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An Important Message From The President of Eli’s Cheesecake

To our valued customers,

Our highest priority at Eli’s Cheesecake is the health and safety of our associates and our customers. As we navigate COVID-19, we wanted to share an update with you on the steps we’re taking to take care of our people and continue to deliver high quality desserts to our customers.

  • As of now, our bakery floor is fully operational. Eli’s Cheesecake is a GFSI certified bakery – that means we’re held to the highest standards of food safety in our production facility. In addition to the steps we already take daily to maintain our excellent food safety record, we have increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing across our facility, particularly in high traffic and high touch areas. As always, we continue to be vigilant about hand washing.
  • For our customers in Chicago, we are closing our café and retail store to the public starting today. However, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, you can order our desserts for delivery and curbside pickup via Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats or you can order here for curbside pickup, or call 773-205-3800. You can also find us at your local grocery store.
  • For delivery nationwide or locally, Eli’s Cheesecake and desserts will continue to be available at shop.elicheesecake.com or by phone at 800-999-8300.

As Eli would say, “charity will never bust you.” That sentiment is more important today than ever – it’s up to each of us to do our part and look out for each other. At Eli’s, our team is working with hospitals to provide Eli’s Cheesecake to the workers who deserve all of our appreciation. And we’re continuing to provide desserts to local food banks to feed those in need. We will continue to assess this challenging situation, adapt our response, and follow the guidance of federal, state, and local authorities.

As a third-generation family business, we cannot thank you enough for your continued support. We’re all in this together, and we’ll get through this together.

-Marc Schulman
President, Eli’s Cheesecake

Eli’s Valentine’s Day Desserts: Send it, Give it, Deco-date it!

Eli’s  Decor-Date kicks off a three day Valentine’s day celebration from Thursday, February 13th -Saturday, February 15th.

 

At Our Chicago bakery (6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago):

I-love-you-berry-much-raspberry-heart-2020Kick off the weekend with Eli’s Decor-Date: Thursday night, February 13, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, couples or foursomes are invited to decorate a 5″ I Love You Berry Much chocolate cheesecake with fresh raspberries, raspberry glaze and a dusting of powder sugar. This BYOB event will feature live music and a dessert tasting. $40 per couple, reservations required, visit or call 773-308-7000.

Friday, February 14th & Saturday, February 15: Eli’s has gone head over hearts by offering hand-dipped long stem chocolate strawberries and personalized Valentine’s Day cookies, decorated by one of Eli’s pastry chefs right before your eyes, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Also check out a slew of themed desserts including I Heart Cheesecake, a delicious white chocolate cheesecake topped with whole raspberries, heart shaped cookies, decorated marshmallow crispy bars, and Eli’s fabulous new Makin’ Whoopie cake. Prices range from $1.25-$15.95.

 

Online at shop.elicheesecake.com:

Nothing says “I love you” like sending your Valentine the ultimate box of chocolates: Miniature Belgian Chocolate heart-shaped cheesecakes made with deep, rich Belgian chocolate, topped with a crunchy layer of chocolate and hazelnuts, dusted witI Heart Cheesecakeh imported cocoa. Box of 12, $40.95. Eli’s Valentine’s Day Dippers are a riff on Eli’s Holiday Dippers, which were featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things Holiday list 2018. They’re frozen Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake on a stick dipped in rich chocolate, hand-decorated with pink and red nonpareils, edible pearls, and a red chocolate drizzle. Box of 5. $39.95 plus shipping. Or our new I Heart Cheesecake, a rich white chocolate cheesecake topped with whole raspberries. $40.95 plus shipping.

Order Deadlines:

Standard Shipping: Order by February 12, 11am CT

Expedited Shipping: Order by February 13, 11am CT

(Order will be delivered by 7pm on Valentine’s Day)

Or call 773.308.7000 for local delivery in Chicago, city and suburbs

 

 

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.

