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Eli’s Celebrates Another Successful National Cheesecake Day

We at Eli’s are excited to say that we have successfully celebrated another National Cheesecake Day! This year we brought the celebration around the city of Chicago as well as keeping the fun going at our main location on the North West side.

At our home base, we hosted celebrations during our weekly Farmer’s Market. Guests were treated to free slices of our famous cheesecake, with new flavors being samples hourly. We also hosted an Artisan Supplier Fair, featuring some of our esteemed suppliers such as Guitrad, Blommer’s, Phoenix Bean, Nielsen Massey, Stahlbush Island Farms, and the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences. We were treated to a dance performance from After School Matters.

At our O’Hare location at United Terminal B, we had some of our associates handing out free slices of Original Plain and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. We also brought down a prize wheel so travelers could try their luck for a chance to win a 9” inch cheesecake along with some other fun prizes! We also hosted another demo at Plum Market from 4 to 7.

Mr. Slice, our beloved mascot, had a pretty exciting day as well. He and some of our associates took the Cheesecake mobile out for a spin to give out cheesecake to fans across the city. He made stops at the Jefferson Park Blue Line Station, NBC Tower, Seneca Park and Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. Mr. Slice also did meet and greets with some lucky fans at each location.

National Cheesecake Day is very dear to our company. It celebrates the dessert that started the history and family that is the Eli’s Cheesecake Company. Elana Schulman, daughter of our President Marc Schulman, said it best in a blog post written in honor of National Cheesecake Day:

“There are delicious cheesecakes all over the world, but there’s something special about one that was born from your grandfather’s imagination, your mom and dad’s constant hard work and dedication, and the incredible team at Eli’s that makes each cake the best cake.” Read more here: http://munchies.vice.com/articles/you-need-a-forklift-to-pick-up-my-familys-1500-pound-cheesecake

National Cheesecake Day was a lot of fun for all of us here at Eli’s, but the fun isn’t stopping here. Join us this weekend for the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival, a two day long event with food, fun and cheesecake for the entire family. We hope to see you there!

Mr. Slice posing with some fans at the Jefferson Park Blue Line Station.

Mr. Slice posing with some fans at the Jefferson Park Blue Line Station.

One of our associates preparing samples for the demo at Plum Market.

One of our associates preparing samples for the demo at Plum Market.

The After School Matters Dancers enjoying some cheesecake,

The After School Matters Dancers enjoying some cheesecake,

Eli’s Cheesecake of Chicago Celebrates National Cheesecake Day with debut of Birthday Cake Cheesecake in honor of Eli’s 35th Birthday plus…cheesecake give-a-ways all over town and a Cheesecake Festival!

Nothing says party like food on a stick so Eli’s Birthday Cake Cheesecake will be unveiled as an Eli’s Dipper: confetti cheesecake layered with old fashioned birthday cake, enrobed in milk chocolate, rolled in more confetti and served frozen on a stick!  The Eli’s Cheesecake mobile and slice mascot will make stops around Chicago giving away Dippers and other varieties of cheesecake.

Thursday, July 30 - Give-a-way  locations include: Eli Schulman Playground across from Water Tower Place, Jefferson Park, Pioneer Court, Eli’s Cafe at O’Hare Airport (term 1 between B8 and B9), and Eli’s Cheesecake World (6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. Chicago). Follow us on Twitter @ElisCheesecake #ElisMobile for schedule.

Also on July 30, free standard shipping on all 9” Cheesecakes. Visit http://shop.elicheesecake.com for details.

Thursday, July 30-Sunday, August 2 – Eli’s Cheesecake Festival:  Music, food, cheesecake hula hoop, eating and cake walk contests, family fun , a classic car show and Come As You Were costume contest.  Visit http://www.cheesecakefestival.com for schedule.

Our new Birthday Cake Dippers.

Our new Birthday Cake Dippers.

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Eli’s Farmer’s Market Speaker Series Ends with Speech from Terra Brockman

Earlier today, Eli’s hosted the finale of our Farmer’s Market Speaker Series with our guest speaker Terra Brockman.  Terra Brockman is the founder of The Land Connection, a non-profit organization that trains farmers in restorative farming techniques and informs the public about the sources of food and why they matter. She also has written a book on farming called The Seasons on Henry’s Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm, which was one of three finalists for the James Beard Award in Writing and Literature in 2010.

Brockman’s talk focused on the importance of soil and seasonality to crop production. She also highlighted how important simple farming techniques are to producing healthy, fresh, nutrient rich foods. Brockman shared these and a few other farming insights she’s gathered over the years with a few students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. She and the students were able to discuss her views on farming and food over some slices of Eli’s Peanut Butter Pie and Original Plain Cheesecakes.

We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting the Farmer’s Market Speakers series and were glad to end the program on such a great speech. To stay updated on more events going on at Eli’s, keep an eye on our July calendar!

After her speech, Brockman answered questions and discussed some of her farming beliefs.

After her speech, Brockman answered questions and discussed some of her farming beliefs.

Brockman getting acquainted with some CHSAS Student.

Brockman getting acquainted with some CHSAS Student.

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Eli’s Celebrates 35 Years at the Taste of Chicago

We love a good celebration at the Eli’s Cheesecake Company and our 35th birthday was no exception. We started the day with a culinary demo from our Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger at the In The Kitchen with Mariano’s tent. There she showed some lucky Eli’s fans how to create and decorate a Big Slice. She also gave some baking tips and insider info while answering audience questions after.

Once the demo wrapped up, Chef Laurel headed over to the Big Cake tent and began prepping for the 1,500 pound cheesecake to be cut and passed out. By 12:20, the line of excited Taste of Chicago goers had already wrapped half way around Buckingham Fountain. At 12:30, we began our Chicago celebrity studded celebration began. Bill Zwecker, entertainment reporter for Fox 32 News Chicago, emceed the opening remarks from many of the company’s esteemed friends and colleagues such as Sam Toia (President of the Illinois Restaurant Association), Michelle T. Boone (Commisioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events), Merri Dee (President of the Illinois Chapter of the AARP), Brian Hopkins (Alderman of Chicago’s 2nd Ward) and  Candace Jordan (Chicago Now Blogger and Chicago Tribune Columnist) as well as some others!

And what would a birthday be without the ‘happy birthday’ song? Luckily, we had the Broadway in Chicago Cast of Kinky Boots, the Tony and Grammy award winning musical, there to help us sing. They even bought Chef Laurel some real Kinky Boots to wear! After their beautiful serenade, we began the large task at hand—cutting and serving the massive 1,500 pound cake. The Eli’s team worked tirelessly to serve the mile line long of fans until the cake was finished.

Eli’s was honored by the kind remarks and praise and would like to extend a warm thank you for all the amazing birthday wishes. The Taste of Chicago Cake Cutting is one of our favorite traditions here at Eli’s and we can’t wait to do it all again next year!

The cast of Kinky Boots and Chef Laurel wearing her Kinky Boots.

The cast of Kinky Boots and Chef Laurel wearing her Kinky Boots.

Chef Laurel Boger showing off the Big Slice made at the demo.

Chef Laurel Boger showing off the Big Slice made at the demo.

The Eli's team and the 1,500 lb cake.

The Eli’s team and the 1,500 lb cake.

Eli’s Celebrates a Successful First Day at the Taste of Chicago

Yesterday, we kicked off our 35th Birthday where it all began, the Taste of Chicago! We began the day with an early morning visit from Tanja Babich of ABC 7 Chicago and Commissioner Michelle Boone at our booth, located at the corner of Columbus and Jackson.  After, Marc went to go visit Eddie V’s Road Show, a weekly comedy podcast featuring Chicago Radio Legend Eddie Volkman, to talk about our longstanding history with the Taste and to give out some treats to Eddie and his audience.

After everyone finished wishing us a happy birthday, we went back to the major task at hand– prepping to feed the millions of people that come to the Taste every year! This year, we chose to serve our Original Plain Cheesecake with Strawberries, our Turtle Cheesecake, our Key Lime Cheesecake, our S’Mores Smoosh (S’Mores Cheesecake topped with ice cream) and our new 35th Birthday Dipper. Even though the festival is only one day in, Eli’s has already gotten some rave reviews. The Chicago Tribune called our S’Mores Smoosh “heaven” and said that “the mix of flavors, temperatures and textures was magic” and Time out Chicago featured our Birthday Dipper on their Instagram page.

