In this episode of the podcast, Mark Baratto sits down with the Kiteboarder, Chef, and owner/creator of the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery, Paul Menta.

We talk about how Paul took a number of chances when creating his rum distillery and how his “failures” help him find success.

In a post-COVID-19 world, Paul saw how hand sanitizer was hard to come by, so made his own product mixing 140 proof alcohol with aloe and transmission gel, used in ultrasounds.

Menta gave away the 3-oz bottles around town to service workers, retailers, mail carriers, and anyone else hard at work in Key West during high season for tourists.

Key West First Legal Rum Distillery

WHAT IS CHEF DISTILLED?

For centuries, Distillers have been making the sweet libation…Rum.  Some legal, some not so legal.

One common task shared by rum Distillers and Chefs alike is cooking sugar cane in big kettles or “stills.” We are Chefs first and Distillers second, so our process is called Chef Distilled!

This combination of skill brings out the best flavors in our original white rums, made with Florida sugar cane and with infusions of Coconut, Vanilla Creme Brulee, and Real Key Lime. Our 6 times distilled specialty rums are sure to twist your taste buds on an adventure!

We are still “Chefs,” so we jar rum cakes, fresh fruits, and savory vegetables. Why is our craft different, you ask?  Because homemade has no preservatives!

Taste History at the First-Ever Legal Rum Distillery in Key West Fla.  Chef Distilled means a whole new way to craft food and drink!

Website: https://www.keywestlegalrum.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keywestlegalrum

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keywestrumdistillery

Location & Contact Infor
105 Simonton Street
Key West FLA 33040
[email protected]
T  /  305-294-1441      

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Square Grouper creator and owner Lynn Bell.

We talk about how they got started, their expanding location plan, and how they are navigating the restaurant business in a new COVID-19 environment.

More on The Square Grouper Bar & Grill

The Square Grouper Bar and Grill is located at MM 22.5 Oceanside on Cudjoe Key, Florida. One of the Florida Keys most popular destinations for unforgettable fresh & local seafood, with an emphasis on consistency and quality.

Lynn and her staff have a dedication to excellence paired with a focus on detail which has defined the Square Grouper Bar and Grill as a must-visit restaurant.  Come visit for a large selection of innovative small plates, ever-changing specials, homemade desserts, a boutique wine list, and a rotating selection of microbrews. The restaurant emphasizes being environmentally friendly and “green”, and all paper products and straws are made from corn products.

Website: https://squaregrouperbarandgrill.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squaregrouperbarandgrill

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squaregrouperbarandgrill/

Address
22658 Overseas Hwy MM 22.5 Oceanside, 
Cudjoe Key, FL 33042 

Phone
305-745-8880

Email: squaregroupe[email protected]

This episode is brought to you by The Marquesa Hotel.

The Key West Hotel Marquesa and Café Marquesa are the finest small Key West hotel and restaurant on our island. Set in the center of the historic district of Old Town Key West, the Marquesa compound is set around a lush interior garden and sparkling swimming pools. Time slows down at the Marquesa where a quiet retreat awaits those looking for luxury, privacy, excellent food and service.

This episode is also brought to you by ME 😎.

Less than a year ago I started taking pictures of my favorite homes in Key West, sharing them on my social media account called Backyards of Key West; showcasing them to fans around the world.

Since these adorable homes have been such a big hit, I decided to sell them as Limited Edition, numbered, signed, giclee print on canvas – all printed locally here in Key West,

Why not take a little piece of Key West home with you to hang on your wall!

You can find all the art at https://backyards-of-key-west.myshopify.com and can get 10% off any of the art by using the code: FRIENDS10

In this inaugural 52nd episode, Mark Baratto sits down with famed Key West influencer, Steven Dunbar, to talk about how he grew his massive Instagram account @VisitKeyWest, what trends he sees in social media, and how you can turn something you love into a viable business with just a little online perseverance.

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with owners and mother-daughter powerhouse, Jasmine and Morgan.

We talk about how they got into the business, how they work together in a family business, and how their passion for the environment, spills into everything magical they do!

*A little note that this episode was recorded before COVID hit, but they are still open and living the dream!!

More on AMRI

We are an ethical and sustainable day spa, salon, and boutique located in the heart of Key West, FL. 

We aim to always put people and the planet above all else. We accomplish this by thinking of the people involved in every area of our supply chain. From the people who make the products we sell, to our team members at our storefront in Key West, to you,  our guest! Our main priority is making sure Amri is impacting all of these people’s lives and the planet in a  positive way. From making sure the factories our products are made in are up to code and the workers are getting a fair wage- to making sure the materials our products we sell and use in our Day Spa + Salon are good for the planet and every living thing in it.

We couldn’t express our gratefulness to be apart of this One Human Family and for all of the support we’ve gotten from the community during this time. Our heartbeat has always been people and the planet first, and it continues to be😊❤️.

Please visit our website for more info on our covid precautions and protocols 😊.

Website: https://www.amrikeywest.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/amrikeywest

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amrikeywest

Location
1204 Simonton Street
Key West, FL 33040

Hours
Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Phone
305.292.4000

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 took a leap of faith to start a brand new business in Key West, how they work the family dynamic, and how a “little rub goes a long way 😎.”

More on The Spice & Tea Exchange

At The Spice & Tea Exchange, we offer a variety of fine spices, handcrafted seasonings, loose-leaf teas, salts, sugars, gifts, and more! Explore gifts and accessories in the best local gift shop in town. Whether you’re new to the culinary scene, own your own food service business, or are simply looking to add a bit of spice to your life, our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect menu additions! We’re known for our over 85 handcrafted seasonings, which we hand-mix in store daily. Stop on by to watch our Spice Masters at work!

Website: https://www.spiceandtea.com/key-west

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spiceandtea_keywest/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TSTEKeyWest/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/spiceandtea

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/spiceandtea/

511 Greene St, #102
Key West, Florida 33040

305-741-7352
[email protected]

Our doors are open and we’re offering curbside pickup and Free Shipping over $50 on local phone orders!