Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine hosts Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival at Chicago French Market

And other Specials, Features and Events at Chicago French Market

Chicago French Market’s Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine will host its second annual Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival, a complimentary event to meet culinary artisans from throughout the U.S. and around the globe!  Come and sample products and celebrate small batch food, beer and wine at Chicago French Market (131 North Clinton Street), from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012.

This year’s lineup features more than 70 culinary producers—more than double the number of artisans who participated at last year’s event—with award-winning cheese makers from across the country including Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese in Kentucky, Cypress Grove Chevre in California and Marcoot Jersey Creamery from Illinois among at least 25 others. Venerable cheese mongers from Neal’s Yard Dairy in London will also be on hand and sampling some of the best cheeses from the British Isles, while New York-based Forever Cheese will feature some of the Mediterranean’s finest
cheeses and other culinary delights from Italy, Spain, Portugal and Croatia.

Additionally, there will be a variety of national and international artisans who produce Pastoral’s distinctive sweet and savory accompaniments. From beer and spirit makers in Chicago to a potato chip producer from Virginia to caviar and truffle oil artisans from Italy, this year’s festival is one of Chicago’s most extensive events featuring culinary specialties from local, national and international producers.

Scheduled events throughout the day will include a cheese wrapping game sponsored by Formaticum, an avocado tasting for kids (and grown-ups) with The Good Food Project—sponsored by Avocados from Mexico—and Best of the Fest
competition with food industry luminaries voting on their favorite featured artisans and products.

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

Parking for only $6 will be available for all attendees at 165 North Clinton, the parking lot located just north of Chicago French Market.   For more information,
visit or call 312-454-2200.

See below for a list of participating artisans and vendors.


Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (Washington)

Beehive Cheese Company (Utah)

Capriole Farmstead Goat Cheese (Indiana)

Cypress Grove Chevre (California)

Forever Cheese (Mediterranean)

Frisian Farms (Iowa)

Holland’s Family Cheese (Wisconsin)

Cellars at Jasper Hill (Vermont)

Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese (Kentucky)

LaClare Family Farm (Wisconsin)

Marcoot Jersey Creamery (Illinois)

Milton Creamery (Iowa)

Neal’s Yard Dairy (London)

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery (Illinois)

Rogue Creamery (Oregon)

Sartori Cheese (Wisconsin)

Saxon Homestead Creamery (Wisconsin)

Seymour Dairy (Wisconsin)

Spring Brook Farm (Vermont)

Uplands Cheese Company (Wisconsin)

Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery (Vermont)

Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Co-Op (Wisconsin)

Zingerman’s Creamery (Michigan)



5 Rabbit (Illinois)

Finch’s Beer (Illinois)

Founders Brewing Company (Michigan)

Goose Island (Illinois)

Half Acre Beer Company (Illinois)

Brouwerij Liefmans (Belgium)

New Holland Brewing Company (Michigan)

North Coast Brewing Company (California)

Brewery Ommegang (New York)

Uinta Brewing Company (Utah)



Acustic Winery (Spain)

Adelsheim Vineyard (Oregon)

Barrelhead Winery (California)

Chateau de Tiregand (France)

Elk Cove Vineyards (Oregon)

Graziano Family Wines (California)

Julian Cider (California)

L. Mawby Vineyards (Michigan)

Laurel Glen Vineyards (California)

Marques Vargas Vineyards (Spain)

Monticello Vineyards (California)

Orin Swift Cellars (California)

Pazo San Mauro (Spain)



Death’s Door Spirits (Wisconsin)

Few Spirits (Illinois)

Koval Distillery (Illinois)

Valentine Vodka (Michigan)



Confection Diva (Illinois)

DAS Foods (Illinois)

Happy Goat Caramels (California)

Rich Chocolates & Candies (Illinois)

Salted Caramel (Illinois)

Truffle Truffle (Illinois)

Whimsical Candy (Illinois)



34 Degrees Crispbreads (Colorado)

Ameline Mustards (France)

Ames Farm (Minnesota)

Avocados from Mexico in partnership with The
Good Food Project

Calvisius Caviar (Italy)

Castleton Crackers (Vermont)

Cook au Vin (Illinois)

The Gracious Gourmet (Connecticut)

Mieli Thun (Italy)

Potter’s Crackers (Wisconsin)

Quince & Apple (Wisconsin)

Route 11 Potato Chips (Virginia)

Savini Tartufi (Italy)

Sour Puss Pickles (New York)

Stu’s Sour Pickles (Illinois)



Creminelli Fine Meats (Utah)



Abbey Brown Soap Artisans, Canady Le
Chocolatier, City Fresh Market, Delightful Pastries, EJ Sushi, Lavazza
Espression, FliP Crepes, Frietkoten, Fumare Meats & Deli, Klay Oven
Kitchen, Loop Juice, Pastoral, Presto Café & Grill, RAW, Saigon Sisters,
Spicy Monkey Soup Company, Superior Nut & Candy, Vanille Patisserie and


The Chicago French Market continues to deliver and bring exciting news.   Now, it is proud to introduce its newest vendor, Spicy Monkey Soup Co., expected to open this April.

Spicy Monkey is a new and innovation soup shop that will focus on serving homemade and healthy soup and sandwich options.  All the soups at Spicy Monkey
will begin with an amazing, fresh, never frozen and delicious vegetarian stock.
Its stocks is simmered to perfection then restyled into its daily variety of soups. Every day Spicy Monkey Soup will offer broth, cream and tomato based soup options.  The best part about the Spicy Monkey’s homemade soups is the healthy variety of toppings.  All soups can be complemented with anything from chicken breast and bacon to pinto beans and Ditalini pasta. In addition, all of its soups can be picked up for a fresh, quick lunch or pre-ordered for an easy-delicious dinner with the family.