Yesterday’s celebration didn’t stop at the Taste. We also sent our event team down to the Eli’s Cheesecake at O’Hare Airport to hand out free cheesecake to the weary travelers at United Terminal B and featured our Taste of Chicago flavors in=store at our Bakery Café. Be sure to stop in if you can’t make it down to the Taste.

We’re very happy with yesterday’s Taste of Chicago turn out and are excited to continue the celebration throughout the rest of the week. Cheers to a great opening day!

 

Time Out Chicago's shot of our Birthday Dipper.

Time Out Chicago’s shot of our Birthday Dipper.

Marc And Maureen Schulman at Eddie V's Roadshow.

Marc And Maureen Schulman at Eddie V’s Roadshow.

Mr. Slice greeting people at O'Hare airport.

Mr. Slice greeting people at O’Hare airport.

Tanja Babich visiting our Booth at the Taste of Chicago.

Tanja Babich visiting our Booth at the Taste of Chicago.

Eli Gears up for Taste of Chicago 2015

Eli’s is gearing up for an exciting 35th birthday at the Taste of Chicago! One of our favorite traditions is here again and this time it’s bigger than ever. Today, we put the finishing touches on our 1,500 pound Birthday Cheesecake that will be unveiled at the Taste of Chicago this Saturday. The cake will be made up of Eli’s original flavors, Plain and Chocolate Chip. In addition, one of the layers will be made of a brand new flavor, Birthday Cake Cheesecake! The massive cake required a mind boggling grocery list which included 700 pounds of cream cheese, 200 pounds of sugar, 900 eggs, 40 pounds of chocolate chips, 100 pounds of Eli’s famous Butter Cookie Crust, 70 pounds strawberries, 100 pounds of strawberries and 10 pounds of graham cracker crumb.

Eli’s has a long standing history with the Taste of Chicago. In fact, Eli Schulman introduced our cheesecake the world at the very first Taste of Chicago in 1980. We can’t wait to celebrate at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park this Saturday with all of our associates and fans. If you can’t make Saturday, be sure to visit us at our booth on the corner of Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive! We’ll be serving Original Plain Cheesecake with Strawberries (7 tickets), Turtle Cheesecake (8 tickets), S’Mores Smoosh – S’Mores Cheesecake topped with ice cream (9 tickets), 35th Birthday Dipper – Birthday Cake Cheesecake dipped in chocolate and decorated with sprinkles (7), and taste portions of  Original Plain or Key Lime Cheesecake (4 tickets) Wednesday through Sunday. We hope to see you there!

Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger applying the buttercream frosting to the Big Cake.

Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger applying the buttercream frosting to the Big Cake.

The ingredient list for our Big Cake!

The ingredient list for our Big Cake!

Our new Birthday Cake Dippers.

Our new Birthday Cake Dippers.

Eli’s Hosts Speakers for High School Students

Thursdays are always fun at the Eli’s Cheesecake Company, and yesterday was no different. What looked like a dreary day in the morning turned into beautiful sunshine and a cool breeze. A perfect day for our Farmer’s Market! Our chef Antonio made a delicious lunch on the grill and all of our vendors and customers enjoyed the relaxing Thursday afternoon. Our featured vendor, Underground Soap Bakery, set up a display of his various soaps, lotions and scrubs for customers to test out.

On top of all the usual Farmer’s Market excitement, Eli’s had the pleasure of hosting Jenny Yang, Owner of Phoenix Bean, as she spoke to students from the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences about her start in the food industry. Phoenix bean is a premier supplier of soy products located in the Chicagoland area. They are most known for their tofu products. Yang even calls herself a “tofu converter” because of the positive reaction her product gets. Yang’s speech covered a variety of topics from the manufacturing of her products to her various marketing strategies and sales tips. It was especially exciting for Eli’s to host Yang’s presentation because we proudly use Phoenix Bean tofu in our vegan cheesecakes! We deeply appreciate her commitment to quality.

