Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine Hosts Third Annual Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 27, at Chicago French Market

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Together with Chicago French Market, Pastoral hosts free festival to meet award-winning culinary artisans from around the globe, experience their products and celebrate small batch food, beer, spirits and wine.

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Third Annual Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival

WHAT
Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine will host its third annual Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival where guests have the chance to meet talented and award-winning culinary artisans from around the globe, experience their products and celebrate small batch food, beer, spirits and wine on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at Chicago French Market, 131 North Clinton Street, in Chicago. Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival is distinctive from most national and international culinary events of its kind since it’s entirely free and open to the public.

This year’s lineup features more than 80 culinary producers—more than double the number of artisans who participated at the inaugural event in 2011—with award-winning cheesemakers from across the country including Cypress Grove Chevre in California, Capriole Goat Cheeses in Indiana, Dutch Girl Creamery in Nebraska, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese Company in Washington, Zingerman’s Creamery in Michigan, Rogue Creamery in Oregon and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company among at least 20 others. Columbia Cheese in New York will also be on hand representing farmstead and small batch cheeses from Switzerland, Germany and Italy.

Additionally, there will be a variety of national and international artisans who produce Pastoral’s distinctive savory and sweet accompaniments. Artisanal Imports will showcase beers from small batch producers in Germany, Belgium, England and the Netherlands, while local breweries including Uncle John’s Cider and 5 Rabbit will also participate among others. From Pinot producers in Oregon to vodka and whiskey distillers in Illinois to mustard makers in France to jam artisans in Wisconsin and a meatery in Indiana and Utah, this year’s festival is one of the region’s most extensive events featuring culinary specialties from local, national and also international producers.

Scheduled events throughout the day will include book signings with celebrated author, food enthusiast and co-founder of Zingerman’s Ari Weinzweig, Best of the Fest competitions sponsored by Culture Magazine with food industry luminaries voting on their favorite featured artisans and products, plus a VIP ticket giveaway to attend Cochon 555—the only heritage pig and chef competition in the U.S.—happening in Chicago on Sunday, April 28. Festival events will also include a special Butchering for a Better BBQ demonstration with Butcher & Larder’s Rob Levitt, Lillie’s Q’s Charlie McKenna and Cochon 555’s founder Brady Lowe where guests will have the chance to see how to butcher and BBQ a whole heritage breed pig from Slagel Family Farm in Illinois. With Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival and Cochon 555 happening back to back on April 27 and April 28 respectively, the weekend promises to be a food lover’s euphoria and a chance for everyone to connect with some of the world’s most talented and dedicated culinary producers and industry leaders.

Pastoral created Pastoral’s 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 highlight artisan producers featured at Pastoral’s neighboring Chicago French Market vendors.

Pastoral and Chicago French Market will together host the third annual Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival. Culture Magazine is national media sponsor, Edible Chicago is local media sponsor and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) is a major sponsor of the event. Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival is happening in conjunction with the fifth annual Cochon 555.

WHEN
Saturday, April 27, 2013
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 312-226-4382 x 210.

LIST OF PARTICIPATING ARTISANS TO DATE—NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL

CHEESEMAKERS
Beehive Cheese Company (Utah)
Capriole Goat Cheeses (Indiana)
Columbia Cheese (representing cheeses from Switzerland, Germany and Italy)
Consider Bardwell Farm (Vermont)
Holland's Family Cheese (Wisconsin)
Milton Creamery (Iowa)
Rogue Creamery (Oregon)
Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery (Vermont)
Cypress Grove Chevre (California)
Alemar Cheese Co. (Minnesota)
Cellars at Jasper Hill (Vermont)
Dutch Girl Creamery (Nebraska)
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co (Vermont)
Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese (Kentucky)
Zingerman's Creamery (Michigan)
Marcoot Jersey Creamery (Illinois)
Roelli Cheese Haus (Wisconsin)
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. (California)
LaClare Family Farm (Wisconsin)
Beecher's Handmade Cheese (Washington)
Clock Shadow Creamery (Wisconsin)
Spring Brook Farm - Farms for City Kids Foundation (Vermont)
Prairie Fruits Farm (Illinois)
Uplands Cheese Co (Wisconsin)
Olivia's Beer Cheese (Kentucky)

CHARCUTERIE
Creminelli Fine Meats (Utah)
Smoking Goose Meatery (Indiana)

