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Eli’s Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine

Check out our NEW Heart-Shaped Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches, as featured in O, The Oprah Magazine’s February 2018 O List!

The perfect gift for your S.O., your galentine, your mom, and your kids – they’re made of Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake sandwiched between two chocolate shortbread cookies, and creamy Strawberry Cheesecake sandwiched between two all-butter shortbread cookies. You’ll get three of each flavor, decorated in pink, red and white. Order here by 11am CT on February 12, 2018, to get your cookie sandwiches by Valentine’s Day.

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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

D.I.Y. Cheesecake Cuties

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Named by Eli’s granddaughter, Elana, Cuties are 1″ x 1″ squares of Eli’s Cheesecake, dipped in rich chocolate. Bite-sized and fun to eat, Cuties are perfect for parties and holiday buffets. With our new D.I.Y. Cuties kit, you can dip, decorate, and enjoy handmade Eli’s Cuties at home.

The kit includes everything you need:

  • 24 Original Plain Cheesecake Cuties
  • Fine Belgian chocolate and a bit of coconut oil, to make the coating
  • Crunchy chocolate sprinkles
  • 24 wooden sticks, for dipping
  • Parchment paper, to help keep the mess to a minimum

Complete instructions are included, or visit www.elicheesecake.com/kits for decorating ideas, how-to videos, and more.

Order a DIY Cheesecake Cuties Kit here, or call 800-ELI-CAKE.

NEW – D.I.Y. Eli’s Baking and Decorating Kits

TartsDIYMakingOfHave you ever wanted to bake your own desserts at home but didn’t know where to begin? With Eli’s NEW DIY Dessert Kits, you can create a fresh, homemade dessert – with a little help from Eli’s Pastry Chefs.

Baking cheesecakes at home is hard – but our Cheesecake Tarts Kit makes it easy. Prepare the batter, fill the shells, bake the tarts, and whip up our juicy blueberry topping, right in your own kitchen.

You provide two eggs, an electric mixer, and some basic kitchen tools. We’ll send you 12 of our handmade pre-baked pâte sucrée tart shells, plus everything you need to make the cheesecake batter and blueberry topping: cream cheese, sour cream, Eli’s Magic Cheesecake Mix (which includes our signature vanilla), blueberries and blueberry filling mix.

Complete instructions are included, or visit www.elicheesecake.com/kits for decorating ideas, how-to videos, and more.

Order a DIY Cheesecake Tarts Kit here, or call 800-ELI-CAKE.

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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Eli’s Cheesecake Honored to be Illinois Made

Today we were featured by the Illinois Office of Tourism in the Illinois Made Global Makers campaign, featuring Illinois-made products in marketing to overseas visitors.  Eli’s has been proudly handmade in Chicago, Illinois, since 1980!

To celebrate,  Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger created this 300 pound cheesecake which was displayed today at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and will be cut and served to attendees at the Illinois Governor’s Conference on tourism tomorrow.

It took 175 lbs. of cream cheese, 40 lbs. of sour cream, 50 lbs. of sugar, 130 eggs, 25  lbs. of cookie crust, 1 pound of  Illinois made  Nielsen-Massey Vanilla and 10 cups of wildflower honey produced by student bee keepers attending the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences to create this cheesy rendition of the Illinois State Capital.  In a nod to Lincoln and his love of apples, the giant cheesecake included a layer of Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake and the cake’s base was decorated with super-sized edible gold dusted chocolate pennies.

Enjoy a “slice” of our Illinois Made Cheesecake! Eli’s Honest Abe Apple Cheesecake is available for sale on our website.
Click here to order.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Chicago!

On Saturday, March 4th, Chicago turns 180! Come celebrate with us at the Chicago History Museum from 10am-2pm for a celebration, guest speakers and a FREE Eli’s Cheesecake (one per person, while supplies last).

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January Events

Here’s a look at what’s in store for this month:

 

FOUNDER’S MONTH

On January 22nd, Eli’s Cheesecake will celebrate Founder’s Day. Prior to the 22nd, Eli’s Cheesecake will celebrate founder’s week with an in-store sale on Eli’s signature desserts including Original Plain Cheesecake and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. On Saturday, January 21st, Eli’s Bakery Cafe customers can expect fun activities such as Cheesecake BINGO at 11 am and 1 pm along with free samples throughout the day. On the 22nd, the celebration will include Bingo, games, face painting and customers can enjoy a FREE slice of cheesecake in honor of Eli Schulman’s 107th birthday!

Eli Schulman was a man with a dream–who started with a small business which eventually led to the creation of a Chicago legacy. Eli, a man with no prior culinary experience, created Chicago’s signature Cheesecake through long hours in the kitchen and testing his recipes with his guests at his restaurant, Eli’s The Place for Steak. Self taught, Eli Schulman is the example of a man who didn’t quit even when his chef at his first business, The Ogden Huddle, didn’t show up on his first day.

CHICAGO RESTAURANT WEEK

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Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to participate once again in Choose Chicago’s annual Chicago Restaurant Week (CRW), which starts on January 27th and goes through February 9th. This year, over 350 restaurants will take part in the culinary fun. Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe guests can enjoy a special prix fixe lunch menu for $22 which features a 3-course meal, including Eli Schulman’s signature Matzo Ball Soup!

CRW kicks off with one of the biggest culinary events of the year, First Bites Bash, on January 26th, where guests can enjoy samples of some of the foods and treats participating restaurants offer.

 

ATTENTION:

During CRW, Eli’s Bakery Cafe guests are encouraged to upload a photo of their meal to either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #CRWatElis for a chance to win a $50 Bakery Cafe gift card.

 

Eli’s Cheesecake on NPR’s Morning Edition

Today,

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.

All things Thanksgiving

 

There’s no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with Eli’s Cheesecake’s finest desserts. Eli’s Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet Giveaway will give one lucky winner the chance to win 3 different desserts just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving. These desserts consist of: Eli’s Half/Half Thanksgiving Sampler (Original Plain/Pumpkin), Eli’s Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake and Eli’s Apple Bavarian Tart. The giveaway runs from November 8th through November 18th at 11:59 pm CT.  There are 10 ways to enter, including 3 daily ways to enter.

Did you know

  • Eli’s Apple Bavarian Tart was featured on Unwrapped 2.0?  Check out the video–a behind the scenes look at how our Apple Bavarian Tart is made with the best ingredients and carefully hand-decorated to perfection!
  • Eli’s Cheesecake has 4 different pumpkin-flavored cheesecake variations?
  • Eli’s Cheesecake has a Pinterest board to guide you through our perfect fall desserts?
  • Eli’s Cheesecake Annual Thanksgiving Dock Sale will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 9am-1pm? Each year we give customers the opportunity to score some amazing dessert deals just in time for Thanksgiving.

Enjoy! 

*Below is a closeup video of the beautiful Apple Bavarian Tart!