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Cheesy Chat with Pastoral

  • Celebrating 10 Years in Chicago with our New Gift Collections

    In 2004, Ken Miller and Greg O'Neill opened Pastoral in Lake View with a mission to provide Chicago with the highest level of service and education for our customers, striving to make shopping for and consuming artisan goods enlightening, approachable, fun and delicious. We’re eager to continue finding even more ways to inspire and be inspired by our cherished community of customers, artisans and food lovers. To that end, you’ll find that our 2014-2015 Gift Catalog pays homage to the community we hold so dear - featuring medleys and collections that reflect our iconic neighborhoods and hometown roots.

     

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    Each Collection and Medley is a careful reflection, an edible postcard from the city we call home. The Lake View Collection features Pastoral customer favorites like crowd-pleasing Ossau-Iraty, grassy and sharp Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and Neal’s Yard Dairy’s famous Stichelton. Andante Dairy’s dense and luscious Picolo is perfect topped with Small Batch Preserves from Quince & Apple. Team it all up with Potter’s Crisps and single varietal honey, and it’s the perfect Pastoral experience.

     

     

     

    © 2014 Galdones PhotographyYou'll find old favorites like the Gourmet Gratitude
    and Best of the Midwest in this year's catalog too, with generous upgrades and remarkable artisan products that have truly inspired us.

    For gifts beyond cheese, the charcuterie-laden Back of the Yards Medley has everything a carnivore's heart could desire, while the Sweet Home Chicago is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

     

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    The eclectic mix of artisan pantry items and bold cheeses found in the Wicker Park and Fulton Market Collections is ideal for the keen food lover in your life. The Wicker Park Collection is named after Chicago’s hip and artsy neighborhood, and features artisan treats that are sure to please even the most discriminating palate. Brabander Gouda from the Netherlands can only be described as magical, while Rogue River’s Smokey Blue proves that the only way blue cheese could be better is to smoke it. Chocopods in crazy flavors, sweet and savory sea salt caramels and Croatian fig and cocoa spread sweeten the deal. You won’t find a better brew that Bow Truss’ Cold Brew Coffee to wash it all down.

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    Located just west of downtown Chicago, Fulton Market
    is home to artisan producers, groundbreaking restaurants and a food community committed to exploring new tastes and concepts with a bit of old school tradition thrown in. Spicy Hop Pickles from Brooklyn Brine and bouncy, buttery St. Malachi pair excellently with Barolo from West Loop Salumi made in the Fulton Market neighborhood. For a hit of subtly sweet spice, top it with Chili Jam from American Spoon. The smooth, bourbon infused O’Banon goes down easy with Dick Taylor’s Single Origin Bars for a sweet finish.

    Perfect pairings of delicious items that just go better together are also available as Duos
    ; they're perfect as hostess gifts, party favors and stocking stuffers. We've paired our favorite cheeses, spreads, utensils and condiments for miniature gifts to fit any taste.

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    Our Monthly Clubs offer the Pastoral experience delivered right to your door each month. Centered around the artisan products that we carry in our stores, as well as exclusive, small-batch items, each cheese, charcuterie and pairing membership includes an educational and insightful narrative to share the unique story, style and origin of each product, how to best enjoy them and what inspired us to share them with our members. All of our clubs give you a chance to expand your palate as well as your knowledge of cheese, charcuterie and wine while exploring the seasonality and pairing possibilities of our favorite products.

    Shop our new gifts in stores, online or download a PDF of our 2014-15 Gift Catalog HERE.

  • Bar Pastoral's 2nd Anniversary Premium Wine Dinner

    Benchmark wine selections represent intricate and nuanced wines from heralded producers, perfect for special occasions.

    On Tuesday, November 11th, join Chef Brooks Hart and Pastoral's Beverage Educator, Mark Wrobel for Bar Pastoral's first ever Premium Wine Dinner in celebration of Bar Pastoral's 2nd anniversary in Lakeview. Benchmark wine selections represent intricate and nuanced wines from heralded producers, perfect for special occasions. Selected for their outstanding quality and heritage, these wines are sure to wow your family, guests and loved ones during the holidays.

