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Eli’s Proud to Honor Our Friend Merri Dee

Last week we honored our good friend,  Merri Dee, at the Metropolitan Club in the Willis Tower to celebrate her 50 years in broadcasting! Hundreds of friends and fans were on hand to celebrate the life and career of this Chicago legend. The event, to benefit the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, also featured an extra large Eli’s Cheesecake topped with chocolate-covered strawberries. Merri has been a friend of Eli’s for many years and we love her positive attitude, especially her most famous saying, made up of ten little two-letter words: “If it is to be, it is up to me!”

Here’s to many more years, Merri!

 

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Happy Birthday Chicago!

On Saturday, March 4th, Chicago turns 180! Come celebrate with us at the Chicago History Museum from 10am-2pm for a celebration, guest speakers and a FREE Eli’s Cheesecake (one per person, while supplies last).

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Eli’s At The Movies!

This past weekend,

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company participated in two big annual events: For the Love of Chocolate’s Annual Gala and Hollywood on State, Chicago’s longest-running Oscar viewing party.

At #FLOC17, Eli’s Cheesecake showcased Belgian Chocolate Truffles with toffee and gold leaf, which was a crowd favorite for the night.  Thank you to Eli’s VP of Research & Development, Chef Diana Moles along with associates Jennie Coursey and Genesis Villarreal for attending the event and wearing your finest Film Noir dresses!

 

Last Sunday we were honored to serve desserts at Hollywood on State, the Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual Oscar Viewing party. During a very memorable Oscars telecast (to say the least),  we served Cookie Butter Cheesecake slices, Eli’s Cheesecake Dippers, Cherry Oat Bars, housemade Chocolate Fudge Brownies, Pecan Pie Bars, and Seven-layer Coconutty Bars.


Upcoming February Events

Each year,

Eli’s Cheesecake participates in For the Love of Chocolate (FLOC) gala. This year, Eli’s Cheesecake will once again attend on February 25th and provide some sweet dark chocolate cheesecake truffles!  This year’s FLOC the theme is “Noir.”  We are excited to participate in a night full of fun and theater.

 

On Sunday, February 26th,

The day after FLOC, Eli’s Cheesecake will also participate in Chicago’s largest and longest-running Oscar Viewing Party, “Hollywood on State” at The Gene Siskel Film Center. It is a night of glamor and a chance to be a “star.” Attendees will enjoy a red carpet, food, and libations at 6:30 pm followed by a Live Academy Awards telecast.

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Bakery Cafe Visits

At Eli’s we love our fans and love to share our story with others!

On Monday, February 6th,

Eli’s Cheesecake fan Tanya Taylor came to visit Eli’s Bakery Cafe. Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman personally invited her to visit after she tweeted that she was a fan and tried Eli’s at First Bites Bash. During lunch, Tanya mentioned that her wedding cake (15 years ago!), as featured below, was custom made from Eli’s Cheesecake. It’s wonderful to hear people’s stories of their memories and experiences with Eli’s!

On Tuesday, February 7th,

Renowned Chicago Foodie and Pastry Chef, Sherrie Tan (@sherriesavorsthecity) came to visit Eli’s Cheesecake for lunch and a bakery tour. After the tour, they enjoyed our Prix Fixe Chicago Restaurant Week Lunch Menu, which ended with a cheesecake cutie fondue photo shoot.

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts at Eli’s Bakery Cafe

NEW! Exclusively at Eli’s Bakery Cafe, limited time Valentine’s Day packaged gifts are available for purchase. LOVE is definitely in the air here!

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Top left: 2 cupcakes (vanilla with sprinkles and chocolate with chocolate fudge frosting.

Top right: 4-pack of whoopie pies and an 8 Pack of Mini (chocolate dipped, coconut flavored) Macaroons

Bottom left: Heart shaped frosted cookies with various wordings, and candied nuts in a heart-shaped dome.

Bottom right: Mini Macaroons as displayed in-store.

 

BUT WAIT….THERE’S MORE!

Starting Monday, February 6th, customers will be able to purchase DIY Cheesecake Kits–the perfect way to celebrate a sweet holiday! The kits include a cheesecake, piping bag with frosting and Valentine’s Day sprinkles and candies. Kits are $7.50 and can be reserved by calling 773-205-3800.

On Friday, February 10th, customers can come to the Bakery Cafe and enjoy a FREE Valentine’s Day mini dipper decorating DIY.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

February 11th and February 14th, Eli’s Cheesecake will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Luncheon! Guests can expect a $10 Lunch Special that includes a heart shaped grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, and a strawberry topped cheesecake.

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On February 13th, Eli’s Cheesecake will host its first Valentine’s Day Cake Decorating Class, which has already been booked to capacity! But, do not worry! There are many more fun classes and evening events to come in the future!

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Share the Love

February is coming up, and that means Valentine’s Day! There are plenty of ways Eli’s Cheesecake will help you share the love with your significant other! Here’s the scoop on what you can expect from The Eli’s Cheesecake Company:

SHOP Eli’s Valentine’s Day Catalog! Your perfect guide to giving the best and sweetest Valentine’s Day gift to your significant other. It’ll be love at first bite!

