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Eli’s Celebrates James Beard Eats Week, April 26 – May 6, 2019

CoconutCakeWe’re proud to participate in James Beard Eats Week: 11 days of dining, celebrating James Beard and his great cooking legacy. Guests can enjoy a delicious James Beard inspired lunch from  April 26 – May 6, 2019, (Monday- Friday only) from 11am to 2pm

“As a bakery, we focused on dessert first and were happy to discover that James Beard’s favorite cake was a coconut layer, one of our family favorites as well.” said Marc Schulman, president of Eli’s Cheesecake.  “I have never forgotten my early birthday cakes. Blessed with an insatiable taste for coconut, I always wanted a cake piled high with it.” James Beard, James Beard’s American Cookery.   Eli’s Coconut Cake would surely have been coconutty enough for the great chef.  Eli’s confection is comprised of five layers of coconut cake, frosted with coconut buttercream, and covered with toasted coconut. ($4.50 per slice)

TamalesTwo main courses, Tostadas De Piccadillo: Tostadas with picadillo (ground beef), pickled red onion, watercress, crema, and salsa verde ($7.95) and Homemade Chicken Tamales with Romesco Sauce ($2.50), both inspired by Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen (2018 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award Winner) will also be offered.

“Having the City of Chicago, along with Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association host The James Beard Foundation for its 29th Annual James Beard Awards is a huge vote of confidence recognizing Chicago as a culinary center.” added Schulman.

Only available April 26-May 6, Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm at Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago. Please call 773-205-3800 for more information, or for reservations.

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Pi Day has Infinite Possibilities at Eli’s: Pies and Pie Fights!

Mini Cherry Pie

Eli’s Mini Pie

3.14 will be a Pietastic Day at Eli’s Cheesecake with mini pies, ice cream a la pie and Pookies…a new creation that’s part pie, part cookie! We’ll also be screening famous television and movie pie fights in our cafe.

Ice Cream ala Pie

Eli’s Ice Cream ala Pie

Eli’s has baked up mini fruit pies, Apple or Cherry, to be served as individual treats, or on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream (the opposite of pie a la mode).


And be among the first to try Eli’s new Pookies.…a delicious all butter cookie dough topped with housemade apple or strawberry pie filling.

 

Pookie

Eli’s Pookies


Eli’s Pi Day Flight includes three mini pies (Apple, Strawberry, and Blueberry) served warm, with ice cream, housemade sauces and accoutrements. Dine-in only.


Eli’s Pi day specials will be served at Eli’s Cafe, located at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive on Thursday, March 14 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and are available for local delivery (Chicago and suburbs).

Shipping deadline for mail order mini pies is Tuesday, March 12 for second day and Wednesday, March 13 for overnight delivery.

 

Mini Pies, Apple or Cherry: $.75 each, 3 for $2. Ala mode, $1.50. Mini Pi Flight, $3.14.
Pookies, Apple or Strawberry: $2.75

Eli’s Visited by the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen

Eli’s was delighted to host the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen, Madeline Mitchell, and her Court, along with Green River Soda on March 8th. The queen and her court started their morning next door at the New Horizon Center to visit the students. While there, they had the opportunity to tour the facility and meet with the students. The Queen & Court enjoyed spending time with the students taking photos and getting to know them. Once back at Eli’s, they had a blast decorating their own Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake for St. Patrick’s Day! Our customers also had the chance to meet the Queen & her Court, while taking some great pictures. It was a great experience and the students at New Horizons, as well as everyone at Eli’s, was happy they were able to visit.

The Eatin’ o’ the Cheesecake with St. Paddy’s Day Desserts from Eli’s

It’s one of our favorite holidays of the year! Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in style with our cheesecake and beverage pairings this holiday season:

 

IrishMintStPats2019In Chicago, we dye our river green…at Eli’s, we turn our cheesecake green! Irish Mint Cheesecake is a fan-favorite that we only make for the season. Minty green cheesecake studded with chocolate chips and topped with chocolate ganache.

For the coolest presentation around, use Irish Mint Cheesecake as a fun freakshake ingredient and garnish. What’s a freakshake? It’s a milkshake decorated with the craziest, most over-the-top garnishes imaginable.

In a blender, mix 1 slice frozen Irish Cream Cheesecake, 1 cup milk, and two large scoops of ice cream (vanilla or mint) until smooth. Dip the rim of a glass in melted chocolate and roll in green sprinkles. For the garnish, add to a wooden skewer: marshmallows, a fudge brownie, and kiwi chunks, topped off with a whole slice of Irish Mint Cheesecake.

 

 

 

 

Creamy smooth Irish Cream CheesecakeIrish Cream Cheesecake is baked in a dark chocolate crust and layered with chocolate ganache for the ultimate flavor contrast.

Jennie C., our resident mixologist, recommends enjoying a slice with a quick and simple cocktail: Add to a glass mug a shot of Irish Cream liqueur, 2 shots of brewed coffee, and fill the rest of the glass with milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2019-01-25 at 11.20.48 AMMeet the 2019 Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Queen Madeline Mitchell and her court at Eli’s! Enjoy free dessert and beverages. Friday, March 8, 2019. 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago.

Celebrate Chicago Restaurant Week with an Eli’s Cheesecake Flight and Housemade Lunch

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We’re more than just great cheesecake! Our chefs at Eli’s Bakery Cafe have created a mouth-watering menu for Chicago Restaurant Week, available through February 7th. Lunch is served Monday – Friday, 11am – 2pm; call 773.205.3800 for reservations. It’s a great value that includes a four-course lunch with a cheesecake flight for dessert; taste three different flavors of Chicago’s favorite dessert! It also includes a whole 9″ cheesecake or an Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook to take home.

 

 

 

Eli’s Bakery Cafe Restaurant Week Menu:

Cream of Potato Soup With Leeks and Truffle Oil

Eli’s Smoked BBQ Brisket Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms on Ciabatta

Warm Winter Salad with Butternut Squash, Red Onion, Parsnip and Spinach and Honey Mustard Dressing

Eli’s Cheesecake Flight: A tasting of three different Eli’s Cheesecake flavors

Plus Your Choice of The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook OR a 9” Original Plain Cheesecake (serves 14) to take home!

$24 plus tax

Eli’s Bakery Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago

 

 

“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. 

Judy Barr Topinka Serving Eli's

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.

 

Eli's Cheesecake Illinois Capitol Cake

The Lincoln Family with Eli’s Exec. Pastry Chef Laurel Boger, Eli’s president Marc Schulman, and Cory Jobe, Director, IL Office of Tourism

Eli's Cheesecake Illinois Capitol Cake

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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