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Eli’s Welcomes UN High Commissioner Filippo Grandi and RefugeeOne

Eli’s had the pleasure to welcome UN High Commissioner Filippo Grandi of UNHCR and many other officials of RefugeeOne today, March 18th.

Filippo Grandi became the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on January 1st, 2016. He was elected by the UN General Assembly to serve a five-year term, until December 31st, 2020. Grandi is responsible for of all refugee affairs in the world, and his visit to us Eli’s was greatly appreciated. The visit was a special opportunity for Eli’s associates to share their stories with not only our guests, but with each other.

High Commissioner Filippo Grandi tours Eli's Bakery and chats with associates

High Commissioner Filippo Grandi tours Eli’s Bakery and chats with associates

At Eli’s Cheesecake, we are very proud of our long time partnership with RefugeeOne, the largest full service refugee settlement agency in Illinois. RefugeeOne is a refugee resettlement agency that provides a full range of services to refugees resettled in the Chicago area. Without RefugeeOne, we would would have never met Elias Kasongo, who came to Eli’s Cheesecake in 1994, at the age of 22, after being held for 4 years in a refugee camp in Zambia after leaving his home in the Congo. Over those years, Elias has gone from the dish room to becoming Purchasing & Materials Manager with a degree from Northeastern Illinois University, having a beautiful family and now a home owner. Elias now sits on the Board ofDirectors for RegueeOne and  was a keynote speaker at the 2014 RefugeeOne Gala.

Eli’s is proud to have a number of associates whose lives have been aided by RefugeeOne, and looks forward to continuing our longtime partnership with the Organization.

Eli's Elias Kasongo with Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner

Eli’s Elias Kasongo with Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner

We were delighted to welcome the following guests:

  • Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner UNHCR Geneva
  • Chiara Cardoletti-Carroll, Deputy Regional Representative, UNHCR Washington
  • Brian Hansford, Senior Media Officer, UNHCR Washington
  • Larry Yungk, Senior Resettlement Officer, UNHCR Washington
  • Joshua Lott, Photographer
  • Ngoan Le, Illinois State Refugee Coordinator, Illinois Department of Human Services
  • Melineh Kano, Executive Director, RefugeeOne
  • Mark Youtem, Senior Case Manager, RefugeeOne


The Eli’s Cookbook Author Signings

The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook: Remarkable Recipes from a Chicago Legend has received much media coverage since its launch party on Sunday, November 8th. Authors Maureen Schulman and Diana Moles, and Chef Laurel Boger, have showcased this book in various media outlets and book signings, which have brought great success and popularity to The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.


On Sunday, December 6th, author Maureen Schulman and chef Laurel Boger presented an Egg Nog Cheesecake from the cookbook on ABC 7 Chicago Sunday Morning News.


Book signings:


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The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook featured on WGN Radio

On November 29, Eli’s Cheesecake Owners Marc and Maureen Schulman joined Dean Richards on WGN radio’s “Foodtime Show” segment to discuss The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook. During the show Marc and Maureen discussed the rich history of Chicago food and Eli’s Schulman’s influential role in the Chicago food industry. While Eli’s Cheesecake is known for cheesecakes, the cookbook does not solely focus on cheesecakes. Instead, the cookbook is a combination of traditional Chicago dishes, influenced by Eli’s Place for Steak, such as “Liver Eli” and “Shrimp Marc,” favorite cheesecakes, and useful tips and tricks. Richards thus named the cookbook as “retro,” given its revival of Chicago classics. Maureen was able to give some book details including some of the available recipes as well as her top favorites.


Click here to listen to the full show.

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Eli’s Celebrates 34 Years at the Taste of Chicago

Despite the Taste of Chicago being cancelled on Saturday, Eli’s was back out there Sunday with the Big Cake ready to serve!
NBC 5- Taste Reopens
Chicago Tribune- Sunday at the Taste

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Today is opening day for the Taste of Chicago! In 1980, founder Eli Schulman debuted the now famous Eli’s Cheesecake at the first Taste of Chicago, making Eli’s the only original vendor still participating at Taste.  Eli’s has sold over 5.2 million slices throughout Taste’s history!  Marc Schulman, Eli’s son and company President, credits Taste for launching the dessert and helping take it from a local favorite, to one of the country’s largest specialty cheesecake bakeries, baking over 20,000 cheesecakes and desserts daily at Eli’s Cheesecake World located on Chicago’s northwest side.

