Sweet Margy - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Sweet Margy - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Posted in Artisan Producer Festival and Chicago French Market on March 29, 2014
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Sweet Margy, Confection Diva is a small confectionary company that sprung out of a therapeutic hobby for Margy Kaye. Margy employs small batch production methods and European butter to create English style Toffee that is light and consistent, rather than teeth-breaking. Her artisanal toffee is then dipped in rich single origin milk and dark chocolate for a sweet confection that melts in your mouth.

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Ale Syndicate - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Ale Syndicate - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Posted in Artisan Producer Festival, Craft Beer , and Chicago French Market on March 28, 2014
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Samuel and Jesse Evans started their craft beer journey in California, bottling the very first and only craft beer in the city of Oakland. Success was abundant, but they missed Chicago and returned to establish a truly collaborative brewery focusing on strong flavors, pure ingredients and the power of coming together over something they love.

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Specialty Food Association and the sofi™ Award Winners Attending Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival

Specialty Food Association and the sofi™ Award Winners Attending Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival

Posted in Artisan Producer Festival and Specialty Food on March 27, 2014
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At Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival on April 12, the following sofi Awards winners from across the U.S. will provide tastes of their specialty food products: American Spoon Foods, Big Picture Farm, Creminelli Fine Meats, Cypress Grove Chevre, Effie’s Homemade, Rogue Creamery, and Vermont Creamery.

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Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Lineup Announced!

Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Lineup Announced!

Posted in Craft Beer , Bread, Jams, & Accompaniments, Charcuterie, Cheese, Events, Wine, and Chicago French Market on March 27, 2014
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Each Spring we host nearly 100 producers and vendors from around the world at Chicago French Market to celebrate the makers who make what we do possible. Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival is in its 4th year, and we are very excited to announce this year's schedule of demonstrations, discussions and more. Not only is this an incredible opportunity to meet these talented local and international culinary artisans and taste their products; there's a chance to learn about them and what they do and (thanks to the generosity of our sponsors) - it's FREE!

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Baetje Farms - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Baetje Farms - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Posted in Cheese, Events, American Artisan Cheese, Chicago French Market, and Specialty Food on March 26, 2014
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Steve Baetje prides himself on the great care he takes of his goat herd. The animals are free to do whatever they’d like over acres of land including drinking from an endless supply of natural spring water. During kidding season, all the fresh milk produced is used for fresh goat cheeses and well as beautifully aged ones.

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Effie's Homemade - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Effie's Homemade - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Posted on March 25, 2014
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Joan MacIsaac and Irene Costello founded Effie's Homemade on their lifelong belief that good flavors come from quality ingredients, simply prepared. Their inspiration came from Joan's mother, Effie who grew up in rural Nova Scotia. Effie's traditional farmhouse oatcake recipe became their flagship recipe standing out for its honest and simple flavors.

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Journeyman Distillery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Journeyman Distillery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Posted in Chicago French Market and Spirits on March 25, 2014
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Journeyman Distillery is a handcrafted organic distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan in the EK Warren Historic Featherbone Factory, founded by staunch prohibitionist EK Warren, as a buggy whip and corsets factory. Offering organic artisan spirits like gin, vodka, rum and a focus on whiskey, each bottle is distilled, bottled, labeled and packaged at this historic distillery, rich with tradition and deep roots.

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Alemar Cheese Co. - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Alemar Cheese Co. - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

Posted in Cheese and Chicago French Market on March 22, 2014
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Alemar Cheese was founded in Mankato, Minnesota on the premise that great ingredients coupled with patience, knowledge and passion can produce extraordinary results. After careful research, study, and counsel from some of the finest minds in the field, they started production in late April of 2009 as small batch makers of French inspired soft-ripened and fresh cheeses.

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