    We're opening our cellars and pouring some of the most interesting and superior wines in our portfolio. Each pour will be paired with a dish that highlights the unique and bold flavors that help set these Benchmark Wines apart from the pack.

    AL-73FIRST COURSE: 

    Arctic Char Tartare, Crispy Fennel Chip, Crème Fraiche
    Vincent Dancer 'Les Corbins' Meursault (Chardonnay)

    SECOND COURSE:

    Braised Rabbit Pappardelle, 1605 Manchego
    Dom. Pierre Guillemot 'Savigny-Serpentières 1er Cru' (Pinot Noir)

    THIRD COURSE:

    Roasted New Zealand Lamb "Lolly-Pops", Natural Jus, Potato Pave
    Andrea Oberto Barolo (Nebbiolo)

    FOURTH COURSE:

    Chocolate and Arbol Chili Genoise, Marca Oro Gorgonzola Mousse
    Cade 'Napa Cuvee' (Cabernet Sauvignon)

    Doors open at 6:30 pm for a cash cocktail bar, dinner begins at 7 pm.
  • Celebrate American Cheese Month at Pastoral and Bar Pastoral!

    acm medley 500x500October is American Cheese Month

    AMERICAN CHEESE MONTH is a celebration of North America’s delicious and diverse cheeses, and the farmers, cheesemakers, retailers, cheesemongers, and chefs who bring them to your table.

    We're celebrating all month long with special dishes and events at Bar Pastoral and special visits from cheesemakers in our retail locations. You'll also find featured cheeses in store and online as well as a special American Cheese Gift Medley paired with a few of our favorite American wines.

    In honor of American Cheese Month , we're proud to have uncovered four hidden gems from around the country:

    Award-winning Bay Blue from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, is a fudgy cow milk blue from California full with layers of amazing salty, sweet and mineral flavor. Judy Schad of Capriole Cheese company has been a pioneer in the American artisan cheese movement from the very beginning and her tangy, earthy O'Banon wrapped in Woodford Reserve soaked chestnut leaves is a shining example of her accomplishments as a cheesemaker. The Hedrich Family isn't new to the cheese game either, their cow and goat milk cheddar, Chandoka is mild and fruity, showcasing LaClare Farms' commitment to crowd-pleasing cheese. Not all American cheese has strict American roots, Alemar Cheese company's Good Thunder is a robust and savory washed rind square in the style of a French Reblochon; the cheese is washed in Surly Brewing's oatmeal brown ale, Bender. Quince and Apple's Fig and Black Teaspread is made in small batches in Wisconsin; the perfect companion to all four cheeses; sweet, yet grounded from the black tea.

    The American Cheese Month Medley is available in our 3 retail locations and online | $64.99

    We're also celebrating with special visits from artisan producers like Tim Gaddis of Many Fold Farm in Atlanta, Georgia and Leslie Cooperband from Prairie Fruits Farm in Champaign-Urabana. We're hosting a very special event on Sunday, October 26th at Bar Pastoral with legendary Breakfast Queen, Ina Pinkney . Bar Pastoral's chef Brooks Hart will be collaborating with Ina on a selection of inspiring dishes from her most recent cookbook, Taste Memories, featuring select American artisan cheeses. No tickets are necessary, just join us for brunch, meet the author and celebrate American Cheese Month !

    You'll also find American Cheese plates featured in stores and at Bar Pastoral , paired with American artisan wines we'll also be highlighting for the month. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on in store producer visits, Bar Pastoral events and a chance to win a FREE American Cheese Medley.

  • Bar Pastoral's New Seasonal Menu - An Elegant & Rustic Welcome to Fall

    Pan Roasted HalibutCrisp and cool Fall weather has finally arrived - and so has Bar Pastoral's new seasonal menu, featuring rustic and elegant dishes to satisfy those cravings for fall's offering of buttered, braised and roasted fare.

     

    THE NEW MENU'S BITES, CHEESE PLATES, SHAREABLE DISHES AND HEARTY ENTREES ARE A WELL-ROUNDED SHOWCASE OF CHEF BROOKS' APPROACHABLE, YET INNOVATIVE ARTISANAL FARE.

