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New Cheesecake Alert

We are proud to introduce our newest addition to our cheesecake family

 

This cheesecake was created by Illinois resident, Rebekah Baer, winner of our 3rd annual Eli’s and O’Briens “Cheesecake with an Irish Twist” Bake-off contest. The recipe includes Granny smith apples baked on top of apple cider reduced cheesecake covered in caramel.  It is a three-layer cake: orange, white and green -to honor the Irish Flag.

Rebekah Baer and her winning cheesecake at O'Briens Restaurant.

Rebekah Baer and her winning cheesecake at O’Briens Restaurant.

Rebekah will receive our grand prize, a year’s supply of Eli’s Cheesecake. Her cheesecake will be featured and sold at the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe, for $3 a slice, and at O’Briens throughout the month of March. All proceeds will benefit the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

Eli’s admires all the creativity from the contestants who participated. A big THANK YOU to all those who participated. Here’s to next year! 

 

Chicago’s Flower & Garden Show

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company participated in the annual Chicago Flower & Garden show this past weekend. The show, which is located in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall and runs from March 12-20, 2016, features an array of garden and flower exhibits and outdoor displays.

On Friday, March 11, Eli’s participated in the opening gala, “Evening in Bloom,” for the show and served an assortment of desserts. On the table were: Original Plain Cheesecake, Original Plain Cheesecake with Raspberry sauce, and Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake slices, Salted Caramel Pretzel Bars, Michigan Cherry Oat Bars, and Chocolate Espresso Tarts.

The event consisted of tables featuring many Chicago restaurants and bakeries, a live DJ, a performance from a school choir, welcoming words from Bob Mariano, and endless fun. Eli’s Cheesecake was a crowd favorite that night. While everyone seemed to enjoy all our desserts, people could not stop raving about our Salted Caramel Pretzel Bars, so much so that they came back for seconds..and THIRDS!


 

Below are some photos from the event:

 


 

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, Eli’s Cheesecake Executive Pastry Chef, Laurel Boger, held a live demonstration, featuring our Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake Tarts from The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook, on the Mariano’s stage at the Show. Chef Laurel Boger always knows how to put on a good show as she actively engages with the audience.

After the demo, audience members had the opportunity to meet Laurel and ask her questions. Below are some more pictures from the event:

Upcoming March Events

1.) Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 – HELP Dinner

The Eli’s Cheesecake company will continue it’s 16 year tradition by serving dinner to The Chicago Help Initiative’s Wednesday dinner program from 5-7pm.

2.) Friday, March 11 & Thursday, March 12, 2016 – Chicago Flower & Garden Show

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company is proud to participate once again in the annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show. On Friday, March 11, Eli’s will provide dessert for the inaugural Gala, which will give a preview to the actual show. The preview offers a first-hand look at the Flower & Garden Show, which is presented by Mariano’s, and the proceeds will benefit local charities. The evening will consist of a variety of food from notable Chicago Restaurants and chefs along with specialty drinks.

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef, Laurel Boger, will hold a live demo at 1:30 pm. Audience members will get the chance to sample cheesecake and learn some tips and tricks. Click here to purchase tickets to the event.

3.) Friday, March 18th, 2016 – TimeLine Theatre’s Gala

On Friday, March 18th, 2016, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company will provide dessert for TimeLine Theatre’s Anuual Gala Benefit. Proceeds for the event will benefit TimeLine Theatre and its programs. Click here to get information on tickets.

4.) Thursday, March 24th, 2016 – Good Food Festival & Conference

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company is proud to have President March Schulman participate as a conference Co-chair and guest speaker and tell the Eli’s story in the Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference at the UIC Forum. The Eli’s Cheesecake company will provide dessert for the conference in the early and late afternoon.Click here to purchase your tickets to the event.

Eli’s Celebrates the City of Chicago’s Birthday

Last Friday, March 4th, was the City of Chicago’s 179th birthday… and what’s a birthday party without cake?! Eli’s was privileged to make not one, but TWO, birthday cakes for the city! The first cheesecake was featured on Windy City Live, where the hosts Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini were celebrating the wonderful Windy City. To see the clip from Windy City Live, featuring Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, click here. The second cheesecake was displayed and served at the City’s annual birthday party, hosted at none other than the Chicago History Museum.

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Serving Up Fun Times with Eli’s Cheesecake

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company has had a busy time with events the past few weeks!  On Monday, February 22nd, we hosted our brokers from Wisconsin and Ohio for an all-day sales meeting. This meeting led to positive comments on the Bakery and the people, which will pave the way to many opportunities in the months ahead. A special thanks to associates Lisa Ripka and Erin Acero for coordinating and all the support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, February 27th, The Eli’s Cheesecake CompanyIMG_7056 participated in the For the Love of Chocolate 2016′s Gala, Eye Candy: A Feast for the Senses at Chicago’s Union League Club. Associates who participated include: Lisa Feldman, Genesis Villarreal, Jolene Worthington. Eli’s Cheesecake president, Marc Schulman, along with his wife, Maureen and daughter, also attended the event. The annual Gala awards a scholarship to a student from The French Pastry School.  This is the number one event for bakery and chocolatiers in the Midwest and Eli’s looked so great! A special thank you to pastry chefs Diana Moles, Laurel Boger. Juanita, Alicia, and the rest of the R&D team for creating the amazing desserts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish Bake-off Contest HollywoodOnState2016On Sunday, February 28th Eli’s participated in two events. The first event was the annual O’Brien’s Irish Bake-off. Associate Allyson Macino and Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger represented us at our 3rd Annual “Cheesecake with an Irish Twist” contest at O’Briens. We had a record 10 entries and it was a great community effort benefitting the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.

