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Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates Chicago-O’Hare International Airport’s 50th Birthday

Friday, March 29th; Eli’s Cheesecake will be helping Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport celebrate its 50th Birthday! Opened in 1963 and dedicated by President John F. Kennedy, O’Hare presently handles about 200,000 passengers and 4,300 tons of cargo daily. Stop by Eli’s Cheesecake’s booth in Terminal 1 near Gate B9 around 1:30pm to celebrate, see the Big Birthday Cake, and grab a slice of Eli’s Original Plain or Chocolate Chip Cheesecake! Everyone at Eli’s Cheesecake wishes O’Hare a Happy Birthday and for more great years to come! For more information, check out http://stuckattheairport.com/o’harebirthday or http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-12-28/! See everyone there!

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Eli’s Cheesecake Visited by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen and Court

Eli’s was delighted to host the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen and her Court, along with Green River Soda on March 15th. The queen and her court took pictures with many of Eli’s customers and even got the chance to decorate their own Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake! The court was also able to go next door to visit our neighbors at the New Horizons Center where they met, sang and took pictures with many of the students. It was a great experience and the students at New Horizons, as well as everyone at Eli’s, was happy they were able to come.

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Eli’s Executive Pastry and Creative Research Chef Laurel Boger at Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Excutive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger culinary demonstration at Chicago Flower and Garden Show
Eli’s Executive Pastry and Creative Research Chef Laurel Boger conducted a culinary demonstration on Eli’s Hot Chocolate Cheesecake made with Salted Caramel at  Chicago’s Flower & Garden Show on March 15th.  Her demonstration included baking tips, chocolate sampling and free recipe cards.Chef Boger knows how to dazzle Eli’s domestic and international customers. In addition to Eli’s delicious cheesecake and desserts, she also is a veteran cake designer at Eli’s for giant cheesecakes served at corporate, entertainment and celebratory events including cheesecakes for both of President Obama’s Inaugural Balls in 2009 and 2013. Don’t miss our giant birthday cake cutting at Taste of Chicago on July 10, 2013 at 11am!

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Happy 176th Birthday, Chicago!

Today, Eli’s Cheesecake helped celebrated Chicago’s 176th Birthday with a Big Eli’s Apple Cinnamon Cake at the Chicago History Museum. Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and other citizens of Chicago came out to celebrate Chicago’s Heritage and hope for a bright future for Chicago! Check out these great pictures from the event!

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates the City of Chicago 176th Birthday

 

Saturday, March 2 – Monday, March 4

Celebrate Chicago’s Birthday at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café

Visit our bakery on Chicago’s northwest side for a FREE slice of Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake (one per person, please).

Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café
6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive
Chicago, IL 60634
773.205.3800

 

Chicago’s Official 176th Birthday Celebration

See Eli’s giant birthday cheesecake created by Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger, which will be served free to all guests while supplies last.

Monday, March 4, 11:30am-1pm

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312.642.4600

 

 

Virtual Celebration

For those who can’t join in the fun in Chicago, our online celebration features 40% off our Original Plain or Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes, Monday-Tuesday at 11am CT.

 

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2013 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be served at the 2013 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism. The 2013 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism is presented by Governor Pat Quinn and hosted by Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism (IOT) and the Illinois Council of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (ICCVB). Eli’s Wildflower Honey Cheesecake, made with honey from CHSAS, will be served tomorrow, February 28th, 2013. As a iconic Chicago food, Eli’s is happy to welcome visitors to Chicago!  For more information on the event go to: http://www.ilgovconference.com/ilgovsite/Schedule.html.

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Watch Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Present at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show!


Join us at Chicago’s Flower & Garden Show on March 15th at 1:30pm to watch Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef and Creative Research Chef, Laurel Boger, present her expertise on creating a delicious dessert!

Chef Boger knows how to dazzle Eli’s domestic and international customers. In addition to Eli’s delicious cheesecake and desserts, she also is a veteran cake designer at Eli’s for giant cheesecakes served at corporate, entertainment and celebratory events including cheesecakes for both of President Obama’s Inaugural Balls in 2009 and 2013.

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Join Eli’s Cheesecake at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

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St. Patrick’s Day Queen & Court Contest 2013


Eli’s Cheesecake  is proudly supporting Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Queen & Court Contest! On Sunday, February 17th, 2013 at Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium of the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers’ Hall, a panel of distinguished Chicagoans, including Maureen Schulman, will select a St. Patrick Day Queen & her Court. Eli’s Cheesecake will be served at the joyous event. The Queen and her ladies will represent the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee at various public functions throughout the year, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. To find out more about this event and see past St. Patrick Day Queens, check out: http://www.chicagostpatsparade.com/queen-contest.html

 

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500 Pound Eli’s Cheesecake called the ‘Star of the Menu’ at President Obama’s Staff Inaugural Ball

Last night, January 22, Eli’s Cheesecake’s 500 lb. Celebration Cake was the ‘star of the menu’ at President Obama’s Staff Inaugural Ball according to Obama Foodorama. This Eli’s Cheesecake masterpiece was designed and brought to life by Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef, Laurel Boger, and her bakery team.  After being baked in Eli’s Bakery, Boger and the giant cake drove 700 miles to arrive at DC by Tuesday Monday, with just enough time for Boger to add the finishing touches. In the end, the magnificent Eli’s Cheesecake had hundreds of pictures taken of it before the President even arrived, and was served, along with other Eli’s Cheesecakes, to the 10,000-15,000 guests in attendance at the Ball. Eli’s is honored to have been part of such an historic event & thanks Boger and her bakery team for all their creativity, skill, dedication and hard work!

 

Below is the article posted by Obama Foodorama:

 

 

Giant cake at the President’s last inaugural party shares the spotlight with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett…

Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama’s Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration.  And the 500-pound cake created by Eli’s Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu:  The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips.  The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived minutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already abuzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake, which was topped with a replica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top.

“My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you,” President Obama told his guests, who numbered between 10-15,000. “All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America.”

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign’s anthems, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli’s executive pastry chef Laurel Boger needed a stepladder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

“We’re very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too,” company president Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

“It is very meaningful.  There are so many events, and we’re honored to play a small role.”

Baked at Eli’s Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and “original plain” cheesecake, Eli’s most popular flavors.

The behemoth used 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting.

The cake also featured a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words “Obama” and “Biden” to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli’s cheesecakes were also offered to the guests, who wereWhite House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff,and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff. Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a memorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman’s 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli’s has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schulman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli’s The Place for Steak, and has provided cakes for three other inaugurations, including for President Obama’s first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball (that honor this year went to Duff Goldman’s Charm City Cakes).  Both of President Bill Clinton’s inaugurations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli’s Cheesecakes.  (Above, Boger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After baking the cake in Eli’s Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the Convention Center.

President Obama was already an Eli’s fan:  He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli’s cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Springfield, Ill..  The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests.  Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincoln pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln’s humble childhood home.

The other Inaugural Balls…

On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls,  The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief’s Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time.  Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing.  (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly ClarksonAlicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd, singer Eric BenetJohn Legendand his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli’s ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US; the website is here.

*Photos courtesy of Eli’s Cheesecake Company 

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