Pastoral Employees Hard At Work On The Sandwich Line


When Pastoral opened its doors in Lakeview in 2004 we had four employees not including ourselves. Over 10 years later, we have two additional stores plus wholesale and online businesses, so we have grown a great deal in staff from those original four. Despite our growth, we are proud to have maintained a working environment befitting a small, local business. While we are a professional environment, we never forget to have a little fun!

Pastoral employees are a community amongst themselves, and our shared passion is food. Beyond that, our diversity is endless. In addition to professionally trained chefs and bakers, Pastoral has employed neuroscientists, actors, former Congressional aides, haunted house aficionados, attorneys, professors, and martial arts experts, among others.

We expect all prospective employees to be responsible, motivated, self-starters who show initiative and a strong sense of personal and professional responsibility.

We welcome resume submissions for Counter Associates and Sandwich Bar Associates at all times, though the majority of our interviewing and hiring happens during February, April, September and November.

Read about each position below.

Counter Associate

This is a counter sales position in a dynamic, fast-paced, front-of-house culinary environment. Applicants must show excellent people skills, a strong desire to learn and educate customers, and a good service ethic. In addition to general counter service, responsibilities include preparing gourmet sandwiches, artisan catering trays and gift baskets.


  • Prior education in or professional experience with small-batch, artisan cheeses and/or wines is strongly preferred
  • Proficient knife skills
  • Interest in artisan, hand-made and small-batch specialty foods and wines
  • Availability 25-35 hours per week. Shifts generally run from either 9:00 am - 3:00 pm or 3:00 - 9:00 pm, Monday - Friday, and 10:00 am - 7:00 pm weekends

Starting pay is $10.00/hr. Additionally, employees receive a 25% store discount. 

To apply, please send resumes WITH cover letters to


These positions focus on fulfillment of sandwich, salad, and picnic orders in our Lake Street and French Market stores. Sandwich Bar Associates will also be given opportunities to learn about our core product categories: artisan cheese and wine. With its fast pace and physical similarity to working a kitchen line, the position provides a strong platform for future restaurant work, or supplemental work for those with evening kitchen or restaurant jobs. The position can be set up as an internship for culinary students, depending on your school’s particular requirements.


  • Proficient knife skills
  • Previous experience in a food environment, with a particular interest in artisan, hand-made and small batch specialty foods and wines
  • Ability and desire to work quickly in a sometimes-crowded, always fast-paced environment
  • Weekday & weekend availability: Sandwich Bar Associates are needed for at least two morning/mid-day shifts (8:00am - 3:00pm), two evening shifts (2:30pm - 9:30pm), or a combination thereof

Starting pay is $9.00/hr. Additionally, employees receive a 25% store discount. 

To apply, please send resumes WITH cover letters to 

Line Cook - Bar Pastoral

Responsibilities include:

  • Perform daily duties such as prep, cook and clean up
  • Prepare foods according to recipes and perform prep work as assigned
  • Ensure that food quality, quantity, freshness, and presentation meet demands
  • Prepare, handle, and store food in accordance with Chicago Health Department regulations
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 1 year experience working in a from scratch restaurant required
  • Experience with preparing items for broiling, grilling, frying, sauteing or other cooking methods
  • Demonstrated knowledge of kitchen conduct; excellent knife skills
  • Open availability - able to work days and/or night shifts
  • Must obtain Food Handler license upon employment
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and withstand exposure to cold, heat and water

To apply, please send resumes WITH cover letters to . Please enter "Bar Pastoral/BOH/Your Name" in the subject line.