On Sunday night, Eli’s Cheesecake was fortunate to create this year’s Hollywood on State–the official Oscar’s viewing Party in Chicago–cake for the Gene Siskel Film Center.

 

 

 

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This past Sunday, March 6th, Eli’s was honored to be able to attend the Downton Abbey®series finale party at the Driehaus Museum. To help celebrate the occasion, we created a special wedding cake, as well as served up treats to all the viewers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eli’s Cheesecake featured on WTTW

The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook continues to gain attention from various media outlets. This week, co-author, Maureen Schulman was featured on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” episode in which she reveals many secrets, fun facts, and personal anecdotes about The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, and the founder, Eli M. Schulman.

If you did not get a chance to see the video, you can click here to view it. Also, The folks at WTTW added the recipe for creating one of Eli’s best-selling cheesecakes–Salted Caramel.

The’s Eli’s Cheesecake Company is proud to be recognized as a Chicago dessert staple. As Mrs. Schulman states, The Eli’s Cheesecake revealed some of its secret recipes and tips to recreating a Chicago classic in order to continue to embrace Eli M. Schulman’s philosophy of “Charity won’t bust you.” Indeed, the Eli’s Cheesecake company welcomes the opportunity for individuals to experience recreating a Chicago signature dessert. For those who cannot come to the Bakery Cafe and purchase one in person, they have the opportunity to eat the best tasting cheesecake at the comfort of their own homes.

Share the Love

Valentine’s Day is more than just a holiday for those in love. At Eli’s Cheesecake, we believe that Valentine’s Day is a day to share the love, which is why we created the #SharethelovewithElis Twitter Giveaway.

When Eli’s debuted the #SharethelovewithEli’s Valentine’s Day Giveaway on Twitter, asking fans who they would share a box of Mini Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake Hearts with, Eli’s president Marc Schulman noticed one response in particular:

Lindsey Compton wrote “All People should feel loved, so I would give them away to the homeless on February 14th.”

The folks at Eli’s thought that was a great idea, so this Valentine’s Day, all across Chicago, over 2,500 people via Chicago Help Initiative, St. Cyprian Food Pantry, Joined Hands Food Pantry at St. John’s Lutheran Church Pantry, Southwest Chicago PADS and Pacific Garden Mission will feel the love and enjoy Eli’s Cheesecake.

Here’s how you can #Sharethelove: Shop online at shop.elicheesecake.com or call 800-ELI-CAKE. Order by 11am CT on February 11th to get your order in time for Valentine’s Day. Mini Belgian Hearts are $36.95 plus shipping for a box of 12. Also available:

 

 

 

White Chocolate Raspberry Heart-Shaped Cheesecake: Creamy white chocolate cheesecake topped with raspberry gelee and hand-piped whipped cream, $28.95 plus shipping, serves 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brownie Bites: Our decadent mini fudge brownies in a heart-shaped box, $26.95 plus shipping for a box of 25

 

 

Upcoming Cookbook Signings

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In the next few weeks, there will be two book signing events for The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook, which is now available for order online via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Target, for example.

 


 

Book signing #1:

Eli’s Cookbook Signing and Conversation with Maureen Schulman, Chris & Sheila Kennedy

January 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Book Stall, Winnetka, IL

811 Elm St

Winnetka, IL 60093

Description: Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook author (and Eli’s daughter-in-law)  Maureen Schulman will sign copies of our new cookbook and share anecdotes about Eli and Eli’s Cheesecakes. Joining her are area residents, Chris Kennedy (son of Senator Robert F. Kennedy) and Sheila Berner Kennedy, co-founders of Top Box Foods. Top Box Foods works to create access to healthy and affordable foods by working with communities in Chicago and Lake County, IL as well as in New Orleans, LA. Eli’s and Top Box Foods have been partners since the organization’s inception, and Chris and Sheila Kennedy were featured in the Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook with a recipe for their dream cheesecake, Lemon Cheesecake Tart with Blueberries


 

Book signing #2:

Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook – Author Signing

February 13. 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Anderson’s Bookstore

123 W Jefferson Ave

Naperville, IL 60540

Description: Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook author (and Eli’s daughter-in-law)  Maureen Schulman will sign copies of our new cookbook, share anecdotes about Eli and Eli’s Cheesecakes and sample one  of our famous desserts.

Congratulations 2016 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Queen and Her Court

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company was honored to continue the long tradition of sponsoring the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen contest!  We look forward to their visit to Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café and the New Horizon Center in February.  Congratulations Erin Mulcahy, 2016 Chicago St. Patrick’s Parade Queen and Her Court joined by Maureen and Marc Schulman.St. Pat's Day Queen 2016

Book Signing Event at Read It & Eat with Jolene Worthington and Maureen Schulman

This weekend, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company continued the celebration of the newly released Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook at Read It & Eat, a Chicago culinary bookstore located in the heart of Lincoln Park.  The baking demonstration, book signing, storytelling and cheesecake sampling was presented by co-authors Jolene Worthington jolene book signingand Maureen Schulman.

This cookbook includes 40 distinct cheesecake recipes, including Original Plain, Banana Chocolate, Caramel Pecan and Pumpkin, plus recipes from Eli’s famous Chicago steakhouse, like Shrimp deJonghe and Chateaubriand.  Published to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Eli’s Cheesecake, this collection allows home cooks to make the same cakes that helped celebrate Presidents Clinton and Obama’s inaugurations, Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial, the City of Chicago’s 150th birthday, the White Sox World Series, and more. As Eli Schulman might say, it’s a helluva book.maureen book signing