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.

Shack Attack

Shake Shack Has Arrived at The Mall at UTC

Shake Shack now operates roughly 250 locations around the world.

06/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

Lemon Tree Kitchen Serves 'Clean' Cuisine in the Former Louies Modern

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love Lemon Tree, but the menu is stocked with great vegetarian options.

06/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Making Waves

Six Women Shaping Our Region—and Our World

We celebrate six women whose talents and accomplishments are transforming the environment, business, sports and politics here and beyond.

06/29/2019 By Pam Daniel, Susan Burns, Cooper Levey-Baker, and Kay Kipling

Making Waves

Stevie Freeman-Montes Is Determined to Help Sarasota Face Climate Change

“I’m trying to facilitate a process of figuring this out together.”

06/28/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Smoke shop

A New Nancy's Bar-B-Q Is Opening in Lakewood Ranch Next Week. Here Are the Details

The new restaurant will be open seven days a week and will offer a full bar menu, a first for a Nancy's.

06/27/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The art of the deal

Restaurants Extend Savor Sarasota Deals

As happens most years, many Savor Sarasota restaurants will keep offering the deals through at least the end of the month.

06/14/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Lunch-out!!

Downtown Restaurant Element Adds Lunch Service

The new menu includes a smattering of salads and sandwiches, plus heartier fare like pork belly and scallop entrées.

06/11/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Salad days

Leaf & Lentil Serves Inexpensive Vegetarian Fare in a Cute North Trail Space

The café serves a mix of salads and "small" and "main" plates that rotates frequently.

06/10/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Wheels of fortune

New Mexican Food Truck Hits the Streets of Bradenton

Rincon Mexicano serves tacos and quesadillas stocked with pork al pastor, beef or chicken.

06/06/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Show business

Your New Sushi Splurge: 'Ultimate Omakase'

Star Thai and Sushi on Siesta Key recently began offering the over-the-top sushi extravaganza.

06/03/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Review

Umbrellas 1296 Delivers Affordable Eats in a Fashionable Downtown Space

The restaurant's menu covers the globe.

05/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Hot Chicken

Daily Bird Specializes in Ultra-Crunchy Fried Poultry

The restaurant serves sandwiches with either grilled or fried chicken; three- and five-piece fried baskets; a salad and even poutine.

05/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

One of a Kind

Here's What Makes the Piada, an Italian Street Food, So Special

Chef Sara Valeri and her husband, Ken Doyle, opened Piada Mania in a small south Sarasota space last year.

05/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Grand Hotels

Luxury and History Collide at Boca Raton Resort & Club

The hotel’s architecture was inspired by a Spanish convent built in the 11th century.

05/27/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Juicy trouble

Season Three of Claws Starts June 9

The hit TNT show, set in Palmetto, is an ideal summertime escape, with an exuberant, over-the-top panache.

05/22/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Get with the program

Here Are All 16 Restaurants Participating in Savor Sarasota for the First Time This Year

Bavaro's, Rudolph's, Reyna's and Speaks are just some of the new eateries offering Savor Sarasota deals beginning next week.

05/20/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Market forces

New Detwiler's Farm Market Will Open in South Sarasota

The new store will be located at 2881 Clark Road, Sarasota.

05/20/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

So Fresh, So Clean

New 'Fresh-Casual' Restaurant Coming to Downtown Sarasota

The new location will be SoFresh's sixth, following openings in Tampa and Lakewood Ranch.

05/20/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Stone cold beer awesome

New Oak & Stone Opens Monday

After this location opens, look for two more to open soon: one in Bradenton and one in Naples.

05/17/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker