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Introducing our DIY Birthday Kits

DIYBirthday What’s more fun than decorating (and eating) your own birthday cheesecake? With our new Birthday Kit, you (or your recipient) can decorate an Original Plain Cheesecake with buttercream frosting and colorful sprinkles, light the candle, throw the confetti, and celebrate!

Great for your favorite DIYer, amateur cake decorator, or anyone who wants a fun and festive hands-on dessert for a birthday celebration. It’s a party in a box! A gift and an activity, all in one.

Kit includes everything you need to party: one 9″ undecorated Original Plain Cheesecake (serves 16), a gold foil cake board, buttercream frosting, a piping bag and pastry tip, colorful sprinkles, multicolored paper confetti (enough to decorate your table), a Happy Birthday candle, and a reusable Eli’s cake server.

Instructions included, or visit our Kits page for more decorating ideas.

To order, visit: http://shop.elicheesecake.com/product/diybday

DIY Eclipse Projector

The solar eclipse is Monday, August 21! Here’s how you can make a projector box from an Eli’s Cheesecake box. Learn how here!

IMPORTANT: This viewer is meant for informational purposes only. This viewer won’t allow you to look directly at the sun during the eclipse. Please use caution while using this viewer. You risk permanent eye damage if you look a the sun without proper eye protection. Do not allow children to use this viewer unsupervised.

You might not be able to see the sun during the Solar Eclipse, but hopefully you can still find Eli’s “Eclipse Blackout Cake” in our Chicago Bakery Cafe!

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Job Shadow Day with CHSAS

Eli’s was proud to host 14 food science students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) once again for our annual Job Shadow Day!  The students learned about the history of Eli’s and many different aspects of our business. They visited each area of the bakery to learn how we scale, mix, bake, and decorate our products. To finish off their day, the students competed in a cheesecake decorating contest.

CHSAS is one of the only agricultural high schools in the country, located on a working farm. We enjoy a strong partnership with the school, providing job shadowing, mentor programs and internships. The Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program is a summer internship for CHSAS students working with Eli’s, Wright College and Farmer’s Market vendors in partnership with The University of Illinois Extension Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science.

 

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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.

Eli’s Hosts CHSAS Students and Faculty for Annual Job Shadow

The Job Shadow Activities for students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) is scheduled each year to begin on Ground Hog Day, February 2nd, and continue through the Spring Term.

At Eli’s Cheesecake, we always schedule our Job Shadow visit by food science students for early May. This year, it was on Tuesday, May 10th. The students started the day with a continental breakfast, hosted by Eli’s President Marc Schulman. After, they enjoyed an introduction to Eli’s history and products by Eli’s VP of Marketing, Debbie Marchok, and a short program about our Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). After the educational presentations, the CHSAS students and their advisors toured Eli’s Bakery with our VP of Purchasing and Operations, Jeff Anderson, where they shadowed the different operational areas to learn how we scale, mix, bake, cut, decorate, evaluate and pack Eli’s Cheesecakes and desserts.

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Eli’s culinary team prepared a luncheon for the students under our Big Top, complete with Eli’s desserts. Before lunch, the students competed in a cheesecake decorating competition where they hand-decorated their own cakes with techniques they learned from our pros. The winner was chosen by Laurel Boger, Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef.
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Congratulations to the Eli’s Cheesecake Scholars for 2016 graduating from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. From left to right: Jeff Anderson (Eli’s); Dr. Charles Guengerich (President Emeritus Wright College); Andrew William Peterson-Lipp; Samantha Brandtonies; Samantha Griffin; Keyana Tyiska; Jolene Worthington (Eli’s); and Marc Schulman (Eli’s).

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company is a proud corporate sponsor of CHSAS and appreciates the time and commitment by the CHSAS staff, faculty and students.

 

Reception for Aaron Easter Scholars

On Monday, November 16th, Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman, along with his wife, Maureen Schulman and VP of Purchasing and Operations, Jeff Anderson, participated in the third annual reception for recipients of the Aaron Easter Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to graduates of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences attending the College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at UIUC. Each year two students are awarded with the scholarship.

Eli’s Cheesecake has a long-standing relationship with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Marc Schulman co-chairs in CHSAS’s Business Advisory Board. As of today, Marc Schulman has helped provide 14 students with scholarships, including the Eli M. Schulman & Robert Hatoff Memorial Scholarship, which is given in the name of our Founder and his dearest friend, Robert Hatoff. 

