Eli’s Salutes Harry Caray

Eli’s Cheesecake salutes Harry Caray in honor of the 20th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray on February 15th! Our founder, Eli Schulman, was a great friend of Harry’s and they spent many a day together cheering on the Cubs at Wrigley Field (and many a night together at Eli’s the Place for Steak’s piano bar).

​In keeping with this year’s theme​, SPACE, THE INFINITE FRONTIER (a nod to Will Ferrell’s Harry Caray ​skit which appeared on Saturday Night Live), Eli’s will toast Harry with an Out Of This World Milky Way Cheesecake Shake, a thick and creamy  combination of ice cream, cheesecake and Milky Way candy bars,  topped with a “Raise the Glass” flag. The cheesecake shake will be available for purchase on Thursday, February 15th for $3.50 from 3-6pm at our Bakery Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago.

Be sure to take a selfie on our supersized Eli’s C​HARRY Cheesecake ​bench​ (originally created for the city’s Sweet Home Chicago street art installation), complete with a backdrop of Wrigley Field.

 

Harry with Eli's wife, Esther Schulman

Harry with Eli’s wife, Esther Schulman

Eli’s Strawberry Cheesecake Gelato – Only at Mariano’s!

Here’s the scoop – Mariano’s is partnering with Eli’s to exclusively offer NEW Eli’s Strawberry Cheesecake Gelato at Mariano’s stores in the Vero Cafe! You’ll enjoy every bite of Eli’s rich Original cheesecake paired with Vero’s creamy gelato, plus juicy red strawberry jam and all-butter shortbread cookie crumbles. This limited-edition is now available at Mariano’s stores, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Share a scoop with the one you love.

Learn more here, including some great recipes on how to use Eli’s Strawberry Cheesecake Gelato to make Ice Cream Sandwiches, Gelato Pops, Gelato Shakes, Gelato Cannolis and more!

 

Gelato Profiteroles

Gelato Profiteroles

Create one of our  special recipes, or  enjoy a simple gelato  cone!

Create one of our special recipes, or
enjoy a simple gelato cone!

Chef Angelo Lollino,  Chef Lamar Moore,  his mom Mrs. Moore,  and Eli's Maureen  Schulman

Chef Angelo Lollino, Chef Lamar Moore, his mom Mrs. Moore, and Eli’s Maureen Schulman

 

Candace and Chuck  Jordan and created a  romantic Gelato  Cheesecake, enrobed  in chocolate

Candace and Chuck Jordan and created a
romantic Gelato Cheesecake, enrobed
in chocolate

A grown up ice cream float  - a few scoops of gelato,  topped off with  champagne

A grown up ice cream float- a few scoops of gelato, topped off with
champagne

Chef Bill Kim and Yvonne Kim shared a Gelato  Banana Split

Chef Bill Kim and Yvonne Kim
shared a Gelato
Banana Split

Everyone loves the  new Eli's Strawberry  Cheesecake Gelato!

Everyone loves the
new Eli’s Strawberry
Cheesecake Gelato!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eli’s Kicks Off Chicago Restaurant Week

Dessert Menu with SliceToday is the first day of the 11th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week.  Organized each winter by Choose Chicago, the city’s official tourism organization, Chicago Restaurant Week gives visitors and local foodies an opportunity to enjoy specialty prix fixe menus from more than 250 participating Chicago restaurants. The culinary event kicked off last night at the celebratory sold-out First Bites Bash, held in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier.  Eli’s was joined by over 50 of Chicago’s most celebrated restaurants that handed out sweet and savory tastings from their menus. On our menu was Eli’s Raspberry Brulee Cheesecake topped with a housemade Raspberry Sauce. Restaurants included III Forks, Texas de Brazil, Formento’s, ZED 451 and ROKA AKOR.  Guests also enjoyed beer, wine, and cocktail pairings from Lagunitas, Effen Vodka, and more. Lee Wolen, executive chef and partner at BOKA restaurant in Lincoln Park, hosted this year’s event, from which a portion of the proceeds benefitted the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be able to participate in Chicago Restaurant week with a menu inspired by Eli’s the Place for Steak to commemorate our founder, Eli Schulman, and the restaurant where Eli’s Cheesecake was born! Our menu includes three courses: Chicken Matzo Ball Soup, Eli’s The Place for Steak’s Roast Beef Sandwich with Creamy Horseradish Sauce on a Baguette and a slice of Eli’s Cheesecake. Plus, each meal comes with a whole Cheesecake of your choice (9″ size) to take home!  If you would like to join us for our Chicago Restaurant Week Menu or have any questions, call 773-205-3800 to make reservations (not required). Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11am-2pm.

For Chicago Restaurant Week 2018, a complete list of participating restaurants and the multi-course menu offerings are posted on Choose Chicago’s Website.

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Celebrating Eli’s Founder’s Day

Eli SchulmanOn January 22, 1910 our founder, Eli Schulman, was born.  An entrepreneur and restaurateur, Eli became a Chicago icon over the course of his life and continues to give back to his community through his namesake company today.

