Welcome Warmer Weather with Bar Pastoral's New Seasonal Menu!

Welcome Warmer Weather with Bar Pastoral's New Seasonal Menu!

Posted on May 22, 2014
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New chef Brooks Hart developed Bar Pastoral's creative yet approachable new menu with seasonal, local flavors and house-made ingredients that celebrate warm weather in Chicago. New small and large plates complement Bar Pastoral’s artisan cheese selection, house-made charcuterie, cured meats, bar bites and desserts—plus a newly enhanced cocktail program. 

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Bar Pastoral is Excited to Begin Brunch Service!

Bar Pastoral is Excited to Begin Brunch Service!

Posted on April 14, 2014
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Bar Pastoral launches a new weekend brunch menu, beginning Easter weekend (April 19 & 20, 2014). New Chef Brooks Hart developed the menu with a creative yet approachable take on classic brunch favorites, where seasonal and house-made ingredients are the stars. Guests are invited to join Bar Pastoral's brunch every Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 P.M.

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Forlorn Hope Winery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Forlorn Hope Winery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Posted in Artisan Producer Festival, Wine, and Chicago French Market on April 4, 2014
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Matthew Rorick is a champion of the lesser-known varietals, he makes small production bottlings from grapes like Verdelho, Trousseau Gris and Alvarelhao that grow clandestinely in small pockets throughout California. Rorick allows the grapes to speak for themselves instead of over- manipulating them in the winery. Forlorn Hope wines ferment via natural yeast, very little sulfur is added and there are no new oak barrels residing in the winery.

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La Fournette Bretzel Now Available at Pastoral!

La Fournette Bretzel Now Available at Pastoral!

Posted in Bread, Jams, & Accompaniments on April 4, 2014
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Bretzel is a typical Alsation treat based on the folklore that a king once asked a baker to bake for him a treat where he could see the sun 3 times through it – and thus the Bretzel was born. Soft and chewy with a briny, sea salt crust. Loaded up with our housemade Pimento Cheese or smeared with American Spoon Pickled Mustard Seed, it's the perfect savory snack.

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Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board - Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board - Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Posted in Artisan Producer Festival, Cheese, American Artisan Cheese, and Chicago French Market on April 3, 2014
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The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board is a nonprofit organization of Wisconsin dairy producers that promotes Wisconsin Cheese—made in 600 varieties, types and styles—along with milk and other Wisconsin dairy products. The board creates and executes marketing campaigns to consumers, food service professionals and retailers throughout the country.

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Miche and Multigrain Baguette from La Fournette Bakery Now Available at Pastoral!

Miche and Multigrain Baguette from La Fournette Bakery Now Available at Pastoral!

Posted on April 3, 2014
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A La Fournette favorite, this 2 pound loaf redefines the meaning of sourdough with its tight, spongy crumb. This is La Fournette’s signature bread made with sourdough starter, long fermentation and rye, wheat and whole wheat flours. It’s large size makes it the perfect crowd-pleaser, used as a bowl filled with savory dip or simply toasted with butter.

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Quince & Apple - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Quince & Apple - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Posted in Artisan Producer Festival, Bread, Jams, & Accompaniments, and Chicago French Market on April 2, 2014
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Quince & Apple small batch preserves are a husband and wife duo making hand-crafted artisan preserves late into the night in their tiny kitchen in Madison, Wisconsin. Matt and Clare Stoner-Fehsenfeld are committed to sourcing local fruits and ingredients with which to concoct their beautiful, not-too-sweet preserves. They do everything themselves, and taste test every step of each batch, allowing them to incorporate and adjust for seasonality and varietal from batch to batch.

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Milton Creamery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Milton Creamery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Posted in Artisan Producer Festival, Cheese, Events, American Artisan Cheese, and Chicago French Market on April 2, 2014
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The Musser family has trusted the cheesemaking to their son Galen, who has been in charge of cheese production since he was 16 years old - winning his first award at 17! The Pastoral favorite, Prairie Breeze not only secured Galen his first U.S. Cheese Championship award, but continues to be an award winning cheese to this day, with its crystalline texture and flaky shards of flavor.

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Olympic Provisions - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Olympic Provisions - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Posted in Artisan Producer Festival, Charcuterie, and Chicago French Market on March 31, 2014
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Oregon's first USDA approved salumeria was established in 2009 by head Salumist Elias Cairo (who will be attending the APF). He is a first generation Greek American- who watched and learned from his father who made salami at home. Elias then kindled his passion for all things salumi traveling and apprenticing in Europe learning the old world art and craft of salumi the tenants of which are everything is made by hand and comes to fruition with patience and time.

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