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Artisan Producer Festival

  • MEET THE WINEMAKERS OF THE ARTISAN PRODUCER FESTIVAL

    © 2014 Galdones PhotographyWe seek out wineries using sustainable, organic and biodynamic techniques, and those that source grapes from their own vineyards. We want to know that our wines are carefully looked after from vine to bottle. We also believe in finding wines that are the perfect pairings for the cheeses in our case and the products on our shelves. Meet a few of these winemakers and sample their wines alongside all of the other artisan treats you'll find at the 5th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 25th at the Chicago French Market.

     

    CANDID WINES

    The team at Candid Wines distributes organic, biodynamic, and thoughtfully farmed wines in Illinois. Wine is a part of their lives because of its ability to make us happier in the moments just after we pulled the cork than we were seconds before. Damien Casten from Candid will be joining us with Amphibolite 'Nature', a fruit forward Muscadet from the Loire Valley and Domaine de Cèdres' Côtes du Rhône, a beautiful red blend from the Mediterranean region of France with loads of cedar and spicy, black pepper nose.

    CULTIVAR WINES

    Cultivar Wines was started by Jody Harris, and Gingy Harris Gable, founders of Caspar Estate Wines. The Estate is a 25 acre property located above the Napa Valley in the Rutherford Appellation. It has been family owned and operated since 1960, practicing organic and sustainable farming techniques to preserve, protect and maintain the environment. The property, which now contains fruit trees, over 800 Mission olive trees and about a quarter million honey bees, is an ideal setting for growing grapes, too. About 13 acres of vineyards were planted for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes. Caspar Estate wines express the unique terroir of the land, with firm tannins, fresh acidity, and remarkable structure. Try their Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay at the festival.

    FIELD RECORDINGS

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    Field Recordings is 38-year old winemaker Andrew Jones’ personal catalog of the people and places he values most. Spending his days as a vine nursery fieldman planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over California, Andrew is sometimes offered small lots of their best fruit on the side. Having stood in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast, he has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough: sites that are unknown or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. As friendships are made and opportunities are embraced, Andrew produces small quantities of soulful wine from these unusual, quiet vineyards. After chugging Fiction from cans all last year, we are very excited to announce that our 5th Annual Artisan Producer Festival will be the first place in Chicago where you can taste their cans of Rose and Pinot Gris!

    FIRELANDS WINERY

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    One of the oldest wineries in Ohio, producing wines from the Isle St. George Island north of Sandusky. A family run outfit that is the benchmark for wines in the region.

    GIRLS IN THE VINEYARD

    In 2008, Kat and Rob McDonald founded Art+Farm Wine in Napa, California after a importing legendary Australian wines they both loved. Art+Farm is home to their single vineyard wines, The Girls in the Vineyard, their outrageous blends, The Messenger, and their true varietals, Circadia.

    L. MAWBY VINEYARDS

    Founded by Larry Mawby, L. Mawby Vineyards’ first vines were planted in the spring of 1973 and now cover about 18 acres. They have been producing wines since 1978, with an emphasis is on sparkling wines made with small lots and minimal handling. There's a reason why we keep this bubbly on tap at Bar Pastoral - find out why when you try it for yourself at the festival!

    RICCI CURBASTRO

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    Ricardo Ricci Curbastro is a friend of Pastoral who has visited us a number of times. His family is the benchmark of quality for Franciacorta sparkling wines. Unlike Prosecco, the sparkling wines from Franciacorta are made in the Champagne Method giving them more depth of flavor and character. The family makes more than just sparkling wines, Curtefranca Rosso is one of the unique ones they'll be bringing to the festival - the main grape is Carmenere... growing in ITALY. Bordeaux ingredients, yet definitively Italian.

    WESZELI

    Davis Weszeli and Rupert Summerer produce their wine in Langenlois, Austria on land that has been used for wine since 1679. Weszeli and Summerer believe that the biological diversity of the vineyard is what gives their wine its character, and place the utmost importance on supporting that diversity.

  • MEET THE MEAT MAKERS OF THE PASTORAL ARTISAN PRODUCER FESTIVAL!

    Every year, dozens of artisan producers fill the Chicago French Market for the largest FREE tasting event in Chicago - the Artisan Producer Festival . In addition to cheese-makers and mongers from around the world, there will also be producers of beer, wine, accouterments, and one of our favorite categories - charcuterie. Check out the roster of traditional and innovative charcuterie producers from across the country that will be joining us this year!

    CREMINELLI MEATS

    The Creminelli family has been crafting artisan meats since the 1600s. Their legacy lies in their integrity, sourcing locally produced, organic and all natural ingredients, including heritage meats that are raised exclusively on vegetarian feed without the use of antibiotics.  They'll be bringing Milano, Calabrese, Wild Boar and Tartufo salami to the festival for you to sample.

