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  • 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.
  • Milton Creamery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    milton-cheese-making-013Milton Creamery was established in 2006 as a partnership between Amish dairy farmers and the Musser Family. The Musser Family in Milton, IA uses milk from local Amish dairy farmers to create some of the most consistently delicious and award-winning cheeses today.

    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.

    Sample the fruity and complex Prairie Breeze cheddar and more 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!

  • Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Lineup Announced!

    Each Spring we host nearly 100 producers and vendors from around the world at Chicago French Market to celebrate the makers who make what we do possible. Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival is in its 4th year, and we are very excited to announce this year's schedule of demonstrations, discussions and more. Not only is this an incredible opportunity to meet these talented local and international culinary artisans and taste their products; there's a chance to learn about them and what they do and (thanks to the generosity of our sponsors) - it's FREE!

    APF web bannerCheck out this incredible lineup of artisan producer presentations, culinary demonstrations and discussions:

    11-11:20

    Welcome Announcement - Pastoral co-owner / founder Greg O'Neill

    11:20-11:30

    A Discussion on Innovative Food Entrepreneurship in Chicagoland - presented by culinary incubator Now We're Cookin' owner Nell Funk and incubator manager Natalie Shmulik

    11:40-11:50

    Raw Food Culinary Demonstration - presented by raw food advocate Polly Gaza co-owner of RAW Chicago

    12-12:30

    The Art of Pairing Craft Beer and Cheese - presented by Goose Island Beer Company’s resident expert Suzanne Wolcott

    12:40-12:55

    Culinary Demonstration, A Sneak Peek at Bar Pastoral's Upcoming Brunch Menu - presented by Bar Pastoral’s New Chef Brooks Hart

    12:55-1:05

    Specialty Food Association’s “sofi” Awards: Why They Matter to Us All - Presented by Ken Seiter, Specialty Food Association

    1:10-1:40

    Panel Discussion on Heritage Meats, Charcuterie Styles and Techniques - Presented by Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555, Michael Sullivan of Cochon 555, Chris Eley of Smoking Goose, Gregory Laketek of West Loop Salumi and Elias Cairo of Olympic Provisions

    1:50-2:20

    Culinary Demonstration, Making of the Girl & the Goat “Pig Face” From Farm to Plate - Presented by Chef Will Cordero of Girl & the Goat

    2:30-2:40

    Artisan Breads of France’s Alsace Region - Presented by La Fournette Bakery Owner Pierre Zimmermann

    We hope you will join us for Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival, featuring the incredible demonstrations and panels above, plus tons of tasting, meeting and fun - all FREE to the public. Find out more about Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival HERE

  • Clock Shadow Creamery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Lineup

    ClockShadowCreameryClock Shadow Creamery is Milwaukee's first ever urban cheese factory, located in the historic Walker's Point district where it churns out squeaky curds, ricotta, quark and other fresh cheeses from milk supplied by local dairy farmers.

    Making their selection of cheeses fresh every day is part of their commitment to staying environmentally sustainable, while also providing the freshest, highest quality product available to their wholesale and retail customers.

    Sample Clock Shadow Creamery's impressive fresh urban cheeses at our 4th Annual Artisan Producer's 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!

  • Baetje Farms - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    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.

    You can find Baetje Farms' beautiful Bloomsdale as the featured centerfold of the Spring 2014 issue of Culture Magazine: the word on cheese.  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 4th Annual Artisan Producer's 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!

  • Creminelli Fine Meats - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    cristiano_holding_salamiThe 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.

    Cristiano Creminelli earned his family's Salumificio di Vigliano the prestigious Artisanal Excellence Award, making it the first meat producer in the province to receive the award bestowed by the renowned Piedmont Region and Slow Food Organization. As Cristiano grew his family's business, he became determined to mirror their European success in the US.

    In 2006 he made the commitment to grow Creminelli Fine Meats
    in America, providing the domestic charcuterie scene with a burgeoning supply of traditionally crafted Italian meat specialties never before available in the US. Sample some of the delicious charcuterie, like Wild Boar Salami that Creminelli Fine Meats will be bringing to 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!

  • Meet the Best of the Fest

    The 3rd Annual Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival was a HUGE success. It was a full house with 89 artisan producers and vendors, plus over 12,000 guests in attendance!

