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Crain’s Picks Eli’s Cheesecake Festival as a Best Bet for the Week of September 10th


Crain’s Picks-Best bets for the week of September 10th


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Gapers Block Selects the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival as one of Chicago’s top activities for the weekend

Eli’s Cheesecake Festival @ Eli’s Cheesecake World

Eli’s Cheesecake Factory is hosting the 11th annual cheesecake festival this weekend. You can sample Chicago’s very own Eli’s cheesecakes while watching others bury their noses in cheesecakes (to win the cheesecake eating contest), or listen to a multitude of music bands, or wow at 100-plus classic cars, or steal an idea or two from the demonstrating area chefs. It seems Eli’s got every entertainment
imaginable covered for the fest, including ones for kids as well. Free, 9-5 on Saturday, 11-5 on Sunday at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr., Chicago

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Features 11th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival


All Over the Map

Posted: Sept. 8, 2007

Illinois: “11th annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival.” Cheesecake bingo? Cheesecake hula hoop
contests? Better yet, culinary demonstrations and – take a guess – cheesecake-eating contests. It all takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and next Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eli’s Cheesecake Co., 6701 W. Forest
Preserve Drive, Chicago. The fun is free and open to the public. A slice of cheesecake is free with a non-perishable food donation. See

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Dancing Meatballs Chicago features the 11th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival

Dancing Meatballs is a parents and kids guide to affordable family fun in Chicago. We look forward to welcoming readers of Dancing Meatballs to the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival both on Saturday, the 15th, and Sunday, the 16th.

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Get This! Eli’s Cheesecake Festival highlighted in Timeout Chicago

Visit to find out the name of a musical act performing at the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival this year and then go to to win a family festival package for 4.


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Midwest Rails Club to be Featured at the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival

One of the most popular activities at the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival is the display by the Midwest Rails Club. One of the leading garden railroad clubs in the midwest, the displays and trains are fascinating for the young and old alike.

We are very grateful for the generousity and support that Midwest Rails has provided to the beneficiary of our Festival, the New Horizon Center for the Devleopmentally Disabled. When New Horizon opened its new building next to Eli’s in 2006, the Club designed and built an elevated train set that circles the dining room next to the Rita Tierney/Eli’s Cheesecake Atrium. The trains have brought great joy to the students at New Horizon.

At Eli’s we are very grateful to Fred Haberkamp, the President of our neighbor in the Wright Campus Business Park, Columbia Metal Spinning. Fred introduced us to Midwest Rails and also presented us with the Eli’s train that will be proudly running during the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival.




The Eli’s Cheesecake Train is on display in the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe. Watch it run at the 11th Eli’s Cheesecake Festival.

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Michigan Apple Queen Pauline Wendzel to attend the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival; Michigan Apple Committee to sponsor the Culinary Pavillion

All of us at Eli’s Cheesecake are delighted to again partner with the great people from the Michigan Apple Committee. Eli’s is a proud user of Michigan Apples and we look forward to sharing cheesecake and other recipes using Michigan Apples.

We are honored that the 2007 Michigan Apple Queeen, Pauline Wendzel, will be attending the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival on Saturday, September 15th. Wendzel’s great-grandfather, grandfather and father have been involved in all aspects of the apple industry as growers,
packers and processors.

Check out the informative Michigan Apple Committee web site at .


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Greater Chicago Food Depository is a beneficiary of the 11th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival to be held on September 15th and 16th and Eli’s Cheesecake World

The grand opening of Eli’s Cheesecake World was held on World Food Day, October 16th, in 1996. In recognition of the important need in our community to provide food for all, Eli’s has used the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival, now it in its 11th year to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

We encourage all guests to our free event which will be held this year on Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th, to bring canned foods to the Food Depository Tent and receive complimentary slices of Eli’s Cheesecake.

