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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.

Lights Festival and Dock Sale

Last week was an eventful week for The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.

IMG_2698On Thursday, November 17th, Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman along with his wife and Eli’s Publicist, Maureen Schulman, participated in the annual Tree Lighting at Seneca Park, which has been a 20+ yrs tradition. The ceremony included a buffet, which Eli’s Cheesecake provided mini desserts, at the fire house next to the park, live entertainment from by After School Matters, and a special celebrity guest appearance from actress Miranda Rae Mayo.

Eli’s Cheesecake would also like to wish Mickey Mouse a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We thank Mickey and Minnie Mouse for celebrating with us early Thursday morning as we presented our big celebration cake for the Lights Fest on ABC7 Chicago.

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On Friday, November 18th, Eli’s Cheesecake participated in the 25th annual Lights Fest at Pioneer Court. This year, The Magnificent Mile Association decided to make Lights Fest a 2-day event, with Friday evening being the kick-off to the main event on Saturday. On Friday, Eli’s Cheesecake presented Lights Fest with a 300 pound big celebratory cake in honor of its 25th anniversary. President Marc Schulman spoke on stage about the long-standing tradition of Eli’s Cheesecake at Lights Fest and the importance it plays for the city of Chicago in uniting the community.

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On Saturday, November 19th, Eli’s Cheesecake  participated at Lights Fest from 8 am until 4 pm. Although Chicago’s winter weather finally came through, Eli’s Cheesecake associates, along with the help from the CHSAS students, were prepared and ready to help serve eager guests. The Lights Festival Parade featured Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman, one of the founders of the Magnificent Mile Association. Eli’s Cheesecake also held its annual Thanksgiving Dock Sale at the factory location with hundreds of people anxious to score the best dessert deals of the year just in time for the holidays. Below are some highlights of the two events.

Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates the Cubs World Series Win with FREE slices of cheesecake!

On Friday, November 4th, and Saturday, November 5th, 2016,

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company  will celebrate the Chicago Cubs’ World Series Victory by offering customers a slice of a commemorative Eli’s Cheesecake—Original Plain hand topped with Strawberry Topping and a W Flag.

The offer is available on Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4pm at the Eli’s Cheesecake Café, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago (intersection of Montrose, Normandy and Forest Preserve Drive) and is limited to one slice per customer.

The Café will also have special offers on Eli’s Cheesecake’s and Desserts for purchase at $1.08 and $10.80.

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