Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine kicks off its 10th anniversary season with new picnics, sandwiches and salads, plus small production wine and beer pairings that have all been thoughtfully selected and created to celebrate summer in Chicago. Pastoral’s new summer offerings are available at all three store locations and also include cheese and charcuterie plates-to-go, plus a selection of handcrafted sides, sodas, locally made sweets, confections and accompaniments which can all be enjoyed on-the-go or at Pastoral’s al fresco dining patios open now throughout the season. Pastoral’s picnic offerings are ideal for two people to share, and designed with Chicago’s summer concert season and outdoor festivals in mind.
“This summer marks Pastoral’s 10th anniversary in business, and we took this milestone as a chance to create our favorite summer menu to date—picnics, sandwiches, salads, cheese plates, drink pairings and more that showcase some of Pastoral’s most delicious offerings and favorite culinary producers that have worked with us since we opened in 2004,” said Greg O’Neill, Co-founder and Co-proprietor of Pastoral and Bar Pastoral. “Every menu item reflects our commitment to bring customers the best small production and specialty products available from the most wonderful and talented culinary producers near and far. We want guests to taste this effort in every bite and sip from Pastoral this summer.”
Pastoral’s new picnics are designed for two people to enjoy together, and all include a wine or beer pairing recommendation from Pastoral’s team of experts. New picnics include:
Decadent Picnic (Heirloom Tamworth Prosciutto (Iowa), indulgent Brillat Savarin triple crème (FR – cow), smooth and seasonal Snowfields (Wis. – raw cow), rich and complex 5-Year Gouda (NL – cow), pate de fruits Jugglers (Ill.), rich and fair trade Madecasse Mini Bar (MG), handmade caramels from Katherine Anne Confections (Ill.), plus soft and delicious cookies house-made at Pastoral);
Bavarian Picnic (tangy house-made pimento cheese featuring two Wisconsin cheddars (cow), fresh and creamy Quark (Wis. – cow), Alsatian-style Saucisson d’Alsace salami (Ore.), La Fournette Bakery’s original recipe soft Bretzel (Ill.), plus Pastoral’s house-made toastettes, pickled cauliflower and grainy mustard);
Francophile Picnic (country-style Pig and Fig Terrine (Ind.), buttery Spring Brook Raclette (Vt. – raw, cow), herbed Prairie Fruits Farm chevre (Ill. – goat), fruity and bright Zingerman’s Manchester (Mich. – cow), single varietal Ames Mini Honey (Minn.), Pastoral’s house-made artichoke tapenade, cornichons and grainy mustard);
Quesophile Picnic (buttery Spring Brook Raclette (Vt. – cow, raw), Pecorino Fioretto (IT – sheep), tangy Clock Shadow Creamery chevre (Wis. – goat), Salemville Blue (Wis. – cow), smooth and seasonal Snowfields (Wis. – cow, raw), traditional and award-winning 1655 Gruyere (SZ – cow, raw), Pastoral’s own house-made spiced almonds and fig preserves);
Taste of the Midwest Picnic (Borsellino Salami (Iowa.), silky smooth Mortadella from Smoking Goose (Ind.), creamy and slightly funky Aged Widmer’s Brick (Wis. – cow), subtly smoky Marieke Smoked Cumin Gouda (Wisc. – cow, raw), tangy Clock Shadow Creamery chevre (Wis. – goat), shallot confit and dried Michigan cherries);
Carnivore’s Feast Picnic (dry-cured Salametti (Calif.), spice-cured aged Coppa (N.Y.), intense and rich Jamon Serrano (SP), silky smooth Mortadella (Ind.), Pastoral’s house-made pimento cheese featuring two Wisconsin cheddars (cow), cornichons, pickled vegetables and grainy mustard);
Grand Picnic (smooth and silky Prosciutto San Daniele (IT), Dodge City Salume from Smoking Goose Meatery (Ind.), fruity and complex Prairie Breeze (Iowa – cow), buttery and rich Brabander Gouda (NL – goat), bold and nutty Maxx Extra (SZ – cow, raw), smooth and lemony Driftless (Wisc. – sheep), single varietal Ames Mini Honey (Minn.), sweet and salty Effie’s Mini Oatcakes (Mass.), Pastoral’s house-made spiced almonds and a duo of handmade truffles from Chicago’s own Katherine Anne Confections.
