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.  

As the number of vaccinations across the country increases, the amount of live events and gatherings will hopefully rise with it. However, that doesn’t mean the way people gather will go back to normal instantly: there may be an adjustment period before bars, theaters, stadiums and churches are all full of people again.

 Spacing, social distancing, and creativity will be vital for planners and venues in the meantime, and tools like staging, seating, and more will be crucial for the execution of these.

 

As the number of vaccinations across the country increases, the amount of live events and gatherings will hopefully rise with it. However, that doesn’t mean the way people gather will go back to normal instantly: there may be an adjustment period before bars, theaters, stadiums and churches are all full of people again.

 Spacing, social distancing, and creativity will be vital for planners and venues in the meantime, and tools like staging, seating, and more will be crucial for the execution of these.

 

2020 was on track to be a record year. For some catering companies across the state, continuous growth year-over-year had set them up for success, and they thought it would be their best 365 days yet.

And a record year it was—but not for good reasons. Layoffs and furloughs, major losses in sales, and too many cancellations and postponed events to count made 2020 a year that catering companies will never forget.