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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:

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Sheila Fowler

Chuck Guengerich

Bill Hook

Allison Lipsman

Jamonica Marion

John Marion

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!

 

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!