Vegetarian options are available for select Pastoral picnics. All picnics are $39.99 with the exception of the Grand Picnic which is $69.99 and features some of Pastoral’s most indulgent products.
All Pastoral’s picnics are eco-friendly with biodegradable packaging including plates and utensils made from potato starch, recyclable paper bags and napkins. Additionally, many of Pastoral’s wines, beers, ciders and spirits focus on organic, biodynamic or sustainably produced selections that are both food- and earth-friendly.
The Pastoral team is available to help customers pair a bottle of small production wine, craft beer or cider with their picnics from the shop’s thoughtfully-selected collection of wines, beers, ciders and spirits. Pastoral’s beverage director, Mark Wrobel, has selected his favorite bottles for summer 2014, most of which feature a screw top or champagne-style stopper⎯no corkscrew required⎯making these selections ideal for summer concert and festival season.
On a romantic trip in the Tuscan countryside, gourmet food entrepreneur Jerry Bello sank his teeth into lightly baked, fresh pasta dough that was drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. So moved by the seductive texture and flavors, he was inspired to create Pasta Chips, the innovative and unique snack quickly winning over major grocery and club stores across the United States. Taste this new snack in its East Coast debut at the Summer Fancy Food Show held June 29-July 1 at the Javits Center in New York City at booth 5148.
Pasta Chips is the very first company to recreate the traditional baked pasta from Italy into a snack food. Pasta Chips are made with the same semolina flour, ancient grains, and Italian herbs that were celebrated over 800 years ago. The Tuscan-inspired chip is married with different seasonings based on regional Italian favorites that are steeped in hundreds of years of Italian culture and living.
In five delectable flavors inspired by the sauces and tastes of Italy, savor Pasta Chip’s delectable Marinara, Alfredo, Spicy Tomato Basil, Garlic Olive Oil, and Mediterranean Sea Salt flavors.
Outstanding in flavor and taste, Pasta Chips have 4g of protein, are cholesterol-free, and contain 60 percent less fat than potato chips and 20 percent less fat than pita chips. Additionally, Pasta Chips are kosher and GMO free.
“The initial reaction to our product has been incredible,” said Bello. “They’re unique and tasty which make for a combo that people love.”
Pasta Chips are now available at Roundy’s, Shoprite, Safeway, Big Y, Von’s, Mariano’s, Albertson’s, Harris Teeter, Winco, and Randall’s, Plaid Pantry, Quick Chek, Sheetz, select Target stores and other retailers across the country.
Two years ago when FunkyChunky lost its Founder, Ronni Feuer, to breast cancer the folks there created a flavor to honor her memory – Ronni’s Popcorn. Ten percent of the proceeds from sales of that flavor are donated to a local organization called Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2013, FunkyChunky raised a total of $2,085.64. The company presented the check to Hope Check on May 22, 2014.
Hope Chest is a Minnesota based company that works to relieve local breast cancer patients and their family of financial distress so they can focus on what is more important—healing. With its Hope Chest Emergency Assistance Program, the agency provides the quickest access to help with the most urgent needs of breast cancer patients by paying rent, utilities, childcare and transportation to treatment. In addition the agency delivers Hope Chest Meals that Heal for the mom and age-appropriate food for all the children.
Ronni’s Popcorn is a special edition flavor that is made with natural ingredients and contains buttery caramel corn, whole glazed almonds, cashew and pecans and then topped with dark, milk and pink chocolaty drizzle. Ronni’s Popcorn, is artisan-crafted in small, made-to-order batches and packaged in clear canisters to display the combination of ingredients. Ronni’s Popcorn is OU Dairy certified kosher, and comes in a tall 20-ounce canister with a pink bow. Retail price is $22.00.
Other products in the FunkyChunky line include Chocolate Popcorn, Chocolate Pretzels, Caramel Corn, Peanut Butter Pretzels, Chip-Zel-Pop™, Sea Salt Popcorn, Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn and the seasonal Candy Cane Popcorn.
FunkyChunky is available online, at its showroom in Edina, Minn. and at fine retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Balducci’s, Henri Bendel, Byerly’s & Lunds, Kowalski’s Market and hundreds of specialty retail shops nationally.
