Eli’s Cheesecake Honored to be Illinois Made

Today we were featured by the Illinois Office of Tourism in the Illinois Made Global Makers campaign, featuring Illinois-made products in marketing to overseas visitors.  Eli’s has been proudly handmade in Chicago, Illinois, since 1980!

To celebrate,  Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger created this 300 pound cheesecake which was displayed today at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and will be cut and served to attendees at the Illinois Governor’s Conference on tourism tomorrow.

It took 175 lbs. of cream cheese, 40 lbs. of sour cream, 50 lbs. of sugar, 130 eggs, 25  lbs. of cookie crust, 1 pound of  Illinois made  Nielsen-Massey Vanilla and 10 cups of wildflower honey produced by student bee keepers attending the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences to create this cheesy rendition of the Illinois State Capital.  In a nod to Lincoln and his love of apples, the giant cheesecake included a layer of Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake and the cake’s base was decorated with super-sized edible gold dusted chocolate pennies.

Enjoy a “slice” of our Illinois Made Cheesecake! Eli’s Honest Abe Apple Cheesecake is available for sale on our website.
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Eli’s & The Chicago Help Initiative Dinner

On March 15th, Eli’s chefs and volunteers will serve dinner to those in need at the Chicago Help Initiative (CHI).

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 has been honored to provide food for this event for the past 14 years!

Visit the Chicago Help Initiative to learn more. Special thanks to Eli’s volunteers for donating your time to this worthy event: Chef Antonio, Elsa, Mary, Sharon, Dora, Juana, Maria, Marc & Maureen.

 

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The Eli’s Team serving at CHI last year

Calling All Bakers!

Enter our 4th annual “Cheesecake with an Irish Twist” bake off on Thursday, March 16th!

We’re all a little Irish this month at Eli’s. Help us celebrate St. Paddy’s Day and create your own original recipe for an Irish-themed cheesecake. Contest starts at 5:30pm at Eli’s, be sure to bring along your recipe and your finished dessert. The winner gets a year’s supply of Eli’s Cheesecakes (one per month for one year)! Past winners have included Apple Cider Cheesecake, Irish Coffee Cheesecake… even a savory cheddar cheesecake with a pretzel crust!

Register here or call 773-308-7031.

 

Two Eli’s Desserts Win FABI 2017 Awards

Today we were honored to receive a FABI 2017 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®  for two of our desserts – Butter Tart and Salted Caramel Tart!

FABI Awards are given to recognize innovative food and beverage products that make a significant impact in the restaurant industry. The Butter Tart is a sweet, gooey, chewy filling baked in a crisp all-butter pâte sucrée crust— and delicious served warm or cold. The Salted Caramel Tart features salted caramel topped with rich milk chocolate ganache, sprinkled with sea salt and layered atop a scratch-made all-butter pâte sucrée crust. These new tarts are handmade in small batches with the finest ingredients. They’ll be showcased throughout the exhibit halls at the NRA Show® 2017, held from May 20-23 in Chicago at McCormick Place, for industry professionals.

 

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Eli’s Proud to Honor Our Friend Merri Dee

Last week we honored our good friend,  Merri Dee, at the Metropolitan Club in the Willis Tower to celebrate her 50 years in broadcasting! Hundreds of friends and fans were on hand to celebrate the life and career of this Chicago legend. The event, to benefit the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, also featured an extra large Eli’s Cheesecake topped with chocolate-covered strawberries. Merri has been a friend of Eli’s for many years and we love her positive attitude, especially her most famous saying, made up of ten little two-letter words: “If it is to be, it is up to me!”

Here’s to many more years, Merri!

 

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Merri Dee with Maureen and Marc at Taste of Chicago 2015

    

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Chicago!

On Saturday, March 4th, Chicago turns 180! Come celebrate with us at the Chicago History Museum from 10am-2pm for a celebration, guest speakers and a FREE Eli’s Cheesecake (one per person, while supplies last).

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TimeOut Chicago Names Eli’s One of the Best Restaurants in Portage Park

We were proud to be named one of the best restaurants in our Chicago neighborhood, Portage Park! Thank you TimeOut Chicago. We were honored to be chosen along with these other great Northwest side restaurants.

The best restaurants in Portage Park

 

Eli's Cheesecake World

Eli’s Cheesecake World

“The factory behind all the cheesecakes you’ll see running amok in Chicago, Eli’s Cheesecake World has a deli next door with an insane amount of cheesecake. Sure, sure, you can get a sandwich, but personally, we’re sticking to the peanut butter chocolate cheesecake slice with only a few full cheesecakes to go, please.”

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Eli’s Named One of 9 Foods That Should Be On Your Chicago Bucket List – BuzzFeed Community

9 Must-Have Classic Foods For Your Chicago Bucket List

9. The Cheesecake on a Stick From Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe

The Cheesecake on a Stick From Eli's Cheesecake Bakery Cafe

“Last but not least, don’t leave town without trying this classic taste of Chicago: the chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick. Grab one before heading to the airport.”

Thanks,  Amy K., for the awesome shout out!

Eli’s At The Movies!

This past weekend,

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company participated in two big annual events: For the Love of Chocolate’s Annual Gala and Hollywood on State, Chicago’s longest-running Oscar viewing party.

At #FLOC17, Eli’s Cheesecake showcased Belgian Chocolate Truffles with toffee and gold leaf, which was a crowd favorite for the night.  Thank you to Eli’s VP of Research & Development, Chef Diana Moles along with associates Jennie Coursey and Genesis Villarreal for attending the event and wearing your finest Film Noir dresses!

 

Last Sunday we were honored to serve desserts at Hollywood on State, the Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual Oscar Viewing party. During a very memorable Oscars telecast (to say the least),  we served Cookie Butter Cheesecake slices, Eli’s Cheesecake Dippers, Cherry Oat Bars, housemade Chocolate Fudge Brownies, Pecan Pie Bars, and Seven-layer Coconutty Bars.


Upcoming February Events

Each year,

Eli’s Cheesecake participates in For the Love of Chocolate (FLOC) gala. This year, Eli’s Cheesecake will once again attend on February 25th and provide some sweet dark chocolate cheesecake truffles!  This year’s FLOC the theme is “Noir.”  We are excited to participate in a night full of fun and theater.

 

On Sunday, February 26th,

The day after FLOC, Eli’s Cheesecake will also participate in Chicago’s largest and longest-running Oscar Viewing Party, “Hollywood on State” at The Gene Siskel Film Center. It is a night of glamor and a chance to be a “star.” Attendees will enjoy a red carpet, food, and libations at 6:30 pm followed by a Live Academy Awards telecast.

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