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National Cheesecake Day celebrated with Miss Illinois and Eli’s Chicago fans


For National Cheesecake Day 2012, Eli’s was honored by a visit from Megan Ervin, Miss Illinois! She celebrated by putting her culinary skills to the test and decorating her own Eli’s Cheesecake with the help of Eli’s pastry chefs.

In honor of Megan’s great work and commitment to helping our community, Eli’s announced that a portion of all proceeds of all sales made on National Cheesecake Day would be donated to Children’s Miracle Network.

Eli’s was also proud to present a $1,000 donation to Children’s Miracle Network on Megan’s behalf.















Megan generously donated her time to help the Eli’s team and the Eli’s slice mascot hand out over 1,000 FREE cheesecake slices around Chicago to celebrate National Cheesecake Day. They rode around town in the Cheesecake Mobile, a 1928 Ford delivery truck modified to store a truckload of cheesecake slices!  The group stopped at important landmarks in Chicago like the  Seneca Park/Eli Schulman Playground (located across from the new Children’s Memorial Hospital), and the Prudential Building.  The Eli’s team also posted surprise stops on Twitter and Facebook so our fans could get in on the fun and enjoy a free slice of Eli’s.   

 Fans who aren’t lucky enough to live in Chicago were able to enjoy free shipping on a different delicious flavor each hour  on


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National Cheesecake Day Celebration at Eli’s Cheesecake!

National Cheesecake Day at Eli's Cheesecake--July 29

Activities throughout the day at Eli’s Cheesecake for National Cheesecake Day

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Eli’s Hot Rod was the place to get free samples of of Eli’s Cheesecake during the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market

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After School Matters Students in the Hip Hop Program did a special performance.

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The ASM students are taught for the summer by Happiness Club Artistic Director Tanji Harper

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Chef Antonio very busy on the grill

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According to Chad Nichols of Nichols Farm and Orchard, we are now entering the prime weeks for his excellent produce.

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Wright College sponsored a flower arranging class.

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National Cheesecake Day Celebration at Eli’s Cheesecake–first sampling of the day is Eli’s Vanilla Bean Cheesecake (8am to 9am)

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The National Cheesecake Day Celebration is on Thursday, July 29th with free slices of a new flavor each hour from 8am to 6pm

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Celebrate National Cheesecake Day at Eli’s Cheesecake World on Thurday, July 29th

National Cheesecake Day at Eli's Cheesecake--July 29

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National Cheesecake Day Celebration Today was Full of Entertainment, Free Cheesecake, and Great Eli’s Fans!

Eli’s celebration of National Cheesecake Day during the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market today (July 30th) was a success! Eli’s sampled different delicious flavors of cheesecakes and cakes every hour, entertainment groups performed througout the day, and many wonderful Eli’s Cheesecake fans came out to celebrate!


Catch This! Juggling provided a fun show for the whole family! They bravely juggled flaming batons, knives, and even Eli’s own Cheesecake Dippers! Visit for more information on these great performers!


The Happiness Club sang, danced, and even brought along break dancers from the group! They will be performing again at the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival on October 3rd and 4th. Also, Pianist Hal Roach performed in Eli’s Bakery Cafe/Retail Store while Eli’s Fans enjoyed a free slice of cheesecake!

For more Eli’s Events and information, visit us on Facebook! Search The Eli’s Cheesecake Company and become a fan!

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Catch This! Juggling Scheduled to Perform at National Cheesecake Day Celebration Along With a Fun-Filled Day of Acitvities!

Untitled-1“Catch This! will show you an array of events including clubs, balls, diabolos, rings, cigar boxes, knives, and fire. With a perfect blend of zany humor, flawless juggling, and hillarious audience participation, the laughs never stop in this “Olympic”-sized performance.” (

This talented juggling group will be attending the National Cheesecake Day celebration, along with many other fun activities! Eli’s will be giving away FREE Cheesecake slices at Eli’s Cheesecake World from 9:30am – 2:00pm (one per person). Plain 8 inch sliceIn addition, there will be a free flower arranging demonstartion with Bob Neri at 11:00am, a live performance by legendary Chicago pianist Hal Roach, a free agricultural lecture at 1:00pm with guest speakers JIM BRAUN & DEBBIE HILLMAN (coordinators for the Illinois Local & Organic Food & Farm Task Force and builders of an Illinois field-to-fork food system), and market fresh produce from the weekly Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market!

