Backyards of Key West Podcast with Mark Baratto

Backyards of Key West Podcast with Mark Baratto

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The Spice & Tea Exchange of Key West
Jul 3 • 39 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with owners Matt & Katie Wills of The Spice & Tea Exchange of Key West. This episode was recorded in December of 2019 and I wanted to wait for them to be back open after the COVID shut down. We talk about how they…
Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar
Jun 26 • 15 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Steven, the food and beverage director for Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar and the Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill at The Perry Hotel. We discuss how these two restaurants get all their amazing food, the…
When Nature Calls with Under The Leaf Plant Shop
Jun 19 • 46 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Alex, the designer extraordinaire at Under The Leaf, located at The Art Shack on Stock Island. We talk about how she had the guts to jump headfirst into living her passion, some “kill proof” plants, and how…
Living The Life at Paradise Restaurant
Jun 12 • 12 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Paradise Restaurant owner, Christian Velez. This was recorded before the pandemic shut down, and I hope they get as busy again as they were during this interview! This is one of the shortest episodes I’ve ever…
Conch Republic Seafood Company
Jun 5 • 18 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Casey Arnold of the Conch Republic Seafood Company. We talk about the history of the historic building, all the food options, and their infamous happy hour. Take note that this was recorded before the COVID…
Getting Back to Normal with French Bakery & Bistro, La Grignote
May 29 • 67 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with chef and co-owner Babeth to discuss how the business was affected during the COVID-19 shutdown, how this family-owned business is surviving, and some tips on doing the same. This is my first interview back…
Rescuing Bars all Over the World with Celebrity Bartender, Russell Davis
May 22 • 68 min
NOTE - this episode was recorded months before COVID-19 lockdown. I hope you enjoy this interview, and get ready for some new episodes soon, as Key West begins to open back up June 1st. This episode Mark Baratto sits down with celebrity mixologist Russell…
Frita’s Cuban Burger Cafe
May 15 • 28 min
NOTE - Here is another pre COVID-19 episode. I am happy to say that Frita’s is back open and serve their delicious food. In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the owner of Frita’s Cuban Burger Cafe, Marcia Weaver. During this episode, we danced, we…
Talking Chops with the GM of Prime Steakhouse
May 8 • 28 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Aaron Pearlman, the General Manager of Prime Steakhouse Key West. We talk about the restaurant’s history, how they stay upscale, but with a relaxed island vibe, and how they keep their food consistently amazing…
The Art of Photography with DE LA Gallery Co-Owner Jeff Rodriguez
May 1 • 83 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Master Framer, Jeff Rodriguez. Jeff is the co-owner of DE LA Gallery, located in Key West, FL and Charleston, SC, AND the co-owner of Art Warehouse, located in Key West. I visited Jeff at his Key West gallery…
Getting Caffeinated with Cuban Coffee Queen
Apr 24 • 21 min
**NOTE** This episode was recorded in December, 2019. During the Coronavirus crisis, the Cuban Coffee Queen is open from 7AM - 3PM for takeout and still delivering all of Key West up to Cow Key Bridge. In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with head…
Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, & Storyteller Scott Kirby
Apr 17 • 50 min
**NOTE** This episode was recorded in January 2020 and published on my other podcast, The Songwriters Podcast. In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with singer, songwriter, guitarists, storyteller, sailor and road warrior, Scott Kirby. We talk about…
A Sweet Escape with Flamingo Crossing Ice Cream
Apr 10 • 26 min
This episode was recorded months before COVID-19 happened, and Social Distancing was the new catchphrase. I spoke with their team today and they wanted to let you know that they are OPEN FOR BUSINESS from 12pm - 8pmevery day for TAKE OUT ONLY during the…
The Status of Key West with Scott Atwell of the Chamber of Commerce
Apr 3 • 55 min
This episode is a first for me. As some of you may know, I record these episodes months in advance and have collected 6 months’ worth of podcasts to put out. With times like this, I reached out to Scott Atwell, the Executive VP & CEO of the Key West…
Rodriguez Cigars with Danny Difabio
Mar 27 • 51 min
***NOTE*** This episode was recorded months ago before the Coronavirus began. If you like this episode, even the tiniest bit, please reach out to Rodriguez Cigars and order from him online to help support: https://rodriguezcigarskeywest.com
Drinking on the Job at Mellow Cafe and Gastropub
Mar 20 • 24 min
Hi everyone! This episode was recorded months before all this Coronavirus-mania all started, but gives a little insight into things to come when we get back to normal :-) ***PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RESTAURANT*** In this episode, Mark…
Improving & Protecting Our Coral Reef with Reef Relief
Mar 13 • 45 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Alex Risius (Assistant Program Director) and Mill McCleary (Executive Program Director) to talk about the data behind what’s happening to our coral reefs. We talk about how Reef Relief® is making a difference…
Better Than Sex… Need We Say More?!?
