Eli’s Annual Cheesecake Festival 2017

It’s our favorite day oRaptorThumbf the year…National Cheesecake Day, this Sunday, July 30th.  We’re celebrating with our annual​ Cheesecake Festival…an entire day of all things cheesecake and family fun (plus a great big dinosaur!). It’s all happening at Eli’s Cheesecake World: ​ 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. in Chicago (corner of Montrose and Forest Preserve Drive) from 9​am – 5pm.​ Admission and parking are free!

New this year, in partnership with Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Field Museum this summer, is​ a 16 foot long  jessecheesecake eating​ Raptor dinosaur. The ​lifelike Raptor puppet stomps and stalks just like the real thing. More ​highlights include The Jesse White Tumblers flying over a giant cheesecake, Classic Car Show, Tap Dancing Revue featuring The Tap Man: Tristan Bruns​,​ Cheesecake “Olympics” including hockey with a cheesecake puck and mini golf, free cheesecake samples, The Happiness Club dancing to cheesecake music, cheesecake hula hoop contest, cheesecake bingo and cheesecake decorating.

We will also offer lunch on the grill for purchase.  Visit CheesecakeFestival.com for a detailed schedule.

 

Festival Entertainment Schedule

9 AM Cheesecake Bingo
9:45 AM Dancemates
10:00 AM10:45 AM Velociraptor Appearance from JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION at the Field MuseumCheesecake Bingo
11:30 AM Jesse White Tumblers
12 PM Tap Dancing Revue & Tap-Along starring The Tap Man, Tristan Bruns (bring your tap shoes!)
12:30 PM The Happiness Club
2 PM Tap Dancing Revue & Tap-Along starring The Tap Man, Tristan Bruns (bring your tap shoes!)
2:45 PM Cheesecake Bingo
3:30 PM Cheesecake Hula Hoops, Cheesecake Walk, and Cheesecake Eating Contest

Eli’s at Green City Market Chef BBQ 2017

We were honored to once again participate in Green City Market’s Annual Chef BBQ last night, serving over 1000 cheesecake bites to market guests.   Green City Market is Chicago’s largest farmer’s market, selling locally-farmed products in Lincoln Park. Its goal is to provide a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food and to educate, promote, and connect farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community. The Chef BBQ (this year marked the 17th annual) is Green City Market’s largest annual fundraiser which benefits their year-round farmer’s markets, education programs, and food access initiatives.

Eli’s Chefs Diana Moles and Juanita Chajon prepared a stunning fresh goat’s milk cheesecake, baked on a salty almond crust and​ topped with ​fresh apples sauteed with butter and cinnamon, served with house made honey-ginger sauce.

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Save the Date! Eli’s Cheesecake Festival is July 30

It’s Eli’s Cheesecake’s favorite day of the year… National Cheesecake Day, Sunday, July 30th.  Eli’s is so excited about it, they’re celebrating the day with an entire Cheesecake Festival… a full day of all things cheesecake and family fun, at Eli’s Cheesecake World, located at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. in Chicago (corner of Montrose and Forest Preserve Drive) from 9 AM – 5 PM.  Admission is free.

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Highlights include: The Jesse White Tumblers flying over a giant cheesecake, Classic Car Show,  Tap Dancing Revue, The Happiness Club dancing to cheesecake music, free cheesecake samples all day, and Cheesecake Games including: hockey with a cheesecake puck, mini golf, cheesecake hula hoop contest, cheesecake bingo, cheesecake eating contest and cheesecake decorating. Grilled lunch will be available for purchase.

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Performances & Activities

  • Classic Car Show
  • Dancemates
  • Cheesecake Bingo
  • Jesse White Tumblers
  • Happiness Club
  • Cheesecake Eating Contest
  • Tap Dancing Revue & Tap-Along starring The Tap Man, Tristan Bruns (bring your tap shoes!)
  • Cheesecake Bingo & Games

Visit CheesecakeFestival.com for a detailed schedule.

