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Pastoral - Bar Pastoral - Appellation

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine is an award-winning, European-inspired specialty food and wine retailer in Chicago. We feature the finest hand-crafted cheese, charcuterie, wines and gourmet accompaniments; primarily from small-scale and family-owned producers. With these authentic and unique products that hail from around the world and around the block, we create beautiful and delicious artisan catering trays, sandwiches/salads, picnics and gift baskets and more.  

At Pastoral and our wine bar/restaurants, Bar Pastoral and Appellation, we pride ourselves on our above-and-beyond service and in-depth product knowledge that delights and inspires our guests. We also provide cheese to Chicago’s finest restaurants and hotels, and our e-commerce web store delivers our products and gifts locally and ships nationwide.  

Featured three times in Oprah’s Favorite Things, Pastoral was twice named National Outstanding Specialty Food Retailer of the Year by the Specialty Food Association. Pastoral has garnered numerous awards and media mentions over our 14 year history, including features in the Williams-Sonoma Catalog, on The Food Network, and The Today Show.

If you want to be a part of making buying and eating great food and wine a fun, inviting, and educational experience for neighbors near and wide, then we want you to be a part of our team! In addition to the thrill of making heroes of our customers by de-mystifying specialty foods, employees get to take advantage of these exciting benefits! 

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and disability coverage (full time employees)
  • Participation in a SIMPLE IRA plan
  • Vacation and sick time
  • Ventra benefit program
  • Wellness Program
  • Cheese and wine classes
  • Generous employee discount in our stores and restaurants


Job listings updated December 11, 2018


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Our SANDWICH BAR ASSOCIATES will focus on fulfillment of sandwich and salad orders, catering and fulfillment prep, and provide outstanding customer service to all guests. The Associates will assist with opening and closing procedures, and assist other team members as needed.

Our COUNTER SALES ASSOCIATES will deliver impeccable customer service while educating Pastoral's customers about the fascinating world of artisan cheese, charcuterie, bread, and wines.

Some other things that you will do:
- answer phones; take sandwich and catering orders
- assist with opening and closing procedures
- replenish the floor with merchandise
- assist with catering and gifting needs
- taste cheeses and wines and learn all about them!
- SMILE and have a good time- we're selling products that make people happy!

- Prior experience in the food industry and with small-batch, artisan food (particularly cheese and/or wine) is strongly preferred
- Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and throughout peak season; night and weekend availability is required
- Must be a positive person that always wears a smile
- Willingness to study and learn about our always-changing mix of artisan cheese, wine, charcuterie, bread and accompaniments
- Proficient knife skills
- Must obtain Food Handler license upon employment
- Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and lift up to 50 pounds






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