Eli’s Cheesecake was the dream of Chicago restaurateur and celebrity in his own right, Eli M. Schulman. Over his almost 50-year career, he developed a reputation for serving up great food, providing outstanding service and making every customer feel important. Representing the spirit of the city he loved, Eli was dedicated to helping the community. His motto “charity will never bust you” was exemplified during the great depression, by a sign hanging in his restaurant’s window “if you are hungry and have no money we will feed you for free.”

In the late 70′s, Eli Schulman decided that cheesecake would be the signature dessert for Eli’s The Place for Steak, one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants. Every day, between lunch and dinner, he headed to the restaurant’s kitchen to experiment with cheesecake recipes. He frequently served up his latest versions to his regular customers to get their opinion. After about a year of testing, Eli finalized original plain, chocolate chip, cinnamon raisin, and Hawaiian cheesecakes. Little did he know that he was about to change the world of cheesecake forever. Eli created a “Chicago Style” cheesecake, which is a richer, creamier version of its New York counterpart, baked on an all-butter shortbread cookie crust instead of graham cracker crumbs. The restaurant’s customers loved the new dessert, but Eli wanted to test it outside of the restaurant. In 1980, he decided to offer the cheesecake at a booth at the first Taste of Chicago, then a one day food festival, held on July 4th on Michigan Avenue. The street was packed with people and the Eli’s booth was just as busy… with Eli feverishly cutting cheesecake as fast as he could, all the while wearing a sport coat and tie.

After the Taste of Chicago, many other restaurateurs wanted to serve Eli’s Cheesecake. Eli could not produce enough cakes at the restaurant to keep up with the demand. He was at a crossroads: either just bake the cheesecakes for his restaurant or begin a separate cheesecake business. Four years later, Eli’s son, Marc Schulman, left his legal career to head up Eli’s Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake. First renting a bakery on Chicago’s Northwest side, the company grew and in 1996 built Eli’s Cheesecake World, a 62,000 sq. ft. bakery, café and retail store located at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago.

Today, Eli’s son, Marc, continues his father’s legacy and The Eli’s Cheesecake Company provides a wide variety of high quality desserts to eager mouths all over the world.  The company, like its founder, remains a Chicago icon, offering scholarships to students and sponsoring various events throughout the city.

Join us this weekend, January 20-22, to help us celebrate what would have been Eli’s 108th birthday!

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Eli’s Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine

Check out our NEW Heart-Shaped Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches, as featured in O, The Oprah Magazine’s February 2018 O List!

The perfect gift for your S.O., your galentine, your mom, and your kids – they’re made of Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake sandwiched between two chocolate shortbread cookies, and creamy Strawberry Cheesecake sandwiched between two all-butter shortbread cookies. You’ll get three of each flavor, decorated in pink, red and white. Order here by 11am CT on February 12, 2018, to get your cookie sandwiches by Valentine’s Day.

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Eli’s at The Last Speakeasy

On Friday, December 1st, Eli’s participated in the Chicago History Museum’s Last Speakeasy Event. Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to support the event, which was in celebration of the 83rd anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. Attendees celebrated in the spirit of 1933 with old-fashioned (and now-legal!) cocktails, ’30s themed outfits, and plenty of fox-trotting. The event was of course complete with Eli’s Cheesecake Cuties, fudge brownies and more. We are happy to have had the opportunity to sponsor such a great event!

Guests were greeted with an old-fashioned bar

Guests were greeted with an old-fashioned bar

Attendees enjoyed an assortment of mini Eli's Desserts

Attendees enjoyed an assortment of mini         Eli’s Desserts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eli’s Holiday Gift Guide 2017

At Eli’s, there’s something for every taste! Handmade in Chicago, our desserts are hand-decorated and made with the finest ingredients. With over 40 flavors to choose from, it might be difficult to pick just one for everyone on your list. But we’re here to help! Here are some great gift ideas, or dial 800-ELI-CAKE and speak to a gift concierge.

For Santa: Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches

Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches

Give santa an upgrade from the usual cookies and milk with our new Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches, Eli’s Cheesecake sandwiched between two cookies, dipped in colorful chocolate and decorated with festive sprinkles. Served frozen, they’re like everyone’s favorite ice cream sandwich – only richer and creamier. This gift will definitely land you a spot on the “Nice” list.

For The Baker: DIY Cheesecake Tarts Kit

DIY Cheesecake Tarts Baking Kit

Making a good cheesecake is hard – trust us, we’ve been baking up delicious cheesecakes since 1980. But our DIY Cheesecake Tarts Kit makes it easy (and fun!) to bake Eli’s Cheesecakes at home.  You (or your recipient) provide 2 eggs and some basic kitchen equipment and we take care of the rest: it includes everything you need to bake 12 homemade Blueberry Cheesecake Tarts. Serve your guests a handmade dessert…with a little help from your friends in Chicago.

