ShadowBrook Farm's Dutch Girl Creamery produces hand-crafted artisan goat cheese at their cooperatively owned processing facility in Nebraska. Their farmstead cheeses get their luxurious flavor and texture from the high quality milk provided by their well-tended goats.
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.
A cultural, culinary icon of the Ann Arbor area, Zingerman's has built an empire around specialty foods. Their creamery sprang up as an extension of their bakery and deli in 2001, blossoming from the desire to offer traditional, housemade cream cheese which led them to create their own creamery.
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.
Father and daughter team Charlie and Jenny Solberg operate a hand-crafted brandy distillery in the heart of Chicago’s industrial district crafting fine brandy from locally sourced produce exclusively from the Great Lakes region.
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.
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!
Clock Shadow Creamery is Milwaukee's first ever urban cheese factory, located in the historic Walker's Point district where it churns out squeaky curds, ricotta, quark and other fresh cheeses from milk supplied by local dairy farmers.
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.
The Creminelli family has been crafting artisan meats since the 1600s. Their legacy lies in their integrity, sourcing locally produced, organic and all natural ingredients, including heritage meats that are raised exclusively on vegetarian feed without the use of antibiotics.
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.
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.
Goose Island is responsible for the influx of high quality craft beer that has exploded across the Chicagoland area. As one of the first micro-breweries in the region, their success has allowed them the ability to be extremely creative with inspired bottlings like Matilda, Sofie and Pepe Nero.
Virtue Cider is a Michigan–based craft cider company, partnering with local family farms to find the highest quality heirloom apples and produce ciders that combine old world farmhouse styles with modern craft fermentation and aging techniques.
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.