We ended the day hosting students from the National Student Leadership Conference at Northwestern University for a lunch and speeches from our own Marc Schulman and Debbie Marchok. The National Student Leadership Conference is an academic program that encourages young leaders to explore future career interests. Sharing some of our business philosophies and strategies with them was a perfect way to cap our day.

Join us next Thursday and enjoy our Farmer’s Market and speeches from Leland Strom, the director of Farm Credit System Insurance and Tyler Strom, project manager of FARM Illinois. We hope to see you there!

A variety of soaps from our featured vendor, Underground Soap Bakery.

A variety of soaps from our featured vendor, Underground Soap Bakery.

Jenny Yang, owner of Phoenix Bean, talking to the CHSAS students.

Jenny Yang, owner of Phoenix Bean, talking to the CHSAS students.

Our own Marc Schulman and Debbie Marchok preparing to peak to the NSLC Students

Our own Marc Schulman and Debbie Marchok preparing to speak to the NSLC Students. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eli’s Team Visits Barry Callebaut, USA LLC

Yesterday, a few members of the Eli’s Cheesecake team had the pleasure of touring the facility of one of our chocolate suppliers, Barry Callebaut, USA. Barry Callebaut is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products and they provide us with the high quality chocolate that is in many of our cheesecakes, like the Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake. The tour consisted of a Chocolate 101 class where our team members learned about all the processes that go into making the various types of Barry Callebaut Chocolate and a facility tour. There was also a chocolate tasting, including various types of their dark, milk and white chocolates. The tour was extremely informative and interesting. Eli’s would like to thank everyone at Barry Callebaut Chicago for having us!

One of our associates posing with a statue made of chocolate.

One of our associates posing with a statue made of chocolate.

A chocolate tasting tray filled with a variety dark, milk and white chocolates.

A chocolate tasting tray filled with a variety dark, milk and white chocolates.

Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates 11th Annual Father’s Day Bike Ride

Our 2015 Father’s Day Bike Ride was a huge success! Over 200 of our guests enjoyed the 10 mile ride through Chicago’s North West side guided by police escorts from the Chicago and Harwood Heights Police Departments. Guests were also provided a continental breakfast and free DIY cheesecake decorating. We extend a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, to the Chicago and Harwood Heights Police Departments and to Rudy Kubica of Rudy’s Bike Shop. We also would like to thank our event chair Sharon Mrowiec for organizing the event and all the rest of our associates. The Father’s Day bike ride is one of our favorite traditions here at Eli’s and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

Eli's Cheesecake President Marc Schulman and his family before the ride.

Eli’s Cheesecake President Marc Schulman and his family before the ride.

Eli’s Makes Big Cake for On Your Feet Premiere After Party

Last night, the cast of On Your Feet celebrated a successful opening night and Eli’s was happy to help. On Your Feet is a musical about the life and music Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The show will open on Broadway in the fall of 2015 but is currently calling Chicago home for its pre-Broadway run. The party was hosted at the Walnut Room on State Street and both Gloria and Emilio Estefan were in attendance and even cut the first slice of the cake provided by Eli’s. The cake was a delicious strawberry topped Tres Leches cake made special for the event. In addition to the cake, Eli’s also provided a variety of mini desserts, including our Brownies, 7 Layer Bars, Dulce de Leche Mini Pies, Caramel Flan Cheesecake Bites, Enrobed Original Plain Cuties and our Salted Caramel Bars. Eli’s was overjoyed to be included in such a fun event a wishes the cast and crew of On Your Feet a successful pre-Broadway run!

Gloria and Emilio Estefan pose with our Tres Leches cake alongside On Your Feet stars Ana Villafane and Josh Segarra.

Gloria and Emilio Estefan pose with our Tres Leches cake alongside On Your Feet stars Ana Villafane and Josh Segarra.

The Tres Leches Cake provided by Eli's was a big hits with the party guests.

The Tres Leches Cake provided by Eli’s was a big hits with the party guests.

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