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

Mini Cherry Pie

Eli’s Mini Pie

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.

Ice Cream ala Pie

Eli’s Ice Cream ala Pie

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.

 

Pookie

Eli’s Pookies


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

Antonio Matzo ball soup 2016

 

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.

 

NEW Sweets for Your Sweetheart from Eli’s This Valentine’s Day!

Treat your sweetie to some romantic desserts from Eli’s this Valentine’s Day! Everything from Heart-shaped mini cheesecakes, to cheesecake on a stick, to DIY kits, and more!

  VDay 2019 Enrobed Cake Cuties Dippers8” Chocolate-Enrobed Valentine’s Day Cheesecake: Creamy white chocolate cheesecake enrobed in bittersweet chocolate, topped with edible gold hearts and a hand-piped Happy Valentine’s Day message. Serves 12.

Cheesecake Cuties: Bite-sized squares of Original Plain Cheesecake, enrobed in bittersweet chocolate, hand-brushed with festive edible gold dust. Enjoy frozen! 12 Cuties per box.

 

 

 

Valentine Dippers

Valentine’s Day Dippers (the Valentine’s edition of the Eli’s Dippers that were featured in Oprah’s Favorite Things Holiday list 2018): Frozen Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake on a stick dipped in rich chocolate, hand-decorated with pink and red nonpareils, edible pearls, and a red chocolate drizzle. Box of 5.

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Heart Cheesecakes:Mini Hearts 2019 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. Box of 12, 4 of each flavor. $39.95 plus shipping.

 

 

 

 

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DIY Valentine’s Day Cheesecake Cutie Kit: Make edible valentines! A great activity for the whole family. Dip and decorate your own Eli’s Cheesecake Cuties (1″x1″ bite-sized cheesecake squares) for Valentine’s Day. Includes everything you need to make 24 Cuties at home: 24 Original Plain Cheesecake cuties, Belgian chocolate, coconut oil, 3 types of Valentine’s Day sprinkles, parchment paper, dipping sticks, cellophane bags, and ribbon. Enjoy frozen!

 

 

 

 

See all of our Valentine’s Day desserts at https://shop.elicheesecake.com/category/valentine.

Vegan Dairy-Free Desserts for the New Year!

We know it’s an oxymoron, but our vegan dessert is so good we couldn’t resist calling it cheesecake! According to Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle blog,  “Eli’s is famous for having the best tofu-based vegan cheesecake in the country.” And we agree!

For a healthier take, our chefs have created our delicious Vegan Dairy-Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake using rich cocoa, Belgian chocolate, Go Veggie vegan cream cheese, and GMO free tofu, resulting in zero cholesterol, 38% less fat, and 18% fewer calories than regular cheesecake. Our tofu comes from Phoenix Bean, which has been making artisan tofu in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood for over 20 years. It’s made by hand with GMO-Free Illinois soybeans.

Eli’s Vegan Dairy-Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake is available in a 7″ round cake, which serves 12, or as a Cutie (bite-sized 1”x1” squares), dusted with cocoa, in a box of 12.​

 

Eli's Vegan Dairy-Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake

7″ Vegan Dairy-Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake

Eli's Vegan Cheesecake Cuties

Vegan Dairy-Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake Cuties

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“Just Judy” Book Signing at Eli’s Cheesecake

Eli’s Cheesecake is delighted to host Joseph Topinka, son of the late State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, for his book signing at Eli’s Cheesecake on Friday, January 11, 2019. 

“Just Judy” is the first book written about Judy Baar Topinka’s journey through motherhood, politics and life. “I wanted to tell a story about a woman who took on the establishment and succeeded as no other woman has done in Illinois. She did not always win, but she never gave up in life, whether as a child, mother, student, newspaper reporter, legislator or state level leader” said author Joseph Topinka.

The book is designed to aid students in understanding the state government and inspire them to get involved, complete with a teaching guide for educators.

Eli’s remembers Judy as a woman who not only broke through glass ceilings, but was a friend to everyone and a fan of Eli’s Cheesecake. 

Judy Barr Topinka Serving Eli's

Judy Barr Topinka Serving Eli’s

As State Treasurer, Judy Barr Topinka created the spring tradition of Eli’s Cheesecake Day in 1993; a day in May when legislators, guests, lobbyists and state employees would all celebrate with Eli’s Cheesecake at the Illinois State Capitol. State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias kept the tradition alive when he took office and it continues to this day. Always a loyal Eli’s fan, Judy even wagered Eli’s Cheesecakes in a bet with the North Carolina state treasurer Richard Moore on the outcome of the 2005 NCAA basketball championship (in which our Illinois team lost).

Please join us at Eli’s Cheesecake, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 2-4:00 pm in the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café.  Joe will have books to sign as well as memorabilia from Judy’s life.  Eli’s Cheesecake and desserts will be served. 

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Chicago’s own Eli’s Cheesecake tapped to make Illinois’ Official Bicentennial Birthday Cake

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Governor-elect JB Pritzker are scheduled to make a joint appearance at the state’s 200th Birthday Party on Dec. 3, at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom, the same date in 1818 when Illinois became the nation’s 21st state. And what’s a birthday without cake? The Bicentennial Committee has invited Chicago’s own Eli’s Cheesecake to create the State’s official bicentennial birthday cake.

Eli’s pastry chefs are baking up a 1,000 lb. Honest Abe Apple Cheesecake, a nod to Abraham Lincoln’s favorite fruit, in the shape of the State Capitol Dome. Yes, it’s all real and will be served to party guests after The Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays Happy Birthday and the Governor and Governor elect cut the cake. Ingredients include: 575 lb. cream cheese, 90 lb. sugar, 65 lb. sour cream, 65 dozen eggs, 2 lb. vanilla, 60 lb. shortbread cookie crust, 53 lb. fondant, and 75 lb. apples!

Eli’s made a smaller version of the cake when the company was named an Illinois Maker by the Illinois Tourism Office during the Governor’s Conference in Springfield (below).

The Bicentennial Celebration is on Monday, December 3rd at 7:00pm in Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom.

 

Eli's Cheesecake Illinois Capitol Cake

The Lincoln Family with Eli’s Exec. Pastry Chef Laurel Boger, Eli’s president Marc Schulman, and Cory Jobe, Director, IL Office of Tourism

Eli's Cheesecake Illinois Capitol Cake

Eli’s Cheesecake’s Illinois Capitol Cake