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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!


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.


Smoked Salmon on a board

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.



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!


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!


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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.

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