National Cheesecake Day Festival

Eli’s Cheesecake Festival

Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31
6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr., Chicago
Free Admission · Free Parking · Free Cheesecake Samples

 

Each year Eli’s prepares for the ultimate celebration – National Cheesecake Day. Since Eli’s loves cheesecake so much, we turned it into a Cheesecake Four Day Festival. Eli’s Cheesecake Festival starts on Thursday, July 28th in partner with our weekly Farm Stand & Fresh Market starting at 7am. This will be a family day where there will be free cheesecake slice decorating all day in the Bakery Café from 8am-6pm. A variety of cheesecake games and activities will be available from 10am-4pm including Cheesecake Bingo, a Cheesecake Walk, Cheesecake Hula Hooping and more! The Kid’s Corner will feature many child-friendly games. Lunch on the grill will be served from 11am-1pm, while After School Matters performs at 12pm. After School Matters is an organization that creates life-changing opportunities for teen students during the school year and summer.

 

Outside of celebrating the Cheesecake Festival at Eli’s, you can have the chance to get FREE slices in Chicago! Follow the hashtags #ElisMobile and #ElisScavengerHunt to discover how to get free slices on Thursday.
On Friday, July 29th, we will continue the exciting Cheesecake Activities at the same time and have our Cheesecake Mascot present for meet and greets from 10am-4pm. We will also start our Cheesecake Competitive Summer Games including hockey played with a frozen cheesecake! You will be able to dip your own dipper from 11am-1pm and enjoy music on the patio and a FREE dessert buffet from 3pm-5pm. If you are traveling at O’Hare on this Friday then be sure to stop by Eli’s Dessert Kiosk in Terminal 1 between Gates B8-B9 from 11am-12pm.

 

Saturday will be the main event! It is officially National Cheesecake Day and we will be giving free samples of cheesecake all day long. And what’s an Eli’s celebration without a BIG CHEESECAKE? Jesse White Tumblers will fly over an Eli’s Big Cheesecake at 12:30pm with other entertainment and activities to view/participate in before and after. The Cheesecake Games will continue with boxing, weight lifting, golf and track & field. An artisan craft fair will take place, as well as lunch on the grill from 11am-2pm.

 

Are you a Pokémon Go fanatic? Well then Eli’s Cheesecake Festival is the place for you! Our historic Cheesecake Cow is a PokeStop and there will be a lure on it all four days. In addition, there will be accessible mobile charging stations so you can enjoy catching Pokémon and cheesecake all weekend long. Got a creative side? Post your best pocket monster cheesecake picture on Instagram with the hashtag #CatchEmAtElis for a chance to win a rare Pokémon Cheesecake prize. Want to compete in a pocket monster decorating contest then get to eat it after? On Saturday and Sunday, you can break up into your Pokémon Go team (Team Instinct – Yellow, Team Mystic – Blue or Team Valor – Red) and decorate a cheesecake to look like a Pokémon. Independent judging will take place to see who is the most creative, colorful, scary, etc. The team with the most awards will win a grand prize.

 

Finally, on the last day of our Cheesecake Festival there will be the Annual Classic Car Show from 10am-3pm. More entertainment and activities will be happening on the family stage from 10am-4pm featuring The Happiness Club at 11am and the Karen Hart Band at 1:45pm. The Cheesecake Games and activities will continue, as well as the artisan craft fair and the Kid’s Corner. Everyday you can receive 20% any purchase of frozen desserts.

 

For the most up-to-date information, please visit CheesecakeFestival.com

Taste of Chicago and Eli’s Cheesecake 36th!

Together Eli’s Cheesecake and Taste of Chicago celebrated their 36th birthday with a 1,500 pound cheesecake. The Big Eli’s Cheesecake had delicious layers of Original Plain and Chocolate Chip topped with fresh strawberries.

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After being fork-lifted off of an Eli’s Cheesecake truck, the cast of The Book of Mormon and Spongebob the Musical sang Happy Birthday and helped cut the first slice of Eli’s Big Cheesecake.

