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“Just Judy” Book Signing at Eli’s Cheesecake

Eli’s Cheesecake is delighted to host Joseph Topinka, son of the late State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, for his book signing at Eli’s Cheesecake on Friday, January 11, 2019. 

“Just Judy” is the first book written about Judy Baar Topinka’s journey through motherhood, politics and life. “I wanted to tell a story about a woman who took on the establishment and succeeded as no other woman has done in Illinois. She did not always win, but she never gave up in life, whether as a child, mother, student, newspaper reporter, legislator or state level leader” said author Joseph Topinka.

The book is designed to aid students in understanding the state government and inspire them to get involved, complete with a teaching guide for educators.

Eli’s remembers Judy as a woman who not only broke through glass ceilings, but was a friend to everyone and a fan of Eli’s Cheesecake. 

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Judy Barr Topinka Serving Eli’s

As State Treasurer, Judy Barr Topinka created the spring tradition of Eli’s Cheesecake Day in 1993; a day in May when legislators, guests, lobbyists and state employees would all celebrate with Eli’s Cheesecake at the Illinois State Capitol. State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias kept the tradition alive when he took office and it continues to this day. Always a loyal Eli’s fan, Judy even wagered Eli’s Cheesecakes in a bet with the North Carolina state treasurer Richard Moore on the outcome of the 2005 NCAA basketball championship (in which our Illinois team lost).

Please join us at Eli’s Cheesecake, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 2-4:00 pm in the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café.  Joe will have books to sign as well as memorabilia from Judy’s life.  Eli’s Cheesecake and desserts will be served. 

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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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Eli’s Cheesecake’s Illinois Capitol Cake

 

Eli’s Cheesecake Supports The Lynn Sage Foundation

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to support The Lynn Sage Foundation each October, and we’re kicking off the month with the cutest pink desserts.

The Lynn Sage Foundation is a breast cancer research initiative and philanthropic organization internationally known for supporting state-of-the-art patient care, exceptional educational outreach programs and the kind of revolutionary research that brings us closer to a cure. The program continues to provide women and their families access to the most up-to-date technological and medical advances in the field of breast cancer.

Each October, The Foundation hosts Chicago’s In Good Taste, a city-wide event partnering with nearly 200 restaurants to raise money for the Lynn Sage Scholars Program. Eli’s will donate 20% of your pink purchase, including pink ribbon cupcakes, a pink rosette layer cake and pink ribbon cookies, to the cause.

Shop for pink desserts all October in our Bakery Café.

Eli's Supports the Lynn Sage Foundation

Eli’s Supports the Lynn Sage Foundation

Chicago's In Good Taste 2018

Chicago’s In Good Taste 2018

President Marc Schulman Receives ACTE Champion Award

acteThe Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors is pleased to announce the ACTE Champion for CTE: Marc Schulman, the President of Eli’s Cheesecake Company in Chicago, Illinois. The ACTE Champion for CTE award recognizes education leaders, business and industry executives, celebrities and thought leaders who support and champion career and technical education (CTE) programs as a vital part of developing a prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce.

Over the past 20 years, Marc Schulman has been a tireless advocate for CTE at the local, state and national levels. Mr. Schulman currently serves as co-chair of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) Business Advisory Board, a position he has held since 2001. The CTE offerings at CHSAS focus on agricultural sciences and business. In his role, Mr. Schulman supports the quality and expansion of 21st century

Mr. Schulman has also worked to create partnerships between CHSAS and Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, and the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.MarcSchulman2015

His initiatives allow for students to participate in entrepreneurial experiences at Eli’s and beyond. He provides support for industry professionals to engage with students and help them develop career plans. Mr. Schulman regularly reaches out to local media to promote the positive aspects of CTE. He has been interviewed at conferences, on the radio and on TV about the beneficial impacts CTE has on student academic, skills-based and interpersonal growth and development. Mr. Schulman is also working to develop CTE-based programs partnering with Eli’s Cheesecake and its neighbor, Wright College. For the last 15 years, Eli’s Cheesecake has co-sponsored a summer entrepreneurship program with Wright for CHSAS students and Eli’s has awarded scholarships for the past 5 years to CHSAS graduates in the memory of Aaron Easter (son of retired University of Illinois President Aaron Easter) and Marc’s father, Eli Schulman, and his best friend, Bobby Hatoff

Mr. Schulman will be recognized alongside other national ACTE award winners on November 28, 2018, at the annual ACTE Awards Banquet during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. VISION is ACTE’s signature event, with more than 4,000 CTE professionals from across the country in attendance. For more information on the Excellence Awards and the Awards Banquet, visit http://www.acteonline.org/awards

 

 

Source: The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

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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Food Bowl: Sweet Taste of Summer with Celebrity Chefs

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CHSAS Summer Program Graduation

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Today, Eli’s hosted students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) to celebrate the end of their Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program partnering with Wright College and Eli’s Cheesecake. The students took a weekly summer course at Wright College followed by lunch at Eli’s Cheesecake featuring speakers from different fields in the food industry.

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The CHSAS Students started the day with a tour of Eli’s factory given by Vice President of Operations, Jeff Anderson followed by a Q&A where students asked questions about food sciences.

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Afterwards, the students  decorated their own cheesecake in the bakery with frosting, sauces and sprinkles. Congratulations to Eileen for winning the best-decorated cake!

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Grilled lunch by Chef Antonio and opening remarks from Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake, were followed by a ceremony held on the lawn where students shared what they learned through this program over the summer. Thank you to our special guests who attended today’s event and support this program:

John Brophy

Sheila Fowler

Chuck Guengerich

Bill Hook

Allison Lipsman

Jamonica Marion

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Jolene Worthington

 

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!