     

    Mushroom Fondue (1)Those looking to dive head first into the season of melted cheese, will be right at home with Roasted Crimini Mushroom Fondue, Cheddar Ale Soup topped with Tabasco creme fraiche and a pretzel crouton and Mac & Cheese made from Paesanella and Podda cheese, leeks and tarragon.

     

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    Carnivores may also rejoice! Choose from Braised Duroc Pork Shoulder with white corn polenta and caramelized peaches with gremolata, Seared Skirt Steak seasoned with ros al hanout, salt and vinegar pommes ann, chive butter and red wine demi-glace or Pan Roasted Quail on a bed of butternut squash puree with wilted spinach.

     

    SQUASH PANZANELLA

     

    If light and flavorful is what you're after, consider Fall Burrata with caramelized plums and beet puree, Whipped Ricotta with pickled figs and Squash Panzanella with roasted cauliflower and apple cider vinaigrette.

  • Pastoral's Most Popular Sandwich Makes A Comeback

    nutty figWe're bringing back everyone's favorite grown up PB&J - the Nutty Fig!

    Soft whole wheat is topped with fresh chevre, fig and black tea preserves, crisp, tangy sliced granny smith apples and our signature housemade spiced almond butter to top it all off.

    Hurry and get one soon, the Nutty Fig is back for a limited time only!

  • Celebrate 10 Years of Pastoral!

    10 year v3Pastoral has had the pleasure of serving artisan cheese, bread and wine to Chicago for 10 years and it's all thanks to you!

    We've packed your picnics, found the perfect wine for that romantic dinner, and hand-cut your cheese and charcuterie for 10 years now, and we'd like to say "Thanks!"

    In 2004, Pastoral opened its doors in Lakeview with a mission to provide Chicago with the highest level of service and education for our customers, striving to make shopping for and consuming artisan goods enlightening, approachable, fun and delicious. As a thank you to the welcoming community of customers, neighbors, and friends we've had the pleasure of serving over the years, we're throwing a huge party in Lakeview and you're invited!

    Join us at 2945 - 2947 N. Broadway on Sunday, August 17th from 1 to 4 pm when we'll be celebrating with a day filled with food, fun, music and of course - CHEESE! We'll be serving Pastoral pizzas, blue cheese popcorn and a few of our favorite cheeses with cheesecake for dessert. With live music, raffles and $10 deals all month long - this anniversary celebration is not to be missed

  • Pastoral Welcomes Summer with New Salads and Sandwiches!

    NEW LUNCHOur new summer offerings are available at all three store locations and also include, cheese and charcuterie plates-to-go, plus a selection of handcrafted sides, sodas, locally made sweets, confections and accompaniments.

    As always, our famous sandwiches are loaded with the best ingredients from top artisan producers from here in the USA and around the world. You'll find the following new offerings on our menus this summer, along with a few old favorites; London Calling - friction smoked Scottish salmon, cucumbers with fresh caper and lemon quark spread, Southpaw - a Southern classic of house-made pimento cheese, red onions, celery and cornichons (also available as the Southern with Milano Salami), the vegan  Nutty Gardener made with green apples, cucumbers, red onion, gingered carrots, piquillo peppers and house-made almond butter,  San Daniele featuring San Daniele prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, roasted tomatoes and house-made pesto and our housemade  Spanish Tuna Salad made with Spanish tuna, red onions, celery, cornichons, mustard and mayo, on baguette with tomatoes and field greens.

    Our new Summer salads featured are the Mediterranean Salad with field greens, Podda cheese, red onions, roasted tomatoes, marinated white beans and balsamic vinaigrette and the Heartland Salad with field greens, house-made bacon, Salemville Amish blue cheese, roasted local turkey, avocado, red onion and red wine tomato vinaigrette.

    If one of your favorites isn't on the menu anymore - don't worry! We've enhanced our 'Build Your Own' sandwich options, making it even simpler to create the sandwich of your dreams

  • New Charcuterie Of The Month Clubs!

    charcuterie of the monthOur new Charcuterie of the Month club allows recipients to explore the world of artisan meats from Pastoral. Every month club members will delight in a variety of hand selected artisan charcuterie that highlights the styles and techniques employed by today's artisan charcuterie makers.

