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.
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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 and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Social Media highlights from guests:
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.
11am-1pm: DIY Halloween Dipper Bar, $1
3-5pm: Live Music on the Patio
Free Cheesecake Buffet
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
12-1pm: DIY Halloween Dipper Bar, $1
2-4pm: Free Bingo
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.
Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be served at the 2015 BMW Championship (formerly known as the Western Tournament) with all tournament proceeds benefiting the Evans Scholars Foundation. It is the second oldest golf tournament in the United States and will be held Sept. 14-20 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois .
A delegation from Eli’s Cheesecake is heading to Chicago’s sister city of Milan, Italy, to present “Chicago Week” during Expo Milano 2015, September 3-6. Chicago Week in Milan is an opportunity to showcase the best of Chicago through world-class experiences. Also traveling to Milan as part of this event are Chicago Chefs John Coletta (Quartino), Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe) and Matthias Merges (Yusho). Eli’s Cheesecakes and Bella Bacino’s will be featured at events throughout the week. Lagunitas Brewery is even creating a special craft beer, Mozango!, to celebrate the relationship between Chicago and Milan.
Here’s an update! We are here in Milan proud to display and serve Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake and Salted Caramel Cheesecakes.
Yesterday, Eli’s helped celebrate SOAR’s 40th birthday as well as the inaugural season of their Farmer’s Market. SOAR (also known as the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents) was founded in 1975 and since then has worked to enhance the Streeterville community. Their Farmer’s Market, formerly managed by the City of Chicago Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is one of their newer projects and is hosted every Tuesday at Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza. The birthday and the Market were celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony as well as a big cake provided by Eli’s Cheesecake. Our own Maureen Schulman also hosted a baking demo of our strawberry compote from the Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook, coming December 1st. Eli’s was honored to be included in this exciting community event and wishes SOAR luck with their first Farmer’s Market season.