    Culture Magazine: The Word on Cheese sponsored a special ‘Best of the Fest’ Competition. We are very pleased to present to you the winners of these tasty awards!

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    Best-in-Show: Alemar Cheese Company's Bent River Camembert

    Find Online & In-Stores

    beehive1Most Innovative Products: Beehive Cheese Company's Earl Grey Cheese

    Find Beehive Cheese Co. Online & In-Stores for a limited time

    salted caramelMost Decadent: Salted Caramel's Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn

    Find Online & in-Stores

    koval Most Likely to Become a Trend: Koval Distillery's Jasmine Liquer

    Find Koval Distillery In-Stores

    sams2zingermansBest Comfort Food: Sam's Gourmet Lasagna & Zingerman's Cream Cheese

    Find Sam's Gourmet Lasagna at the Chicago French Market
    Find Zingerman's Cream Cheese Online & In-Stores for a limited time

    smoking goose

    Best Booth Display: Smoking Goose Meatery

    Find Online & In-Stores

     

    Thanks to our wonderful judges for lending us their taste-buds for this great event! Amy Scheuerman from Culture Magazine, Brady Lowe from Cochon 555, Ann Flood from Edible Chicago, Sara Hill from Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Bruce Sherman from North Pond, Pascal Bensidoun from the Chicago French Market, Catherine De Orio from Culinarycurator.com, Ari Bendersky from Abe's Market, David Hammond from Chicago Sun Times, and Greg Mosko from North Pond

    Fest Judges

  • Media Buzzing Around Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival 2013

    Spring has sprung, and with it, our excitement about our Third Annual Artisan Producer Festival has started to escalate.  Check out what some of our favorite foodie sites have to say about it!

    Eater talks about the Festival's takeover of the Chicago French Market.

    Zagat brings us a double whammy, featuring the Festival alongside the Cochon 555 tour, which stops in Chicago just in time for the Festival.

  • Announcing Two Great February Classes!

    We're pleased to introduce our Winter Classes Program in February with TWO great offerings!

    Pastoral hosts classes at our locations in Lakeview on Tuesdays and in the Loop on Saturdays. They run for approximately 90 minutes and range in price. Pupils are extended a 15% discount that can be used within one week of attendance.

    Bubbles, Cheese and Chocolate

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    As we draw nearer to Valentine's day, we invite you to join us for an evening of decadence and delight!

    Whether you're bringing your sweetheart for a romantic night out for two or going stag, treat yourself to an experience that's sure to impress! Sparkling wine, delicious cheeses and sensuous chocolates form one of the sexiest threesomes ever conceived, and we're here to share that titillating experience with you!

    The Time: Saturday, February 9, 2013, 7PM
    The Place: 53 E. Lake Street
    The Price: $50
    The Link to Enroll: Bubbles, Cheese & Chocolate Class

     

    Battle of the Cheesemakers: America vs. Europe

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    If you love your French Bries, English Cheddars, Spanish Manchegos and Italian Blues, just wait til we put them head to head with some of their American Artisanal counterparts. The United States may be a couple centuries behind in tradition, but no one can deny the power of the good ol' American Spirit. Domestic cheesemakers have been working hard since the Artisan Cheese movement began in the 1980's.

    Will the United States come out on top, or will the European Masters dominate? You'll get to decide for yourself during this great evening of friendly rivalry. (Trash talk optional).

    The Time: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 7PM
    The Place: 53 E. Lake Street
    The Price: $45
    The Link to Enroll: Battle of the Cheesemakers: American vs. Europe

  • Reserve Now for New Year's Eve Dinner at Bar Pastoral

    Kick off your New Years Eve celebration with a special dinner at Bar Pastoral! Enjoy a creative, thoughtfully crafted menu by Chef Chrissy Camba—then hit the town to ring in the New Year!

    Date: December 31

    Seating Times: 6:00 PM or 8:30 PM

    Cost: $50 for 5 Courses, Additional $30 for 5 Sparkling Wine Pairings Option, Tax and Gratuity not included

    Vegetarian Menu Option available

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    There are two seatings, the last seating will end before midnight so you can join your friends out on the town for the big toast!

    Space is VERY limited reserve your spot NOW

    Email RSVP@pastoralartisan.com to make a reservation and we will call you to confirm your reservation.

    By reservation only, terms and conditions for cancellation apply

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