Eater reported back in May that Bar Pastoral would open next door to the flagship Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine shop in East Lakeview. Now word comes that they've nabbed a great chef to head up the kitchen: former Vincent chef Chrissy Camba.
Camba, who left Vincent in June to travel Europe for culinary inspiration, will bring back what she's learned and turn it into some delicious-sounding fare. From her self-proclaimed love affair with cheese, Camba said she was "destined to join the team" and is "excited to show guests how cheese and charcuterie can work beautifully alongside farm-fresh ingredients and other small batch accompaniments."
That said, Camba is planning to offer housemade pates, pickles and larger-format plates like braised veal breast and sliced roasted lamb shoulder with Delicata squash as well as cheese-focused plates like warm Rush Creek Reserve with house-made sausage and crusty baguette.
Camba will work alongside owners Greg O'Neill and Ken Miller as well as cheesemonger Bryan Bland, the bronze winner at the international Cheesemonger Invitational in New York, and GM Mark Hayes, who is also overseeing Bar Pastoral's beverage program.
Hayes is pulling together a wine list featuring 16 glass pours all priced at $10 and will be available in half pours for those times when you want just a little bit more. The bar will feature some permanent beers on tap and rotating brews from the likes of Jolly Pumpkin and Stone Brewing. And Bar Pastoral will feature one local distillery each quarter, like FEW, Koval, North Shore or Journeyman and offer three cocktails from the one place. Watch for Bar Pastoral to open this October.
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