Eli’s Cheesecake Booth #16, located at Jackson and Columbus, will feature Eli’s Cheesecake Smoosh:  Cookie Cheesecake made with Oreo® (topped vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce), Turtle Cheesecake, Original Plain (with strawberries), Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper (frozen chocolate chip cheesecake on a stick, dipped in crunchy dark chocolate) and Taste portions:  mini slices of original plain cheesecake and Eli’s Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake made with honey produced by the students from the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences.

Eli’s is excited to celebrate 34 years with the Taste of Chicago this coming Saturday, July 12th, with a giant 1,000 pound cheesecake. The festivities will begin at 11:30am at the In The Kitchen with Mariano’s Cooking Demo Stage where Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger will be talking about our NEW Vegan Cheesecakes and what goes in to making a GIANT cheesecake. The celebration will continue at 1pm at Buckingham Fountain for the Big Cake Cutting with special guests: The cast of Motown the Musical and Jeff & Spencer Tweedy! Enjoy a FREE slice of cheesecake, meet & greet with the Eli’s Slice and more!

For more information on the Taste of Chicago, click here.

Eli's featured on the CBS News with Vince Gerasole

Eli’s featured on the CBS News with Vince Gerasole

Marc and Maureen Schulman help decorate the BIG Cake for Saturday!

Marc and Maureen Schulman help decorate the BIG Cake for Saturday!

Eli's Team at the Taste Booth getting ready for opening day!

Eli’s Team at the Taste Booth getting ready for opening day!

Eli’s Cheesecake and MiniAbe – Be more Nom-Nom-Mmm

The Illinois Office of Tourism has added a new extended commercial of Mini-Abe eating his favorite meals and desserts across Illinois.  Of course, a big slice of Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake topped with strawberries for dessert is just what Mini Abe ordered at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe!  Mini Abe web

Watch the commercial here:



Quigley Wins Stanley Cup Wager and Honors Blackhawks’ Championship with Resolution

Today, U.S. Representative Quigley received clam chowder from Legal Sea Foods and a case of Harpoon beer from U.S. Representative Lynch as a result from the wager they agreed upon over the outcome of the Blackhawks vs. Bruins during the Stanley Cup finals.

Quigley showed good sportsmanship by giving Lynch an Eli’s Cheesecake and Nuts on Clark.

Read more about the U.S. Representative wager here:

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Eli’s featured in summer issue of Michigan Avenue Magazine

Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman, and The Eli’s Cheesecake Company are featured in the summer issue of Michigan Avenue Magazine.  The article tells the story of Eli’s Cheesecake started from the very beginning and its involvement in the community, locally and nationally.

View from the Top; Marc Schulman

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Eli’s Cheesecake included in the mayoral wager on the Blackhawks vs Kings!

Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and  Los Angeles’ Antonio Villaraigosa have made a friendly wager on which hockey team will advance to the Stanley Cup finals.   Twenty-five slices of Eli’s Cheesecake including Eli’s Original Plain, Strawberry, and Chocolate Chip flavors are riding on the outcome of this soon to be legendary series.

Read more about the mayoral wager here:

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The Today Show visits Chicago!


Early this morning in the rainy Chicago weather, Eli’s Cheesecake was among a famous few Chicago brands to welcome The Today Show to Chicago! Hosts Natalie Morales and Willie Geist of the Today Show enjoyed a few slices of Chicago’s favorite cheesecake, while hosting the Today Show from 8am- 9am in Millennium Park near the famous Chicago “Bean”. Other brands that wished them a happy hello and welcome to Chicago included The Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago LuvaBulls & Benny the Bull, the Chicago White Sox, Garrett’s Popcorn, and more. Thanks for visiting Today Show! To see more from the Today Show in Chicago, visit:


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Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake featured in Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery

On Monday, May 13th, Eli’s Cheesecake was featured in Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery Magazine as the finest Chicago cheesecake and a legendary Chicago food icon.

The magazine interviewed Marc Schulman, Eli’s Cheesecake’s President, as well as Debbie Marchok, Eli’s Cheesecake’s Vice President of Marketing. The article follows the history and rise of Eli’s Cheesecake to legendary Chicago food icon status. Eli’s also announced the lineup of new products debuting at the National Restaurant Association Show 2013, as well as sponsoring an educational children’s game for smart phones called Space Cakes. Jeff Anderson, the vice president of purchasing and operations at Eli’s Cheesecake, was also interviewed and spoke of the quality and the Safe Quality Food training Eli’s associates have been learning and practicing.

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