Today is the first day of the 8th 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 Grand Ballroom at Union Station. 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 Original Plain Cheesecake with Strawberries and Salted Caramel Cheesecake. The Eli’s team also offered to-go boxes for guests so that everyone could bring home a piece of cheesecake to enjoy! Restaurants included Mercadito, Porkchop, Gibson’s, ZED 451 and South Water Kitchen. Guests also enjoyed beer, wine, and cocktail pairings from Goose Island Beer Company, Terlato Wines International, CH Distillery, Crafthouse Cocktails, and Koval. Alpana Singh, Restaurateur & master sommelier, hosted this year’s event, from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Inspiration Corporation.
Over 250 restaurants in Chicago are participating in Restaurant Week, with special prix fixe menus. Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be able to participate, for the first time ever, 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 with Root Vegetables, Eli’s The Place for Steak’s Classic Roast Beef Sandwich with Grated Horseradish on Brioche and a slice of Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake with Pistachios and Almonds. Plus, each meal comes with a whole Cheesecake of your choice (9″ size) to take home!
For Chicago Restaurant Week 2015, a complete list of participating restaurants and the multi-course menu offerings are posted on Choose Chicago’s website.
This afternoon we welcomed our first reservation for Chicago Restaurant Week at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe. Laura Craig and her husband, Sean, came by this afternoon to enjoy Eli’s special CRW offering. Laura and Sean had visited our café for lunch and a tour on her birthday in 2008. We were excited when they came back to visit us today and be our first CRW guests!
If you would like to join us for our Chicago Restaurant Week Menu or have any questions, call 773-205-3800 to make reservations (no required). Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11am-2pm.