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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.
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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.

 

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The Eli’s Team serving at CHI last year

Happy Birthday Chicago!

On Saturday, March 4th, Chicago turns 180! Come celebrate with us at the Chicago History Museum from 10am-2pm for a celebration, guest speakers and a FREE Eli’s Cheesecake (one per person, while supplies last).

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TimeOut Chicago Names Eli’s One of the Best Restaurants in Portage Park

We were proud to be named one of the best restaurants in our Chicago neighborhood, Portage Park! Thank you TimeOut Chicago. We were honored to be chosen along with these other great Northwest side restaurants.

The best restaurants in Portage Park

 

Eli's Cheesecake World

Eli’s Cheesecake World

“The factory behind all the cheesecakes you’ll see running amok in Chicago, Eli’s Cheesecake World has a deli next door with an insane amount of cheesecake. Sure, sure, you can get a sandwich, but personally, we’re sticking to the peanut butter chocolate cheesecake slice with only a few full cheesecakes to go, please.”

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Eli’s Cheesecake on NPR’s Morning Edition

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Eli’s Cheesecake was featured on NPR‘s Morning Edition segment. For Eli’s Cheesecake President Marc Schulman, “people who come as refugees have great skills.” At Eli’s, there’ s a strong passion towards providing equal opportunity to all individuals including refugees. The refugee employees come from various countries such as Iraq, Bhutan, Kosovo, Congo, Myanmar. Featured on the segment was Elias Kasongo, who began working at the bakery in 1994 after fleeing unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His story reflects his perseverance and determination to succeed. He started with a job in the dish room at Eli’s and was eventually promoted to purchasing manager. He has been a part of Eli’s for 22 years and also serves on the board of RefugeeOne, a Chicago nonprofit that helps refugees start new lives.

 

Others highlighted are 46-year-old production leader,  Zamira Bejrektarevic who started as an office cleaner who worked her way to become production leader, and Ray Hermez, who works on the production line boxing finished cakes.

Eli’s Cheesecake takes pride in helping to provide opportunities to individuals and discovering Refugee talent.

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.

 

 

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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