 

Students from Suwon High School for Agricultural Sciences Visit Eli’s Cheesecake

Eli’s Cheesecake had the great opportunity to host South Korean students from Suwon High School for Agricultural Sciences—a sister school of Chicago’s High School for Agricultural Sciences. President Marc Schulman welcomed them with a breakfast reception and was able to tell Eli’s rich history and success.

Suwon students were then taken on a bakery tour, which was led by VP of Purchasing and Operations,  Jeff  Anderson. They had the unique opportunity to closely examine the creation of a product from start to finish, interact with bakery associates, ask questions, and even get to taste some of the product.

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Eli’s is a proud sponsor of The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and is happy to have had the opportunity to give students first-hand experience with product development and management. As a token of appreciation, they received some exclusive Eli’s gifts.

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Chicago Vocational Career Academy Visit Eli’s Cheesecake

CVCA visits behind-the-scenes at Eli’s Cheesecake bakery

We had the opportunity at Eli’s Cheesecake to host students and faculty from esteemed Chicago high schools twice this week!  Today, the Chicago Vocational Career Academy visited us here at The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.  Eli’s associates shared career paths from their different departments, conducted a behind-the-scene tour of Eli’s bakery, provided cakes and toppings for a cake decorating competition and enjoyed lunch on the patio with students and faculty.cvca

CHSAS Students and Faculty Visit Eli’s Cheesecake Co. for Job Shadow Day

Eli’s Cheesecake was proud to host students from the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) in a Job Shadow Day here at our bakery.  Managers from Operations, Marketing, and Research & Development departments presented to Students from CHSAS after President Marc Schulman welcomed them at a breakfast reception.  After the presentations, the CHSAS students took a tour of the Bakery and shadowed the different operational areas to learn how we scale, mix, bake, cut, decorate, evaluate and pack Eli’s Cheesecakes.

Students tour Eli's Bakery

Students tour Eli’s Bakery

We enjoyed a luncheon on the patio cooked by Eli’s culinary team.  The highlight was a decorating competition in which students hand-decorated cheesecakes and prizes were awarded by our Executive Pastry Chef, Laurel Boger based on creative criteria.

CHSAS students in cheesecake decorating competition

CHSAS students in cheesecake decorating competition

Eli’s Cheesecake is a proud corporate sponsor of CHSAS and appreciates the time and commitment by the CHSAS staff, faculty and students.

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CHSAS students, faculty and Eli’s Cheesecake Company associates

 

Eli’s Cheesecake “Takes the Cake” at NRA Show 2013

Eli’s Cheesecake has been exhibiting at the National Restaurant Show (NRA Show) from the very first show in 1985.  It is very exciting and rewarding to connect with our customers, friends and business associates.  With over 60 years in the food service industry, we are proud of our heritage and happy to serve our customers with the high quality desserts decorated by hand and made with the finest ingredients.

This year, we introduced trendy cheesecake flavors like Honey Mediterranean made with toasted pistachios and almonds and Chocolate Espresso as well as classics with a twist like Vanilla Bean Cheesecake and Key Lime Pie Cheesecake.  We added Eli’s-to-Go pre-packaged cheesecakes in different shapes, rounds and squares, to complement our current triangular shape slices.  We are more than just cheesecake!  New mini pies and hand held pies available in assorted flavors made their debut at the show.   For more information, food service distributors and operators are invited to our new foodservice industry website http://foodservice.elicheesecake.com/  

This year, Senator Durbin visited our NRA booth!   Here is more information about Senator Durbin’s visit to the NRA Show: http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/Sen-Durbin-visits-2013-NRA-Show.  What a delightful and welcome visit!

We also were honored to have Mrs. Judd of Mrs. Judd’s Games join us as she launched the release of Space Cakes – Kids Bakery Game with Math and Numbers, sponsored by The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.  The Space Cakes bakery is filled with alien ingredients, fantastic frosting, and an array of space toppers from across the galaxy. After children create unique treats using an awareness of counting, numbers, and geometry, they prepare for take-off and steer their cake delivery spaceship back to Earth.  Space Cakes also incorporates Mrs. Judd’s Games groundbreaking Juddly™ sharing network, enabling kids to safely deliver in-game creations right to the inboxes of their parents and teachers back on earth.   

Students from Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) shared their honey story on with the attendees.  CHSAS is one of the few urban agricultural high schools in the country.   Eli’s new Honey Mediterranean Cheesecakes is made with honey from CHSAS.  A surprise visitor, Celebrity Chef Judson Todd Allen, stopped by the booth and met with the students.  He is a CHSAS graduate!  We also appreciate the generosity of Chef Works to these student ambassadors.

We thank our foodservice customers and friends for all of your support!  We look forward to another exciting NRA Show in 2014!