Also featured on the menu, is a large selection of grilled sandwiches.  All sandwiches will be hand-made to order with meats, cheeses and breads not containing preservatives, and fresh veggies. Featured sandwiches will include Asparagus with Swiss, and Provolone and Chihuahua with Blueberry Preserves.

For the past twenty-years, Spicy Monkey Owner Kyle Dakota has proven himself as a
successful restaurateur by opening several restaurants across the country. A native of Chicago, he grew up in his Grandmother Juliet’s, kitchen. It was the time spent with his grandparents that molded his passion for cooking and his desire to create restaurants where people would feel comfortable and welcome.  “Her food always tasted amazing and she never used preservatives or non-food fillers,” he said. “That is what you will find from Spicy Monkey Soup Co., menu items that always will be crafted from real food.  Our philosophy begins with our food and continues onto everyone who steps up to our shop and even a few who just pass by.  We are excited to create a sense of community,” Dakota continues. “Our goal is to leave everyone we meet in a better place than we find them.

Klay Oven Kitchen will be opening this April! The well-known Indian restaurant with
locations in River North and Oak Park has opened an outpost in the French Market. The restaurant sells made-to-order bowls and wraps with organic vegetables and traditional Indian sauces and chutneys, plus freshly ground spices and brewed teas.

Klay Oven Kitchen will be open beginning 7:30 a.m. To 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The space will have seating for up to 12 guests for

Outdoor seating is now open at the Chicago French Market.  Come and enjoy the lovely Chicago spring weather and nibble on delicious menu items from the many vendors at the market!


During the month of April, Lavazza Espressoin will be featuring a new drink and two promotions:

Espresso Melba

Espresso combined with Amaretto chips, decadent Italian drinking chocolate and succulent peaches, crowned with whipped cream.

Tin promotion

Purchase a Kilo of whole bean coffee through April 20, and receive a free limited
edition “Falling in Love with Coffee” Tin.

Il Regalo Del Venerdi’ Friday’s Gift

Receive a free espresso beverage with the purchase of a pound of whole beans every
Friday in April.

Lastly, due to high demand, the Gene Siskel Center will be bringing back El Bulli:
Cooking in Progress
for a third and final screening.  Lavazza Espression will be partnering with the Gene Siskel Center to provide samples of Ferran Adrià’s Molecular cuisine at the April 26 screening of the film.  Lavazza will be serving Èspesso™, a past pick among Time Magazine’s Best Inventions (2006).


Chicago French Market introduces Chicago Raw Food’s new Takeaway Program, a
weekly menu designed for people on-the-go. 

RAW’s fresh and healthy new menu items are designed to be pre-ordered and picked
up during your work day, and prepared to last a minimum of 5 days.  Place your orders each week by Monday before 7:30 pm and pick-up the next afternoon, or RAW can deliver to you within a 1.5 mile radius of the Chicago French Market. 
The Introductory price of $130 includes a selection of five breakfast and snack items, six entrees, two salads, six savories/spreads and two desserts. 

Featured on its new menu is a variety of items including everything from
lasagna to egg salad made from coconut meat, carrot and cranberry muffins and
Tiramisu. A detailed list of ingredients is provided on its web site  Also featured is a variety of dehydrated items such as signature granola and beverages like its signature green juice with collard greens, parsley, celery, lemon and ginger. The juices are served in glass bottles, as customers are encouraged to stay 'green'. They can then return the bottle for a discount off their next bottled beverage purchase (signature green Juice or velvety almond milk).

Originating from the vision of a world enjoying better health, RAW strives to deliver only the highest in quality offering fully uncooked, 100% plant-based products; through the fresh daily packaging of the simple raw goodness of nutrient-rich
ingredients.  The healing mission of RAW is to raise awareness worldwide by educating patrons and make a change to the way people eat; changing taste buds, bodies and minds.

April 2012 Events

April 4, 2012-Lunch Hour Music with Matt Cantlon
11-2pm Complimentary

Chicago musician Matt Cantlon has been playing guitar and singing for more than 20 years. In addition to his successful solo career, he also plays in the popular duo The Acoustic Generation. He’s a singer/song writer with and extensive song list of his originals as well as classics from genres across the board.

April 12, 2012-Rush Hour Music with Coventry Jones

4-7 pm Complimentary

Coventry Jones is a singer/songwriter from Milwaukee whose inspiring career has been greatly influenced by the great Bob Dylan. Coventry combines critically
acclaimed vocals with styles ranging from folk to Celtic to Delta Blues. Come,
relax and enjoy his rush hour concert featuring a collection of his original


April 14, 2012-Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine- Wine Tasting

12-2 pm Complimentary

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine will be hosting its monthly wine tasting where
it will feature several varieties of artisan wines.   


April 18, 2012-Lunch Hour Music with Linsea Moon Waugh

11-2 pm Complimentary

Linsea Moon Waugh plays acoustic covers to suit any occasion.  She has been performing for nearly 13 years and isn’t afraid to take the challenge of audience requests.  Come and enjoy a lunch hour concert and listen to some of our favorite tunes performed by Linsea.   


April 26, 2012-Rush Hour Music with Dean Milano

4-7 pm Complimentary

American legend Dean Milano will be playing a lunch hour concert.  His long and successful career as a songwriter, musician and author is sure to impress any audience.  Stop in during your lunch hour and enjoy some original music from Dean.


April 28, 2012-2nd Annual Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival

11-3pm Complimentary

Join us at the Chicago French Market for the 2nd Annual Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival.  This complimentary, educational and entertaining “meet the maker”
tasting event features more than 70 artisan producers of wine, beer, meat,
sweets, accompaniments and so much more from around the block and around the



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