DIY Eclipse Projector

The solar eclipse is Monday, August 21! Here’s how you can make a projector box from an Eli’s Cheesecake box. Learn how here!

IMPORTANT: This viewer is meant for informational purposes only. This viewer won’t allow you to look directly at the sun during the eclipse. Please use caution while using this viewer. You risk permanent eye damage if you look a the sun without proper eye protection. Do not allow children to use this viewer unsupervised.

You might not be able to see the sun during the Solar Eclipse, but hopefully you can still find Eli’s “Eclipse Blackout Cake” in our Chicago Bakery Cafe!

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Chef’s Appreciation Week

At Eli’s, our people are the most important part of our company. From our highly-skilled and quality-minded bakers to our dedicated sales, marketing and customer service team, everyone at Eli’s is dedicated to making the best desserts for your table and to giving back to our community. This week, we are celebrating Chef’s Appreciation Week by highlighting our incredibly talented Pastry Chefs:

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Chef Diana Moles

Vice President of Research and Development

Diana Moles has been a managerial pastry professional for twenty nine years. As Vice President of Research and Development for Eli’s Cheesecake, she has designed countless signature products, and provided customized product commercialization for Eli’s international customers. She was nominated for American Culinary Federation’s Pastry Chef of the year in 2010. Chef Moles began her pastry career as an apprentice with a European bakery in the Chicago area. She completed her professional training at the American Institute of Baking and the Culinary Institute of America. An award-winning pastry chef, Diana is also a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. She teaches cooking and fine pastry classes in the Chicago area, co-authored The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook, and is an advocate for people with disabilities.

Most recently, Chef Moles was honored at the 2017 James Beard Award Gala for her work on Eli’s Honest Abe Honey Caramel Apple Cheesecake, a dessert that is not only made in Illinois, but uses some of our state’s greatest ingredients. The fresh goat’s milk cheesecake, served with house-made honey-ginger sauce,  is baked on a salty almond crust and topped with fresh apples sautéed with butter and cinnamon.

 

 

 

 

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Executive Pastry Chef

Chef Boger is the Executive Pastry Chef and creative Research Chef for The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. Aside from dazzling Eli’s domestic and international customers with her delicious desserts, she is a veteran cake designer at Eli’s for production of giant cheesecakes served at corporate, entertainment and celebratory events. Laurel earned her Baking and Pastry Arts degree at Johnson and Wales University along with her BA from Michigan State University, apprenticed in Germany and established her own signature Bakery Café in East Lansing Michigan before joining the Eli’s team.

Chef Laurel is Eli’s Queen of Big Cakes! She has been honored to create big cakes for a number of events, including both of President Obama’s Inaugurations, Eli’s annual Taste of Chicago Birthday Cake, “Honest Abe” Cheesecake in the shape of the Illinois State Capital for the Illinois Board of Tourism Conference, James Beard Award Gala Welcome Event, and many more.

 

 

 

Eli’s at the WGN Chicago Back to School Kid’s Fair

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be a part of the 16th annual “WGN Back-to-School Kids Fair” and served parents and kids single-serve cheesecake of all flavors! WGN Morning News broadcasted all the fun live from the event! The fair featured food, fun, health screenings, safety tips, and school supplies to help get kids ready for their first day of school! Fun and exciting performances from the Jesse White Tumblers, Happiness Club, Dream Works, The Performer’s School, and more participated at the fair. Kids of all ages also got their face painted, visited the petting zoo, and got to jump around in a bouncy-house! Kids enjoyed a slice of their favorite Eli’s Cheesecake as they got to take a tour on a fire truck and meet a Dalmatian.

 

 

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Eli’s 2017 Cheesecake Festival

Yesterday was our annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival , celebrating our favorite day of the year…National Cheesecake Day! The fun began late last week when members from the Eli’s team rolled out the “Eli’s Mobile” and drove around the streets of Chicago, handing out free cheesecake slices.

 

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Guests enjoyed a free dessert buffet and live music from Merv Collins on the patio Friday evening. All day Saturday we had huge sale along with a kids coloring contest and prize pack offerings!

 

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Sunday was the big day as several hundred cars were shown in the Classic Car Show, and thousands of cheesecake fans came to experience another fantastic Cheesecake Festival. The Classic Car Show is catered towards car enthusiasts and collectors. Proceeds from the car entry free got to the New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled. Thank you to all of our car owners for their donation! Our car show is always a big hit – guests were able to view a large selection of vintage and modern cars while enjoying free cheesecake samples, hot dogs and hamburgers from the Eli’s Grill, and Cheesecake Dippers (frozen cheesecake on a stick, dipped in rich chocolate).

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The celebration continued with the Jesse White Tumblers and another amazing performance. They kept all the fans on their feet by flying over one of our Big Cakes. We cannot wait to have them back next year.

 

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We had an unusual guest at this year’s fest and it was a big hit! JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION at the Field Museum sent a 16 foot-long Raptor Dinosaur that was hungry for Cheesecake.

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The entire afternoon was filled with games, dancing, free samples, face painting, contests and more! Thank you to our supporters and fans that made this year’s fest another great success.

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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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Jenny Yang, owner of Phoenix Bean, presenting to the CHSAS studen 

 

 

 

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Samples of Phoenix Bean Tofu