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Specialty Food

  • 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.
  • We're Growing! New Pastoral Location Coming to Andersonville

    Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine is pleased to announce that we have signed a lease to open a new location at 5212 North Clark Street in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The new location will feature a hybrid retail and restaurant/wine bar and will be the our largest project to-date. An undertaking of this size would not be possible without the amazing support of our producers, customers and local communities, and for that we are incredibly grateful!
    bway cheese counterThe new Andersonville location will offer an exciting extension of our European-inspired, neighborhood cheese and wine shops you know and love, which celebrate the highest quality, cut-to-order domestic and international specialty cheeses, freshly baked breads, perfectly chosen accompaniments and small production wines. At nearly 3,800 square feet, the space will be arranged into sections or “stations” to allow for an intimate environment with attentive and thoughtful service for patrons to experience and purchase high quality, hand-crafted products, including cheese and wine, charcuterie, gourmet sandwiches, custom gift baskets and artisan catering.

    “We’re fortunate to have found an incredible space for Pastoral in the heart of Andersonville, a vibrant neighborhood with a strong sense of community,"

    We could not be more excited to be welcomed into such a flourishing and inviting neighborhood; Andersonville boasts an exciting food culture and has become a top shopping and dining destination for Chicagoans and other visitors. “We’re fortunate to have found an incredible space for Pastoral in the heart of Andersonville, a vibrant neighborhood with a strong sense of community,” said Greg O’Neill, co-founder/owner of Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine.
    The new location is scheduled to open in late summer 2015. Pastoral’s current retail locations include: 2945 North Broadway; 53 East Lake Street; and Chicago French Market, 131 North Clinton Street. In 2012, we opened Bar Pastoral, an award-winning, Michelin Guide recommended cheese & wine bistro located at 2947 North Broadway.
    Follow us Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on this exciting news!
  • Specialty Food Association and the sofi™ Award Winners Attending Pastoral's 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 Artisan Producer Festival on April 12, 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.

  • 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!

  • Big Picture Farm - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    big picture farmsBig Picture Farm in Townshend, Vermont creates artisan confections from their herd of beloved goats, integrating agriculture and narrative in a fresh way that properly evokes the place, animals and work in order to bring to life the exciting and unpredictable evolution of their products, farm and lives.

    Lucas Farrell & Louisa Conrad were inspired by the rich and luscious milk from their pet goats to create their farmstead goat caramels. This confection is truly a labor of love - a way for them to encapsulate the product that is the fruition of both their and their goat’s labor, and a product of their home and pastures in Vermont.

    Meet the makers behind Big Picture Farm and sample some of their delicious goat milk caramel confections and more at our 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!

  • FEW Spirits - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    few spiritsFEW Spirits in Evanston, IL is a new take on the timeless liquors of the past, embodying the tradition of quality spirits. Every batch is distilled from the very best grains, bottled in-house and handled with the utmost care. Master Distiller, Paul Hletko fought to reverse antiquated liquor laws in the former Temperance Movement town, transitioning it from a dry city to one with its own craft distillery.

    Frances Elizabeth Willard put Evanston on the map as the home of prohibition by championing the Women's Christian Temperance Union, making it a dry town until 1972. As a tongue-in-cheek nod to Willard, Hletko named his distillery FEW Spirits when it became the first post-prohibition distillery in Evanston.

    FEW handcrafted and small batch spirits are made with a "grain-to-glass" mentality, sourcing the best grains, bottled in house and handled with the utmost care. Meet the makers and sample their award-winning spirits at this year's 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!

  • American Cheese Month 2013

    We're super stoked about American Cheese Month 2013!  Here's some press coverage we've garnered so far!

    Watch Lydia Burns introduce our lineup of American Hidden Gems on My Fox Chicago!

    Click here to view our Official American Cheese Month 2013 Press Release.

    ABC interviewed Greg O'Neill, co-owner of Pastoral & President of the
    American Cheese Society.

    Gourmet Retailer gave a shout out to our exciting events this month!

  • Staff Recipe: Fondue

    We've chosen some of our favorite melty cheeses for this Fondue Recipe!

    fondueIngredients

    • 12 ounces shredded Reading Raclette (about 5 cups)
    • 12 ounces shredded Castelinhos (about 5 cups)
    • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1 medium garlic clove, halved
    • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
    • 1-2 tablespoons Kirsch (optional, or substitute with Brandy)

    castelinhosInstructions

    1. Toss the cheeses and cornstarch in a large bowl with your fingers until thoroughly combined; set aside.
    2. Rub the cut sides of the garlic halves all over the inside of a medium saucepan.
    3. Add the wine and bring to a boil over medium heat.
    4. Add the cheese mixture to the saucepan a handful at a time, stirring between additions, until all the cheese has been added and is melted, and a smooth mixture has formed.
    5. Add the Kirsch, if using, and stir to combine.
    6. Transfer the mixture to a fondue pot* and serve immediately with bread for dipping.

    * If you don't have a fondue pot, any apparatus that will allow you to keep the cheese warm and melted will work.

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