 

Eli’s Welcomes UberEATS

It’s official! The Eli’s Cheesecake Company partnered with UberEATS; the fast and efficient food delivery system designed for customers to access their Eli’s favorites! Whether you’re at home or on the job there is now an easy way to let us come to you!

Download the app and check our Eli’s menu:

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Our Lunch Menu ranges from a variety of signatures sandwiches including the Honey Ham, Chicken Salad, Turkey BLT and the Cuban.

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Some of our Frozen Desserts offered include the fan favorites like Cookie Crazy Cheesecake, Dairy Free Carrot Cake, Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake and Tira Mu Su.

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We also offer fresh Specialty Pastries & Desserts including a Butter Almond Loaf , a Cinnamon Streusel Loaf and rich Whoopie Pies.

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UberEATS Eli’s Ordering Hours:

Specialty Desserts Monday – Friday 8am-5:30pm, Saturday 9am-4:30pm, Sunday 11am-4:30pm
Frozen Desserts Monday – Friday 8am-5:30pm, Saturday 9am-4:30pm, Sunday 11am-4:30pm
Lunch Monday – Friday 11am-2pm

 

Taste of Chicago and Eli’s Cheesecake 37th!

Together Eli’s Cheesecake and Taste of Chicago celebrated their 37th birthdays with a 1,500 pound cheesecake. The Big Eli’s Cheesecake had delicious layers of Original Plain and Chocolate Chip topped with giant marzipan cherries.

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After being fork-lifted off an Eli’s Cheesecake truck, Cirque du Soleil put on a magical performance next to the Big Cake for thousands of Eli’s fans to enjoy while waiting in line.

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Following the performance, songwriter Julianna Zobrist, led the Eli’s team in the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ prior to the ceremonial cutting of the cake.

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The fan base this year at the Taste was in full support for Eli’s booth on the Corner of Jackson and Columbus.

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Eli’s Hosts Jenny Yang, Owner of Phoenix Bean

Eli’s Cheesecake Company kicked off Thursday morning with our weekly Farm Stand and Fresh Market. There was an assortment of fruits, vegetables, hand crafted goods and more all available for purchase. We had the pleasure of hosting special guest and Owner of Phoenix Bean, Jenny Yang, at our Farm Stand event along with students from the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences. Phoenix Bean was one of the first local suppliers of tofu in the Chicago-land area that opened up a little over 30 years ago. The factory, located in the Edgewater neighborhood, supplies Chinese restaurants, Asian grocers, as well as Eli’s Cheesecake. We proudly use Phoenix Bean tofu in our vegan cheesecakes and truly appreciate Yang’s commitment to quality. Yang provided tofu samples at the Farm Stand and later spoke about her story and what got her into the food industry. She spoke about her day to day tasks, explained the manufacturing process of her products, as well as her marketing strategies.  If you would like to read more about Phoenix Bean, click here. 

If you missed this weeks Farm Stand, don’t worry… there’s more! Make sure to join us next Thursday, July 6th for our upcoming Farm Stand and Fresh Market from 7AM-1PM CST. Free Continental breakfast will be served from 7am-9am with a $5 market purchase as well as Lunch on the Grill that will be available for purchase from 11am-1pm. We hope to see you there! 

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Samples of Phoenix Bean Tofu

Eli’s Welcomes Students & Interns

Summer is in full swing here at Eli’s as we welcome new  guests on a weekly basis. This week, we hosted 11 food science students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) for the first session of their Summer Internship. This week’s program featured guest speaker Ronda L. Lee, an established attorney with a background in business, education, government and writing. She is an exceptional example of perseverance, hence her motto, “failure is an option and it is okay, just keep trying.”  We appreciate Lee for her participation and thank her for sharing her inspiring story.