    H. FORMAN & SON

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    Over a century after it was established, H. Forman & Son remains a family concern, the last of the original London smokeries, with Lance Forman, founder Harry Forman’s great grandson, flying the flag for the famous London Cure. Remaining faithful to principles established in 1905 – the freshest salmon, a little salt, just the right amount of oak smoke – he is upholding traditional values and skills that would otherwise have died out long ago. Sample their impeccable side of hand-sliced Scottish Smoked Salmon at the festival.

    SMOKING GOOSE MEATERY

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    After a successful career as a chef in several top Chicago restaurants Chris Eley returned home to Indianapolis in 2007 to open up Goose the Market a neighborhood full service butcher and specialty food shop. Then in 2011 he launched Smoking goose – utilizing classical techniques in new and quirky way yielding a truly unique line of artisan charcuterie. Last year, the fine folks from Smoking Goose showed up to the Artisan Producer Festival with a 175 lb. mortadella! This year, they'll be bringing along some of the meats you'll find on our sandwich menu, like Mortadella, Dodge City Salami and the Pig & Fig Terrine, as well as their Stagberry, an elk and mead-soaked blueberry salami, and the Kitchen Sink sausage you'll find on Bar Pastoral's brunch menu. But who knows what else they might have in tow!

    UNDERGROUND MEATS

    Located in the heart of south central Wisconsin, Underground Meats sources the meat for their hand-crafted salami and cured meats from local, small scale, humane operations. The team at Underground Meats is also paving the way for future charcuterie operations, creating an open source handbook for salami producers looking to expand nationally.  We're really excited to add their Summer Sausage to the artisan salami selections you'll find in our charcuterie case - make sure you try some at the festival!

    WEST LOOP SALUMI

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    When West Loop Salumi’s Greg Laketek trained under the famous Massimo Spigaroli in Italy, he brought the old world Italian traditions and recipes back to Chicago with him. West Loop Salumi is Illinois’ first USDA salumeria and they pride themselves on their quality ingredients and recipes. Try their Finocchiona, Pancetta and Chorizo and the Artisan Producer Festival.

  • MEET THE SOFI™ WINNERS OF THE ARTISAN PRODUCER FESTIVAL!

    sofi awardsSince 1972, the sofi Awards have honored the best of the best in specialty foods and beverages from members of the Specialty Food Association , a not-for-profit organization for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Thanks to the support of the Specialty Food Association , Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival can remain the largest FREE festival of its kind.
    A sofi Award represents culinary innovation from across America and around the globe. Finalists are selected at the Special Food Association’s offices in New York City by a national panel of specialty food retailers, foodservice professionals, and journalists. The winners are selected by retailers and food service buyers attending the Summer Fancy Food Show and are announced at a red-carpet ceremony. Learn more about the sofi Awards HERE . Not only does the Specialty Food Association support artisans and retailers through their prestigious awards, but thanks to their support, Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival can remain the largest FREE festival of its kind.
    At Pastoral’s 5th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on April 25th, the following sofi Awards winners from across the U.S. will provide tastes of their specialty food products: American Spoon Foods, Big Picture Farm, Creminelli Fine Meats, Cypress Grove Chevre, Effie’s Homemade, Rogue Creamery, and Vermont Creamery.
    Sofi Apf 2015 500x500If you can't make it to the festival, have a few of the sofi Award winners' artisan treats delivered right to your front door with theSpecialty Food Association Medley ! Available in stores, or online.
  • MEET BAETJE FARMS' AT PASTORAL'S 5TH ANNUAL ARTISAN PRODUCER FESTIVAL

    baetje farmsBaetje Farms is situated in the oldest town in Missouri in Sainte Genevieve County, amidst a land rich in agricultural diversity.
    Steve Baetje prides himself on the great care he takes of his goat herd. The animals are free to do whatever they’d like over acres of land including drinking from an endless supply of natural spring water. During kidding season, all the fresh milk produced is used for fresh goat cheeses and well as beautifully aged ones.
    Their Marinated Feta is the perfect Spring treat to add to add to salads, pasta or as a savory snack on its own; meet the makers, sample these cheeses and more at our 5th Annual Artisan Producer's Festival.
    Held every Spring at Chicago's French Market , Pastoral's 5th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 25th from 11am - 3pm is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event features producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Along with a stage show packed with chef demonstrations and informative panels.
  • MEET ALE SYNDICATE AT PASTORAL'S 5TH ANNUAL ARTISAN PRODUCER FESTIVAL

    ale syndicateSamuel and Jesse Evans started their craft beer journey in California, bottling the very first and only craft beer in the city of Oakland. Success was abundant, but they missed Chicago and returned to establish a truly collaborative brewery focusing on strong flavors, pure ingredients and the power of coming together over something they love.
    After mastering home brewing, they started their own brewery in California with great success, but quickly realized that Chicago was their true home. They returned to the Midwest to create Ale Syndicate, crafting brews ideal for our city's palate. While waiting for their current city brewery to be finished, the team works with partner breweries in Illinois to make their craft beers a reality. This commitment to community and artisans supporting each other is exactly what the Artisan Producer Festival aims to celebrate.
    Try some of the brothers' delicious Ale Syndicate brews at Pastoral's 5th Annual Artisan Producer Festival .
    Held every Spring at Chicago's French Market , Pastoral's 5th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 25th from 11 am - 3 pm is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event features producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Along with a stage show packed with chef demonstrations and informative panels.
  • Pastoral's 5th Annual Artisan Producer Festival!