Mar 6 • 53 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Len Johnson, the co-owner of Better Than Sex - A Dessert Restaurant, to talk about where Len’s wife Dani gets her inspiration as head baker, and how she “tested” her recipes on all their dinner guests. We talk…
Getting Cocky with Cocky Key West Apparel
Feb 28 • 30 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with local brand creator and artist Cristina Velardi. We talk about where the vision of the brand came from, how she ended up at the Art Shack, how she got started in screen printing, and how patience has been her…
Getting My Flow on with Shakti Yoga & Mayanjali Cafe
Feb 21 • 40 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with yogi, chef, and all-around awesome person, Sofia Artola. We talk about the transition going from student to teacher to business owner, moving locations (twice), and incorporating the cafe into the space,…
Cafe Marquesa with Chef Graham Dailey
Feb 14 • 47 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with celebrity chef Graham Dailey of the famed Cafe Marquesa. We talk about his early beginnings at the Peninsula Grill as the Executive Chef, to professional kitchens in New York City, where he worked under…
Getting My Dessert on At Tropical Vibes Key West
Feb 7 • 48 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the family (almost the entire family) behind Tropical Vibes Cones & Bowls. We talked about family values, how the business got started, and how their love for the community is the driving force for the…
The Historic Southernmost House with Michael Halpern
Jan 31 • 49 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Michael Halpern to talk about life at the famed Southernmost House, his wife’s beautiful foundation (Michelle’s Foundation), and the wonderful things the B&B is doing for the community. We share some NYC…
Real Estate Talk with Raymon Vazquez of Truman & Co
Jan 24 • 31 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Raymond Vazquez of the famed real estate brokerage firm, Truman & Co. We talk about oil spills, fly fishing, and of course Real Estate :-) Raymond has been assisting buyers & sellers since 2005. His diverse…
The Soulful Sound of Singer-Songwriter, Nick Norman
Jan 17 • 55 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Key West local Nick Norman to talk about where he started, and where he is going. We find out how he got started with music and how he is constantly working to “sharpen the sword” of his craft. This is one of…
The Art of Book Publishing With New York Times Bestselling Author Alessandra Torre
Jan 10 • 94 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Alessandra Torre, an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-two novels. We talk about how a summer project turned into her first novel, and how tweaking a couple of words on the…
The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory with George Fernandez
Jan 3 • 37 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the CEO/ Co-Owner George Fernandez. We talk about the more than 60 different species of butterflies and rubbing elbows (more like beaks) with Rhett and Scarlett at the Flamingle (a meeting with 2 local…
Going From Dream to Reality with The Local, Butcher & Market
Dec 27, 2019 • 25 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Matthew Nooner and Raymond J. Vazquez, the owners of The Local, Butcher & Market. We talk about where the idea came from (hint, it was over drinks), and how Matt and Raymond went from idea to execution. If you…
Music Festival Talk with Kyle Carter of Mile 0 Fest
Dec 20, 2019 • 79 min
In the episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kyle Carter to talk about a whole lot of live music. We talk about his involvement in the Songwriters Sessions, Songwriters Festival, and his own creation, Mile 0 Fest. After falling in love with Key West, Kyle…
KW Food & Wine Festival Talk with Mark Certonio
Dec 13, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Mark Certonio, the creator of the Key West Food & Wine Festival. We talk about when the festival was created, and what his driving force was to take on such a big undertaking. Mark also gives a great overview…
Wine Talk with UVA Owner, Mark Gambuzza
Dec 6, 2019 • 74 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the owner of UVA Wine Shoppe, Mark Gambuzza. We talk about why he made his move down to Key West and how he got started in the wine business. Mark provides some great insights on how being patient and putting…
The Art of Resilience with Artist Eric Anfinson of Mockingbird Studios
Nov 28, 2019 • 81 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with artist Eric Anfinson. We spoke about the first time he picked up a paintbrush, he hated the result but fell in love with the process. It was this love of “doing” that had him coming back for more, eventually…
Italian Charm with Key West’s Newest Restaurant, Lola’s Bistro
Nov 21, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Chef Ricard of the newly famed Lola’s Bistro. We talked about how he got started, working with some of the top French and Italian chefs, why he chose to only have 9 tables and he incorporated himself into the…
Get in the best shape of your life with Michelle and Jessica Spottswood of FYT Gym
Nov 15, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Michelle and Jessica Spottswood, the co-owners & “Tribe Leaders” of FYT Gym Key West. We talk about how the idea of the business was birthed, how they have grown so quickly, and why putting their customers…