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Roz Varon of ABC 7 Chicago Previews the 12th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival

Students from Smyser Elementary compete in a
preview of the the Eli’s Cheesecake Eating Contest–scheduled for 3:30 both
Saturday and Sunday.



Roz Varon thanks Eli’s Associates, Eli’s Big Slice and students
from Smyser Elementary for coming out early on Friday morning to preview the
12th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival.

Eli’s Maureen Schulman shares the family activities of the Eli’s
Cheesecake Festival with Roz Varon. Activities include cheesecake eating,
cheesecake games and hula hooping with an Eli’s Dipper.

Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger shares a recipe for an
individual Apple Pancake with Roz.

Roz thanks students from our local elementary school, Smyser
Elementary School, for coming out so early to be a part of the ABC 7 News This

Eli’s has a team of over 200 associates and
volunteers working to make the 12th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival a great
success.This was our early morning team that was ready at 4:30am to welcome Roz
and her crew.

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Slashfood wishes its readers a “Happy National Cheesecake Day!”

Slashfood, top food food blog at, wishes it readers a Happy National Cheesecake Day. The Blog
continues that those who don’t want to bake their own cheesecake order Eli’s Cheesecake online–and mentions that Oprah loves Eli’s Cheesecake.

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Join us as we celebrate National Cheesecake Day at Eli’!

What a great day–National Cheesecake Day! At Eli’s, we are also celebrating being the number one vendor at the Taste of Chicago—selling over 170,000 Slices and Eli’s Dippers at this year’s Taste alone.

National Cheesecake Day falls on Monday, July 3, but we are starting the celebration early with our Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market on Thursday, July 26th. Come for a free slice of Eli’s Cheesecake between
11am and 1pm.

If you can’t come for the Farmers Market, the celebration continues Friday and over the weekend (July 27-29th) and culminates on Monday with complimentary slices from 11am to 1pm (one slice per person) as we celebrate how great it is to bake Eli’s Cheesecakes in Chicago.

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In Honor of National Cheesecake Day–Dick Durbin on the floor of the U.S Senate

Illinois is very fortunate to have a dedicated senior US Senator in
Dick Durbin. He has been a great propoent for Chicago and Illinois in the Senate
and is we look forward to him becoming Senate Democratic Whip (the second
highest position in the party in the Senate) in January.

Senator Durbin has great passion for Eli’s Cheesecake as demonstrated
in the proclamation that he
offered on the Senate Floor for
National Cheesecake Day.

Senator Durbin also knows this State so well that he was the first to
tell us that the spot on the side of our Eli’s Cheesecake Cow that we created
for Cows on Parade was the outline of the State of Illinois


Mr. DURBIN: Mr. President, today is a very special day for all
Americans, but it is especially near and dear to the hearts of many residents of
my home State of Illinois, because today has been designated as National
Cheesecake Day.
Some may be tempted to dismiss National Cheesecake Day as another meaningless
holiday. To those unenlightened few, I extend my sympathies. For you have truly
missed out on one of life’s sweetest pleasures. You see, in Illinois, especially
in the greater Chicago area, National Cheesecake Day can only mean one thing,
Eli’s Cheesecake.

When long-time restaurateur and Chicagoan Eli Schulman founded Eli’s: The
Place for Steak Restaurant, one of his marquee offerings was a superb
cheesecake. It quickly became one of Chicago’s favorite desserts. So popular, in
fact, that Eli’s began producing it for other restaurants and retail outlets
across the country. Eli’s Cheesecake Company has now been a Chicago icon in its
own right for more than 20 years.

