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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.

Eli’s Celebrates James Beard Eats Week, April 26 – May 6, 2019

CoconutCakeWe’re proud to participate in James Beard Eats Week: 11 days of dining, celebrating James Beard and his great cooking legacy. Guests can enjoy a delicious James Beard inspired lunch from  April 26 – May 6, 2019, (Monday- Friday only) from 11am to 2pm

“As a bakery, we focused on dessert first and were happy to discover that James Beard’s favorite cake was a coconut layer, one of our family favorites as well.” said Marc Schulman, president of Eli’s Cheesecake.  “I have never forgotten my early birthday cakes. Blessed with an insatiable taste for coconut, I always wanted a cake piled high with it.” James Beard, James Beard’s American Cookery.   Eli’s Coconut Cake would surely have been coconutty enough for the great chef.  Eli’s confection is comprised of five layers of coconut cake, frosted with coconut buttercream, and covered with toasted coconut. ($4.50 per slice)

TamalesTwo main courses, Tostadas De Piccadillo: Tostadas with picadillo (ground beef), pickled red onion, watercress, crema, and salsa verde ($7.95) and Homemade Chicken Tamales with Romesco Sauce ($2.50), both inspired by Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen (2018 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award Winner) will also be offered.

“Having the City of Chicago, along with Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association host The James Beard Foundation for its 29th Annual James Beard Awards is a huge vote of confidence recognizing Chicago as a culinary center.” added Schulman.

Only available April 26-May 6, Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm at Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago. Please call 773-205-3800 for more information, or for reservations.

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Pi Day has Infinite Possibilities at Eli’s: Pies and Pie Fights!

Mini Cherry Pie

Eli’s Mini Pie

3.14 will be a Pietastic Day at Eli’s Cheesecake with mini pies, ice cream a la pie and Pookies…a new creation that’s part pie, part cookie! We’ll also be screening famous television and movie pie fights in our cafe.

Ice Cream ala Pie

Eli’s Ice Cream ala Pie

Eli’s has baked up mini fruit pies, Apple or Cherry, to be served as individual treats, or on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream (the opposite of pie a la mode).


And be among the first to try Eli’s new Pookies.…a delicious all butter cookie dough topped with housemade apple or strawberry pie filling.

 

Pookie

Eli’s Pookies


Eli’s Pi Day Flight includes three mini pies (Apple, Strawberry, and Blueberry) served warm, with ice cream, housemade sauces and accoutrements. Dine-in only.


Eli’s Pi day specials will be served at Eli’s Cafe, located at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive on Thursday, March 14 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and are available for local delivery (Chicago and suburbs).

Shipping deadline for mail order mini pies is Tuesday, March 12 for second day and Wednesday, March 13 for overnight delivery.

 

Mini Pies, Apple or Cherry: $.75 each, 3 for $2. Ala mode, $1.50. Mini Pi Flight, $3.14.
Pookies, Apple or Strawberry: $2.75

The Eatin’ o’ the Cheesecake with St. Paddy’s Day Desserts from Eli’s

It’s one of our favorite holidays of the year! Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in style with our cheesecake and beverage pairings this holiday season:

 

IrishMintStPats2019In Chicago, we dye our river green…at Eli’s, we turn our cheesecake green! Irish Mint Cheesecake is a fan-favorite that we only make for the season. Minty green cheesecake studded with chocolate chips and topped with chocolate ganache.

For the coolest presentation around, use Irish Mint Cheesecake as a fun freakshake ingredient and garnish. What’s a freakshake? It’s a milkshake decorated with the craziest, most over-the-top garnishes imaginable.

In a blender, mix 1 slice frozen Irish Cream Cheesecake, 1 cup milk, and two large scoops of ice cream (vanilla or mint) until smooth. Dip the rim of a glass in melted chocolate and roll in green sprinkles. For the garnish, add to a wooden skewer: marshmallows, a fudge brownie, and kiwi chunks, topped off with a whole slice of Irish Mint Cheesecake.

 

 

 

 

Creamy smooth Irish Cream CheesecakeIrish Cream Cheesecake is baked in a dark chocolate crust and layered with chocolate ganache for the ultimate flavor contrast.

Jennie C., our resident mixologist, recommends enjoying a slice with a quick and simple cocktail: Add to a glass mug a shot of Irish Cream liqueur, 2 shots of brewed coffee, and fill the rest of the glass with milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2019-01-25 at 11.20.48 AMMeet the 2019 Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Queen Madeline Mitchell and her court at Eli’s! Enjoy free dessert and beverages. Friday, March 8, 2019. 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago.

Eli’s Gift Ideas for Your Galentine, Valentine and Everyone in Between!

Elis-Valentines-Day-Gift-Guide-2019Gifts for her, for him, for the little ones, or your favorite foodie…Eli’s has something for everyone this Valentine’s Day! Check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for ideas and inspiration for your loved ones this year.

