Eli’s 15th Annual Father’s Day Bike Ride

 

Eli’s IMG_1536celebrated Father’s Day by hosting our 15th Annual Father’s Day Bike Ride! We were delighted to have almost 300 bike riders at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café. Our guests enjoyed a complimentary continental breakfast served by the Eli’s Cheesecake Team. Riders received a pre-ride inspection from Rudy’s Cycle and Fitness and a safety review from the Bicycle Ambassadors. The riders biked 10 miles through Portage Park, Wright College’s campus, and Harwood Heights. After a leisurely bike ride through the neighborhood, everyone enjoyed a free slice of Eli’s cheesecake.

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A huge thanks to Rudy’s Cycle and Fitness, the City of Chicago’s Bicycle Ambassadors, the Chicago Police Department, and the Harwood Heights Police Department for making this a safe family event! Save the date for the next Father’s Day Bike Ride on Sunday, June 21, 2020. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Eli’s Farmer’s Market Grand Opening 2019

The grand opening of Eli’s Farmers Market was a success through both rain and shine! Nichols Farm and Orchard, Patz Maple and Honey Farms, Wreaths by Judy, Wright College, and other vendors set up their tents outside Eli’s Cheesecake World as the community stopped to shop, visit, and dine. From fresh produce to bird houses and everything in between, there was a wide variety of products and something for everyone. After shopping, families enjoyed breakfast or lunch under the tent on the patio or in the cafe.

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          Chef Antonio grilled chicken, beef, and               hamburgers while people shopped            the market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout the summer we look forward to hosting the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Nichol’s Farm, and several other vendors as we bring together the Chicago community in our backyard.

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Join us for Eli’s Farmer’s Market June 20 from 7am-1pm and enjoy next week’s market featuring:

  • 8-10am Free Continental Breakfast with $10 market purchase
  • 10am-1pm Grilled Lunch available for purchase
  • 11am Story and a Snack with the Chicago Public Library                                                                                                        Free snack for kids while supplies lasts; librarian will read a story.  Recommended ages 4-9  
Eli’s Farmers Market will be open every Thursday from 7am- 1pm through 8/29/19.

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Eli’s Celebrates James Beard Eats Week, April 26 – May 6, 2019

CoconutCakeWe’re proud to participate in James Beard Eats Week: 11 days of dining, celebrating James Beard and his great cooking legacy. Guests can enjoy a delicious James Beard inspired lunch from  April 26 – May 6, 2019, (Monday- Friday only) from 11am to 2pm

“As a bakery, we focused on dessert first and were happy to discover that James Beard’s favorite cake was a coconut layer, one of our family favorites as well.” said Marc Schulman, president of Eli’s Cheesecake.  “I have never forgotten my early birthday cakes. Blessed with an insatiable taste for coconut, I always wanted a cake piled high with it.” James Beard, James Beard’s American Cookery.   Eli’s Coconut Cake would surely have been coconutty enough for the great chef.  Eli’s confection is comprised of five layers of coconut cake, frosted with coconut buttercream, and covered with toasted coconut. ($4.50 per slice)

TamalesTwo main courses, Tostadas De Piccadillo: Tostadas with picadillo (ground beef), pickled red onion, watercress, crema, and salsa verde ($7.95) and Homemade Chicken Tamales with Romesco Sauce ($2.50), both inspired by Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen (2018 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award Winner) will also be offered.

“Having the City of Chicago, along with Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association host The James Beard Foundation for its 29th Annual James Beard Awards is a huge vote of confidence recognizing Chicago as a culinary center.” added Schulman.

Only available April 26-May 6, Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm at Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago. Please call 773-205-3800 for more information, or for reservations.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Service at Chicago Help Initiative

HELP 2019_1 HELP 2019_2 Eli’s Cheesecake’s Chef Antonio, along with President Marc Schulman and our associates Juana, Juana, Mary, Jessica, and Maria had the privilege to serve a wonderful dinner to the guests at the Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) on Wednesday, April 4th. Thank you to our amazing associates for preparing a delicious barbecue dinner and serving our Hot Chocolate Cheesecake for dessert.

