Pastoral Travels


    Oregon Pinot Camp Recap I recently had the incredible opportunity to attend the 16th Annual Oregon Pinot Camp (OPC) in the Willamette Valley. The camp was started in 2000 by several of the region’s best wineries as a way to showcase their wines to the rest of the country. This year, there were 50 local wineries on hand to meet and...
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  2. A Visit to Switzerland

    A Visit to Switzerland
    After traveling around the Jura region of France, Lisa Futterman's trip brought her east to Switzerland... (Read about the first part of her journey here!) The second half of my recent European trip was a visit to Switzerland. From Geneva, we traced a path along the French side of Lac Leman through the Haute Savoie (see piles of Tommes de...
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  3. A Visit to Lakefront Brewery

    A Visit to Lakefront Brewery
    Lakefront Brewery Tour Stop by any Pastoral Retail Store & Bar Pastoral and you’re sure to find a carefully selected & awesomely varied array of beers. We’re very proud of our beer selection at Pastoral, and we’re even prouder of the Artisan Producers who create these fine brews. Recently we added a new beer to our rotating beer case from...
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  4. Making Cheese at Uplands

    Making Cheese at Uplands
    Now I was going to have some firsthand experience with something that I had only read about. If you ask any cheesemonger at Pastoral about any cheese in the case, you can get anything from a bare bones description like “English clothbound cheddar” to a more prosaic description: “This is made at Kaserei Stufel by a father and son who...
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  5. See Behind the Building of Bar Pastoral!

    Our friends at moss design, the super cool Chicago design studio who helped us realize Bar Pastoral have posted a great video about the project.  It's easy to look good when you've got a great team of designers, artists and contractors on your side!
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  6. Thanks for the good times, American Cheese Month!

    We have so many fond memories of American Cheese Month... It seems like only two days ago we were posting profiles of American Artisans every day on our Cheesy Chat, painting the town orange (and white... and blue...) with all-American cheese plates at some of our favorite Chicago Restaurants and meeting the fantastic artisan producers behind it all! One of...
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  7. American Cheese Month in The Gourmet Retailer and TCW

    American Cheese Month in The Gourmet Retailer and TCW
    The Gourmet Retailer got the scoop on all of Pastoral's fun American Cheese Month events! Read the article online. Laura Levy from Today's Chicago Woman joined Pastoral on our trip to Wisconsin and recorded our trip with a great photo slideshow on her blog. Read it here! October is coming to a close, but there is still time to celebrate...
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  8. Tales of an ACS Competition Judge

    Tales of an ACS Competition Judge
    Pastoral's Fromager Cesar Olivares recounts his experience as a judge at the 2011 American Cheese Society Competition in Montreal this August. In our foodie culture there are a few events per year that draw the artisans out from their busy days and connect them with the people that tell their stories and sell their products. My favorite would have to...
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  9. Lisa Futterman's Trip to Prairie Fruits Farm

    Lisa Futterman's Trip to Prairie Fruits Farm
    Wholesale Cheesemonger Lisa Futterman July 22, 2011 Periodically I like to round up a chef or two and take them to visit a cheese maker or two. As Pastoral’s wholesale cheesemonger, I find it’s beneficial and eye-opening for chefs and cheese makers to meet each other and get to know about each other’s passions and challenges. My guests this trip...
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  10. Pastoral featured in Chicago Magazine Holiday Guide

    Pastoral featured in Chicago Magazine Holiday Guide
    Beer & wine journals, a holiday gifting hit!
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