The New England Aquarium and Greensboro, N.C.-based The Fresh Market are excited to celebrate the first anniversary of their national partnership to promote sustainable fishing practices and responsible aquaculture. Over the past year, The Fresh Market and the New England Aquarium have united in supporting a single goal: sustainable seafood.
At the launch of the partnership, the New England Aquarium assessed the environmental risks in The Fresh Market’s supply chain, and worked with the specialty grocery retailer to create a seafood sourcing policy that included detailed principles for wild caught and farmed seafood. This policy continues to guide the purchase of all of The Fresh Market’s seafood.
Over the past twelve months, this policy has inspired the introduction of several new, sustainable seafood products. For example, The Fresh Market’s scallops are from a certified source, and the company is supporting conservation-focused programs such as the Gulf Wild program, which focuses on environmental improvements and traceability of red snapper. The company has also introduced harmoniously raised Verlasso Salmon, an ocean-raised farmed Atlantic salmon, which has become a customer favorite. In addition, The Fresh Market has replaced other items with more responsibly sourced options at the recommendation of the New England Aquarium.
“We are excited about our ongoing partnership with the New England Aquarium, and we look forward to what the coming year will bring” said Ross Reynolds, vice president of merchandising for meat and seafood at The Fresh Market. “As we continue to build on our sustainable seafood program, our focus over the coming year will be on educating both our employees and our customers on the sourcing of our seafood products.”
“The Fresh Market’s commitment to ocean health has been evident in their actions this past year” said Tania Taranovski, Director of the Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Program. “Their policy and sustainability initiatives can have a real impact, and we look forward to supporting The Fresh Market as they continue to make progress toward their goals.”
To read the company’s full seafood sourcing policy, please visit www.thefreshmarket.com.
There’s no denying it. Americans love to snack and unfortunately many of the snacks that we love so much – chips, popcorn, cookies are anything but healthy. The result of overindulging on these snacks are the ever growing waistlines they leave behind. With today’s busy consumer lifestyles, healthy snacking is imperative to healthy eating and thanks to Nana’s Nola; consumers now have a snacking option that is a whole lot tastier and healthier.
Nana’s Nola’s crunchy snack bites offer consumers and Celiac’s an organic, gluten free granola snack that packs a powerhouse of multiple organic whole grains, all natural organic sweeteners, two grams of both protein and fiber. Nana’s Nola contains no soy, artificial additives or preservatives. And the best part, consumers will immediately experience the incredible taste and crunchy sensation of Nana’s Nola snack bites.
“Offering today’s busy consumers a healthy snack option is essential to providing good nutrition as well as supporting healthier eating habits,” said Marie Lusins, founder of Nana’s Nola. “We care very deeply in helping consumers of all ages live a healthier lifestyle and we can do that by offering them with my Nana’s Nola.”
Nana’s Nola is off to a roaring start, as bags of Nana’s Nola will soon be hitting the shelves in 80 Mirabito Convenience Stores located in the southern tier in New York state and throughout Pennsylvania. Nana’s Nola’s crunchy granola snack bites are available in two-ounce grab and go bags that can be easily enjoyed while driving, thrown into backpacks, lunch boxes or travel bags.
Nana’s Nola is being launched by long-time Oneonta, New York resident Marie Lusins, a former New York State recipient of the “Women of Distinction” award in 2010. Furthermore, Marie has served in public office and on numerous public and not for profit boards and currently serves on the Otsego County Board for the Office of the Aging.
For more information about Nana’s Nola, contact Marie Lusins, President at 1-888-224-2132 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kings Food Markets will hold its Fourth Annual Charity Golf Classic, which benefits its “Act Against Hunger” initiative, on Thursday, August 14, 2014. The tournament brings together Kings and its industry partners to raise support for programs that provide hunger relief services in communities throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.
“At Kings, we are dedicated to providing hunger relief services to our community and are so thankful to our partners for being just as passionate about this cause,” said Judy Spires, President and CEO, Kings. “Hosting this Annual Golf Classic each year is very rewarding and a true testament to our commitment to the community.”
All proceeds from the Annual Charity Golf Classic will be donated to help increase hunger relief awareness and education throughout the year. Past organizations that have benefited from the annual event include Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW), Center for Food Action, Table to Table and Neighbor to Neighbor.