 

CHI began in November of 1999 when local Realtor Jacqueline B. Hayes invited various volunteers from her community to work together to provide for the increasing number of homeless in the area.  CHI provides access to food, health services, shelter and employment, and educates our neighbors on how to help the homeless and disadvantaged, with dignity and compassion. Eli’s the Place for Steak was the first restaurant to provide dinner when the group was first founded. We are a favorite of the guests for the quality of the food, dessert, and service. We also welcomed representatives of American Airlines from O’Hare Airport, who helped with arrangements and serving the guests.

 

Eli’s has been honored to provide food for this event for the past 20 years and we look forward to a long partnership in the future. Visit the Chicago HELP 2019_3Help Initiative to learn more.

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Pi Day has Infinite Possibilities at Eli’s: Pies and Pie Fights!

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3.14 will be a Pietastic Day at Eli’s Cheesecake with mini pies, ice cream a la pie and Pookies…a new creation that’s part pie, part cookie! We’ll also be screening famous television and movie pie fights in our cafe.

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Eli’s has baked up mini fruit pies, Apple or Cherry, to be served as individual treats, or on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream (the opposite of pie a la mode).


And be among the first to try Eli’s new Pookies.…a delicious all butter cookie dough topped with housemade apple or strawberry pie filling.

 

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Eli’s Pi Day Flight includes three mini pies (Apple, Strawberry, and Blueberry) served warm, with ice cream, housemade sauces and accoutrements. Dine-in only.


Eli’s Pi day specials will be served at Eli’s Cafe, located at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive on Thursday, March 14 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and are available for local delivery (Chicago and suburbs).

Shipping deadline for mail order mini pies is Tuesday, March 12 for second day and Wednesday, March 13 for overnight delivery.

 

Mini Pies, Apple or Cherry: $.75 each, 3 for $2. Ala mode, $1.50. Mini Pi Flight, $3.14.
Pookies, Apple or Strawberry: $2.75

Eli’s Visited by the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen

Eli’s was delighted to host the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen, Madeline Mitchell, and her Court, along with Green River Soda on March 8th. The queen and her court started their morning next door at the New Horizon Center to visit the students. While there, they had the opportunity to tour the facility and meet with the students. The Queen & Court enjoyed spending time with the students taking photos and getting to know them. Once back at Eli’s, they had a blast decorating their own Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake for St. Patrick’s Day! Our customers also had the chance to meet the Queen & her Court, while taking some great pictures. It was a great experience and the students at New Horizons, as well as everyone at Eli’s, was happy they were able to visit.

The Eatin’ o’ the Cheesecake with St. Paddy’s Day Desserts from Eli’s

It’s one of our favorite holidays of the year! Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in style with our cheesecake and beverage pairings this holiday season:

 

IrishMintStPats2019In Chicago, we dye our river green…at Eli’s, we turn our cheesecake green! Irish Mint Cheesecake is a fan-favorite that we only make for the season. Minty green cheesecake studded with chocolate chips and topped with chocolate ganache.

For the coolest presentation around, use Irish Mint Cheesecake as a fun freakshake ingredient and garnish. What’s a freakshake? It’s a milkshake decorated with the craziest, most over-the-top garnishes imaginable.

In a blender, mix 1 slice frozen Irish Cream Cheesecake, 1 cup milk, and two large scoops of ice cream (vanilla or mint) until smooth. Dip the rim of a glass in melted chocolate and roll in green sprinkles. For the garnish, add to a wooden skewer: marshmallows, a fudge brownie, and kiwi chunks, topped off with a whole slice of Irish Mint Cheesecake.

 

 

 

 

Creamy smooth Irish Cream CheesecakeIrish Cream Cheesecake is baked in a dark chocolate crust and layered with chocolate ganache for the ultimate flavor contrast.

Jennie C., our resident mixologist, recommends enjoying a slice with a quick and simple cocktail: Add to a glass mug a shot of Irish Cream liqueur, 2 shots of brewed coffee, and fill the rest of the glass with milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2019-01-25 at 11.20.48 AMMeet the 2019 Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Queen Madeline Mitchell and her court at Eli’s! Enjoy free dessert and beverages. Friday, March 8, 2019. 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago.

Eli’s Gift Ideas for Your Galentine, Valentine and Everyone in Between!

