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Eli’s Dishes Out Dessert at Chowdah Fest 2014

Every year around this time, the Columbia Yacht Club of Chicago fills up an anchored ship and holds a competition to find the best chowder in the Midwest.  This year, on March 31st, Chowdah Fest will return with 14 chefs from across the city competing to earn the creamy and delicious title of best chowder.  Eli’s Cheesecake is a proud sponsor of the event and will be offering attendees a proper end to their meal with our famous cheesecake.  All proceeds from the event go toward youth sailing programs in the city.  For more information on the event or to buy tickets, click here.  We hope to see you in a couple weeks!

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Eli’s Welcomes Spring and Celebrates Farmers

This past weekend, Eli’s attended two different events in Chicago.  First, Eli’s attended a Good Food Festival called Localicious at the UIC Pavilion.  The event celebrated local farmers who grow our food and the local chefs that transform it into something amazing.  Eli’s was on-hand to offer our bite-size cuties to those in attendance.  Eli’s second stop was at the opening night of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show to offer some samples of our Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake.  Bob Mariano, the owner of Mariano’s grocery stores, stopped by for a slice and took a picture with the Eli’s Cheesecake crew.  If you missed the Chicago Flower and Garden Show this weekend, you still have plenty of time to stop in and see everything the show has to offer.  Eli’s Cheesecake’s own Laurel Boger will be conducting a cooking demo this Thursday, March 20th at 6:30pm, featuring our ricotta cheesecake.  For more information on the show, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Eli’s Cheesecake Gets a Green Thumbs Up at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Next Friday, Eli’s will be at the opening night of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier.  The event, entitled Evening in Bloom, gives guests a first-look at the show before it opens to the public the following day.  Select Chicago restaurants, including Eli’s Cheesecake, will be providing food for the event.  Eli’s will be featuring Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake, which uses honey harvested by students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. To learn more about Eli’s honey, please click here and for more information on Evening in Bloom, click here.  All proceeds from the event benefit local charities, including the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago.  The Chicago Flower and Garden Show opens to the public the next morning at 10:00 am and Eli’s Cheesecake’s own Executive Chef Laurel Boger will be on hand Thursday, March 20th, with an Eli’s Cheesecake demonstration at 6:30 pm.  Eli’s Cheesecake is a proud sponsor of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show.  For tickets and more information on the show, click here.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Supports the Chicago Special Olympics–either when it is 100 degrees or 10 degrees

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Chicago Heat Advisory Issued, As Heat Index Could Top Triple Digits-July 18, 2013—45th Anniversary Cake by Eli’s Cheesecake for the Special Olympics

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Chicago Polar Plunge—March 2nd 2014—air temp is 10 degrees as Eli’s Cheesecake provides Eli’s Dippers for the post-party

Eli’s Cheesecake Is Keeping Busy This Sunday

Eli’s Cheesecake will be busy this Sunday with three different events throughout the day.  It all starts with Chicago’s Polar Plunge at North Avenue Beach.  Over 2,000 participants will be taking an icy dive into Lake Michigan to benefit Special Olympics in Chicago.  Jimmy Fallon has accepted the mayor’s challenge to join in the festivities and will be joining in the freezing fun.  Eli’s will be serving up cheesecake slices to participants during the event.  For more information, please click here.  Next, Eli’s will be heading over to O’Brien’s on Wells Street for our Irish Cheesecake Baking Competition.  The winner will receive a year’s supply of Eli’s Cheesecake (one per month) and will have their winning cheesecake sold at the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe all month long.  Registration for this event is still open.  Click here for details.  Finally, Eli’s Cheesecake will suit up for Hollywood on State at the Gene Siskel Film Center.  Eli’s will be serving guests prior to the Academy Awards telecast at 7:30pm.  Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased here.  We hope to see you at one of our events this Sunday!

Eli’s Serves Up Dinner at the Chicago Help Initiative

Last night, a few members of the Eli’s Cheesecake family helped serve dinner at the Chicago Help Initiative.  Eli’s Cheesecake was also recognized as a sponsor for the Chicago Help Initiative dinners for the past 13 years.  The Award of Merit was presented by Jacqueline Hayes, the founder of HELP; Mary Ann Rose, chairman of the Magnificent Mile Association; 2nd Ward alderman Bob Fioretti; and John Chikow, president of the Magnificent Mile Association.  Eli’s Cheesecake is honored to be a part of the amazing work of the Chicago Help Initiative.  Check out some photos from the event below.

Eli’s Celebrates Chicago’s 177th Birthday

Next Tuesday, Chicago will be celebrating its 177th birthday.  This year, Chicago’s big day coincides with Fat Tuesday, so a Mardi Gras-themed party seems appropriate.  The big celebration will kick off at 10:30am in Chicago’s Daley Plaza.  Food trucks will be cycling in and out of the event throughout the day and music will be filling the plaza.  Of course, no birthday is complete without the cake.  Eli’s Cheesecake will be providing a city-sized birthday cake for the occasion and offering free slices to visitors.  Be sure to stop by to help wish Chicago a happy birthday!  To learn more about the event, click here.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Associates Serving the Chicago Help Initiative

Tonight, a team of our Eli’s associates will be serving dinner at the Chicago Help Initiative weekly Wednesday dinner. Eli’s Chef Antonio is cooking a delicious dinner to provide meals to 135 guests at the dining hall facilities.

 

The menu for tonight’s dinner is:

-Mixed Baby Green lettuces with Citrus, Red Flame Grape, Jicama and Green Onion

-Roasted Breast of Turkey – Au Jus served on Leek and Onion Brioche Pudding

-Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce and Whipped Cream

 

We celebrate 13 years of involvement with this event and are thankful for the opportunity.

For more information about the Chicago Help Initiative, click here.

Eli’s Brings Some Extra Sweetness to the “For the Love of Chocolate” Foundation

This weekend, Eli’s Cheesecake will be in attendance at the annual gala for the “For the Love of Chocolate” Foundation.  The foundation provides scholarships to students who wish to pursue a career in pastry arts.  Eli’s Cheesecake will be sponsoring the event and offering chocolate-dipped cheesecake to those attending.  If you would like to learn more about the foundation or purchase a ticket for the event this Saturday, please click here.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates Our Friend, Jay Leno

Tonight will be Jay Leno’s last episode of The Tonight Show.  Jay has been bringing the laughs into our homes every night since 1992 and Eli’s Cheesecake was honored to be featured on his show in 1996.  We wish him all the best in the future and we are honored to have been a part of his legacy as the host of The Tonight Show.  Check out the video below to see Jay’s visit to Eli’s Cheesecake during his stay in Chicago.