Kings’ Annual Charity Golf Classic will take place at the distinguished Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon Valley, N.J., and will include a delicious brunch menu, cocktail hour, buffet dinner and an award presentation highlighting leaders in the community and their dedicated efforts supporting hunger relief. Participants will also enjoy complimentary green fees and use of a power cart.
“We are so happy to host the Classic for the fourth year in a row,” said Dan McGivney, who serves as the event’s chairperson for Kings. “This event has allowed us to make a significant impact in the lives of our community members in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut with the generous support and participation of our sponsors, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”
Early bird sponsorships for the Classic are available and include hole sponsorship, registration for a foursome and individual tickets. For more information on sponsorships and entry details, contact Dan McGivney at email@example.com or 973-463-6399.
Cowboy Toffee Company‘s toffees are the kind your grandma would have made, if that’s the kind of thing she did. Fortunately for me, that’s exactly the kind of thing my grandma did, although mostly at Christmas time. Those memories were brought back by the taste of The Mustang, a classic toffee from Cowboy Toffee that’s made from butter, sugar, chocolate and almonds, in that order.
The company also offers its toffee-take on s’mores with a toffee called So Much S’mores, which is made from butter, sugar, milk chocolate and, you guessed it, marshmallows and graham crackers. The So Much S’mores toffee offers is gooey and wonderful, just like campfire s’mores, but it has the advantage of being much neater to eat. With this candy around, serving s’mores to your family doesn’t have to come with the warning to tie the long hair back first, since the traditional version isn’t so much something you eat as something you wear.
The third variety tasted today by the staff of Gourmet News is called Miss Bonnie, a choice for sophisticated tastes that’s flavored with the minty floral taste of lavender buds and white chocolate.
Thanks for sending along the samples, Cowboy Toffee Company. They were so good that we (mostly) don’t even want to take issue with your claim that Oakdale, Calif., where you make these treats, is the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” But that’s because our Gourmet News editorial office is located in Tucson, Ariz., where we have our own western traditions to keep alive, and we certainly don’t begrudge you a share of our wonderful western America heritage, especially if the result is these wonderful confections.
Karoun Dairies is promising that the new Blue Isle’s Mediterranean Yogurt Spreads will provide a healthy and delicious choice for consumers who love their cream cheese but would prefer a lower-fat and lower-calorie option. America has an obsession with cream cheese. From countless recipes shared on Pinterest to the popular Twitter #foodporn hashtag commonly linked to #creamcheese, there is no doubt that Americans love their schmear. Grocery sales reflect these sentiments. A 2009-2011 Mintel study of US retail sales shows that cream cheese spread is the fastest-growing segment with 8.5 percent growth.
However, America’s growing waistline has driven consumers to choose healthier alternatives to comfort food favorites, which has something to do with why The Wall Street Journal coined “permissible indulgence” as the big food industry buzzword for 2014. Popular examples of this phenomenon include gluten-free, Greek yogurt, kale chips, and quinoa cookies.
Keeping up with the demand and offering a healthy solution for cream cheese lovers with the added benefit of probiotics, Blue Isle’s Mediterranean Yogurt Spreads is the latest innovation to hit the dairy aisle this summer. Samples will be available at booth #566 during the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.
“We use hand-crafted traditional methods of blending, aging, and fermenting all of our probiotic rich yogurt spreads,” states Rostom Baghdassarian, COO for Karoun Dairies. “This year, we are delighted to introduce Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spreads, as we’ve seen a major demand for healthier, Mediterranean-style spreads. Blue Isle is a fresh, tasty, and health conscious alternative to traditional cream cheeses.”
Blue Isle’s Mediterranean Yogurt Spreads offer nutritional balance and taste. Today’s cream cheese category is limited in both selection and brands and the goal of Blue Isle’s Mediterranean Yogurt Spreads is to raise the bar in the retail cream cheese category with superior flavors, functionality and nutrition.
Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spreads are made from the healthy goodness of yogurt, including live cultures, probiotics, and calcium but with no added sugar. With only 60 calories and 6g of fat per 2 tbsp serving, Blue Isle has nearly 40 percent fewer calories and total fat than the leading cream cheese. All natural and kosher have both been reported as important factors in consumers’ purchase choices, and Blue Isle is both natural and OU Kosher certified.