 

 

 

 

Cuties-19Outfit your little Valentine in style with an Eli’s apron and chef hat. It’ll help protect their clothes when they create their own edible valentines with our DIY Valentine’s Day Cuties Kit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HazeCrispChocolate lovers will adore the Chocolate Hazelnut Crisp Cheesecake. It’s made with our chocolate hazelnut spread, folded into rich dark chocolate cheesecake, topped with more chocolate hazelnut spread and crunchy chocolate confections.  Or give them more than one flavor to choose from, all in one cake! Eli’s Chocolate Lover’s Sampler Cheesecake has several slices each of our Candy Bar made with Heath® Toffee Bars, Chocolate Chip and dreamy Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecakes.

 

 

Mini Hearts 2019Pamper your best gal pal with Mini Heart-shaped Cheesecakes! These tiny treats are handmade and hand-decorated. She’ll get 12 hearts, 4 each of 3 different flavors: 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.

 

 

 

Our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide has more sweet ideas for your sweeties. Order deadlines:

Standard Shipping: Order by February 12th at 11am CST

Expedited Shipping: Order by February 13th at 11am CST

Celebrate Chicago Restaurant Week with an Eli’s Cheesecake Flight and Housemade Lunch

Antonio Matzo ball soup 2016

 

We’re more than just great cheesecake! Our chefs at Eli’s Bakery Cafe have created a mouth-watering menu for Chicago Restaurant Week, available through February 7th. Lunch is served Monday – Friday, 11am – 2pm; call 773.205.3800 for reservations. It’s a great value that includes a four-course lunch with a cheesecake flight for dessert; taste three different flavors of Chicago’s favorite dessert! It also includes a whole 9″ cheesecake or an Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook to take home.

 

 

 

Eli’s Bakery Cafe Restaurant Week Menu:

Cream of Potato Soup With Leeks and Truffle Oil

Eli’s Smoked BBQ Brisket Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms on Ciabatta

Warm Winter Salad with Butternut Squash, Red Onion, Parsnip and Spinach and Honey Mustard Dressing

Eli’s Cheesecake Flight: A tasting of three different Eli’s Cheesecake flavors

Plus Your Choice of The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook OR a 9” Original Plain Cheesecake (serves 14) to take home!

$24 plus tax

Eli’s Bakery Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago

 

 

Score with Eli’s NEW Desserts for the Big Game

Big Game Dessert Tower You worry about the dip, we’ll take care of dessert! Feed a crowd, or just your home team, with a variety of Eli’s big game-ready desserts.

 

Eli’s Big Game Dessert Tower has something for everyone: a 9″ Original Favorites Sampler (Original Plain, Chocolate Chip, Strawberry Topped, and Candy Bar Cheesecakes), 12 Brownie bites, and our Cutie Dessert Sampler which includes 12 bite-sized dessert bars.

 

 

 

PDeepDishCheesecakeizza for dinner, and pizza for dessert! Two of Chicago’s most famous dishes in one. Our new Deep Dish Cheesecake looks like your favorite Chicago-style deep dish, but it’s Original Plain Cheesecake topped with housemade strawberry “pizza sauce” and white chocolate “shredded cheese.”

 

 

 

 

 

Big Game Party PackFeed 16 hungry fans with Eli’s Big Game Party Pack, which includes an 8″ Chicago-Style Sampler (Original Plain, Chocolate Chip, and Strawberry Topped Cheesecakes) plus 12 Brownie bites.

 

Style your dessert table like ours: We used a plain chalkboard as a backdrop (we added a chalk drawing of arrows, X’s and O’s) and made our own picks with “#1 fingers” and “Go Team” pennants printed on an inkjet printer, cut out and attached to toothpicks with a hot glue gun.

 

Order by 11am CT on January 31 (be sure to choose this week as your desired shipping week at checkout) to get your desserts in time for kick off.

 

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.

Vegan Dairy-Free Desserts for the New Year!

We know it’s an oxymoron, but our vegan dessert is so good we couldn’t resist calling it cheesecake! According to Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle blog,  “Eli’s is famous for having the best tofu-based vegan cheesecake in the country.” And we agree!

For a healthier take, our chefs have created our delicious Vegan Dairy-Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake using rich cocoa, Belgian chocolate, Go Veggie vegan cream cheese, and GMO free tofu, resulting in zero cholesterol, 38% less fat, and 18% fewer calories than regular cheesecake. Our tofu comes from Phoenix Bean, which has been making artisan tofu in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood for over 20 years. It’s made by hand with GMO-Free Illinois soybeans.

Eli’s Vegan Dairy-Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake is available in a 7″ round cake, which serves 12, or as a Cutie (bite-sized 1”x1” squares), dusted with cocoa, in a box of 12.​

 

Eli's Vegan Dairy-Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake

7″ Vegan Dairy-Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake

Eli's Vegan Cheesecake Cuties

Vegan Dairy-Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake Cuties

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