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The customers for cheesecake went wild at the sight of Eli’s Big Cake and the  multi-layer cake was served to thousands of people! Eli’s Cheesecake shared the event using their very own Snapchat geotag filter for the event. The geotag was a hit and many Snapchat videos were selected to be on the Chicago Snapchat Story.  An annual tradition, Eli’s Big Cake is an birthday celebration not to be missed!

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In addition to serving cheesecake, Eli’s Cheesecake’s Executive Pastry Chef, Laurel Boger, provided an informative demonstrations for a No-Bake Cheesecake (recipe found in Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook). Chef Laurel Boger showed multiple ways to use the batter from the No-Bake Cheesecake including single serve Cheesecake Parfaits and Cheesecake Popsicles.

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Foodie Photo Challenge

Eli’s Cheesecake also ran a Foodie Photo Challenge #ElisAtTaste.  Below are a few of the entries from Eli’s Foodie Photo Challenge:

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36th Year at the Taste of Chicago

Thirty-six years later, Eli’s Cheesecake still makes a big impact on the Taste of Chicago as the only original vendor. Wednesday, July 6th started the 36th year of the Taste of Chicago. You can find Eli’s Cheesecake (booth #16) at the corner of Columbus and Jackson.CmnbF-xXEAEhrei

 

Here is a list of what we are serving:

  • Original Plain Cheesecake – 7 tickets
  • Turtle Cheesecake – 8 tickets
  • Cookie Cheesecake Smoosh made with Oreo® – 9 tickets
  • Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper – 7 tickets

And a taste of:

  • Original Plain Cheesecake – 4 tickets
  • Key Lime Cheesecake – 4 tickets

 

We are hosting exciting contests on social media during the Taste, including a “Guess the Ingredients” contest and “Foodie Photo Challenge.”

The “Guess the Ingredients” contest appears in a variety of posts on our Facebook and Twitter. Participants guess how many pounds of each ingredient is in our #BigCakeAtTaste which will be served for free on Saturday, July 9th at 12:30pm at Buckingham Fountain. This Giant Cheesecake is 1505 pounds! There are two posts a day to guess how many pounds of a specific ingredient is in the Eli’s Big Cheesecake. Comment on the posts on Facebook/Twitter with the hashtags: #ElisAtTaste and #BigCakeAtTaste.

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The Foodie Photo Challenge is hosted on Instagram and features photos like the one below with our Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper. Capture a picture with the Eli’s Cheesecake at the Taste with a suave Chicago background to be entered in a chance to win a cheesecake from the Taste of Chicago. Instagram your shot and mention us (@ElisCheesecake) and with the hashtag #ElisAtTaste.

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Spreading Cheesecake Love Over the Holiday Weekend

Eli’s Cheesecake started July attending many events serving Eli’s Cheesecake at milestone events.

Our CEO, Marc Schulman and his wife (& co-author of Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook) attended #July4Canada hosted by the US Embassy Ottawa on July 4th. Eli’s Cheesecake served over 5,000 slices of cheesecake and various desserts. Ambassador Bruce Heyman hosted about 4,000 guests at Lornado, the official residence of the US Ambassador of Canada, to celebrate the Fourth of July in Canada for America. The event was great and Eli’s Cheesecake was ecstatic to serve cheesecake in Canada.

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A special event from the weekend was Former President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s 70th wedding anniversary in Georgia. Laurel Boger, Eli’s Cheesecake Executive Pastry Chef,  flew out to Plains, Georgia to serve Eli’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake to help celebrate.

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Wild Travels with Eli’s Cheesecake

Looking for adventures to have when you travel? Check out the show “Wild Travels” on WTTW 11. This show captures wild attractions in different cities around the United States.

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Last night, Eli’s Cheesecake had the privilege of serving cheesecake to the Wild Travels Season 2 Debut Party. We supplied over ten different flavors of cheesecake and two cakes. We showcased Eli’s Big Slice, which is our Plain Original Cheesecake with chocolate chips and cherries on top!

