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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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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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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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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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Eli’s Cheesecake World is a Neighborhood Favorite on Nextdoor

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Nextdoor is the free and private social network for neighborhoods, today revealed custom lists of the best businesses in over 100,000 neighborhoods across the country with the launch of Neighborhood Favorites. Nextdoor’s mission is to provide a trusted platform where neighbors work together to build stronger, safer, happier communities, all over the world.

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Eli’s Cheesecake World won for favorite Bakery in several Nextdoor neighborhoods in Norridge, IL. Neighborhood Favorites is Nextdoor’s new annual awards program that allows neighbors to recommend and recognize the most-loved businesses in and around their neighborhood. Only 1% of all businesses win this award — and Eli’s Cheesecake was one of them!

Visit our Bakery Cafe at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. Chicago, IL 60634 and check back often for special deals happening: http://www.elicheesecake.com/calendar/

Sign up for Nextdoor today: https://nextdoor.com/

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Eli’s Summer Activities

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 Join us for a sweet break this summer with special events around Chicago!

Eli’s Cheesecake’s 18th Annual Farmer’s Market: Thursdays, June 14th – August 30th from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy fresh produce, free continental breakfast,* Eli’s fresh-from-the-farmers market BBQ lunch and weekly themed events

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company will host its 18th annual Farmer’s  Market this summer on  Thursdays from June 14th to August 30th at 7 am-1 pm on the lawn at Eli’s Cheesecake World, 6701 West Forest Preserve Drive (intersection of Forest Preserve Drive, Montrose and Normandy) in Chicago’s Dunning neighborhood. The market will offer a great selection of the freshest locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers from Nichol’s Farm as well as artisan-prepared foods and crafts made by local not-for-profit partners, including neighboring New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled and The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), who bring produce and crafts from the farm on their school campus.

Lunch is available al fresco: Eli’s chef shops the market and grills a Summer lunch special from 11am-1pm each day of the Market. Prices range from $6.95-$9.95.

* Complimentary continental breakfast for customers who purchase $10.00 or more in goods at the Market from 8-10 am

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Eli’s at the Taste of Chicago and Annual Big Cake:

July 11-15th – Stop by the Eli’s Cheesecake booth at the corner of Jackson and Columbus and enjoy the famous Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper® (frozen Chocolate Chip Cheesecake on a stick, dipped in crunchy dark chocolate on a stick), Original Plain Cheesecake, Turtle Cheesecake, Cookie Cheesecake Smoosh Made with Oreo® Topped w/Vanilla Ice Cream & Chocolate Sauce, and Lemon Mixed Berry Cheesecake.

July 14th–Celebrate the 38th birthdays of Eli’s Cheesecake and Taste of Chicago: Look for the BIG CAKE IS HERE tent on Saturday July 14th at 12:30 pm at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, Chicago. Enjoy a FREE slice from the BIG 1,000 pound Eli’s Cheesecake (while supplies last).

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National Cheesecake Day…Not just a day…a five day extravaganza: Thursday July 26-Monday July 30th

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July 26 (Thursday) at the Eli’s Farmer’s Market. Complimentary continental breakfast* 8-10am and cheesecake and dessert samples all day. Musical entertainment to be announced and July 27 (Friday) – Eli’s Cheesecake at O’Hare United Terminal 3 near the dinosaur from 12pm-2pm.

July 28 (Saturday) – Eli’s culinary team will teach you how to make Cheesecake Cannoli and Cheesecake Sandwiches, as seen in the O List, Valentine’s edition.

July 29 (Sunday) –Classic Car Show and Eli’s Cheesecake Fun

Visit our annual Classic Car Show with over 100 vintage cars from 9am to 4pm. Lunch on the Grill available for purchase. See The Happiness Club, The Jesse White Tumblers flying over a giant cheesecake and enjoy cheesecake bingo, cheesecake hula hoop contest, cheesecake eating contests, take a photo with Eli’s Big Slice mascot and more 9am-4pm (schedule to be posted). Taste cheesecakes samples all day!

July 30 (Monday) -National Cheesecake Day

Everything Cheesecake – Cheesecake Slices, Cheesecake Mobile

Follow #ElisMobile on twitter to discover where the Eli’s Cheesecake Mobile will be handing out FREE slices around Chicago and meet and greet Eli’s mascot Big Slice and Eli’s big cheese, Marc Schulman.

Enjoy a FREE slice of Eli’s Cheesecake all day at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe and try a special made-to-order dessert: Eli’s Smoosh®, cheesecake ice cream combo, Eli’s Dippers®, frozen cheesecake on a stick, dipped in chocolate, or make-your-own Eli’s Cheesecake Topping Bar. In honor of National Cheesecake Day, special savings on your entire frozen dessert purchase.

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Eli’s in the Chicago Tribune Food Bowl, a weeks-long food fest with events across the city

August 9, 16 & 23 – Sweet Taste of Summer: Eli’s pastry chef, along with a different celebrity guest each week (Candid Candace and Roxana’s Kitchen) will show you how to create a unique Summer dessert, using freshly picked fruits and vegetables from the Eli’s Farmer’s Market. 10am.

August 23 – Eli’s Drive for School Supplies: For over 12 years, Eli’s Cheesecake has supported its neighbor, New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled, by donating school supplies to its students. Bring a school supply and get a free slice of Eli’s Cheesecake! 7am-1pm.

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Illinois Bicentennial Celebration

August 26th – Celebrate the 200th birthday of the Illinois Constitution with statewide birthday cheesecake! In partnership with the Illinois Office of Tourism, enjoy Eli’s Cheesecake all across Illinois: a BIG cheesecake at the official celebration in Springfield, and at Convention & Tourism Bureaus throughout the state. Times and locations TBD, Visit https://illinois200.com.

For more information about farmers markets, or any of the activities, call Eli’s at 773-736-3417 or visit the Eli’s website at www.elicheesecake.com.