 

6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago

773-205-3800

 

Goodbye to Hamilton in Chicago!

We were honored to create a giant cheesecake for Hamilton‘s closing night party at the Wit Hotel in Chicago on January 5th.  Special thanks to Mayor Lightfoot (whose inauguration we celebrated in May with a giant cheesecake slice), producer Jeffrey Sellers, and star Miguel Cervantes (Alexander Hamilton).

If you were lucky enough to experience Hamilton in Chicago, you might’ve tried our “Revolutionary Pyes.” Inspired by 18th century desserts, we created a special box of miniature apple and cherry “pyes” (the proper spelling for the 1700s) that were exclusively available at the concession stands during intermissions.

Best of luck to the cast and crew, and thank you for an amazing run!

 

 

Let Eli’s Do Your Holiday Baking…from hosting to gift giving, we’ve got you covered

Eli’s Cheesecake has quite a lineup of holiday desserts…from festive classics like Hot Chocolate and Peppermint to the new Basque, Goat Cheese and Bouncy cheesecakes.

HolidayDippers_NO_OPRAHWe’ve even transformed Eli’s ever popular Cheesecake Dippers (frozen cheesecake dipped in chocolate, on a stick) into festive treats, by hand-decorating them with either green-tinted chocolate and white nonpareils mimicking Christmas trees in the snow, or with a blue colored chocolate drizzle and white nonpareils, perfect for Hanukkah. Box of 7, $39.95 plus shipping.  And for the perfect dinner party gift, try a box of Eli’s Cheesecake Cuties: Chocolate-enrobed bite sized squares of Original Plain Cheesecake…our spin on a box of candy.  Box of 12, $29.95 plus shipping.

 

 

BasqueBasque, Goat Cheese and Bouncy are all riffs on Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake, made with just a handful of natural ingredients, like Cultured cream cheese, heavy cream, eggs, sugar, butter, flour and Madagascar vanilla.

Basque Cheesecake, with its perfectly imperfect appearance, was inspired by the beloved dessert from Spain.  Even more caramelization creates a beautifully burnished look with such a luxurious texture, we’re calling it Eli’s Spanish cousin! $35.95 plus shipping.

 

 

Bouncy  Bouncy Cheesecake was inspired by the light and fluffy cheesecake of Japan, Eli’s rich cream cheese batter is whipped to a chiffon-like consistency and baked in a very hot oven achieving a soufflé like texture and golden crust. This light as air cheesecake is known for its jiggle when it comes out of the oven. $35.95 plus shipping.

 

 

 

GoatGoat Cheese Cheesecake is a tangy, rich, and not too sweet cheesecake is made with creamy goat cheese and cultured cream cheese, baked on a vanilla crumb crust and topped with goat cheese crumbles. It’s sweetened with honey produced by student bee keepers at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. $39.95 plus shipping.

 

 

VeganCutiesFor a healthier take on holiday desserts, try vegan or gluten-free cheesecakes. Eli’s has created two delicious Vegan Dairy-Free Cheesecakes: Belgian Chocolate and Lemon Raspberry. Yes, it’s an oxymoron, but we’ve created a dessert so rich and creamy, we couldn’t resist calling it cheesecake!  Available as a Cutie (1”x 1” squares), Box of 12, $29.95 plus shipping. Belgian Chocolate also available as a 7″ cake ($31.95). “Eli’s is famous for having the best tofu-based vegan cheesecake in the country…” – Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Lifestyle Blog.  For GF options, choose Hot Chocolate and Salted Caramel cheesecakes, made with gluten-free ingredients.

 

Bestofelis2019Want to feed a crowd?  Eli’s holiday towers are the answer: Some examples are Give Thanks Buffet Tower: 9in Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake, 12 Mini Apple Pies, and 12 Pecan Bar Bites, serves 35 or our Candy Cane Lane Tower: 8in Candy Cane Cheesecake, 7 Holiday Dippers, and 12 bite-sized brownie, serves 32. And for the undecided, Eli’s Samplers with three or four slices of three kinds of cheesecake in one cake.