CONFECTIONS
Katherine Anne Confections (Illinois)
Whimsical Candy (Illinois)
Salted Caramel (Illinois)
Taza (Massachusetts)

BEER
Sixpoint Brewery (New York)
Sunner** (Germany)
5 Rabbits Cerveceria (Illinois)
Brouwerij Bosteels Kwak** (Belgium)
Half Acre Brewery (Illinois)
La Trappe** (Netherlands)
Meantime Brewing Company** (England)
Ale Syndicate* (Illinois)
Uncle John's Cider* (Michigan)

*Represented by Fresh Coast Distributors (Illinois)
**Represented by Artisanal Imports (Texas)

WINE / SPIRITS
FEW Spirits (Illinois)
Koval Distillery (Illinois)
L. Mawby Vineyards (Michigan)
Candid Wines (Illinois)
Good Harbor Vineyards***** (Michigan)
Illinois Sparkling Co. (Illinois)
Orin Swift Cellars*** (California)
Flowers Vineyard and Winery*** (California)
Elk Cove Vineyards (Oregon)
Domaine de Boissan**** (France)
Lieb Cellars (New York)
Domaine Berrien Cellars* (Michigan)

***Represented by Hunes Wines
****Represented by Merritt Wines
*****Represented by Lagniappe Beverage

DRY GOODS
Castleton Crackers (Vermont)
Quince & Apple Small Batch Preserves (Wisconsin)
Thornburg and Company (Michigan)
Stu's Sour Pickles (Illinois)
Ames Farm (Minnesota)
Ameline Gourmet Mustards (France)
Cook au Vin (Illinois)
Effie's Homemade (Massachusetts)
Potter's Crackers (Wisconsin)

PARTICIPATING CHICAGO FRENCH MARKET VENDORS
Bello Tea
City Fresh Market
Delightful Pastries
EJ Sushi
FliP Crepes
Fumare Meats
Espression by Lavazza
Lillie's Q
Loop Juice
Oh, Olive!
Saigon Sisters
Sam's Gourmet Lasagna & Pasta
Spicy Monkey Soup Co.
Superior Nut & Candy
WISMA
And more!

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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. - 5:30 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.

BAR PASTORAL, a cheese and wine bistro    
2947 North Broadway
Chicago, Illinois 60657
773-472-4781

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.    
Friday 5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Saturday 3:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Sunday 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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

ABOUT PASTORAL'S ARTISAN PRODUCER FESTIVAL
Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival is an annual culinary event in Chicago that gives guests the chance to meet food and drink artisans from around the globe, experience their products and celebrate small batch food, beer, spirits and wine. Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival is distinctive from most national and international culinary events of its kind since it’s entirely free and open to the public. Pastoral created Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival as part of the company’s mission to make buying and eating great food and drink 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. For more information on Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival, visit 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, follow @pastoralchicago on Twitter and like Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine on Facebook.

ABOUT COCHON 555
Created by Taste Network’s Brady Lowe in 2009 in response to the lack of consumer education around heritage breeds, Cochon is a national event series that takes place in 14 major markets. Each year, Cochon 555 embarks on a 10-city culinary competition and tasting tour where 50 chefs are selected to prepare a “snout-to-tail” menu created from heritage breed pigs. The 10 winners from each regional event are flown to Aspen for the Food & Wine Classic for the final competition, Grand Cochon. Cochon All-Star, Cochon Heritage Fire and a BBQ competition are also slated for 2013. Since its launch in 2009, Cochon 555 and its programs such as Chef’s Course have supported responsible family farming across the country. As a result, 35,000 people have tasted heritage pigs—more than at any other event in the country; charities have received more than $270,000, and more than $400,000 has gone directly to great farmers across the country. For more details about the events, visit cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter.

ABOUT CHICAGO FRENCH MARKET
Chicago French Market is a European-inspired market that offers an array of local produce, meats, seafood, breads, pastries, cheese, wine, chocolates, pastas, artisan-made goods, specialty drinks, flowers, prepared meals and a seating area for customers. Chicago French Market is open year-round, six days per week and is located in the MetraMarket at 131 N. Clinton St. (between Washington and Randolph Streets). Chicago French Market offers complimentary garage parking with entrances at 164 N. Canal St. and 165 N. Clinton St. for one hour or less with a minimum purchase of $20 or more (receipt required). For more information, visit frenchmarketchicago.com, follow @CHIFrenchMarket on Twitter and like Chicago French Market on Facebook.

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