Going From ‘Last In His Class’ to Running a First Class Company – Fury Key West with Scott Saunders
Nov 8, 2019 • 63 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Scott Saunders, the CEO, and creator of Fury Water Adventures Key West. We discuss how Scott almost flunked out of high school, quit college (the first time), and gave up on making anything of himself. To any…
If You Like Live Music, Local Performances, & Anything Theater, This Episode is for You
Nov 1, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down at the Key West Theater with Brianna Gangi, the Marketing Director of the theater and of Rams Head Presents-Key West. We talk about how Rams Head Presents is adding to the ever-growing music scene down here in Key…
Stock Island’s Newest Art Compound Filled with Galleries, Artist Studios & More
Oct 25, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kassy Burnette and Stuart Damon at The Art Shack, a compound of art galleries and artist studios. We talked about joining the community, getting a studio spot at The Art Shack, and why Stock Island is starting…
How Artist Anna Sweet is Making Waves in the Art Community
Oct 18, 2019 • 83 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with artist, gallery and studio owner, Anna Sweet. We talk about how she went from photographer to artist and hit pay dirt, her humble upbringing (1 of 9 kids), and how her competitive nature keeps her humble, yet…
Key West Bed & Breakfast Talk With Rich Pesce
Oct 11, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Rich Pesce to talk about how he started his construction management business in Lower Manhattan months before September 11th, and how he became a real estate investor in three Key West Bed & Breakfast Inns: The…
The Smokin’ Tuna’s Menu Gets a Five Star Overhaul With Celebrity Chef B
Oct 4, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with famed Chef Bill Hunt, the new head chef at the even more famous Smokin’ Tuna Saloon. We talk about big changes happening at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon when it comes to their menu and how his Boston work ethic…
How The Perry Hotel Key West, Went From Idea, To Boutique Hotel Juggernaut
Sep 27, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Jenny Lorenz, the Director of Marketing at The Perry Hotel Key West. We go over why the Hotel chose Stock Island to call itself home, all of the expansion plans happening November 2019, and the truth about…
Food Truck Talk with Taco Grilla
Sep 20, 2019 • 25 min
Have you ever seen the movie “Chef” and dreamed of selling it all, buying a food truck and hitting the open road? In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down, (right outside the food truck) with Amy Clarke-Van Schoor, one of the co-owners of the highly…
Craftsmen, Concerts & Cool with Billy Kearins of Coast Projects
Sep 13, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Billy Kearins of Coast Projects. We talk about his humble beginnings, his love of Folk music, and how his local Key West shirt company is setting up to make some giant waves. Also, be on the lookout for Billy’s…
Key West Pottery Talk with Artist Adam Russell
Sep 6, 2019 • 87 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Adam Russell, one half of the successful Key West Pottery, in his famed gallery on the doubly famed, Duval Street. We talked about the artist journey and taking a leap of faith, moving cross country with…
Tricia Coyne Talks Southern Eats with a Twist at Firefly Restaurant
Aug 30, 2019 • 59 min
In the episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Tricia Coyne, the owner of the modern chef-driven Firefly restaurant. We talk about Fireball shots, Great White sharks, her Bubba Award, and how she took her restaurant idea from a college dream into a…
How Keith St. Peter is keeping the bar scene cool with GlitchCraft
Aug 23, 2019 • 60 min
In this episode Mark Baratto sits down with Keith St. Peter, the owner of The House of Wu and the once famed, “The Porch,” on his new venture, GlitchCraft. We talk about why he and his partners are keeping the bar scene cool and scratching their itch by…
Love In Bloom with Kristy Geary
Aug 16, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kristy Geary, the owner of Love In Bloom flower shop. We talk about her days as a youngster at Sloppy Joes, how she took a leap of faith and jumped head first into a brand new business, and all her secret spots…
Hotel Talk with Carol Wightman of the Marquesa Hotel
Aug 9, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Carol Wightman, one of the owners of the famed Marquesa Hotel to discuss, what it takes to run a successful hotel, some famed guests that have stayed at the hotel, and what the “hotel life” in Key West really…
Landscape Design Talk with Craig Reynolds
Aug 2, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Craig Reynolds to discuss how he created a widely successful landscape architect business on our small 2x4 mile island. Craig’s one of a kind hardscape and landscape design has set him up as HGTV’s Ultimate…
Fantasy Fest & Event Planning with Nadene Grossman Orr
Jul 26, 2019 • 43 min
In our first episode, Mark Baratto speaks with Nadene Grossman Orr who handles all of the planning for Fantasy Fest, the Annual Key West Songwriters Festival, and many more events through her company We’ve Got The Keys. We go deep into why she moved to…