Bar Pastoral & Appellation® Wine Bar & Restaurant Launch New Fall Menus and Special Events

Chicago (October 11, 2016) – This October, Pastoral® Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine is celebrating American Cheese Month with special offerings at its retail and restaurant locations. The national event, created by the American Cheese Society, is now in its sixth year and honors the talented families, cheesemakers, and producers, along with their handcrafted American artisan cheeses. Throughout the month, Pastoral will pay a special tribute to its Midwest roots by featuring four Midwestern cheeses:

  • Chevre Frais with herbs (goat) from Dutch Girl Creamery in Nebraska, $8.99
  • Manchester (cow) from Zingerman’s Creamery in Michigan, $14.99
  • Cave Aged Chandoka (goat and cow) from Standard Market in Illinois, $12.49
  • Pecora Nocciola (sheep) from Landmark Creamery in Wisconsin, $16.49

To view images of Pastoral’s featured American cheeses, click the link below:

Available for individual purchase at restaurant and retail locations throughout American Cheese Month, the Midwestern cheeses will also be featured in a special American Artisans Gift Collection ($74.99), cheese plates and signature dishes available at both Bar Pastoral (Lake View) and Appellation® Wine Bar & Restaurant (Andersonville). Additionally, both restaurants will unveil new fall menus later this weekend, which embrace the flavors of the season, including the Di Stefano Burrata with marinated summer squash and chili basil honey at Appellation and cider mussels and caramel apple cocktails with cheddar at Bar Pastoral.

New Fall Art Exhibit

Appellation, which is committed to showcasing unique and inspired works from local artists, will also unveil a special installation of its seasonally rotating art collection to coincide with Andersonville Arts Weekend (October 14-16). The Wine Bar & Restaurant is thrilled to display the “One Can Dream” series created by internationally acclaimed artist, Darren Jones. To mark the occasion, Appellation will host a complimentary wine and cheese reception on Saturday, October 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. that’s open to the public.

Jones’ collection is influenced by everyday objects and the personal stories they can tell. “While on a trip to Greece, I came across a telephone pole that was a work of art in itself,” said Jones. “It was covered with thousands of staples and painted over years and years. I saw people searching for dreams, for something to find, sell or earn. This installation is perfect for Appellation because the wine bar and restaurant is a dream realized by co-owners/founders, Greg O’Neill and Ken Miller.”

Jones’ work is featured in galleries and private collections in over 50 countries across North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. He is proud to call Chicago home and his work can also be seen in episodes of NBC-TV’s Chicago Fire and Chicago PD. His Appellation collection will be on display in the restaurant through January 2017.

To view Darren Jones’ Appellation Art Installation, click the link below:

About Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine

Founded in 2004 by Ken Miller and Greg O’Neill, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine is a group of national award-winning neighborhood cheese, specialty food and wine shops offering the highest quality, cut-to-order domestic and international specialty cheeses, freshly baked breads, perfectly chosen accompaniments and small production wines, along with hand-crafted, cheese-loving beers and spirits. Pastoral also offers custom gift collections, gourmet sandwiches and salads, picnics and catering. Pastoral is committed to providing the highest level of service and education for customers, striving to make shopping for and consuming artisan goods enlightening, approachable, fun and delicious. Pastoral welcomes customers at four Chicago store locations, and ships nationwide at The Specialty Food Association named Pastoral “Outstanding Retailer of the Year” in 2007 and 2012. The Company’s first restaurant, Bar Pastoral, opened in 2012 and is an award winning, Michelin Guide recommended cheese & wine bistro located in Lakeview. In 2015, Pastoral opened Appellation, a 75-seat bistro serving food and wine with a sense of place in Andersonville.

Bar Pastoral (2947 N. Broadway Street), serves dinner daily and brunch on the weekends. For more information please call: 773.472.4781.

Appellation, (5212 N. Clark Street), serves lunch and dinner during the week, as well as brunch and dinner on weekends. For more information, please call: 773.358.7181.

To make an online reservation at either restaurant, visit

About the American Cheese Society

The American Cheese Society (ACS) is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas. At nearly 1,700 members strong, ACS provides advocacy, education, business development, and networking opportunities for cheesemakers, retailers, enthusiasts, and extended industry. ACS strives to continually raise the quality and availability of cheese in the Americas.

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