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Backyards of Key West Podcast with Mark Baratto

30 EpisodesProduced by Mark BarattoWebsite

Welcome to Key West – Paradise USAAs you enter the island of Key West, these words are the first thing you see in big bold letters on the famed ‘Welcome to Key West’ sign.Whether it be the incredible sunrises or sunsets (we get both here), the charming Conch houses hidden around every turn, the chic… read more

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Cafe Marquesa with Chef Graham Dailey

February 14th, 2020

47:47

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 …

Getting My Dessert on At Tropical Vibes Key West

February 7th, 2020

48:51

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 …

The Historic Southernmost House with Michael Halpern

January 31st, 2020

49:31

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Michael Halpern to talk about life at the famed Southernmost House, his wife's beautiful foundation (

Real Estate Talk with Raymon Vazquez of Truman & Co

January 24th, 2020

31:04

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 :-)

More on Raymond:

Raymond has …

The Soulful Sound of Singer-Songwriter, Nick Norman

January 17th, 2020

55:12

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 …

The Art of Book Publishing With New York Times Bestselling Author Alessandra Torre

January 10th, 2020

1:34:23

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 …

The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory with George Fernandez

January 3rd, 2020

37:35
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 …

Going From Dream to Reality with The Local, Butcher & Market

December 27th, 2019

25:52

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 …

Music Festival Talk with Kyle Carter of Mile 0 Fest

December 20th, 2019

1:19:46

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 …

KW Food & Wine Festival Talk with Mark Certonio

December 13th, 2019

47:34

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 …

Wine Talk with UVA Owner, Mark Gambuzza

December 6th, 2019

1:14:35

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 …

The Art of Resilience with Artist Eric Anfinson of Mockingbird Studios

November 28th, 2019

1:21:19

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with artist Eric Anfinson. We spoke about how the first time he picked up a paintbrush he hated the result …

Italian Charm with Key West's Newest Restaurant, Lola's Bistro

November 21st, 2019

34:22

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 …

Get in the best shape of your life with Michelle and Jessica Spottswood of FYT Gym

November 15th, 2019

33:34

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 …

Going From ‘Last In His Class’ to Running a First Class Company – Fury Key West with Scott Saunders

November 8th, 2019

1:03:18

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 …

If You Like Live Music, Local Performances, & Anything Theater, This Episode is for You

November 1st, 2019

38:33

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 …

Stock Island's Newest Art Compound Filled with Galleries, Artist Studios & More

October 25th, 2019

28:32

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 …

How Artist Anna Sweet is Making Waves in the Art Community

October 18th, 2019

1:23:39

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 …

Key West Bed & Breakfast Talk With Rich Pesce

October 11th, 2019

43:43

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 …

The Smokin' Tuna's Menu Gets a Five Star Overhaul With Celebrity Chef B

October 4th, 2019

50:11

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 …

How The Perry Hotel Key West, Went From Idea, To Boutique Hotel Juggernaut

September 27th, 2019

41:18

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 in …

Food Truck Talk with Taco Grilla

September 20th, 2019

25:42

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 …

Craftsmen, Concerts & Cool with Billy Kearins of Coast Projects

September 13th, 2019

39:52

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 …

Key West Pottery Talk with Artist Adam Russell

September 6th, 2019

1:27:22

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, …

Tricia Coyne Talks Southern Eats with a Twist at Firefly Restaurant

August 30th, 2019

59:20

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 …

How Keith St. Peter is keeping the bar scene cool with GlitchCraft

August 23rd, 2019

1:00:52

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Keith St. Peter, the owner of Kojin Noodle Bar and once famed, "The Porch," on his new venture, GlitchCraft. We talk about why he and his partners are keeping the bar scene …

Love In Bloom with Kristy Geary

August 16th, 2019

35:53

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 …

Hotel Talk with Carol Wightman of the Marquesa Hotel

August 9th, 2019

56:47

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 …

Landscape Design Talk with Craig Reynolds

August 2nd, 2019

43:19

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Craig Reynolds to discuss how he created a widely successful landscape architect business on our small …

Fantasy Fest & Event Planning with Nadene Grossman Orr

July 26th, 2019

43:41

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.

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