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Eli’s Celebrates 38 years at Taste of Chicago

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Eli’s was ecstatic to participate in the 38th Annual Taste of Chicago! Weare the only vendor who has served food at Taste of Chicago all of its 38 years. From Wednesday July 11 – Sunday July 15, our booth, located near the corner of Jackson and Columbus served:  Original Plain Cheesecake with Strawberries (7 tickets), Turtle Cheesecake (9 tickets), Cookie Cheesecake Smoosh Made with Oreo® Topped w/ Vanilla Ice Cream & Chocolate Sauce (10 tickets), Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper® (7 tickets), Taste Portion of Original Plain Cheesecake or Lemon Mixed Berry Cheesecake (4 tickets).

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Eli’s Cheesecake celebrated their 38th birthday, along with the 38th birthday of Taste of Chicago with a 1,000-pound Birthday Cheesecake,topped with a Giant Cherry Pie this year in honor of this year’s celebrity cake cutters: cast members from the national tour of Waitress, playing at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre July 3-July 22, 2018.

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At Noon, under the tent at Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, we invited Taste visitors to watch the giant birthday cheesecake be lifted off the truck by a forklift, see Eli’s pastry chefs put the final touches on the cake, and play cheesecake trivia games.  After that, we began the Cake Cutting Ceremony, followed by a round of Happy Birthday led by Waitress cast members. Watch Laurel Boger, our Executive Pastry Chef prepare the Big Cake below!

We also had a Foodie Photo Challenge for people to participate in on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. See our three winners below! Winners were awarded Eli’s Desserts and Gear.

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Today is the first day Eli’s was featured in Facebook Live videos by reporters from NBC Chicago, WGN and ABC7. You can see their posts below!

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Free Eli’s Slice Decorating at O’Hare Kiosk

Eli’s Associates visited our Kiosk in Terminal 1 at O’Hare earlier today to get ready for Taste of Chicago festivities beginning Wednesday, July 11. Patrons got the opportunity to decorate their own Cheesecake slice with many colorful toppings. We also had a mini-replica of the Cherry Pie-Topped Big Cheesecake  being featured at Taste of Chicago on July 14 with the cast of Waitress singing “Happy Birthday” as Eli’s turns 38 this year!

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You can visit the Kiosk in Terminal 1 at O’Hare between Gates B8 and B9 open everyday from 7am-9pm, make sure to stop by the next time you fly through O’Hare. We have individual slices and whole cheesecakes for sale to bring a taste of Chicago anywhere you go.

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We will be at O’Hare again giving out free slices Friday, July 27!

Eli’s Hosts Jenny Yang, Owner of Phoenix Bean and Interns from Top Box Foods

Yesterday, we welcomed Jenny Yang, owner of Phoenix Bean Tofu to join us at our weekly Farm Stand. She brought a variety of tofu products for everyone to try and spoke to students about what it is like being a business owner and answered questions about her company. Yang was joined by students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) for their weekly summer visit, as well as Summer Interns from Top Box Foods, a community-based non-profit offering a variety of delicious and healthy boxes of food at affordable prices. Eli’s uses tofu from Phoenix Bean to make our Vegan Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake.

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Summer Interns from Top Box Foods also visited Eli’s yesterday. They started out their day by visiting the Farmer’s Market, listened to a presentation to learn more about Eli’s and enjoyed a delicious lunch. After that, the students and recent graduates were given a tour of the bakery AND had the chance to decorate their own cheesecakes. Eli’s has been a long time supporter of Top Box Foods and loves having the opportunity to give back to the people who make the organization run.

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Our Farm Stand will NOT be open this Thursday, July 5th so come back and join us on the 12th!

 

Eli’s Hosts Sonat Birnecker, Owner of Koval Distillery

Eli’s Cheesecake Company had yet another great Thursday morning with our weekly Farm Stand and Fresh Market this week, despite the rain. There was an assortment of fruits, vegetables, hand crafted goods and more all available for purchase. We had the pleasure of hosting special guest and Owner of Koval Distillery, Sonat Birnecker at our Farm Stand event along with students from the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS). Koval Distillery was Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800′s, founded in 2008. Birnecker shared her amazing story with students from CHSAS and gave the students great advice for their futures. She also spoke about her day to day tasks, explained the manufacturing process of her products, as well as her marketing strategies.  Read more about Koval Distillery’s story here.

