More on Buffett at Meeting of the Minds

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Thursday night at the the annual Meeting of the Minds convention in Key West. They performed every song from the album “A White Sport Coat and A Pink Crustacean“. Buffett mentioned that the Coral Reefer Band will be joining him for a show in Cuba on Saturday night.

A White Sport Coat and A Pink Crustacean

It was the first known live performance of the song “My Lovely Lady”.

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Buffett performs in Key West

Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally, and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the Casa Marina during the annual Meeting of the Minds convention in Key West.

The Set List from the show is now available. Some of the songs played included “Death of An Unpopular Poet” (last played 05-05-2011 in Houston, TX), “My Lovely Lady”, “They Don’t Dance Like Carmen No More” (last played 11-04-2011 in Key West, FL), “I Have Found Me A Home”, “Railroad Lady”, and “Woman Goin Crazy On Caroline Street”

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John H. Cunningham’s new book: MAROON RISING

Popular action/adventure author John H. Cunningham will touch down in Key West from November 3-8 to introduce his fifth novel MAROON RISING (Greene Street Publishing; November 24, 2015; $4.99) and debut the new single “Rum Punch” which he co-wrote with country singer/songwriter Thom Shepherd.

MAROON RISING is the fifth book in Cunningham’s acclaimed Buck Reilly Adventure Series, which features the reluctant Key West hero in Jamaica and back in the treasure hunting business–until some old enemies ace him out. Fortunately for Buck, a beautiful University professor with ancient Maroon secrets about Captain Henry Morgan’s huge stash, missing for hundreds of years, lures him back to the chase. Thrust into turbulent waters where trust is as elusive as the treasure itself, Buck’s knocked further off course with the appearance of the one-time love of his life. The heat of Maroon Rising jumps off the page as Buck ricochets from the pirate enclave of Port Royal–once the Wickedest City on Earth–to the Blue Mountains, GoldenEye, white sand beaches and the lush Cockpit Country of Jamaica.

As Cunningham has done in previous novels, MAROON RISING features several known names including music titan Chris Blackwell and #1 hit writer, Thom Shepherd along with reggae star I-Wayne. The book ends with “Rum Punch,” a get out of your seat country rock anthem to close out the thrilling island romp.

Cunningham will host a series of signings for his Buck Reilly Adventure Series books—Red Right Return, Green To Go, Crystal Blue and Second Chance Gold—at the annual Meeting of the Minds Mini-Mart at the Casa Marina Hotel on the following times:
• Thursday, November 5: 9-11; 1:30-3:00
• Friday, November 6: 9-NOON
• Saturday, November 7: 9:00-10:00; 12:00-2:00

MAROON RISING will not be available for sale until November 24, but you can pre-order a copy of the book now and receive a free copy of “Rum Punch”. For more information on how to pre-order the book, click here.

For more information about Thom Shepherd’s performances, include the “Rum Punch” Party at the Smokin’ Tuna on Saturday, November 7, click here.

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More details on MargaritaVillage

From the Orlando Sentinel: “MargaritaVillage plans wedding pavilion, water taxis

Couples looking to tie the knot in a setting straight out of a Jimmy Buffett song will be able to do so at the proposed MargaritaVillage, the project’s developers said Thursday.

MargaritaVillage, a lifestyle resort based on the tropical vibes crooned about in Buffett’s hit songs, is shaping up to be much more than a hotel and a place to shop, including a planned wedding pavilion.

“There’s just so many opportunities to have this tailgate atmosphere,” said Jim Bagley, of Encore Capital Management, the project’s developers.

Other features include a lazy river, outdoor stages for concerts and a wellness center.

The wedding pavilion, which would be built near the 175-room Margaritaville themed hotel, was not originally planned for the resort, a 300-acre site on U.S. Highway 192 in western Osceola County near Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Workin’ and Playin’ in Los Angeles and Irvine

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Workin’ n Playin’ tour to California for two shows. They performed on Thursday October 22nd at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles CA and on Saturday October 24th at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine CA.

The set list from the Los Angeles show had 23 songs including “Scarlet Begonias” and “Oldest Surfer On The Beach”.

The set list from the Irvine show had 25 songs including “Take Another Road”, “Uncle John’s Band (last played March 30 2012), and “Tin Cup Chalice”.

There is only one show remaining that is scheduled for this year: December 31st at the Barclays Center in New York.

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Interview with Chef Dante Giannini

Dante Giannini is the head chef and founder of Farm to Fork Chef and is contracted as Jimmy Buffett’s private chef.

I am a classically trained chef. I went to the Culinary Institute of America right out of high school in 2006. I truly believe my most important education came on the job while working in restaurants across the tri-state area.

What inspired me to become a chef was growing up in a tight knit Italian American family where food brought us together. The satisfaction of when someone eats your creation and loves it is really special.

I was found by the Buffett family through a very high end concierge service based in NYC. I had worked for another prominent celebrity before Mr. Buffett, and it’s a very small world.

Mr. Buffett’s favorite entrée and dessert, hmmmm tough question cause he’s a true foodie. If I had to narrow it down it be a simple local fish ceviche with island flavors (it is Jimmy Buffett after all) and dessert would be a well prepared cheesecake.

Most unusual dish I’ve created for him has to be Grouse, which is a game bird that that he foraged himself. He brought it to my kitchen and I stewed it, it was a crisp autumn day.

Ingredients I enjoy using must be local, seasonal and at the peak of freshness, Simple as that!

Other celebs I’ve cooked for include, Madonna, Rebecca Minkoff, David & Lauren Bush Lauren, and some others I cannot name for confidentiality reasons.

Do I have a favorite spot to eat at, also a tough one because living in NY there are so many great options. At the moment I’m loving Toro on the West side of Manhattan.

Do I like Mr. Buffett’s music, of course!! He’s my boss and he’s a legend, his music appeals to all ages. Is it cliché to say my favorite is “Cheeseburger in Paradise”? Haha. I not only listen to his music but I also enjoy his beer from time to time, Landshark.

For more information on Dante Giannini and some recipes visit Farm to Fork Chef

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Workin’ and Playin’ in Albuquerque

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Workin’ n Playin’ tour to the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM last night.

The set list from the show is now available. Buffett and the band played 23 songs including “Pencil Thin Mustache”, “Banana Republics”, “Bama Breeze”, and “Back Where I Come From”.

The tour continues on Thursday October 22nd with a show at the Hollywood Bow in Los Angeles, CA.

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