Since its 1980 debut at the first Taste of Chicago, Eli’s Cheesecake has
grown to become the largest specialty cheesecake company in the country. In both
1993 and 1997, Eli’s Cheesecake was selected to participate in the presidential
inaugural festivities, they have supplied desserts on Air Force One for
Presidents Reagan to Clinton, and Eli’s Cheesecake provided the cake for the
First Lady’s birthday bash in 1997.

How does a humble homemade Chicago dessert go from after-dinner obscurity to
gracing the plates of Presidents and First Ladies?

Actually, there are two answers. The first is the taste. If you’ve ever had a
bite of an Eli’s cheesecake, you’d know that there is nothing like it anywhere
in the world. Eli’s has taken great care to continue making each cheesecake by
hand–the same way the very first one was made. This ensures each bite will have
the rich, creamy Eli’s taste so many have come to love.

The second is the spirit of Eli Schulman himself.

In 1910, a young man named Eli Schulman was born on Chicago’s West Side.
Although Eli’s father owned a bakery on Roosevelt Road, times were hard for the

Eli was forced to leave school and embark on a series of jobs to support his
family, doing everything from selling newspapers, to peddling seat cushions at
ballparks, to managing a shoe store and selling women’s dresses.

In 1940, Eli decided to open his own restaurant called the Ogden Huddle. Soon
after World War II breaks out, two signs appear in the restaurant’s window. The
first offers a 25 percent discount to men in uniform. The second simply

Eli was forced to leave school and embark on a series of jobs to support his
family, doing everything from selling newspapers, to peddling seat cushions at
ballparks, to managing a shoe store and selling women’s dresses.

In 1940, Eli decided to open his own restaurant called the Ogden Huddle. Soon
after World War II breaks out, two signs appear in the restaurant’s window. The
first offers a 25 percent discount to men in uniform. The second simply

Following the war, in the 1940s and 50s Eli’s business expands and his new
restaurants become “hot spots’ for both the Rush Street and Lake Shore Drive
set. When in town, entertainers such as Barbara Streisand, pianist Bobby Short
and comedian Sheky Green often can be found frequenting Eli’s.

In 1966, Eli and his Wife Esther realized their dream of opening a
white-tablecloth establishment, Eli’s The Place for Steak, in what was then the
luxury hotel The Carriage House. Eli’s soon became the spot for celebrities and
dignitaries to dine. Everyone from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. to Gayle
Sayers of the Chicago Bears and comedian Henny Youngman, all began to make Eli’s
their place for steak.

In the late 1970s, following up on a suggestion from a customer about his
dessert, Eli spent several weeks coming up with a recipe that pleases everyone.
Eli’s Cheesecake quickly became a marquee offering at Eli’s the Place for Steak.
In the next few years, this rich and creamy dessert became such a hit that Eli’s
began producing cheesecakes for other restaurants and retail outlets.

Although Eli Schulman passed away in 1988, a playground in Seneca Park,
located across the street from Eli’s the Place for Steak, has been dedicated to
his memory. And Eli Schulman’s spirit lives on in the company he started. His
son, Marc Schulman and Marc’s wife Maureen, are dedicated to providing their
customers with products and services that live up to the name “Chicago’s

Eli’s Cheesecake now employs more than 200 associates, the company’s growth
has been dramatic, and its headquarters, Eli’s Cheesecake World, is a 62,000
square-foot state-of-the-art bakery, visitor center, and cafe.

Today, the company makes more than 15,000 cheesecakes every day for sale to
restaurants, supermarkets, and airlines. Eli’s Cheesecakes are also available to
the public via the company’s thriving mail-order business and Web site.

In honor of this great day, I have brought a taste of Chicago to the U.S.
Senate. Earlier today, I delivered a sample of Eli’s Cheesecakes to both the
Democratic and Republican Cloakrooms for my colleagues to enjoy.

As we go about the Nation’s business today, I hope that each of my colleagues
will take a moment to enjoy the treats in the cloakrooms and ponder the words of
a respected American writer who once proclaimed that cheesecake was the truest
democratic dessert, it is a mix of different ingredients that did not care much
for the presence of an upper crust.

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