While the health benefits of Blue Isle are clear, the delicious flavor and mouth-watering texture are the real factors for this category innovation. Blue Isle is the over-achieving cousin to traditional cream cheese. Creamy, rich, and comforting, Blue Isle is a product that needs to be experienced. The spreads can be used as an alternative to cream cheese spread, a dip, in cooking, or as an exotic “good for you” treat.
Blue Isle is available in the following flavors:
Blue Isle will be available soon in the following US stores: Harmon’s, Mollie Stone’s, Central Market, Fiesta Mart, The Fresh Market, New Seasons, H-E-B, Lucky, Fred Meyer, QFC, at natural food stores and better supermarkets nationwide. Suggested retail price is $3.29 for an 8-ounce tub.
Blue Isle is distributed by Karoun Dairies, Inc., a second-generation family business with multiple awards for excellence in the cheese and dairy industry. Accolades include World Cheese Awards, World Championship Cheese medals, U.S. Championships, American Cheese Society medals, and California State Fair awards to name a few. Karoun produces some of California’s finest specialty cheeses; using century-old and handmade methods. All 130+ SKUs are made from ultra-premium ingredients, including premium milk from cows that are free of artificial hormones, BGH/rBST, and are Real California Milk certified.
Visit booth #566 at the Summer Fancy Food Show June 29 -July 1 at the Jacob Javits Center, where Karoun Dairies will showcase many delectable cheeses and yogurts as well as offer samples of Blue Isle’s brand new smooth and creamy Mediterranean Yogurt Spreads.
NOURI Bars are not just your average healthy snack bars. The company behind them is working with organizations like Stepping Stone International and Kids Against Hunger to help feed hungry kids. NOURI’s bars are made with the best quality, premium organic ingredients sourced from local farmers and contain no added chemicals or preservatives. They’re non-GMO, gluten free and vegan – 100 percent pure, simple, goodness with no added preservatives or flavorings. There’s also no high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, partially hydrogenated fats or MSG.
NOURI lives and breathes to make a difference in the lives of others: to inspire and to revolutionize by choosing ethical, quality ingredients while giving back to the community.
There are three varieties of NOURI Bars. The SUPER DELICIOUS APPLE CINNAMON SPICE BAR contains organic dates, organic peanut butter, cherries, peanuts, organic pumpkin seeds, hemp protein, organic vanilla extract and sea salt.
BY FAR THE BEST CHOCOLATE AND CREAMY CASHEW BAR contains organic dates, hemp protein, organic cashews, organic cashew butter, organic agave nectar, dark chocolate chips and organic vanilla powder.
YES, THIS IS A PEANUT BUTTER AND WILD CHERRY BAR contains organic dates, organic peanut butter, cherries, peanuts, organic pumpkin seeds, hemp protein, organic vanilla extract and sea salt. The 1.6-ounce bars are sold online at www.NouriBar.com for $29.99 for a box of nine bars, either assorted or in a single flavor per box. Shipping is free for orders over $50.
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Building on last month’s announcement of a $28 million dollar investment in its Bayfront facility, to increase manufacturing capacity for its slow-cured salame, Columbus Foods has expanded its deli meat production capabilities through a new partnership with industry leader Harris Ranch. Family-owned and located in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley, Harris Ranch has been producing superior meats for more than 50 years. To ensure consistency and quality during the transition, the two manufacturers spent more than a year planning, testing and duplicating Columbus’ time-tested consumer favorite deli meat recipes within this new modern facility.
“Like Columbus, Harris Ranch is dedicated to producing the highest quality products with the utmost dedication to food safety,” said David Wood, Chairman and CEO of Harris Ranch Beef Company. “This is a good fit for both of our companies – and the synergies between Harris Ranch and Columbus will ensure a seamless production transition.”
Significant investment between both companies of more than $10 million dollars was made to ensure the implementation of a state of the art deli meat processing facility to support this venture. The current layout was built to produce an initial volume production of 25 million pounds of deli meat cooking and processing, but can be expanded to another 50 million pounds of capacity with minimal disruption to operations.
“Columbus’ deli cooking facility in South San Francisco is landlocked and necessitated we find a solution to provide for capacity expansion on our branded deli meat growth,” said Timothy Fallon, CEO and President at Columbus Foods. “By partnering with Harris Ranch we’re well-positioned to continue to provide the quality and taste that consumers and our retail customers expect from Columbus and meet continued growth in the coming years.”