B. Nektar & Joe’s Produce Collaboration

I’m always up for a good challenge and love researching new ways to use ingredients.  Enter B. Nektar and Joe’s Meat & Seafood – 2 amazing Michigan based companies (respectively located in Ferndale and Livonia) serving up some of the best products around!

For this collaboration I decided to pair a variety of the amazing seafood offerings at Joe’s Meat & Seafood; shrimp, scallops, salmon & tuna with 3 different B. Nektar meads; Cherry Chipotle, Evil Genius & Zombie Killer.

I first decided to work with the shrimp, creating a marinade using olive oil, salt, pepper, and a nice helping of Zombie Killer.  I divided the mixture, using 1/2 of it to marinate the shrimp and keeping the remaining 1/2 to brush onto the shrimp as it cooked.  Make sure you only allow the shrimp to marinate for 10-15 minutes, or it will become mushy.


Skewer the shrimp and grill, flipping once you see some great grill marks forming.  Be sure to brush the shrimp with the remaining marinade – it’ll add more great flavor to the final product!  Once the shrimp is bright pink, serve and enjoy.

Cherry Chipotle Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon:
I love cooking salmon on the grill and thought the Cherry Chipotle mead would make an amazing glaze.  Soak your cedar plank in enough mead to cover it – allow to sit and soak for an hour.  Pour the remaining mead into a small pot and bring to a boil, adding some chopped garlic.  Once the mead boils, turn the heat down and simmer for approximately 10-15 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by 1/2.  Divide the liquid into 2.

Brush the salmon with olive oil and place it skin side down onto the cedar plank.  Place the cedar plan and salmon on the grill and coat the salmon with the mead glaze – basting the salmon with glaze periodically.

Allow the salmon to cook for approximately 10 minutes, remove it from the grill and serve – drizzling the remaining glaze onto the salmon.

Best salmon ever!  And, you wouldn’t believe how tasty the garlic bits were after cooking in the mead!  This was served on a bed of quinoa with grilled zucchini and yellow squash.

I picked up a beautiful piece of tuna from Joe’s Meat & Seafood because I have always wanted to try my hand at ceviche.  I found so many recipes, so I decided to blend a few together to create my own(see end of blog), incorporating B. Nektar’s Evil Genius as one of the ingredients.  The final result was a very sweet and refreshingly flavorful ceviche.  The bold flavors of red onion & cilantro offset the milder flavors of the mead and mango, and the tuna absorbed all of the deliciousness perfectly!

The final dish incorporated scallops, sautéed in Evil Genius & garlic.  I started by adding chopped garlic and approximately 1/3 cup of Evil Genius to a pan.  Once the ingredients had simmered for a bit, I added the scallops, cooking until they caramelized.  The mead flavors were very subtle in this dish & helped the scallops to retain a wonderful amount of moisture!

This was a super fun experiment that yielded a lot of very yummy flavors.  A BIG thank-you to Joe’s Produce & B. Nektar for allowing me the opportunity!

If you are looking for a wonderful location to purchase gourmet grocery, produce & baked goods be sure to visit Joe’s Produce.  Make sure you also stop by Joe’s Meat & Seafood, which is located about 30 steps outside of Joe’s Produce.  The Meat & Seafood store opened Memorial Day weekend and you’ll find an amazing amount of high-quality meats and seafood.  Both locations house amazing staff members who are ready and willing to answer any questions you may have.  For more information visit their website, FB & Twitter pages and Joe’s Meat and Seafood on FB.  And, if you’ve never experienced mead or are a seasoned mead-drinker – you definitely need to enjoy some B. Nektar!  They have such a great variety of offerings, a very loyal following and are so knowledgable and proud of their craft – as they should be!  You can find B. Nektar at their website, FB & Twitter pages.

P.S.  You can kill 2 birds with 1 stone and pick up your B. Nektar during your next visit to Joe’s Produce!!  Just be sure you pick up enough to cook with AND to enjoy in a glass, too!

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Tuna Ceviche
This recipe features tuna from Joe's Produce (Livonia, MI) & Evil Genius mead from B. Nektar (Ferndale, MI)
  • 1 lb. tuna, cubed in medium sized pieces
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3½ tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 6 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tomato, peeled, seeded & cubed
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • ⅔ cup Evil Genius mead
  • A few dashes of tabasco/hot sauce
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Chop ingredients and mix together. Allow to marinate for 15-45 minutes & serve! Try with tortilla chips or enjoy on its own!


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