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Celebrating Founder’s Week 2020

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Founder Eli Schulman

In 1980, Eli Schulman declared cheesecake would be the signature dessert for his legendary Chicago steakhouse, Eli’s The Place For Steak. His unconventional fast and hot baking method resulted in the creation of “Chicago style” cheesecake: a beautiful caramelization on the outside and a creamy consistency on the inside, baked on a shortbread cookie crust. What began in Eli’s restaurant’s kitchen has grown into one of the country’s largest cheesecake and dessert bakeries.  Still a family owned business, all Eli’s Cheesecakes are handmade at Eli’s Cheesecake World, located on Chicago’s Northwest side. Eli’s attributes its success to a strong commitment to quality, empowering its workforce and following Eli Schulman’s mantras “Charity will never bust you” and “Treat others as if you were the other.”

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Matzo Ball Soup

Founder’s Week will pay homage to this great man and his eponymous dessert, by featuring Eli’s original four cheesecake varieties (Original Plain, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Raisin and Hawaiian),  at Eli’s Bakery Cafe, retail store and online.  The cafe will also be serving up a different lunch special each day, based on Schulman’s most popular dishes from Eli’s Stage Delicatessen,  located at 50 E. Oak Street, from 1962-1968 and Eli’s The Place For Steak, located at 215 E. Chicago Avenue from 1966-2005. Selections will include matzo ball soup, the wedge sandwich, corned beef sandwich and Chicken Vesuvio.

 

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Barbra Streisand enjoying a corned beef sandwich at Eli’s Stage Deli

For kids, there will be an Eli’s illustration coloring contest all week long, grouped by age.  Winners will be notified on Monday, January 27th, and receive a 9″ cheesecake as their prize.  In honor of Schulman’s birthday, January 22nd, mail order will offer 22% off Original Plain and Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes all week, the Cafe will offer the four original varieties by the slice for $2.20 all week, 22% off all sizes of Original Plain and Chocolate Chip, all week, and on Wednesday, January 22nd, free slices of Original Plain and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake in the Cafe, all day.

 

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Marc Schulman with daughter Elana

Founder’s Day week will culminate on Saturday, January 25th, with a meet and greet with Chicago’s First Family of Cheesecake:  Eli’s son, Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake and his daughter, Eli’s granddaughter, Elana Schulman, who recently joined the family business after a career as a producer in New York and attending culinary school. The Cafe will be decorated with historical photos, including many of Eli’s giant celebratory cakes, such as the 2,000 lb. ones baked for both President Clinton’s and President Obama’s Inaugurations, the Hamilton the Musical closing cake, the Taste of Chicago Birthday Cake and Illinois Bicentennial Cake, to name a very few. Also, pose for a photo with Eli’s mascot, “Slice” from noon-3:00 PM. Enjoy the presentation, a dessert tasting and coffee, Free, 1:00-2:00 PM.

 

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Seneca Park Earth Day clean-up

Today marked our annual Earth Day cleanup and firehouse breakfast at the Seneca Park/ Eli M Schulman playground

We want to thank the Chicago Fire Department Engine Co. 98 and the wonderful crew from Miguel Juarez Middle School for helping us make the park beautiful once again and ready for another spring/summer season. Eli’s Cheesecake Co. takes great pride in coming together with local community members in sprucing up the park every year on Earth Day.

 

Seneca Park/ Eli M. Schulman Playground is located right off Michigan ave at, 220 E Chicago Ave

 

This was the 10th year of the partnership with Miguel Juarez school and we were fortunate this year to have the principal of the school, Dr. Campos, join us this year.

Congrats on a successful 2018  cleanup!

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Sometimes, a No-Bake Cheesecake Is the Best Cheesecake

Our VP of Research and Development, Chef Diana Moles, visited the Munchies kitchen to demonstrate how to prepare a quick and easy no-bake individual cheesecake.

If you’re craving cheesecake-for-one, a rich and creamy dessert, or you just don’t feel like turning on your oven…this recipe is for you. Check out the Munchies “Quickies” Cooking Series for step by step instructions. You’ll be enjoying a no-bake version of Chicago’s favorite dessert in no time!

 

How to: Bake an Eli’s Cheesecake

Our VP of Research and Development, Chef Diana Moles, demonstrates how to make the perfect Chicago-style cheesecake (richer and creamier than a New York style cheesecake, on a shortbread cookie crust) in the Munchies kitchen. Watch and learn!

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.