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RESERVE your spot for a Valentine’s Day Luncheon at Eli’s Bakery Cafe! Make your Valentine’s Day celebration special by making reservations to a Valentine’s Day Luncheon on Saturday, February 11th from 10 am-2 pm and Tuesday, February 14th from 11 am-2 pm. Guests will have custom cheesecake Valentine’s kits available for purchase, a special sale on Valentine’s Day Cheesecakes, plus FREE samples, a coloring contest and a fun photo op frame! The $10 lunch special will include a heart-shaped grilled cheese, tomato soup, and a strawberry topped cheesecake. Guests are recommended to make reservations ahead of time by calling 773-308-7000. 

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JOIN Eli’s Cheesecake’s First ever Valentine’s Day Cake Decorating Class! This will be the first of many classes and events to come at Eli’s Bakery Cafe. Bring a loved one and decorate a cake that you can take home and eat! Say what?! Make your reservations for $20 a person, Monday, February 13th at 5:00 pm.

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ENTER the Share the Love with Eli’s photo contest for a chance to win a Valentine’s Day gift pack! Contest runs from January 30th, 2017 at 8:00 am US Central Time and ends February 6th, 2016 at 11:59 pm US Central Time (CT).

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Holiday Traditions at Eli’s

At Eli’s Cheesecake, creating lasting memories and continuing traditions matter.

On Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, Eli’s Cheesecake hosted its annual Third Shift Dinner–a holiday celebration dinner for employees who work the third shift at Eli’s Cheesecake. Eli’s President, Marc Schulman, believes it is important that all employees be recognized and thanked for their hard work. Dinner was provided by Eli’s in-house Chef, Antonio.

Today, December 22nd, 2016, Eli’s Cheesecake hosted its annual Hot Dog Party, an end-of-the year holiday celebration for Eli’s associates. Each year, Marc Schulman, gives his thanks and appreciation to the Eli’s associates.  Lunch was provided by Poochies.  There was a raffle and a fun photo booth where associates were able to use festive props and take fun photos. 

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In addition to the annual hot dog party, last year we started an Ugly Holiday Sweater Day and we are making it a tradition. This year, more associates participated.

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Holidays at Eli’s

The holidays are a busy time for Eli’s Cheesecake.

 

On December 6th, 2016 Eli’s Cheesecake hosted its annual Holiday Open House–a kickoff to the holiday season. At the holiday open house, customers were able to enjoy pre-dock sale prices in-store (at Eli’s Bakery Cafe) and a dessert buffet, plus a chance to win a prize when they played the spin-n-win wheel.

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On December 10th, 2016 Eli’s Cheesecake held its annual Holiday Dock Sale–one of its biggest dessert sales of the year! Desserts were discounted up to 40%! Eli’s Cheesecake knows how important the holidays are, and each year the holiday dock sale is held in order to give community members the best deal in the city. The dock was open from 8am-1pm, but the dock sale prices continued at Eli’s Bakery Cafe.

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What’s going on online? 

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#12DaysofElis Holiday Giveaway

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From December 1st-December 12th, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company hosted a 12-day giveaway online in order to celebrate the holiday season. Each day a random entrant was selected as a winner of the day. All prizes and winners were announced via Eli’s Cheesecake’s Instagram and Twitter account with the hashtag #12DaysofElis.

Our Pinterest 2016 Holiday Gift Guide is also up to help you decide which Eli’s Cheesecake dessert will best fit your holiday needs:

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Looking ahead…

 

On Saturday, December 17th, Eli’s Cheesecake will hold the last In-Store Dock Sale of the year! Customers can expect low prices on holiday desserts and treats, plus holiday fun including music and free coffee while they shop.

#GivingTuesday

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Eli M. Schulman’s, founder of Eli’s Cheesecake, motto, “charity will never bust you,” is something that characterizes The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. On #GivingTuesday we would like to take a moment to discuss some of the charitable acts The Eli’s Cheesecake Company does throughout the year:

  • Every month, the Eli’s Cheesecake Company donates approximately 2,000 units of product to Top Box foods.
  • Aside from working with Refugee One in employing refugees, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company delivered pumpkin cheesecakes to Refugee One office where Refugees were able to enjoy cheesecake for the first time while learning about the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday. Refugees were also able to take home cheesecakes to share with their families.
  • The Eli’s Cheesecake Company has a 16 year tradition serving dinner to the disadvantaged at the Chicago Help Initiative. This year, Eli’s Cheesecake associates had the opportunity to serve 250 people.  Serving this dinner each year gives us an appreciation for the need in our community and the difference we make. 

Cheesecakes for a cause:

  • A Sweet Partnership: Eli’s honey is harvested by student beekeepers from The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.  The students raise the bees, maintain the hives, and package and market the honey. A portion of the proceeds from honey and Honey Cheesecake sales go toward college scholarships for deserving high school seniors. Our Wildflower honey cheesecake, enhanced with the subtle addition of ricotta, is topped with a dreamy, crunchy layer of salted honey, toasted pistachios and almonds, a cloud of vanilla mousse and a mosaic of more toasted pistachios and almonds.
  • Eli’s presents a Limited Edition Chocolate Banana Cheesecake, a collaboration with Chicago based Wild Ophelia, the spirited younger sister of Vosges Haut-Chocolat. The sweet partnership supports the Wild Ophelia Accelerator Program, to provide high school and college girls with grants and the mentorship needed to start a food business. The banana cheesecake, with a thick swirl of peanut butter, is topped with chocolate ganache made from Wild Ophelia’s Caramelized Bananas and Roasted Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Bar, and baked on a chocolate crust. Each slice is topped with a Wild Ophelia Caramelized Bananas and Roasted Peanut Butter Cup. Available at shop.elicheesecake.com and WildOphelia.com.