    Similar to our Cheese of the Month club, members can expect two pieces of charcuterie each month ranging from potted meats and whole muscle cures to traditional dry aged sausages.

    Our new Cheese & Charcuterie of the Month club delivers on what Pastoral does best—creating delightful combinations where the total experience is greater than the sum of its parts! Bringing together classic (and sometimes adventurous) artisan meats and cheeses, we take the guesswork out of pairing and make it both fun and educational!

     

     

    trio_of_the_month club 400x400The unique Trio of the Month club offering brings together everything that you love from Pastoral's Perfect Pairing Membership with the addition of artisan charcuterie!

    Each package includes one bottle of wine, one artisan cheese, one piece of charcuterie, crackers or house-made crostini and a delightful informative narrative describing each element of the pairing and what makes them sing together.

    As with all of our memberships featuring wine, you can now upgrade your monthly membership to our Benchmark wine selections which represent intricate and nuanced wines from heralded producers, perfect for special occasions.

    FIND OUR ENTIRE SELECTION OF MONTHLY MEMBERSHIPS HERE.

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

    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 artisanal cheese selection, house-made charcuterie, cured meats, bar bites and desserts—plus a newly enhanced cocktail program. Guests are invited to enjoy Bar Pastoral’s new summer menu on the bistro’s al fresco dining patio, or inside at a comfortable and candlelit table.

    “WITH BAR PASTORAL’S NEW WEEKEND BRUNCH OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY, I’M EXCITED TO ALSO INTRODUCE OUR NEW SUMMER MENU WHICH GIVES GUESTS THE CHANCE TO SAVOR THE SEASON’S BOUNTY IN DISHES THAT ARE FAMILIAR YET ALSO OFFER AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE,“ SAID BROOKS HART, NEW CHEF AT BAR PASTORAL. “I LOVE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO TRY NEW FLAVOR COMBINATIONS AND TO EXPLORE THEIR PALATES, WHILE ALSO MAKING THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE AND AT HOME.”

    Bar Pastoral’s new summer menu features bright and flavorful dishes like chilled almond and cucumber White Gazpacho with roasted grapes and basil oil, Root Beer BBQ  Sweetbreads with Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue and micro herbs, Beet and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Prairie Fruits Farm chevre and housemade lemon vinaigrette, Half Acre Pale Ale Beer Mac n’ Cheese with pretzel bread crumb, and Seared Scallops with Sweet Corn Ragout and roasted poblano vinaigrette, among other menu items and ongoing specials.

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    The summer menu also includes a thoughtfully curated list of wines, beers, dessert wines and an enhanced cocktail program that showcases Bar Pastoral’s original spin on cocktail classics and incorporates locally produced spirits and seasonal ingredients. New cocktail highlights include the GK5 , black tea-infused North Shore vodka with locally produced blackberry cherry jam, the sparkling French 75 made with Letherbee gin and L. Mawby ‘Cuvee Pastoral’ sparkling wine, and the Pastoral Manhattan featuring local Koval bourbon.

    Specialty non-alcoholic drinks are also a feature on Bar Pastoral’s cocktail menu, including the Quince & Apple ‘Lemongrass Dill’ Syrup & Soda ($4); Maine Root Ginger Beer ($4); Belvoir Fruit Farms Organic Elderflower Lemonade ($4); and the Spicy Sparkler featuring Maine Root Ginger Brew, Quince & Apple cherry syrup and lemon juice ($6).

    “Our summer menu speaks to Chef Brooks’ incredible ability to add new layers of flavor and creativity to an otherwise familiar dish, and to make every ingredient count,” said Ken Miller, co-owner of Bar Pastoral and Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine. “Warm and sunny days in Chicago are finally here, and this is our opportunity to showcase the best food and drink that the season has to offer.”