Elis-Valentines-Day-Gift-Guide-2019Gifts for her, for him, for the little ones, or your favorite foodie…Eli’s has something for everyone this Valentine’s Day! Check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for ideas and inspiration for your loved ones this year.

 

 

 

 

Cuties-19Outfit your little Valentine in style with an Eli’s apron and chef hat. It’ll help protect their clothes when they create their own edible valentines with our DIY Valentine’s Day Cuties Kit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HazeCrispChocolate lovers will adore the Chocolate Hazelnut Crisp Cheesecake. It’s made with our chocolate hazelnut spread, folded into rich dark chocolate cheesecake, topped with more chocolate hazelnut spread and crunchy chocolate confections.  Or give them more than one flavor to choose from, all in one cake! Eli’s Chocolate Lover’s Sampler Cheesecake has several slices each of our Candy Bar made with Heath® Toffee Bars, Chocolate Chip and dreamy Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecakes.

 

 

Mini Hearts 2019Pamper your best gal pal with Mini Heart-shaped Cheesecakes! These tiny treats are handmade and hand-decorated. She’ll get 12 hearts, 4 each of 3 different flavors: Raspberry Cheesecake with a housemade raspberry gelee center and white chocolate drizzle, Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake with a chocolate ganache center and a bittersweet chocolate drizzle, and Red Velvet Cheesecake sprinkled with red velvet cake crumbs and a white chocolate drizzle.

 

 

 

Our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide has more sweet ideas for your sweeties. Order deadlines:

Standard Shipping: Order by February 12th at 11am CST

Expedited Shipping: Order by February 13th at 11am CST

Celebrate Chicago Restaurant Week with an Eli’s Cheesecake Flight and Housemade Lunch

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We’re more than just great cheesecake! Our chefs at Eli’s Bakery Cafe have created a mouth-watering menu for Chicago Restaurant Week, available through February 7th. Lunch is served Monday – Friday, 11am – 2pm; call 773.205.3800 for reservations. It’s a great value that includes a four-course lunch with a cheesecake flight for dessert; taste three different flavors of Chicago’s favorite dessert! It also includes a whole 9″ cheesecake or an Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook to take home.

 

 

 

Eli’s Bakery Cafe Restaurant Week Menu:

Cream of Potato Soup With Leeks and Truffle Oil

Eli’s Smoked BBQ Brisket Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms on Ciabatta

Warm Winter Salad with Butternut Squash, Red Onion, Parsnip and Spinach and Honey Mustard Dressing

Eli’s Cheesecake Flight: A tasting of three different Eli’s Cheesecake flavors

Plus Your Choice of The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook OR a 9” Original Plain Cheesecake (serves 14) to take home!

$24 plus tax

Eli’s Bakery Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago

 

 

Score with Eli’s NEW Desserts for the Big Game

Big Game Dessert Tower You worry about the dip, we’ll take care of dessert! Feed a crowd, or just your home team, with a variety of Eli’s big game-ready desserts.

 

Eli’s Big Game Dessert Tower has something for everyone: a 9″ Original Favorites Sampler (Original Plain, Chocolate Chip, Strawberry Topped, and Candy Bar Cheesecakes), 12 Brownie bites, and our Cutie Dessert Sampler which includes 12 bite-sized dessert bars.

 

 

 

PDeepDishCheesecakeizza for dinner, and pizza for dessert! Two of Chicago’s most famous dishes in one. Our new Deep Dish Cheesecake looks like your favorite Chicago-style deep dish, but it’s Original Plain Cheesecake topped with housemade strawberry “pizza sauce” and white chocolate “shredded cheese.”

 

 

 

 

 

Big Game Party PackFeed 16 hungry fans with Eli’s Big Game Party Pack, which includes an 8″ Chicago-Style Sampler (Original Plain, Chocolate Chip, and Strawberry Topped Cheesecakes) plus 12 Brownie bites.

 

Style your dessert table like ours: We used a plain chalkboard as a backdrop (we added a chalk drawing of arrows, X’s and O’s) and made our own picks with “#1 fingers” and “Go Team” pennants printed on an inkjet printer, cut out and attached to toothpicks with a hot glue gun.

 

Order by 11am CT on January 31 (be sure to choose this week as your desired shipping week at checkout) to get your desserts in time for kick off.