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Seneca Park Earth Day clean-up

Today marked our annual Earth Day cleanup and firehouse breakfast at the Seneca Park/ Eli M Schulman playground

We want to thank the Chicago Fire Department Engine Co. 98 and the wonderful crew from Miguel Juarez Middle School for helping us make the park beautiful once again and ready for another spring/summer season. Eli’s Cheesecake Co. takes great pride in coming together with local community members in sprucing up the park every year on Earth Day.

 

Seneca Park/ Eli M. Schulman Playground is located right off Michigan ave at, 220 E Chicago Ave

 

This was the 10th year of the partnership with Miguel Juarez school and we were fortunate this year to have the principal of the school, Dr. Campos, join us this year.

Congrats on a successful 2018  cleanup!

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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

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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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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Enjoy Eli’s at CAD’s Crystal Ball

Mark your calendar for the Chicago Art Department’s Crystal Ball Fundraiser, Saturday May 13th, 7-11pm. Eli’s is a proud sponsor of this event, which is an evening of art, performance and learning. Guests will enjoy food, live workshops and an art auction. Buy tickets here.

Chicago Art Department, located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, aims to benefit artists by exploring art and learning. Through exhibitions, artist residencies,  classes/workshops,  and community building, they are dedicated to cultivating new voices, ideas, and practices in contemporary art.


Job Shadow Day with CHSAS

Eli’s was proud to host 14 food science students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) once again for our annual Job Shadow Day!  The students learned about the history of Eli’s and many different aspects of our business. They visited each area of the bakery to learn how we scale, mix, bake, and decorate our products. To finish off their day, the students competed in a cheesecake decorating contest.

CHSAS is one of the only agricultural high schools in the country, located on a working farm. We enjoy a strong partnership with the school, providing job shadowing, mentor programs and internships. The Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program is a summer internship for CHSAS students working with Eli’s, Wright College and Farmer’s Market vendors in partnership with The University of Illinois Extension Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science.

 

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Celebrate the James Beard Awards with Eli’s

Known as the Oscars of the food world, The James Beard Foundation Awards are given for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education in the US. To celebrate the awards ceremony and gala, Eli’s is serving up some limited edition cheesecakes (and we even have the honor of serving them at the James Beard Awards Gala!). Here’s how you can get a taste:

1. Visit our Cafe in Chicago: We’re serving a James Beard-inspired dessert through May 1st in our Bakery Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago. It’s creamy ricotta cheesecake slow-baked in small batches on a salty almond crust, topped with honey caramel and a handmade marzipan bee.

2. Visit our kiosk at the O’Hare Airport: On your way in and out of Chicago, stop by Eli’s Cafe in Terminal B, between gates B8 and B9 (next to the big dinosaur) to try our limited edition dessert.

3. Attend the James Beard Awards on May 1st: In partnership with the Illinois Office of Tourism, you can sample Eli’s at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago! To celebrate Eli’s being named a featured Illinois Made dessert, we’ve added apples (Abe Lincoln’s favorite) to our James Beard-inspired dessert and named it Honest Abe Apple Cheesecake. It’s made with Nielsen-Massey Vanilla and Koval Ginger Liqueur, two great Illinois companies, and wildflower honey produced by student bee keepers at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

Eli’s Vice President of Research and Development, Chef Diana Moles, and Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger, will be serving this fabulous dessert at the gala alongside the best chefs in the country.  Tickets are $500 and can be purchased here: https://jbftickets.myshopify.com/pages/tickets-general-public

4. Send a cake anywhere in the USA: For a more affordable taste, we’re offering a 9″ version of the Honest Abe Apple Cheesecake via mail order! Order here or call 800-ELI-CAKE.

Chef Diana Moles

Chef Diana Moles

Our James Beard-inspired Cheesecake

Our James Beard-inspired Cheesecake

Join Us For Our Annual Earth Day Seneca Park Spruce Up!

This Saturday, April 22nd, join us at Seneca Park/Eli M. Schulman Playground for our annual Spruce Up and Firehouse Breakfast! 9am-12pm, 22 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago

Beginning at 9am, enjoy a free continental breakfast at Chicago Fire Department Engine Co. 98 (located right next door to the park). Then we’ll clean up the park to get ready for spring and summer visitors. If you’d like to attend, sign up here:  http://bit.ly/2oDm5cf

Eli’s Cheesecake Co. associates and community members come together to help spruce up the park on Earth Day each year. Seneca Park is located right off of Michigan Avenue, across the street from the former location of Eli’s the Place for Steak, Eli’s legendary steakhouse where he invented his famous cheesecake. It’s one of our favorite events, as the playground inside the park was named after Eli. This is the 28th Annual Friends of the Parks’ Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean Up, taking place in parks throughout the Chicago area.

 

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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.
Click here to order.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Eli's at CHI

The Eli’s Team serving at CHI last year