Tags: , , , hightlights top pastry and bakery events in the world in September of 2007–Sweets China in Shanghai to the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival in Chicago

Pastry Sampler’s Pastry and Bakery News

Welcome! Here is the latest industry news, business auctions, new products and trends from the business mags, pastry and bakery buzz and the latest from

Events for September

Sweets China 2007
SNIEC, Shanghai NewInternational Exhibition Center, China, Sept. 3-8, 2007.
International exhibition for the sweet and confectionery, bakery, snack food and ice cream industries.

First International Symposium on Gluten-Free Cereal Products & Beverages
Kingsley Hotel, Cork, Ireland, Sept. 12-14, 2007.  This International Symposium aims to bring together researchers working in this field to review the state-of-the-art in this topic and to stimulate discussion and

About Baking Cookies and Crackers
Manhattan, KS, Sept. 17-20, 2007.Lear the “ABC’s” of ingredient and processing technology for
cookies and crackers, mixing, baking and testing, and maching processes.

American Retail Bakery Exposition
Sept. 9-11, 2007, Las Vegas.  Bakery industry seminars, wedding cake techniques and gum paste flower demonstrations, and more.

Frozen Desserts Expo 2007
Sept. 9-11, 2007, Las Vegas.From info on opening a shop, gelato history and how to create
chocolate desserts with demos and samples.

Philadelphia National Candy Gift and Gourmet Show
Sept. 9-11, 2007, Atlantic City.Seminiars for start-up candy companies, artisan confectioners,
business branding, merchandising and manufacturing.

12th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
Sept. 8-9, 2007, San Francisco.  Demonstrations, activities and more for Project Open Hand

All About Baking
Manhattan, Kansas, Sept. 10-14, 2007.The basics and the language of the baking industry. AIB.

11th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival
Sept. 15-16, 2007, Chicago.  From Eli’s Cheesecakes, benefiting two different charities.

Canadian Coffee and Tea Show
Sept. 16-17, Toronto.  The Canadian Coffee & Tea Show is designed to meet the needs of restaurateurs, retailers, foodservice operators, distributors and buyers from all sectors of the trade, displaying
products from across North America and around the world.

All Candy Expo
Sept. 17-19, 2007, Chicago. An opportunity to buy, sell and network with confectionery and snack industry professionals and decision makers.

China Tea Tour
Sept. 10-23. Tour of China, with Japan pre-extension: Sept. 7-9. Yixing/Shanghai post-extension: Sept. 24-26
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Healthy Baking Seminar East
Sept. 28, Baltimore.Healthy baking formulas, targeting allergens, and the business of healthy baking.

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World Music Festival Returns to Chicago for the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival

We are delighted that the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival will once again be a venue for the World Music Festival sponsored by the City of Chicago Office of Cultural Affairs.

On Sunday, September 16th at 2pm, the World Music Festival will present Balla Kouyate and World Vision on the US Cellular Main Stage at the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival.

Balla Kouyaté is one of the greatest balafon players from the Djeli or “griot” tradition in Mali. The Kouyatés were the first djelis in the Mandé Empire. The balafon (ancestor of the xylophone) was given to Balla’s ancestors by nobles in the 12th century and has remained in his family ever since.

Balla seemed destined to play this instrument, learning at the age of six. He performed for the first time in Bamako, Mali at “Palais de la Culture” with Malian singer Sanignai Kouyaté. In 1994, he was a member of the National Percussion of Mali. By 1997 he was granted the opportunity to play with singer Ami Koïta at the O.I.A. conference, which brought together 27 African presidents.

Balla has been called on to play with many African artists touring in the United States and his superior musicianship has been featured on at least 35 albums. Currently he works with kora master Mamadou Diabaté playing venues such as Lincoln Center Outdoor Festival, Symphony Space and festivals around the country. They both are part of Roswell Rudd’s MALIcool ensemble. In 2004, Balla played with Sidiki Condé at Carnegie Hall for a month long residency for children, and has been engaged by many African artists to tour in the United States. He joined Ursel Schlicht’s Ex Tempore in 2004. While playing with Ex Tempore, he felt the need to expand the tonal possibilities of the balafon and created a chromatic instrument, to his knowledge the first chromatic balafon ever. Check out his Collaborations page to see more of his current and past projects.

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