Holiday shopping is in full force and if you’re on the prowl for delicious and unique gift ideas, or just want to treat yourself to something new, I want to introduce you to Jar Sessions by Chef Paul Virant.

Jar Sessions by Paul Virant

What is Jar Sessions

Jar Sessions is an artisanal farm-to-fork product that celebrates Paul Virant’s love for preservation. He developed an appreciation for canning and pickling at a very young age while growing up on his childhood farm in Missouri. He continues to use this art of preservation in his contemporary Midwest cooking.

As a cookbook author, a James Beard Foundation Nominee for Best Chef: Great Lakes, and the owner of two successful Chicagoland restaurants, Vistro, located in Hinsdale and Vie, a Michelin Star winner located in Western Springs, the launch of this product line was a natural evolution for him.

Earlier this year, I partnered with Paul on the photography for Jar Sessions and one of my favorite parts, besides working with such a creative and down-to-earth chef, was getting to taste the products first hand.

Sweet Chow Chow

The Sweet Chow Chow jar is a combination of sweet onions, midwest corn, sweet peppers and smoked paprika. All you really need is a spoon with this one, however, these flavors also enhance recipes for chili, deviled eggs and cheddar corn bread to name a few.

Jar Sessions by Paul Virant

Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

The Pickled Cherry Tomatoes jar is a combination of garlic cloves, cherry tomatoes and champagne vinegar. Some recipes include pickled tomato mayonnaise and pickled tomato chutney. Or, you could pair it with a fresh, leafy salad. Is your mouth watering yet?

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Smoked Apple Butter

The Smoked Apple Butter jar is a combination of midwest apples, smoke, beet sugar and lemon juice. This one is really unique because it can pair well with different types of burgers, summer squash, cheeses and even a smoked apple butter old fashioned… Yep, the flavors work with drinks too.

Coming Soon! Two New Flavors

And, just in time for the upcoming holidays, Chef Paul has two new jars coming soon: Blueberry Aigre-Doux and Sweet Pickled Peppers.

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Where To Buy Jar Sessions

You can buy these jars at various locations in Chicago and the Chicagoland area, but if you’re like me and prefer to shop online, you can order your jars online right here.

Cheers and Happy Shopping!


All images ©Regan Baroni 2017.


Disclosure: I partnered with Paul on the photography for Jar Sessions, but this blog post was not sponsored and I will not earn a commission if you decide to purchase the jars. Thank you to my readers for supporting the brands that I love.

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