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The most popular flavors of the night were Salted Caramel Cheesecake and the Tira Mi Su Cake.

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It was a fantastic event and we were ecstatic to see the guest’s enjoying our wonderful flavors!

 

SOAR Farmer’s Market

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On Tuesday, June 21st, we were able to once again participate in the annual SOAR Farmer’s Market. This year was a success as the big cheesecake disappeared within ten minutes of the initial cut. Dan Alderman had the honor of cutting the first piece. Each year the cake is a big hit and we always come prepared to serve the crowd as much cheesecake as possible. This year we also served boxes full of Eli’s Single Serve Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake.

In addition, Maureen Schulman, author of the Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook, held a book signing and customers were able to purchase the cookbook and ask questions.

It is a great joy to see the smiles on peoples’ faces after they take a bite out of our cheesecake. We are here to please and are happy to celebrate the start of SOAR’s Famer’s Market.

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Join Us For Another Ride

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This Sunday (June 19, 2016) is Eli’s 12th Annual Father’s Day 10 Mile Bike Ride! Please join us as we celebrate with the beautiful weather. This bike ride with begin at Eli’s Cheesecake World on Sunday morning at 8:45 AM. A free continental breakfast and t-shirt will be available for participants. Riders must be able to maintain a safe speed of at least 6mph during the bike ride.

Make sure to register online at http://bit.ly/1UOkAPu, or contact Sharon Mrowiec at SharonM@elicheesecake.com  OR 773-308-7015 by Friday, June 17th!

Nervous your bike is not in good condition? Get a free safety inspection and 20% off all helmets any day prior to the ride at: Rudy’s Cycle & Fitness. (5711 Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634)

IDDBA Show 2016

This past weekend, Eli’s Cheesecake participated in the International Dairy, Deli, Bakery Association (IDDBA) Expo.  The IDDBA show was hosted in Houston, Texas and is known as the biggest selling retail show of the year. Part of the Sales Team and Marc Schulman were of attendance to make the show a great success. sales team idbba1 iddba3 idbba2

Eli’s New Farm Stand & Fresh Market

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What is the best way to kick off the summer? Attending a Farm Stand and Fresh Market, of course!  On June 16th, 2016 from 7am-1pm, Eli’s Cheesecake will be hosting the grand opening celebration for Eli’s new Farmer’s Market. The day’s activities include a complimentary breakfast buffet from 8am-10am, a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10am, and a presentation by Jenny Yang from Phoenix Bean.

The Farmer’s Stand & Fresh Market is open Thursdays from June 16th-August 25th, 7am-1pm. A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from Nichol’s Farm & Orchard and other great vendors will be featured. Different special events, activities, and speakers will be at each Farm Stand & Fresh Market day. Follow Eli’s on social media for more information.

Come and join us for the kick off (June 16th) and every Thursday at Eli’s Cheesecake World.

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The Capitol Celebrates Another Cheesecake Day

On Wednesday, May 25th, the Capitol celebrated their 13th year of Cheesecake Day. This special holiday for the Capitol was started by Judy Baar Topinka to unite people during the final days of the stressful session at the Illinois State Capitol.  The current Illinois State Comptroller, Leslie Geissler-Munger enjoys carrying on the tradition of Cheesecake Day and Eli’s is proud to support this celebration. Eli’s donates cheesecake each year. This year Eli’s provided a variety of cheesecakes ranging from our famous Original Plain Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, Totally Turtle Cheesecake, and a few other specialty flavors. We are always pleased to see the smiles and happiness shared over a slice of Eli’s Cheesecake. We look forward to the years to come of celebrating Cheesecake Day at the Capitol.

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Illinois State Comptroller, Leslie Geissler-Munger and State Trooper enjoying Eli’s Cheesecake during Cheesecake Day

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Geissler-Munger and ladies showcasing Eli’s Cheesecake