     

    Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine and the Chicago French Market are proud to announce the 5th Annual Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival at the Chicago French Market from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

    apf 2014 jasperThis is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event featuring producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Each year we are blown away by the support and enthusiasm of not just the producers that we and the other Chicago French Market vendors are proud to represent, but by the tremendous turn out by you, our loyal and wonderful customers.
    In addition to cheese-makers and mongers from around the world, there will also be producers of beer, wine, and accouterments. You'll meet confectioners, beer and spirit makers from right here in Chicago and around the world. The event will also feature artisan producers featured at Pastoral’s neighboring Chicago French Market vendors.
    CLICK HERE
    to visit our festival event page for a peek at the producers, vendors and stage lineup for the big day! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on festival details as they are announced.
  • Letherbee Distilery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    letherbeeLetherbee is an independent artisanal distillery founded as an outlet for a few exceptionally talented bartenders to create unique and signature spirits engineered to enliven the discerning drinker and stock the arsenal of the professional bartender. Their signature gin is distinct yet versatile and led the way to a range of craft botanical spirits – barrel-aged absinthe and BESK, a relatively obscure, locally infamous Swedish liqueur.

    Letherbee's spirits are brimming with incredibly robust, subtle and nuanced blends of herbs and botanicals. You can try some for yourself at Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival.

    Held every Spring at Chicago's French Market, Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 12th from 11am - 3pm is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event features producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Along with a stage show packed with chef demonstrations and informative panels.

    FOLLOW US HERE AND ON FACEBOOK IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE FESTIVAL AS WE CONTINUE TO PROFILE MORE OF THE PRODUCERS ATTENDING THIS YEAR!

  • Spring Brook Farm - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    farms for city kidsSpring Brook Farm in Reading, Vermont runs the Farms For City Kids Foundation providing an outdoor classroom where urban youth explore new dimensions of learning as academics are integrated into everyday farm activities that practice and teach sustainability.

    John and Janine Putnam studied their craft from an artisan cheesemaker in the French Alps a decade ago. Today, after several years of practice on their own Vermont farm, they are sharing what they have learned with the young students at Spring Brook Farm. The Farms for City Kids Foundation brings students to this dairy farm to participate in their interactive, agricultural classroom. The raw milk from the farm’s 40 Jersey cows is used to make 20 pound wheels of the complex and meaty Tarentaise that both the students and the American Cheese Society give top honors, along with their nutty, Alpine-style Raclette.

    Taste the delicious cheeses from the inspiring cheesemakers of Spring Brook Farm at Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival.

    Held every Spring at Chicago's French Market, Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 12th from 11am - 3pm is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event features producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Along with a stage show packed with chef demonstrations and informative panels.

    FOLLOW US HERE AND ON FACEBOOK IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE FESTIVAL AS WE CONTINUE TO PROFILE MORE OF THE PRODUCERS ATTENDING THIS YEAR!

  • Forlorn Hope Winery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    fornlorn hope wineMatthew 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.

    At Pastoral we currently feature the ‘Que Saudade’ Verdelho. There are only 457 total cases of this rare creature which is fermented in neutral barrels and aged for 8 months before bottling. The resulting wine is bursting with peach and pear fruits. We like to describe this wine as in-between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine has the weight and richness of Chardonnay but maintains beautiful acidity similar to a Sauvignon Blanc.

    Taste some of Matthew Rorick's intriguing and complex Forlorn Hope wines at Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival.

    Held every Spring at Chicago's French Market, Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 12th from 11am - 3pm is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event features producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Along with a stage show packed with chef demonstrations and informative panels.

    FOLLOW US HERE AND ON FACEBOOK IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE FESTIVAL AS WE CONTINUE TO PROFILE MORE OF THE PRODUCERS ATTENDING THIS YEAR!

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

    WMMB LogoThe 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.

    You can find several members of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
    at our 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival including, La Clare Farms, Saxon Creamery, Hidden Springs Creamery, Clock Shadow Creamery, Holland's Family Cheese, Uplands Cheese and Widmer Cheese Cellars. Thanks to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board's major sponsorship, Pastoral can keep the Artisan Producer Festival the largest FREE event of its kind.

    Held every Spring at Chicago's French Market, Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 12th from 11am - 3pm is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event features producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Along with a stage show packed with chef demonstrations and informative panels.

    FOLLOW US HERE AND ON FACEBOOK IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE FESTIVAL AS WE CONTINUE TO PROFILE MORE OF THE PRODUCERS ATTENDING THIS YEAR!

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