Today is Bastille Day and I am celebrating with a picnic from Pastoral. I have been a huge fan of Pastoral for years now and they continue to be a great resource for cheese, wine, and the most amazing butter! Pastoral has trained cheesemongers that will listen to what you love and suggest different options to try (if you would like) before you buy. One thing I love about Pastoral is all the cheeses taste so fresh and they support small farmers from all over the world. If you stop in to purchase cheese I wouldn't be surprised if you got a background on the farmers that produce the cheese. (if you have met me in person you know that ALL of my photographs come with a story so I have finally met my match)
To celebrate Bastille Day I picked up this amazing Savory Picnic from Pastoral. I will be celebrating with Chicago at the Lycée (see all the details here) I will be bringing this picnic with me along with a baguette from my favorite La Fournette. I will be there around 7pm so if you want to join me shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will find a way to connect.
Details on the picnic I chose: The Savory Picnic Plate features: nutty and sweet Jamon Serrano, spicy Calabrese salami, tart pickled vegetables, Nicoise olives, piquant cornichons, house made tomato tapenade and white bean tapenade, and whole grain mustard with a rustic baguette.
Now onto the fun part: The Cheeses
The top left is the most amazing salted butter outside of Paris. Put this on a warm baguette and you will be smiling ear to ear just like me. Buerre de Baratte (Cows Milk) Rodolphe Le Meunier from France. Hand-churned and shaped in Normandy, the additional Fleur de Sel makes this the best butter you've ever tasted.
Middle Right - Brie Fermier Cow's Milk Ferme de Jouvence, France. Soft and pillowy, this brie comes out lactic with the perfect amount of funky fungal and vegetal notes - think mushroom broth and soft earth. Leave this out at room temperature and it will be perfect for spreading.
Bottom Left - Le Jeune Autize Goat's Milk Rodolphe Le Meunier. France Snowy and soft with a delicate ash line, this goat's milk version of classic Morbier is a little more sweet with a bright note of acidity.
Bottom Right - Tomme Grand-Mere Adrianne Goat's Milk P.Jacquin France. This velvety ash-coated Loire Valley goat tomme is the perfect springtime cheese - lemony, bright and everything nice. This cheese is a classic you should get your hands on.
There were three different picnic options to choose from but I wanted to try something that was fun and colorful for the occasion. All of the cheeses in my picnic are French but you can build your own with the Al Fresco menu. Each picnic plate is reasonably priced at $25 and feeds 2-4 people. You can order online and pick up in the store or if you need it delivered there are options available.
This post was not sponsored but a collaboration between myself and Pastoral. All opinions are my own and the butter really is that GOOD!!