Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine Hosts First Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 30, in Chicago

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Free event to meet Pastoral’s featured culinary artisans, sample their products and celebrate small batch food, beer & wine from across America


WHAT    
Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine will host its First Annual Artisan Producer Festival, a free event to meet Pastoral’s featured culinary artisans from throughout the U.S., sample their products and celebrate small batch foods, beer and wine while enjoying live music on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at Pastoral’s Chicago French Market location, 131 North Clinton Street, in Chicago.

The lineup, which includes more than 25 producers, features more than 12 cheese makers, including Illinois’ own Prairie Fruits Farm, Michigan’s Zingerman’s Creamery, Vermont’s renowned Jasper Hill Farm and Vermont Creamery as well as a host of other award-winning cheese makers from Wisconsin and around the country.

Additionally, there will be a variety of artisans who produce Pastoral’s distinctive sweet and savory accompaniments, including Michigan’s Seedling Farms, local favorites DAS Caramelini, Sweet Margy Confections and Bennison’s Bakery, Minnesota’s Ames Honey, Wisconsin’s Potter’s Organic Crackers and Quince & Apple Handmade Preserves, Chicago’s own Half Acre Beer Company and Goose Island Brewery, plus New York’s Salumeria Biellese and Sourpuss Pickles among others.

Pastoral created its Artisan Producer Festival as part of the company’s mission to make buying and eating great food and wine a fun, inviting and educational experience for its customers. Many of the products featured at Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival are sold in the Midwest exclusively at Pastoral. The event will also feature artisan producers featured at Pastoral’s neighboring Chicago French Market vendors.

WHEN                        
Saturday, April 30, 2011
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE            
Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine – Chicago French Market
131 North Clinton Street, Chicago, IL 60661
312-454-2200
pastoralartisan.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit pastoralartisan.com or call 312-454-2200.

PASTORAL LOCATIONS AND HOURS

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine – Chicago French Market
131 North Clinton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661
312-454-2200

Hours:
Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine – Loop
53 East Lake Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312-658-1250

Hours:
Monday – Friday
10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine – Lakeview
2945 North Broadway                    
Chicago, Illinois 60657
773-472-4781

Hours:
Monday – Friday                    
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.                    

Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Shop 24/7, 365 days per year at Pastoral’s online store: pastoralartisan.com

ABOUT PASTORAL ARTISAN CHEESE, BREAD & WINE
Pastoral, a venture of Pastoral Enterprises, LLC, is a European-inspired, authentic neighborhood cheese shop, offering the highest quality fine and artisan cheeses from America and around the world, select small production wines and freshly baked breads along with a full complement of related items such as charcuterie, olives and other accompaniments. Pastoral also offers custom gift collections, gourmet sandwiches and salads, picnics and catering. The company was founded in 2004 in the East Lakeview area of Chicago and was named in 2007 as one of six Outstanding Specialty Food Retailers by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT). For more information or to shop online, visit pastoralartisan.com

Editor’s note:
Images and interviews are available. Contact Lauren at 312.643.5222 or lauren(at)sangollc(dot)com

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