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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

Eli’s Cheesecake at the 2015 BMW Championship

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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 .

Eli’s Cheesecake Heads to Milan!

Sister_Cities_logo_Milan_expo_2 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.

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Here’s an update!  We are here in Milan proud to display and serve Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake and Salted Caramel Cheesecakes.

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Eli’s Helps Celebrate SOAR’s 40th Birthday

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.

the celebration cake provided by Eli's Cheesecake.

The celebration cake provided by Eli’s Cheesecake.

The Ribbon cutting ceremony took place at noon, celebrating the opening of SOAR's Farmers Market.

The Ribbon cutting ceremony took place at noon, celebrating the opening of SOAR’s Farmers Market.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Around Town

It’s been a big week for Eli’s Cheesecake around Chicago.  On Sunday, we rolled out the red carpet and served dessert at the Gene Siskel Film Center for the “Hollywood on State” 2015 Oscar award viewing. 

 On Tuesday, we served Eli’s Cheesecake on election night, we celebrated the success of Leadbelly Burger’s mash-up fundraiser for the Sunshine Activity Center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of life skills in persons with developmental disabilities.

Check awarded to the Sunshine Activity Center, a not-for-profit organization

Check awarded to the Sunshine Activity Center, a not-for-profit organization

Leadbelly Burgers created an Eli’s Cheesecake beignet made with Eli’s Cheesecake and Leadbelly’s fresh bread dough. Leadbelly Burger donated half of the proceeds from their beignet dessert sales to the Sunshine Activity Center and Eli’s Cheesecake matched their donation.

 

We also had the 94.7 WLS Radio Prize Patrol visit the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery giving away CD’s, concert tickets, t-shirts, key chains and more. Then, it was off to election night to serve Eli’s Cheesecake while waiting for the results.

Wednesday night we celebrated The Chicago Help Initiative’s 15th anniversary of serving meals to those in need! Eli’s provided and served dinner and dessert by volunteers from The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.

Using our own recipes from our restaurant, we  prepared the following menu:

Eli’s Table Surprise – iced vegetable and pickle crudité
Roast tenderloin of beef with demi-gloss
Creamy potato and caramelized onion gratin
Sauté of carrot and green bean
Dressed warm spinach salad with crisp bacon, candied red onion and egg
Eli’s the Place bread basket -rye, fennel, soft roll, bagel chip
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Thursday night Eli’s Cheesecake and desserts will be served at the annual James Tyree Foundation benefit. 
The Foundation supports educational endeavors that foster creativity and innovation to improve the lives of people in the Chicagoland area. 

Looking ahead to the weekend, we will be at the Love of Chocolate event on Saturday and the 2nd annual Eli’s and O’Briens Irish Cheesecake Bake-Off to benefit Mercy Home for Boys & Girls  on Sunday, March 1st.  Stay tuned for photos and updates. It may be freezing in Chicago, but we are warming hearts around “my kind of town”!

Eli’s Cheesecake and LeadBelly Burgers Raise Funds for the Sunshine Activity Center

Last night, we celebrated the success of Leadbelly Burger’s mash-up fundraiser for the Sunshine Activity Center.  Leadbelly Burgers created an Eli’s Cheesecake beignet made with Eli’s Cheesecake and Leadbelly’s fresh bread dough.  Leadbelly Burger donated half of the proceeds from their beignet dessert sales to the Sunshine Activity Center and Eli’s Cheesecake matched their donation.   The highlight of the evening was an impromptu performance of ‘60’s music by members of the Sunshine Activity Center. The Sunshine Activity Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of life skills in persons with developmental disabilities and accredited by CARF.

Check awarded to the Sunshine Activity Center, a not-for-profit organization

Check awarded to the Sunshine Activity Center, a not-for-profit organization