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Missed the Farm Stand this week? Don’t worry, we’re open every Thursday until August 3oth. Join us next Thursday, June 28th for our upcoming Farm Stand and Fresh Market from 7AM-1PM CST. Free Continental breakfast will be served from 8am-10am with a $10 market purchase,and lunch on the grill that will be available for purchase from 11am-1pm. We can’t wait to see you!

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SOAR Market Grand Opening

On Tuesday, June 19th, we participated in the annual Grand Opening of the SOAR Farmer’s Market. Eli’s stole the show by by presenting a giant cherry cheesecake. 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins had the honor of cutting the first piece, joined by Marc and Maureen Schulman and other market sponsors. This year we also served boxes full of Eli’s Single Serve Original and Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake.

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SOAR Farmer’s Market is open every Tuesday until October 30 this year in the MCA Plaza. For more information, visit their website here: http://soarchicago.org/.

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Eli’s Celebrates Father’s Day with 14th Annual Bike Ride

Despite record high temperatures, the Father’s Day Bike Ride was a great event once again! Over 285 riders participated in the bike ride event, including raffles, breakfast and other activities — the perfect way to show Dad how much he means to you!

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Thanks Eli’s staff Sharon and Allyson for organizing the event and to Kristina, Antonio, Yadi, Danny, Irielys, Cassandra, Jessica, Diana, John Lyons David Jr., Eleanor, Diego and Julian for making sure the event went on without a hitch!

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We also thank the Chicago Police Department and Commander Looney who gave us over 14 cars and police on bikes, the Harwood Heights Police Department, the Chicago Bike Ambassadors, Oak Street Health For the Water, Rudy’s Bike Shop and Alderman Sposato.

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Eli’s Farm Stand Grand Opening

Last Thursday, Eli’s celebrated our first Farmer’s Market of 2018. Vendors included Nichol’s Farm, Patz Maple & Honey, Natural Vibes Skincare Items and we also opened up Eli’s Flower Shop for the first time. Visitors were able to purchase custom arrangements, potted plants and more.

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We served a free continental breakfast in our Bakery Cafe, listened to live music from market regular Suzie Schwartz and enjoyed a delicious Grill Menu Special outside.

Additionally, Tavi J, a Chicago blogger for Chi@Glance attended the market and decorated her own cheesecake! Read more about her visit here!

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Catch us next Thursday from 7am-1pm at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. We can’t wait to see you!

 

@TheMagMile: A Social Media Meetup

This week, members of Eli’s Marketing team attended a social media meet-up put on by @TheMagMile and @EnjoyIllinois with guests from organizations all over Chicago to hear a panel of social media specialists give advice and share their best practices. We loved meeting other professionals in the Chicagoland area AND the beautiful views from Chicago’s First Lady.

 

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The Magnificent Mile Association is a private, non-profit membership organization with a mission of preserving, promoting, and enhancing one of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and the surrounding area. Its 700 plus members include real estate properties, retail stores, hotels, entertainment establishments, professional service industries and institutional and residential properties. The Magnificent Mile Association has become an influential force in determining policy, effecting change and creating marketing and networking activities that prepare its business district and its members for the future.

Thanks again for the invite!

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.

 

 

 

 

Eli’s Attends Annual Gala for Chicago Help Initiative

Last week, Eli’s participated in The Chicago Help Initiative‘s (CHI) Annual Fundraiser “Chicago Recipes” to raise funds to support their free weekly meals and programs for Chicagoans in need and experiencing homelessness. The event featured bite size samples from Eli’s and other Chicago restaurants in addition to auction items and raffle prizes.

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The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) is a consortium of business, residential, religious, social services, institutional and volunteer leaders striving to promote an atmosphere of dignity and compassion toward those in need by providing access to food, health services, shelter and employment.

The Eli’s Cheesecake Compant has been a long time supporter of CHI. Check out this video of Eli’s President Marc Schulman on what this organization has meant to Eli’s:

To volunteer, donate or learn more about the Chicago Help Initiative, please visit their website: http://chicagohelpinitiative.org/