 

 

MacaroonsChocolateNon-cheesecake holiday treats include Macaroons hand dipped in chocolate, Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake, triple layer Carrot Cake and gluten-free Double Marshmallow Crispy Bars.

 

 

 

 

Order Deadlines:

Christmas & Hanukkah: Order by 11am CT on December 19 for standard delivery, or 11am CT on December 20 for Saturday delivery (extra charge applies)

New Year’s Eve:  Order by 11am CT on December 26 for standard delivery, or 11am CT on December 27 for overnight delivery (extra charge applies)

 

Visit https://shop.elicheesecake.com/  or call 800-ELI-CAKE.

NEW Sweets for Your Sweetheart from Eli’s This Valentine’s Day!

Treat your sweetie to some romantic desserts from Eli’s this Valentine’s Day! Everything from Heart-shaped mini cheesecakes, to cheesecake on a stick, to DIY kits, and more!

  VDay 2019 Enrobed Cake Cuties Dippers8” Chocolate-Enrobed Valentine’s Day Cheesecake: Creamy white chocolate cheesecake enrobed in bittersweet chocolate, topped with edible gold hearts and a hand-piped Happy Valentine’s Day message. Serves 12.

Cheesecake Cuties: Bite-sized squares of Original Plain Cheesecake, enrobed in bittersweet chocolate, hand-brushed with festive edible gold dust. Enjoy frozen! 12 Cuties per box.

 

 

 

Valentine Dippers

Valentine’s Day Dippers (the Valentine’s edition of the Eli’s Dippers that were featured in Oprah’s Favorite Things Holiday list 2018): Frozen Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake on a stick dipped in rich chocolate, hand-decorated with pink and red nonpareils, edible pearls, and a red chocolate drizzle. Box of 5.

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Heart Cheesecakes:Mini Hearts 2019 Raspberry Cheesecake with a housemade raspberry gelee center and white chocolate drizzle, Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake with a chocolate ganache center and a bittersweet chocolate drizzle, and Red Velvet Cheesecake sprinkled with red velvet cake crumbs and a white chocolate drizzle. Box of 12, 4 of each flavor. $39.95 plus shipping.

 

 

 

 

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DIY Valentine’s Day Cheesecake Cutie Kit: Make edible valentines! A great activity for the whole family. Dip and decorate your own Eli’s Cheesecake Cuties (1″x1″ bite-sized cheesecake squares) for Valentine’s Day. Includes everything you need to make 24 Cuties at home: 24 Original Plain Cheesecake cuties, Belgian chocolate, coconut oil, 3 types of Valentine’s Day sprinkles, parchment paper, dipping sticks, cellophane bags, and ribbon. Enjoy frozen!

 

 

 

 

See all of our Valentine’s Day desserts at https://shop.elicheesecake.com/category/valentine.

Chicago’s own Eli’s Cheesecake tapped to make Illinois’ Official Bicentennial Birthday Cake

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Governor-elect JB Pritzker are scheduled to make a joint appearance at the state’s 200th Birthday Party on Dec. 3, at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom, the same date in 1818 when Illinois became the nation’s 21st state. And what’s a birthday without cake? The Bicentennial Committee has invited Chicago’s own Eli’s Cheesecake to create the State’s official bicentennial birthday cake.

Eli’s pastry chefs are baking up a 1,000 lb. Honest Abe Apple Cheesecake, a nod to Abraham Lincoln’s favorite fruit, in the shape of the State Capitol Dome. Yes, it’s all real and will be served to party guests after The Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays Happy Birthday and the Governor and Governor elect cut the cake. Ingredients include: 575 lb. cream cheese, 90 lb. sugar, 65 lb. sour cream, 65 dozen eggs, 2 lb. vanilla, 60 lb. shortbread cookie crust, 53 lb. fondant, and 75 lb. apples!