For The Kiddos: Holiday Dippers

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What’s more fun than food on a stick?! Our Dipper (the favorite dessert at Taste of Chicago, America’s largest food festival) is all dressed up in its holiday best for the season. Frozen cheesecake on a stick, hand-dipped in chocolate and decorated like a festive tree with green frosting and white sprinkles. Fun and forkless!

 For The Office: Tower of Cheesecake

Tower of Cheesecake

Feed a crowd for under $80! Our original Tower of Cheesecake serves 40 hungry guests with three different cheesecake flavors, all wrapped up in a bow, ready for gift giving. Or try our other Towers and Gift Packs. They’re the perfect gifts for clients, customers, or Great Aunt Ida who always hosts the holidays at her house.

For The December Birthday: DIY Birthday Kit

DIY Birthday Kit

Sometimes having a birthday during the holidays isn’t much fun – holiday gifts and birthday gifts somehow get lumped together into one. Treat that special December birthday gal or guy with our NEW DIY Birthday Kit. It includes everything your recipient needs to party: an undecorated cheesecake with frosting, a piping bag, and sprinkles to decorate the cake themselves (a gift and an activity in one!); paper confetti, a birthday candle and an Eli’s cake server. You’ll make everyone wish it was their birthday was this month!

For The Chocoholic: Dairy Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake

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Non-dairy Cheesecake? Yes, we know it’s an oxymoron, but it tastes so good we couldn’t resist calling it “cheesecake.” It’s made with fine Belgian chocolate and GMO free tofu (handmade in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood) which replaces cream cheese in this creamy dessert, resulting in zero cholesterol – but full flavor. It’s also certified vegan by the Vegan Awareness Foundation. And certified delicious. By us.

Shop in your pajamas at shop.elicheesecake.com or call 800-ELI-CAKE.  Order by 11am CT on December 11th for delivery by Hanukkah and by 11am CT on December 21th for delivery by Christmas. If you’re lucky enough to live near Chicago, visit our cafe and retail store on the northwest side.

 

Introducing our DIY Birthday Kits

DIYBirthday What’s more fun than decorating (and eating) your own birthday cheesecake? With our new Birthday Kit, you (or your recipient) can decorate an Original Plain Cheesecake with buttercream frosting and colorful sprinkles, light the candle, throw the confetti, and celebrate!

Great for your favorite DIYer, amateur cake decorator, or anyone who wants a fun and festive hands-on dessert for a birthday celebration. It’s a party in a box! A gift and an activity, all in one.

Kit includes everything you need to party: one 9″ undecorated Original Plain Cheesecake (serves 16), a gold foil cake board, buttercream frosting, a piping bag and pastry tip, colorful sprinkles, multicolored paper confetti (enough to decorate your table), a Happy Birthday candle, and a reusable Eli’s cake server.

Instructions included, or visit our Kits page for more decorating ideas.

To order, visit: http://shop.elicheesecake.com/product/diybday

D.I.Y. Cheesecake Cuties

DIYCuties

Named by Eli’s granddaughter, Elana, Cuties are 1″ x 1″ squares of Eli’s Cheesecake, dipped in rich chocolate. Bite-sized and fun to eat, Cuties are perfect for parties and holiday buffets. With our new D.I.Y. Cuties kit, you can dip, decorate, and enjoy handmade Eli’s Cuties at home.

The kit includes everything you need:

  • 24 Original Plain Cheesecake Cuties
  • Fine Belgian chocolate and a bit of coconut oil, to make the coating
  • Crunchy chocolate sprinkles
  • 24 wooden sticks, for dipping
  • Parchment paper, to help keep the mess to a minimum

Complete instructions are included, or visit www.elicheesecake.com/kits for decorating ideas, how-to videos, and more.

Order a DIY Cheesecake Cuties Kit here, or call 800-ELI-CAKE.

NEW – D.I.Y. Eli’s Baking and Decorating Kits

TartsDIYMakingOfHave you ever wanted to bake your own desserts at home but didn’t know where to begin? With Eli’s NEW DIY Dessert Kits, you can create a fresh, homemade dessert – with a little help from Eli’s Pastry Chefs.

Baking cheesecakes at home is hard – but our Cheesecake Tarts Kit makes it easy. Prepare the batter, fill the shells, bake the tarts, and whip up our juicy blueberry topping, right in your own kitchen.

You provide two eggs, an electric mixer, and some basic kitchen tools. We’ll send you 12 of our handmade pre-baked pâte sucrée tart shells, plus everything you need to make the cheesecake batter and blueberry topping: cream cheese, sour cream, Eli’s Magic Cheesecake Mix (which includes our signature vanilla), blueberries and blueberry filling mix.

Complete instructions are included, or visit www.elicheesecake.com/kits for decorating ideas, how-to videos, and more.

Order a DIY Cheesecake Tarts Kit here, or call 800-ELI-CAKE.