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.

Eat This Now

Where and What to Eat This Week - 1/10/17

This week: a sushi birthday cake, beer for cold nights and a perfect breakfast sandwich.

01/10/2017 By Eat Beat Team

One Day

One Day on the Set of Justin Long's New Comedy

We spend the day with Ringling College of Art and Design grad Nick Morgulis, who's working with actor Justin Long on his new comedy.

12/29/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker Photography by Robert Castro

Heat Index

How to Help Kids (And Their Parents) Rest Easy

Sleep coach Dana Obleman shares her tips.

12/29/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

10 Bucks or Less

5 Fantastic Frugal Food Finds

My quest to eat at every taqueria, truck stop and mullet shack on the Gulf Coast rolls on.

12/28/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Slice of life

10 Bucks or Less: Origin Craft Beer + Pizza Café

Man, Sarasota sure loves it some pizza.

12/14/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Mi Kasa Es Su Kasa

Roll Up to Kasa Sushi, the North Trail's Newest Eatery

Visiting a space that's been an Ethiopian restaurant, a dim sum destination and a KFC. Does Kasa have what it takes to outlast those earlier incarnations?

12/07/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Chomp!

5 Tasty Food News Nibbles

Dinner at C'est La Vie!, a new coffee shop and empanadas delivered to your door. All that and more in our roundup of recent restaurant news.

11/30/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Honolulu Meets Caracas

10 Bucks or Less: Mandoca

An affordable Venezuelan spot that's taken over the old Hukilau Hut.

11/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Mashup

All Hail the Sushi Burrito

Sushi on my left. Burrito on my right. Bring 'em both together and you're eating all right.

11/16/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Compare and Contrast

The Year's Second Christine Chubbuck Film Opens in Sarasota Nov. 25

"Christine" is the second film released this year to delve into the story of a Sarasota television reporter who shot herself live on air in 1974.

11/14/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Eat This Now

Where and What To Eat This Week - 11/9/16

This week: shakshuka, poultry pie and cactus popsicles.

11/09/2016 By Eat Beat Team

Coasting

Sharp, Colorful Cuisine in a Siesta Key Shack

Buckle up—we're headed to Siesta Key to check out CeviChela.

11/09/2016 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.

10/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker, Megan McDonald, Ilene Denton, and Hannah Wallace

Food Lovers' Guide

Why Aren't There More Local Farmers at the Downtown Market?

The Sarasota Farmers Market has over 50 vendors; only a handful grow and sell their own food.

10/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Food Lovers' Guide

Why I Spent a Day Killing Chickens

Cooper Levey-Baker on owning up to what eating meat entails.

10/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Food Lovers' Guide

Niche Markets: Your Best Bets for Global and Local Specialties

From local beef to Middle Eastern specialties, our region's got it all.

10/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Food Lovers' Guide

Stock Your Kitchen with These Locally Grown and Made Products

Our region boasts milk, honey, bottarga, jellies and more.

10/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Food Lovers' Guide

There's a Local Farmers Market for Every Kind of Shopper

Top spots for fresh produce, seafood, local products and more.

10/26/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Notes From the Candy Corn Test Kitchen

We Made It: Candy Corn Bacon, Candy Corn Liqueur, Candy Corn Latte

Can Halloween's most controversial candy improve the flavor of bacon, booze and coffee?

10/26/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Made in SRQ

L-3 Aviation Products Manufactures Black Boxes Right Here in Sarasota

The company produces around 5,000 recorders here each year.

10/26/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker