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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!

 

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

Cheesecake Slice decorating, two locations!

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.

 

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/

 

 

 

 

Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates 34 years at the NRA Show

Eli’s Cheesecake was proud to participate in the 34th annual National Restaurant Show (NRA Show) this year. Eli’s looks forward to strengthening relationships with our customers, meeting new vendors, and spending time with our associates each year.

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Our Inspiration Station featured creative ideas and recipes to use with Eli’s Cheesecake, featuring Cheesecake Milkshakes, Cheesecake Cannolis and Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches.

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In addition to offering samples of a number of products, we introduced new products at the NRA show this year, including our 2018 FABI Award winning Florentine Honey Almond Bar awarded by the National Restaurant Association. Other new desserts featured were the Chocolate Hazelnut Crisp Cheesecake, Cookie Butter Cheesecake, Gooey Butter Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake, Pumpkin Tart, Double Marshmallow Crispy Bar and a Vegan Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake. For the food service industry, distributors, and operators: find more information about the new products at http://foodservice.elicheesecake.com/.

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We also continued our tradition of hosting students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) at our booth to share information about our finest ingredients, such as Wildflower honey, harvested by CHSAS , one of the main ingredients that went into our award winning Florentine Honey Almond Bar this year. A portion of the proceeds from sales of our honey products go toward college scholarships for deserving high school seniors.

We look forward to another sensational year for the NRA Show 2019!

Seneca Park Earth Day clean-up

Today marked our annual Earth Day cleanup and firehouse breakfast at the Seneca Park/ Eli M Schulman playground

We want to thank the Chicago Fire Department Engine Co. 98 and the wonderful crew from Miguel Juarez Middle School for helping us make the park beautiful once again and ready for another spring/summer season. Eli’s Cheesecake Co. takes great pride in coming together with local community members in sprucing up the park every year on Earth Day.

 

Seneca Park/ Eli M. Schulman Playground is located right off Michigan ave at, 220 E Chicago Ave

 

This was the 10th year of the partnership with Miguel Juarez school and we were fortunate this year to have the principal of the school, Dr. Campos, join us this year.

Congrats on a successful 2018  cleanup!

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Best Dessert in a Leading Role…

This Sunday, enjoy Eli’s Cheesecakes and desserts on the red carpet at the Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual Hollywood on State, Chicago’s longest-running Oscar® viewing party!

Enjoy food (featuring Eli’s desserts), drinks, auction/raffle prizes, a sweet gift bag, and a live telecast of the Oscars®. This year’s event will recognize local filmmakers for their excellent work in film and their dedication to Chicago.

Order tickets here, or call the Gene Siskel Film Center at 312.846.2600.

Sunday, March 4, 2018 ★ 6:00 PM ★ 164 N. State Street, Chicago

Eli’s Salutes Harry Caray

Eli’s Cheesecake salutes Harry Caray in honor of the 20th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray on February 15th! Our founder, Eli Schulman, was a great friend of Harry’s and they spent many a day together cheering on the Cubs at Wrigley Field (and many a night together at Eli’s the Place for Steak’s piano bar).

​In keeping with this year’s theme​, SPACE, THE INFINITE FRONTIER (a nod to Will Ferrell’s Harry Caray ​skit which appeared on Saturday Night Live), Eli’s will toast Harry with an Out Of This World Milky Way Cheesecake Shake, a thick and creamy  combination of ice cream, cheesecake and Milky Way candy bars,  topped with a “Raise the Glass” flag. The cheesecake shake will be available for purchase on Thursday, February 15th for $3.50 from 3-6pm at our Bakery Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago.

Be sure to take a selfie on our supersized Eli’s C​HARRY Cheesecake ​bench​ (originally created for the city’s Sweet Home Chicago street art installation), complete with a backdrop of Wrigley Field.

 

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Harry with Eli’s wife, Esther Schulman

Eli’s Strawberry Cheesecake Gelato – Only at Mariano’s!

Here’s the scoop – Mariano’s is partnering with Eli’s to exclusively offer NEW Eli’s Strawberry Cheesecake Gelato at Mariano’s stores in the Vero Cafe! You’ll enjoy every bite of Eli’s rich Original cheesecake paired with Vero’s creamy gelato, plus juicy red strawberry jam and all-butter shortbread cookie crumbles. This limited-edition is now available at Mariano’s stores, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Share a scoop with the one you love.

Learn more here, including some great recipes on how to use Eli’s Strawberry Cheesecake Gelato to make Ice Cream Sandwiches, Gelato Pops, Gelato Shakes, Gelato Cannolis and more!

 

Gelato Profiteroles

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Create one of our  special recipes, or  enjoy a simple gelato  cone!

Create one of our special recipes, or
enjoy a simple gelato cone!

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Chef Angelo Lollino, Chef Lamar Moore, his mom Mrs. Moore, and Eli’s Maureen Schulman

 

Candace and Chuck  Jordan and created a  romantic Gelato  Cheesecake, enrobed  in chocolate

Candace and Chuck Jordan and created a
romantic Gelato Cheesecake, enrobed
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A grown up ice cream float- a few scoops of gelato, topped off with
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Chef Bill Kim and Yvonne Kim shared a Gelato  Banana Split

Chef Bill Kim and Yvonne Kim
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Everyone loves the  new Eli's Strawberry  Cheesecake Gelato!

Everyone loves the
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Cheesecake Gelato!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eli’s Kicks Off Chicago Restaurant Week

Dessert Menu with SliceToday is the first day of the 11th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week.  Organized each winter by Choose Chicago, the city’s official tourism organization, Chicago Restaurant Week gives visitors and local foodies an opportunity to enjoy specialty prix fixe menus from more than 250 participating Chicago restaurants. The culinary event kicked off last night at the celebratory sold-out First Bites Bash, held in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier.  Eli’s was joined by over 50 of Chicago’s most celebrated restaurants that handed out sweet and savory tastings from their menus. On our menu was Eli’s Raspberry Brulee Cheesecake topped with a housemade Raspberry Sauce. Restaurants included III Forks, Texas de Brazil, Formento’s, ZED 451 and ROKA AKOR.  Guests also enjoyed beer, wine, and cocktail pairings from Lagunitas, Effen Vodka, and more. Lee Wolen, executive chef and partner at BOKA restaurant in Lincoln Park, hosted this year’s event, from which a portion of the proceeds benefitted the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be able to participate in Chicago Restaurant week with a menu inspired by Eli’s the Place for Steak to commemorate our founder, Eli Schulman, and the restaurant where Eli’s Cheesecake was born! Our menu includes three courses: Chicken Matzo Ball Soup, Eli’s The Place for Steak’s Roast Beef Sandwich with Creamy Horseradish Sauce on a Baguette and a slice of Eli’s Cheesecake. Plus, each meal comes with a whole Cheesecake of your choice (9″ size) to take home!  If you would like to join us for our Chicago Restaurant Week Menu or have any questions, call 773-205-3800 to make reservations (not required). Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11am-2pm.

For Chicago Restaurant Week 2018, a complete list of participating restaurants and the multi-course menu offerings are posted on Choose Chicago’s Website.

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Celebrating Eli’s Founder’s Day

Eli SchulmanOn January 22, 1910 our founder, Eli Schulman, was born.  An entrepreneur and restaurateur, Eli became a Chicago icon over the course of his life and continues to give back to his community through his namesake company today.

Eli’s Cheesecake was the dream of Chicago restaurateur and celebrity in his own right, Eli M. Schulman. Over his almost 50-year career, he developed a reputation for serving up great food, providing outstanding service and making every customer feel important. Representing the spirit of the city he loved, Eli was dedicated to helping the community. His motto “charity will never bust you” was exemplified during the great depression, by a sign hanging in his restaurant’s window “if you are hungry and have no money we will feed you for free.”

In the late 70′s, Eli Schulman decided that cheesecake would be the signature dessert for Eli’s The Place for Steak, one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants. Every day, between lunch and dinner, he headed to the restaurant’s kitchen to experiment with cheesecake recipes. He frequently served up his latest versions to his regular customers to get their opinion. After about a year of testing, Eli finalized original plain, chocolate chip, cinnamon raisin, and Hawaiian cheesecakes. Little did he know that he was about to change the world of cheesecake forever. Eli created a “Chicago Style” cheesecake, which is a richer, creamier version of its New York counterpart, baked on an all-butter shortbread cookie crust instead of graham cracker crumbs. The restaurant’s customers loved the new dessert, but Eli wanted to test it outside of the restaurant. In 1980, he decided to offer the cheesecake at a booth at the first Taste of Chicago, then a one day food festival, held on July 4th on Michigan Avenue. The street was packed with people and the Eli’s booth was just as busy… with Eli feverishly cutting cheesecake as fast as he could, all the while wearing a sport coat and tie.

After the Taste of Chicago, many other restaurateurs wanted to serve Eli’s Cheesecake. Eli could not produce enough cakes at the restaurant to keep up with the demand. He was at a crossroads: either just bake the cheesecakes for his restaurant or begin a separate cheesecake business. Four years later, Eli’s son, Marc Schulman, left his legal career to head up Eli’s Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake. First renting a bakery on Chicago’s Northwest side, the company grew and in 1996 built Eli’s Cheesecake World, a 62,000 sq. ft. bakery, café and retail store located at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago.

Today, Eli’s son, Marc, continues his father’s legacy and The Eli’s Cheesecake Company provides a wide variety of high quality desserts to eager mouths all over the world.  The company, like its founder, remains a Chicago icon, offering scholarships to students and sponsoring various events throughout the city.

Join us this weekend, January 20-22, to help us celebrate what would have been Eli’s 108th birthday!

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