Eli’s made a smaller version of the cake when the company was named an Illinois Maker by the Illinois Tourism Office during the Governor’s Conference in Springfield (below).

The Bicentennial Celebration is on Monday, December 3rd at 7:00pm in Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom.

 

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The Lincoln Family with Eli’s Exec. Pastry Chef Laurel Boger, Eli’s president Marc Schulman, and Cory Jobe, Director, IL Office of Tourism

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Eli’s Cheesecake’s Illinois Capitol Cake

 

We’re on Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2018!

We’re so excited to be part of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2018 with our Holiday Dippers! Frozen Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake on a stick, “spruced” up for the holidays, dipped in dark chocolate and hand-decorated with green-tinted white chocolate and sprinkled with white nonpareils to resemble Christmas trees in the snow. You’ll get 7 Dippers per box. Enjoy frozen!

Pick up O, the Oprah Magazine on November 20th and get a head start on all of that holiday shopping.

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Check Dessert Off Your List This Holiday Season!

From hosting to hostess gifting, from sending a cheesecake across the country to presenting one to your kid’s teacher…with Eli’s Cheesecake, you can cross dessert off your list!

Eli's Cheesecake DippersWe’ve transformed Eli’s ever popular Cheesecake Dippers (frozen cheesecake dipped in chocolate, served on a stick) into festive treats, by hand-decorating them with either green-tinted chocolate and white nonpareils mimicking Christmas trees in the snow, or with a blue colored chocolate drizzle and white nonpareils, perfect for Hanukkah. Box of 7.
Eli's Coconut Macaroons

Amp up Santa’s cookies and milk with Eli’s traditional Coconut Macaroons, mini sized, hand piped and baked to a golden brown. Box of 12.


Eli's Cheesecake Holiday Cuties KitGive DIY a try with Eli’s Cheesecake Cuties Holiday Kit: Two dozen 1″x 1″ frozen squares of original plain cheesecake come with supplies to hand-dip in dark chocolate and decorate with red, green, white and peppermint candies. Kit includes: parchment paper, dipping sticks, cellophane bags, ribbon, and gift tags.​ ​Box of 24.​ If DIY is not your thing, order Eli’s chocolate-enrobed Cuties hand brushed with festive edible gold dust – the perfect hostess gift!

Vegan Cheesecake CutiesFor a healthier take on a holiday dessert, Eli’s has created a delicious Vegan Dairy-Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake, where the use of GMO free tofu results in zero cholesterol, 38% less fat, and 18% fewer calories than regular cheesecake. 7″ cake, serves 12. Also available as a Cutie (1”x1” squares), dusted with cocoa. Box of 12.​
“Eli’s is famous for having the best tofu-based vegan cheesecake in the country…” – Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Lifestyle Blog.

 

Egg-Nog-Candy-Cane-Party-PackIt’s not the holidays without these festive flavors: Pumpkin, Peppermint and Egg Nog! Eli’s has 7 pumpkin desserts…everything from Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake to Pumpkin Tarts. And the Eli’s Holiday Party Pack: one 8″ Egg Nog Cheesecake, a rich and creamy cheesecake topped with egg nog mousse and sprinkled with nutmeg, and one 8″ Candy Cane Cheesecake, a white chocolate cheesecake topped with housemade chocolate ganache and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. Serves 24!

 

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Eli’s Celebrates the Illinois Bicentennial with FREE Cheesecake

Illinois is celebrating its 200th birthday on August 26 – Constitution Day. Get the party started with a slice of FREE Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake at birthday parties throughout the state, featuring our grand cake cutting ceremony at the Illinois Bicentennial Plaza in Springfield, where you can enjoy a slice of our 300 lb. Bicentennial Cheesecake. Supplies are limited, so get there early! Visit Enjoy Illinois for times and details.

 SAVE THE DATE: We’re celebrating the Bicentennial all year long, with free cheesecake slice decorating at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in Chicago, November 16 & 17.

 

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