  • Bar Pastoral is Excited to Begin Brunch Service

    BAR PASTORAL LAUNCHES A NEW WEEKEND BRUNCH MENU, BEGINNING EASTER WEEKEND (APRIL 19 AND 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 ENJOY BAR PASTORAL’S BRUNCH EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 11:00 AM – 3:00 P.M.

    bp brunch web banner“We’re delighted to launch our new brunch menu at Bar Pastoral, and excited for guests to enjoy the delicious dishes created by our incredibly creative new chef Brooks Hart,” said Ken Miller, co-owner of Bar Pastoral and Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine. “Chef Brooks brings a cooking style to Bar Pastoral that is product-driven and innovative yet approachable, and he’s passionate about creating dishes that encourage guests to test their taste buds while also making guests feel at home. Our new brunch menu beautifully reflects Chef Brooks’ cooking philosophy, which is a perfect complement to Bar Pastoral.”

    “WHEN I COOK FOR PEOPLE, I WANT MY FOOD TO MAKE THEM FEEL RELAXED AND COMFORTABLE—WHILE ALSO GIVING PEOPLE THE CHANCE TO EXPLORE THEIR PALATES, TASTE NEW INGREDIENTS TOGETHER AND EXPERIENCE FLAVORS THAT MIGHT BE UNEXPECTED BUT ALWAYS DELICIOUS,” SAID BROOKS HART, NEW CHEF AT BAR PASTORAL. “SO YOU MIGHT TRY A TRADITIONAL FAVORITE LIKE BACON AND EGGS, OR CHICKEN AND WAFFLES, AND BE DELIGHTFULLY SURPRISED BY NEW FLAVORS AND INGREDIENTS THAT ADD SOMETHING FRESH AND SPECIAL TO AN OTHERWISE FAMILIAR DISH.”

    Bar Pastoral’s new brunch menu features Chicken and Waffles(house-made bacon and Widmer cheddar waffles; buttermilk fried chicken; maple brown butter; caramelized apples, $13); Bacon and Eggs (maple-glazed pork belly; poached egg; sweet potato latke, $10);Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (Prairie Breeze cheddar; D’Affinois; single-varietal honey; toasted house-made challah; San Marzano tomato and Fresno chili soup, $11); Seasonal Frittata (hollandaise aioli; arugula; English muffin croutons, $9); Parsnip and Potato Hash(poached egg; avocado and lemon cream; pickled peppers; pistachio and cilantro pesto, $8); French Toast Bread Pudding (bacon streusel; maple butter; Vermont Creamery crème fraiche; Tellicherry strawberries, $9); Brunch Burger (maple-glazed, house-made Challah bun; bacon jam; roasted tomato gastrique; 1655 Gruyere, $12);Biscuits and Gravy (house-made buttermilk biscuits; Smoking Goose “Kitchen Sink” sausage and fennel gravy; braised greens, $10);European Breakfast Board (Chef’s selection of Pastoral’s artisan cheese; cured meats; sliced baguette; house-made accompaniments, $13); among other items. The menu will change seasonally, with ongoing specials.The brunch menu also includes an enhanced cocktail program, designed specifically for brunch, with a focus on locally produced spirits and seasonal ingredients. The inaugural brunch cocktail menu features the Michelada (Five Rabbit Golden Ale; Stu’s Bloody Mary Mix; fresh lime juice; Old Bay seasoning rim; chilled shrimp garnish, $8); Easy Like a Sunday Morning (CH Distillery Key gin; Elderflower lemonade; fresh lime juice; simple syrup; soda; cucumber slice, $10); Tea Time (North Shore vodka; chamomile tea-infused honey syrup; fresh lemon juice, $10); Bar Pastoral Bloody Mary (North Shore vodka; Stu’s Bloody Mary Mix; seasonal pickled vegetables; Widmer’s cheddar; Molinari salami, $10); Mimosa Trio ! (sparkling wine served by-the-bottle; three carafes of orange, pomegranate and peach juice, $35 serves 2-4). Menu also includes juice, tea and Counter Culture French-Press coffee.

    Brunch at Bar Pastoral is served weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 – 3:00 p.m., beginning Easter Weekend on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    For Easter Sunday only, Bar Pastoral will accept reservations for brunch and dinner which can be made by calling 773-472-4781, option 4, or by sending an email to RSVP@BarPastoral.com. Walk-ins also welcome. With the exception of Easter Sunday, Bar Pastoral will accept reservations for parties of six or more only.

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