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Local jam companies are popping up, and their concoctions are taking off. 

Grosse Pointe-based Slow Jams, founded in 2011 and initially sold just at Eastern Market, now retails its products at Plum Market, Kroger, and a host of local restaurants, markets and shops. 

Owner Shannon Byrne started the company with her homemade creations; each jar of Slow Jams is still handmade from 100 percent Michigan fruit. The jam comes in flavors like spiced apple, blueberry lavender, cranberry red onion, blackberry ginger and many more; Byrne’s blog offers recipes for creative ways to enjoy her fruity creations.

Meanwhile, Detroit’s Beau Bien Fine Foods, founded in 2010, makes a range of fruit preserves, along with chutney and mustard. The company’s founders, Noelle Lothamer and Molly O’Meara, share Byrne’s commitment to using Michigan produce. Its products, including Michigan Apple Mustard and preserves in flavors like peach bourbon vanilla, strawberry hibiscus and apricot Riesling, can be found in markets, shops and grocery stores across Michigan, and the company is planning to open its own shop in Eastern Market by the spring.

The jars make distinctive client thank-you gifts, or a perfect accompaniment to a cheese platter at your next meeting.  

Maritime Parc, located at the marina at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, is well known for its stunning views of Manhattan and its elegant food, but its cocktail list is really worth perusing. These drinks aren’t just delicious—most of the specialty cocktails are inspired by and named for famous shipwrecks off the coast of New Jersey or New York.

The Spanish steamer Vizcaya was headed for Havana on Nov. 1, 1890, when it collided with a coal schooner, Cornelius Hargrave. The wreck is located off the coast of New Jersey about 25 miles south of the Manasquan inlet.


Ferndale’s Otus Supply opened last year, and named this cocktail after a song by New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band.

—1.5 oz. Remy Martin 1738
—0.5 oz. Tempus Fugit Gran Classico
—0.75 oz. lemon sherbet*
—3 dashes hazelnut bitters*
—lemon twist for garnish

1. Rinse a Nick and Nora glass with Herbsaint.
2. Stir all other ingredients in a mixing glass.
3. Strain cocktail into Herbsaintrinsed glass.
4. Garnish with lemon twist.


This May, a new month-long series of wine-related events called “Traverse City Uncorked” will be held throughout the Traverse City area. The event is a collaboration between Traverse City Tourism, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. It will showcase Traverse City’s burgeoning wine and cuisine scene while also featuring specials at participating venues throughout the region.