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Eli’s Celebrates James Beard Eats Week, April 26 – May 6, 2019

CoconutCakeWe’re proud to participate in James Beard Eats Week: 11 days of dining, celebrating James Beard and his great cooking legacy. Guests can enjoy a delicious James Beard inspired lunch from  April 26 – May 6, 2019, (Monday- Friday only) from 11am to 2pm

“As a bakery, we focused on dessert first and were happy to discover that James Beard’s favorite cake was a coconut layer, one of our family favorites as well.” said Marc Schulman, president of Eli’s Cheesecake.  “I have never forgotten my early birthday cakes. Blessed with an insatiable taste for coconut, I always wanted a cake piled high with it.” James Beard, James Beard’s American Cookery.   Eli’s Coconut Cake would surely have been coconutty enough for the great chef.  Eli’s confection is comprised of five layers of coconut cake, frosted with coconut buttercream, and covered with toasted coconut. ($4.50 per slice)

TamalesTwo main courses, Tostadas De Piccadillo: Tostadas with picadillo (ground beef), pickled red onion, watercress, crema, and salsa verde ($7.95) and Homemade Chicken Tamales with Romesco Sauce ($2.50), both inspired by Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen (2018 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award Winner) will also be offered.

“Having the City of Chicago, along with Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association host The James Beard Foundation for its 29th Annual James Beard Awards is a huge vote of confidence recognizing Chicago as a culinary center.” added Schulman.

Only available April 26-May 6, Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm at Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago. Please call 773-205-3800 for more information, or for reservations.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Service at Chicago Help Initiative

HELP 2019_1 HELP 2019_2 Eli’s Cheesecake’s Chef Antonio, along with President Marc Schulman and our associates Juana, Juana, Mary, Jessica, and Maria had the privilege to serve a wonderful dinner to the guests at the Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) on Wednesday, April 4th. Thank you to our amazing associates for preparing a delicious barbecue dinner and serving our Hot Chocolate Cheesecake for dessert.

 

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 the Place for Steak was the first restaurant to provide dinner when the group was first founded. We are a favorite of the guests for the quality of the food, dessert, and service. We also welcomed representatives of American Airlines from O’Hare Airport, who helped with arrangements and serving the guests.

 

Eli’s has been honored to provide food for this event for the past 20 years and we look forward to a long partnership in the future. Visit the Chicago HELP 2019_3Help Initiative to learn more.

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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.

“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. 

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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.

 

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

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Eli’s Celebrates the Illinois Bicentennial with FREE Cheesecake

Illinois is celebrating its 200th birthday on August 26 – Constitution Day. Get the party started with a slice of FREE Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake at birthday parties throughout the state, featuring our grand cake cutting ceremony at the Illinois Bicentennial Plaza in Springfield, where you can enjoy a slice of our 300 lb. Bicentennial Cheesecake. Supplies are limited, so get there early! Visit Enjoy Illinois for times and details.

 SAVE THE DATE: We’re celebrating the Bicentennial all year long, with free cheesecake slice decorating at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in Chicago, November 16 & 17.

 

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Free Eli’s Slice Decorating at O’Hare Kiosk

Eli’s Associates visited our Kiosk in Terminal 1 at O’Hare earlier today to get ready for Taste of Chicago festivities beginning Wednesday, July 11. Patrons got the opportunity to decorate their own Cheesecake slice with many colorful toppings. We also had a mini-replica of the Cherry Pie-Topped Big Cheesecake  being featured at Taste of Chicago on July 14 with the cast of Waitress singing “Happy Birthday” as Eli’s turns 38 this year!

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You can visit the Kiosk in Terminal 1 at O’Hare between Gates B8 and B9 open everyday from 7am-9pm, make sure to stop by the next time you fly through O’Hare. We have individual slices and whole cheesecakes for sale to bring a taste of Chicago anywhere you go.

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We will be at O’Hare again giving out free slices Friday, July 27!

Eli’s Gets a Visit From a Very Special Guest

Last week, Eli’s got a call from a customer who was having trouble with our recipe for Caramelized Pecans, and we connected her with VP of Research and Development, Diana Moles. Diana was on the phone for about an hour talking her through the recipe, and learned that Rosalie is 99 1/2 years old! Rosalie visited the Cafe on Friday with her son, where she got to meet Diana Moles, as well as other Eli’s associates, in person. We gave her a signed Eli’s cookbook and got some advice for how to live a long, healthy life!

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We’re excited to make a Raspberry Cheesecake for Rosalie’s 100th birthday coming up soon!

Eli’s Hosts Jenny Yang, Owner of Phoenix Bean and Interns from Top Box Foods

Yesterday, we welcomed Jenny Yang, owner of Phoenix Bean Tofu to join us at our weekly Farm Stand. She brought a variety of tofu products for everyone to try and spoke to students about what it is like being a business owner and answered questions about her company. Yang was joined by students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) for their weekly summer visit, as well as Summer Interns from Top Box Foods, a community-based non-profit offering a variety of delicious and healthy boxes of food at affordable prices. Eli’s uses tofu from Phoenix Bean to make our Vegan Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake.

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Summer Interns from Top Box Foods also visited Eli’s yesterday. They started out their day by visiting the Farmer’s Market, listened to a presentation to learn more about Eli’s and enjoyed a delicious lunch. After that, the students and recent graduates were given a tour of the bakery AND had the chance to decorate their own cheesecakes. Eli’s has been a long time supporter of Top Box Foods and loves having the opportunity to give back to the people who make the organization run.

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Our Farm Stand will NOT be open this Thursday, July 5th so come back and join us on the 12th!

 

Eli’s Hosts Sonat Birnecker, Owner of Koval Distillery

Eli’s Cheesecake Company had yet another great Thursday morning with our weekly Farm Stand and Fresh Market this week, despite the rain. 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 Koval Distillery, Sonat Birnecker at our Farm Stand event along with students from the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS). Koval Distillery was Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800′s, founded in 2008. Birnecker shared her amazing story with students from CHSAS and gave the students great advice for their futures. She also spoke about her day to day tasks, explained the manufacturing process of her products, as well as her marketing strategies.  Read more about Koval Distillery’s story here.

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Missed the Farm Stand this week? Don’t worry, we’re open every Thursday until August 3oth. Join us next Thursday, June 28th for our upcoming Farm Stand and Fresh Market from 7AM-1PM CST. Free Continental breakfast will be served from 8am-10am with a $10 market purchase,and lunch on the grill that will be available for purchase from 11am-1pm. We can’t wait to see you!

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