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Lights Festival and Dock Sale

Last week was an eventful week for The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.

IMG_2698On Thursday, November 17th, Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman along with his wife and Eli’s Publicist, Maureen Schulman, participated in the annual Tree Lighting at Seneca Park, which has been a 20+ yrs tradition. The ceremony included a buffet, which Eli’s Cheesecake provided mini desserts, at the fire house next to the park, live entertainment from by After School Matters, and a special celebrity guest appearance from actress Miranda Rae Mayo.

Eli’s Cheesecake would also like to wish Mickey Mouse a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We thank Mickey and Minnie Mouse for celebrating with us early Thursday morning as we presented our big celebration cake for the Lights Fest on ABC7 Chicago.

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On Friday, November 18th, Eli’s Cheesecake participated in the 25th annual Lights Fest at Pioneer Court. This year, The Magnificent Mile Association decided to make Lights Fest a 2-day event, with Friday evening being the kick-off to the main event on Saturday. On Friday, Eli’s Cheesecake presented Lights Fest with a 300 pound big celebratory cake in honor of its 25th anniversary. President Marc Schulman spoke on stage about the long-standing tradition of Eli’s Cheesecake at Lights Fest and the importance it plays for the city of Chicago in uniting the community.

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On Saturday, November 19th, Eli’s Cheesecake  participated at Lights Fest from 8 am until 4 pm. Although Chicago’s winter weather finally came through, Eli’s Cheesecake associates, along with the help from the CHSAS students, were prepared and ready to help serve eager guests. The Lights Festival Parade featured Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman, one of the founders of the Magnificent Mile Association. Eli’s Cheesecake also held its annual Thanksgiving Dock Sale at the factory location with hundreds of people anxious to score the best dessert deals of the year just in time for the holidays. Below are some highlights of the two events.

Eli’s Farm Stand to Continue Throughout the Fall

Eli’s Farm Stand and Fresh Market is a big hit during the summer as it is filled with a variety of specialty artisan vendors, grilling provided by chef Antonio, entertainment, and special guest speakers. Throughout the summer, vendors such as the Underground Soap Bakery, Phoenix Bean Tofu, La Spiceria, Patz Maple and Honey Farms, crafts from students from Vaughn High School, goods from The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, crafts from The New Horizon Center were present. Eli’s was able to also host some important guest speakers like Tony Dreyfuss, CEO of Metropolis Coffee, Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart, president of Koval Distillery, and Jenny Yang, owner of Phoenix Bean Tofu.

While Eli’s FULL Farmer’s Market will come to an end this Thursday, August 25th, Eli’s Farm Stand with produce from Nichol’s Farm & Orchard will continue from 7am-1pm every Thursday until October 27th. Guests can continue to shop the best seasonal vegetables and fruits while stopping by for some sweet dessert at the bakery cafe. 

Guests can also expect to see a Back to School sale at Eli’s Bakery Cafe from August 29th through September 9th, a second Pokemon GO-inspired cheesecake decorating contest, after a much successful first one during Eli’s Cheesecake Festival, along with more fun things in store as major holidays approach.

Below are some of the highlights from the Summer Market at Eli’s.

Easter Egg Roll at the White House

On Monday, March 28th, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company participated in the 138th annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. The White House tradition dates back to 1878. This is the first time that Eli’s participates in this traditional event. Eli’s debuted a new and exclusive product for the event—Honeycomb Tart.

An estimated total of over 35,000 people attended the event, and Eli’s made sure to have enough product, so much so that a forklift was required to deliver the product. A special thanks goes to associates Elsa and Veronica Gomez for being the face of Eli’s at this event.

 

 

Here’s a closer look at the fun:

Congratulations 2016 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Queen and Her Court

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company was honored to continue the long tradition of sponsoring the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen contest!  We look forward to their visit to Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café and the New Horizon Center in February.  Congratulations Erin Mulcahy, 2016 Chicago St. Patrick’s Parade Queen and Her Court joined by Maureen and Marc Schulman.St. Pat's Day Queen 2016

Book Signing Event at Read It & Eat with Jolene Worthington and Maureen Schulman

This weekend, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company continued the celebration of the newly released Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook at Read It & Eat, a Chicago culinary bookstore located in the heart of Lincoln Park.  The baking demonstration, book signing, storytelling and cheesecake sampling was presented by co-authors Jolene Worthington jolene book signingand Maureen Schulman.

This cookbook includes 40 distinct cheesecake recipes, including Original Plain, Banana Chocolate, Caramel Pecan and Pumpkin, plus recipes from Eli’s famous Chicago steakhouse, like Shrimp deJonghe and Chateaubriand.  Published to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Eli’s Cheesecake, this collection allows home cooks to make the same cakes that helped celebrate Presidents Clinton and Obama’s inaugurations, Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial, the City of Chicago’s 150th birthday, the White Sox World Series, and more. As Eli Schulman might say, it’s a helluva book.maureen book signing

The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook featured on WGN Radio

On November 29, Eli’s Cheesecake Owners Marc and Maureen Schulman joined Dean Richards on WGN radio’s “Foodtime Show” segment to discuss The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook. During the show Marc and Maureen discussed the rich history of Chicago food and Eli’s Schulman’s influential role in the Chicago food industry. While Eli’s Cheesecake is known for cheesecakes, the cookbook does not solely focus on cheesecakes. Instead, the cookbook is a combination of traditional Chicago dishes, influenced by Eli’s Place for Steak, such as “Liver Eli” and “Shrimp Marc,” favorite cheesecakes, and useful tips and tricks. Richards thus named the cookbook as “retro,” given its revival of Chicago classics. Maureen was able to give some book details including some of the available recipes as well as her top favorites.

 

Click here to listen to the full show.

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2015 Seneca Park & Eli M. Schulman Playground Tree Lighting

On Nov. 19th, President and CEO of Eli’s Cheesecake, Marc Schulman, participated in the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Seneca Park & Eli M. Schulman Playground located on 220 E. Chicago Ave. This tree lighting ceremony kicks off the holiday season and is a prelude to the Magnificent Mile Light’s Festival of which Marc Schulman is a co-founder.

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On October of 1988, the Chicago Park District designated half of the park as the site of a playground in memory of Eli M. Schulman, a local restaurateur and founder of The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. On May 7, 1990, the playground officially opened.

Eli M. Schulman had a passion for serving the community. He developed a reputation for providing outstanding service and making every customer feel important. This can be exemplified by a sign hanging in his restaurant’s window stating, “if you are hungry and have no money we will feed you for free,” during the great depression. His motto, “Charity will never bust you,” is at the heart of Eli’s Cheesecake. Eli’s Cheesecake continues to support the community, organizations, and city efforts.

 

*For a full history timeline of Eli’s Cheesecake click here.

Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook Launch Party

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On Sunday, November 8th, Eli’s Cheesecake Company hosted a launch party for their first Cookbook, which can be currently pre-ordered and found here. Over 200 guests came to celebrate this special event with us. Guests were able to enjoy live music from violinist Kat V, entertainment from the Jesse White Tumblers, which you can click here to see, IMG_0249, and sample some of the cheesecakes from the cookbook.

Here are some of the highlights from the launch party:

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Eli’s Halloween Fest is here!

Halloween Fest is back at Eli’s! The annual October celebration began yesterday, the 22nd, and will continue through the 25th. In addition to daily activities, catch big savings, like a free 5″ Cheesecake with any $25 purchase, and up to 40% off your favorite fall flavors! Join us this weekend for games, fun, pumpkins and cheesecake.

Join us for Halloween Fun!

Join us for Halloween Fun!

 Events Schedule

 Friday:

11am-1pm: DIY Halloween Dipper Bar, $1

3-5pm:         Live Music on the Patio

Free Cheesecake Buffet

Saturday:

10am-2pm: Fall Market Place

Free Pumpkin Painting/Decorating with Pumpkin Purchase

Halloween Games, Face Painting

11am-3pm: DIY Mini Cheesecake Decorating, $3.50

12-1pm:      DIY 7″ Cheesecake Decorating, Free with Purchase

12-1pm:      Free Bingo

Sunday:

12-1pm:   DIY Halloween Dipper Bar, $1

2-4pm:     Free Bingo

Eli’s at Chicago Gourmet This Sunday!

Laurel Boger 2015 Come on down to Chicago’s beautiful Millennium Park and see our Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger and her demo at Chicago Gourmet this Sunday, September 27 at 12pm in Dessert Tasting Pavilion 10. Chef Boger will demonstrate (and sample!) No Bake Cheesecake with Caramelized Peaches  – from our new cookbook, coming December 1st!

Chicago Gourmet is a sensational weekend full of food, wine, spirits and more! It includes celebrity chef demos, can’t-miss wine and cocktail seminars, and tastings galore of delicious food, wine, spirits, and beer. More than 150 of the finest restaurants and chefs, hundreds of wineries, spirit makers and breweries will be in attendance.

Chicago Gourmet runs September 25-27. For tickets and more info, visit Chicago Gourmet.logo