CHSAS is one of the only urban agricultural high schools in the country, located on a working farm. We enjoy a strong partnership with the school, providing job shadowing, mentor programs and internships. The Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program is a summer internship for CHSAS students working with Eli’s, Wright College and Farmer’s Market vendors in partnership with The University of Illinois Extension Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science.

On the same day, Eli’s welcomed a number of First Bank of Highland Park Interns along with some interns from Top Box Foods. Eli’s has a strong partnership with Top Box Foods interns to show them the other side of the food industry—manufacturing.

Eli’s also partners with the First Bank of Highland Park each summer to bring Eli’s and Bank interns a unique experience to learn about a different industry. During their visit, Bank interns were able to learn about food marketing, sales, and even baking and decorating cheesecakes!

 

Above: CHSAS students & Ronda L. Lee (middle) posing before departing from Eli’s

 

  Above: Top Box & First Bank of Highland Park Interns after their Cheesecake decorating activity 

Mid-Summer Fun

Farm Stand and Fresh Market

Tomorrow is the big day! Start off your Thursday morning right & join us for a continental breakfast on June 15 from 8am-10am, followed by the Grand Opening Day Ribbon Cutting at 10 am!

Eli’s Farm Stand and Fresh Market will feature local fruit and produce from Nichol’s Farm, hand crafted jewelry, fresh honey, artisan soap and more every THURSDAY from June 15-August 24.

Hope to see you there!

*Music will be provided by Suzy from 10-12 http://www.suzymusic.net/index.html

Spend Fathers Day with us!

This weekend calls for nice weather & family fun. Join the Eli’s team as we enjoy a  leisure bike ride through the local streets of Chicago. Get there early for a free energizing breakfast & an Eli’s T-shirt. Participants must register by Friday, June 16th. To register: Call 773-308-7015 or Email sharonm@elicheesecake.com. Sign-up online at www.tinyurl.com/ElisBikeRide2017

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Save the Date: Taste Of Chicago

Eli’s is excited to attend the Taste of Chicago from July 5-9 for the 37th year in a row. We will be located at the corner of Columbus and Jackson Street. Be sure to stop by our booth July 8 for the cutting of our BIG Cake; a 1,500 pound fresh strawberry-topped cheesecake. You grab a fork & we’ll grab the forklift!

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Also, our

Vanilla Soufflé Glacé (Frozen Vanilla Souffle Cheesecake)

is a perfect way to sweeten your summer! The recipe can be found on our website: http://www.elicheesecake.com/vanillaglace

Farmer’s Market Season is Here

Eli’s Farm Stand and Fresh Market is back! Join us Thursdays from 7am-1pm, from June 15th -August 24th. Enjoy a special Grand Opening event on June 15th including a free continental breakfast from 8-10am, live music and lunch on the grill. Shop early and receive a free raffle ticket for our 10am drawing of Eli’s Best-of-Market basket. Eli’s Farm Stand and Fresh Market will feature local fruit and produce from Nichol’s Farm, hand crafted jewelry, fresh honey, artisan soap and more

Eli’s Cheesecake Prepares for Annual NRA Show

Starting Saturday May 20, Eli’s Cheesecake will participate in the 33rd annual National Restaurant Show (NRA Show) at McCormick Place in Chicago. This year we have expanded our new booth (#1625) which will be located in the south hall and encourage all to come taste our new products.

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Eli’s Team at the 2016 NRA Show.

Our exciting new products include Chocolate Hazelnut Crisp Cheesecake, Pecan Tart, Peppermint Bark Cheesecake, Cookie Butter Cheesecake and our no sugar added version of our Original Plain cheesecake.We’re also introducing a new Cuties Variety Pack, which includes four new flavors

Eli’s was honored  receive a FABI  2017 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®  for our two newest desserts: Eli’s Butter Tart and Salted Caramel Tart. The award recognizes innovative food and beverage products.

The NRA Show is open to professionals in the food service and hospitality industry. If you can’t make it to the show, our new flavors will be available soon at shop.elicheesecake.com!”