mobile food company.

03/19/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Congratulations are in order

Farmers Market Design Contest Winner Announced

The winning image was created by Michael White, a Ringling College of Art and Design graduate and freelance illustrator.

03/18/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Act Now!

Snag Discounted Gift Certificates to Local Restaurants

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is selling vouchers at a 30 percent discount.

03/18/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Eyes on the Prize

You Could Win Free Fried Chicken Sandwiches From the Old Packinghouse Cafe

Customers who order a Buffalo chicken sandwich from J.R.'s Old Packinghouse Cafe this month could land a valuable prize.

03/15/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Beach renourishment

New Concession Stand at Lido Beach Pavilion Opens Next Week

The Lido Island Grill will be overseen by Laszlo Bevardi, the chef and owner of Bevardi's Salute! in downtown Sarasota.

03/12/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Politics

The American Rescue Plan Act Includes Help for the Restaurant Industry

The law creates a $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund to help restaurants and other food businesses struggling because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

03/10/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Tender is the night

New Chicken Tender 'Ghost Kitchen' Comes to Sarasota

Tender Shack is a new delivery-only offering from the company behind Outback Steakhouse.

03/10/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Greek Squad

'Greek Nights' at Athens Family Restaurant Kick Off Saturday

The weekly parties will include belly dancing and a three-course prix-fixe menu.

03/08/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Life Aquatic

Everything You Need to Know About Boating in Sarasota

From water adventures to dockside dining, here’s your guide to boating in Sarasota.

03/05/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Mobile Home

Why One Sarasota Couple Decided to Live on Their Boat—For Good

“We said, ‘We’re not going to do this when we’re 80. If we’re going to do it, let’s do it.'"

03/05/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Dockside Dining

The Best Dockside Dining in Sarasota

Where to tie up for a great meal while you’re out on the water.

03/05/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Boating Guide

Five Great Boating Adventures

Take to the seas with these recreational day trips and overnight excursions.

03/05/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Gulf Gate on the Grow

Four New Restaurants Have Opened in Gulf Gate

Covid-19 hasn't slowed the dining district's growth.

03/04/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Pandemic

Restaurant Sales Were Down 26 Percent in January

A new National Restaurant Association report shows that eateries around the country continue to struggle because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

03/02/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Rare species

Whatever Happened to the Early Bird Special?

The decline of this once-common dining discount says a lot about how Sarasota has changed.

03/02/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker