We’re on Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2018!

We’re so excited to be part of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2018 with our Holiday Dippers! Frozen Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake on a stick, “spruced” up for the holidays, dipped in dark chocolate and hand-decorated with green-tinted white chocolate and sprinkled with white nonpareils to resemble Christmas trees in the snow. You’ll get 7 Dippers per box. Enjoy frozen!

Pick up O, the Oprah Magazine on November 20th and get a head start on all of that holiday shopping.

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Check Dessert Off Your List This Holiday Season!

From hosting to hostess gifting, from sending a cheesecake across the country to presenting one to your kid’s teacher…with Eli’s Cheesecake, you can cross dessert off your list!

Eli's Cheesecake DippersWe’ve transformed Eli’s ever popular Cheesecake Dippers (frozen cheesecake dipped in chocolate, served on a stick) into festive treats, by hand-decorating them with either green-tinted chocolate and white nonpareils mimicking Christmas trees in the snow, or with a blue colored chocolate drizzle and white nonpareils, perfect for Hanukkah. Box of 7.
Eli's Coconut Macaroons

Amp up Santa’s cookies and milk with Eli’s traditional Coconut Macaroons, mini sized, hand piped and baked to a golden brown. Box of 12.


Eli's Cheesecake Holiday Cuties KitGive DIY a try with Eli’s Cheesecake Cuties Holiday Kit: Two dozen 1″x 1″ frozen squares of original plain cheesecake come with supplies to hand-dip in dark chocolate and decorate with red, green, white and peppermint candies. Kit includes: parchment paper, dipping sticks, cellophane bags, ribbon, and gift tags.​ ​Box of 24.​ If DIY is not your thing, order Eli’s chocolate-enrobed Cuties hand brushed with festive edible gold dust – the perfect hostess gift!

Vegan Cheesecake CutiesFor a healthier take on a holiday dessert, Eli’s has created a delicious Vegan Dairy-Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake, where the use of GMO free tofu results in zero cholesterol, 38% less fat, and 18% fewer calories than regular cheesecake. 7″ cake, serves 12. Also available as a Cutie (1”x1” squares), dusted with cocoa. Box of 12.​
“Eli’s is famous for having the best tofu-based vegan cheesecake in the country…” – Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Lifestyle Blog.

 

Egg-Nog-Candy-Cane-Party-PackIt’s not the holidays without these festive flavors: Pumpkin, Peppermint and Egg Nog! Eli’s has 7 pumpkin desserts…everything from Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake to Pumpkin Tarts. And the Eli’s Holiday Party Pack: one 8″ Egg Nog Cheesecake, a rich and creamy cheesecake topped with egg nog mousse and sprinkled with nutmeg, and one 8″ Candy Cane Cheesecake, a white chocolate cheesecake topped with housemade chocolate ganache and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. Serves 24!

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake Supports The Lynn Sage Foundation

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to support The Lynn Sage Foundation each October, and we’re kicking off the month with the cutest pink desserts.

The Lynn Sage Foundation is a breast cancer research initiative and philanthropic organization internationally known for supporting state-of-the-art patient care, exceptional educational outreach programs and the kind of revolutionary research that brings us closer to a cure. The program continues to provide women and their families access to the most up-to-date technological and medical advances in the field of breast cancer.

Each October, The Foundation hosts Chicago’s In Good Taste, a city-wide event partnering with nearly 200 restaurants to raise money for the Lynn Sage Scholars Program. Eli’s will donate 20% of your pink purchase, including pink ribbon cupcakes, a pink rosette layer cake and pink ribbon cookies, to the cause.

Shop for pink desserts all October in our Bakery Café.

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Chicago's In Good Taste 2018

Chicago’s In Good Taste 2018

President Marc Schulman Receives ACTE Champion Award

acteThe Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors is pleased to announce the ACTE Champion for CTE: Marc Schulman, the President of Eli’s Cheesecake Company in Chicago, Illinois. The ACTE Champion for CTE award recognizes education leaders, business and industry executives, celebrities and thought leaders who support and champion career and technical education (CTE) programs as a vital part of developing a prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce.

Over the past 20 years, Marc Schulman has been a tireless advocate for CTE at the local, state and national levels. Mr. Schulman currently serves as co-chair of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) Business Advisory Board, a position he has held since 2001. The CTE offerings at CHSAS focus on agricultural sciences and business. In his role, Mr. Schulman supports the quality and expansion of 21st century

Mr. Schulman has also worked to create partnerships between CHSAS and Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, and the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.MarcSchulman2015

His initiatives allow for students to participate in entrepreneurial experiences at Eli’s and beyond. He provides support for industry professionals to engage with students and help them develop career plans. Mr. Schulman regularly reaches out to local media to promote the positive aspects of CTE. He has been interviewed at conferences, on the radio and on TV about the beneficial impacts CTE has on student academic, skills-based and interpersonal growth and development. Mr. Schulman is also working to develop CTE-based programs partnering with Eli’s Cheesecake and its neighbor, Wright College. For the last 15 years, Eli’s Cheesecake has co-sponsored a summer entrepreneurship program with Wright for CHSAS students and Eli’s has awarded scholarships for the past 5 years to CHSAS graduates in the memory of Aaron Easter (son of retired University of Illinois President Aaron Easter) and Marc’s father, Eli Schulman, and his best friend, Bobby Hatoff

Mr. Schulman will be recognized alongside other national ACTE award winners on November 28, 2018, at the annual ACTE Awards Banquet during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. VISION is ACTE’s signature event, with more than 4,000 CTE professionals from across the country in attendance. For more information on the Excellence Awards and the Awards Banquet, visit http://www.acteonline.org/awards

 

 

Source: The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Eli’s Celebrates the Illinois Bicentennial with FREE Cheesecake

Illinois is celebrating its 200th birthday on August 26 – Constitution Day. Get the party started with a slice of FREE Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake at birthday parties throughout the state, featuring our grand cake cutting ceremony at the Illinois Bicentennial Plaza in Springfield, where you can enjoy a slice of our 300 lb. Bicentennial Cheesecake. Supplies are limited, so get there early! Visit Enjoy Illinois for times and details.

 SAVE THE DATE: We’re celebrating the Bicentennial all year long, with free cheesecake slice decorating at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in Chicago, November 16 & 17.

 

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Food Bowl: Sweet Taste of Summer with Celebrity Chefs

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CHSAS Summer Program Graduation

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Today, Eli’s hosted students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) to celebrate the end of their Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program partnering with Wright College and Eli’s Cheesecake. The students took a weekly summer course at Wright College followed by lunch at Eli’s Cheesecake featuring speakers from different fields in the food industry.

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The CHSAS Students started the day with a tour of Eli’s factory given by Vice President of Operations, Jeff Anderson followed by a Q&A where students asked questions about food sciences.

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Afterwards, the students  decorated their own cheesecake in the bakery with frosting, sauces and sprinkles. Congratulations to Eileen for winning the best-decorated cake!

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Grilled lunch by Chef Antonio and opening remarks from Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake, were followed by a ceremony held on the lawn where students shared what they learned through this program over the summer. Thank you to our special guests who attended today’s event and support this program:

John Brophy

Sheila Fowler

Chuck Guengerich

Bill Hook

Allison Lipsman

Jamonica Marion

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Jolene Worthington

 

Eli’s Celebrates 38 years at Taste of Chicago

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Eli’s was ecstatic to participate in the 38th Annual Taste of Chicago! Weare the only vendor who has served food at Taste of Chicago all of its 38 years. From Wednesday July 11 – Sunday July 15, our booth, located near the corner of Jackson and Columbus served:  Original Plain Cheesecake with Strawberries (7 tickets), Turtle Cheesecake (9 tickets), Cookie Cheesecake Smoosh Made with Oreo® Topped w/ Vanilla Ice Cream & Chocolate Sauce (10 tickets), Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper® (7 tickets), Taste Portion of Original Plain Cheesecake or Lemon Mixed Berry Cheesecake (4 tickets).

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Eli’s Cheesecake celebrated their 38th birthday, along with the 38th birthday of Taste of Chicago with a 1,000-pound Birthday Cheesecake,topped with a Giant Cherry Pie this year in honor of this year’s celebrity cake cutters: cast members from the national tour of Waitress, playing at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre July 3-July 22, 2018.

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At Noon, under the tent at Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, we invited Taste visitors to watch the giant birthday cheesecake be lifted off the truck by a forklift, see Eli’s pastry chefs put the final touches on the cake, and play cheesecake trivia games.  After that, we began the Cake Cutting Ceremony, followed by a round of Happy Birthday led by Waitress cast members. Watch Laurel Boger, our Executive Pastry Chef prepare the Big Cake below!

We also had a Foodie Photo Challenge for people to participate in on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. See our three winners below! Winners were awarded Eli’s Desserts and Gear.

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Today is the first day Eli’s was featured in Facebook Live videos by reporters from NBC Chicago, WGN and ABC7. You can see their posts below!

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Free Eli’s Slice Decorating at O’Hare Kiosk

Eli’s Associates visited our Kiosk in Terminal 1 at O’Hare earlier today to get ready for Taste of Chicago festivities beginning Wednesday, July 11. Patrons got the opportunity to decorate their own Cheesecake slice with many colorful toppings. We also had a mini-replica of the Cherry Pie-Topped Big Cheesecake  being featured at Taste of Chicago on July 14 with the cast of Waitress singing “Happy Birthday” as Eli’s turns 38 this year!

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You can visit the Kiosk in Terminal 1 at O’Hare between Gates B8 and B9 open everyday from 7am-9pm, make sure to stop by the next time you fly through O’Hare. We have individual slices and whole cheesecakes for sale to bring a taste of Chicago anywhere you go.

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We will be at O’Hare again giving out free slices Friday, July 27!

Eli’s Gets a Visit From a Very Special Guest

Last week, Eli’s got a call from a customer who was having trouble with our recipe for Caramelized Pecans, and we connected her with VP of Research and Development, Diana Moles. Diana was on the phone for about an hour talking her through the recipe, and learned that Rosalie is 99 1/2 years old! Rosalie visited the Cafe on Friday with her son, where she got to meet Diana Moles, as well as other Eli’s associates, in person. We gave her a signed Eli’s cookbook and got some advice for how to live a long, healthy life!

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We’re excited to make a Raspberry Cheesecake for Rosalie’s 100th birthday coming up soon!