Archive for category Taste of Chicago

Eli’s Cheesecake Provides Dessert for Broadway in Chicago Seasons Subscribers and Guests as Broadway stars perform a special free concert @ the Taste of Chicago

Eli’s Cheesecake Provides Dessert for Broadway in Chicago Seasons Subscribers and Guests as MARY POPPINS, JERSEY BOYS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 101 DALMATIONS, IN THE HEIGHTS AND BOYS VERSAS GIRL perform a special free concert at the Taste of Chicago.

We kept looking at the weather forecast this past Saturday. Praying it wouldn’t rain. Broadway In Chicago had a lot at stake. Sunday we had a float in the Gay Pride Parade and Monday was the concert at the Taste of Chicago. …

Tags: , , , ,

Chicago Tribune highlights visitors to Taste of Chicago…”I get it every year from Eli’s Cheesecake”


Taste of Chicago: Who are all those people anyway?

 Fareen Vora, 23, North Side

How long have you been attending the Taste? “Since I was a kid, maybe about nine years.”

What do you like about it? “The Taste is fun. You get a taste of all the restaurants.”

Why did you decide to come again today? “My co-worker and I planned it for a committee event for work. [And for] the cheesecake, I get it every year from Eli’s Cheesecake. It’s a once-a-year thing.”

What tip would you share with a newcomer? “Break out of your comfort zone. Try something new. Like the barbecue tamarind sandwich or the fries with mango chutney [from Vermilion]. I was thinking I’d go back for some more. Also, come in the evening when it’s starting to cool off.”

Tags: , ,

Eli’s is Visited By Carli Lloyd at the Taste of Chicago


Eli’s Cheesecake at Taste visited by Carli Lloyd, US Gold Medal Olympian in Soccer and Star at the 2008 Bejing Games.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Eli’s Celebrates the 29th Birthday of the Taste of Chicago, Eli’s Cheesecake, and the 100th Birthday of the Burnham Plan of Chicago

On Saturday, June 27th, Eli’s hosted a 29th Birthday Celebration for the Taste of Chicago and Eli’s Cheesecake and the 100th Birthday of the Burnham Plan of Chicago. All share a July 4th Birthday. After Daniel Burnham V and other guests cut the giant 2,000 lb. Cheesecake, over 10,000 slices were served complimentary.


Tags: , , ,

Chicago Tribune Feature on Taste of Chicago-”Chicago’s Collossus” Eli’s Cheesecake is One of the Taste First Classics

Chicago Tribune Feature on Taste of Chicago-”Chicago’s Collossus”
Eli’s Cheesecake one of the Taste Classics—participating in every Taste since that first on July 4, 1980


Tags: , , ,

Eli’s Cheesecake celebrates the 28th Birthday of the Taste of Chicago and Eli’s Cheesecake at the Taste!

It has become a tradition that we celebrate the birthday of Taste of Chicago and Eli’s Cheesecake on the first Saturday of Taste with a Giant Birthday Cheesecake and complimentary cheesecake for all. Saturday, June 28th was a beautiful day in Chicago and we celebrated at Buckingham Fountain with the Chicago cast of the Jersey Boys and other special guests.







This is a cheesecake so big that you need a forklift to move it into position.










Eli’s Pastry Chefs under the direction of Executive Pastry Chef, Laurel Boger, created a three-tiered 2000 pound birthday cheesecake decorated with marzipan cherries the size of baseballs for the birthday celebration.









Cast members from the Chicago Company of Broadway’s Tony Award winning Jersey Boys were on hand to lead the crowd in a round of “Happy Birthday” before joining Eli’s special guests to cut the giant cheesecake. The cast of the Jersey Boys (on the left) are joined by Eli’s President, Marc Schulman, 42nd Ward Alderman, Brendan Reilly, Eli’s Maureen, Haley, Kori and Elana Schulman. Second City Producer Emeritus, Joyce Sloane and Paula Froehle and family, the Academic Dean of Flashpoint, The Academy of Media Arts & Sciences, Chicago’s new digital media college, and Mary Slowik, the Manager of the Taste of Chicago.







The cast of the Jersey Boys enjoyed the cake cutting so much that they stayed on to pass out several hudred samples slices to the assembled crowd.







Eli’s Operations Team takes a break from the Bakery and helps several thousand slices of Eli’s Cheecakecake.

Tags: , , ,

First Taste of Chicago–July 4th, 1980 on Michigan Avenue

We always tell the story of how my dad, Eli M. Schulman, took his signature cheesecake from Eli’s the Place for Steak to that first Taste of Chicago on July 4, 1980 on North Michigan Avenue—the only year that the Taste was on Michigan Avenue.

Here are photos of our booth at that first Taste. The three flavors of my dad’s cheesecake making their public debut: Chocolate Chip, Plain and Raisin Cinnamon all for $1.50 per slice. Today we offer our Taste Portion of Original Cheesecake at that same price–28 years later!

Tags: , , , , ,

Chicago Believes–Celebration of Chicago’s Bid to Host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Features Eli’s Dippers as Gala Dessert

On Monday, July 14th, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Chicago 2016 Chairman Pat Ryan, hosted a Gala Dinner for 2,500 people at Millennium Park which raised $12 million for Chicago bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

The theme of the evening was “Chicago Believes.” Eli’s Cheesecake was delighted to support the evening by donating the 2,500 Eli’s Cheesecake Dippers that were given to the guests as they departed the Dining Tents for the program at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

The dinner highlighted this year’s Olympics in Beijing with Peking Duck Salad, in London in 2012 with Pan Roasted Filet of Beef and Chicago 2016 with Eli’s Cheesecake Dippers.














It was a perfect night in Millennium Park to celebrate Chicago’s Olympic Bid for 2016. The perfect dessert for the celebration were Eli’s Cheesecake Dippers which were passed out by a great staff of volunteers as guests walked to the entertainment program for the evening.









Chicagoans love Eli’s Cheesecake and our Dippers. Some of the 2,500 guest enjoying Eli’s were world famous Chicago architect Helmut Jahn and 43rd Ward Alderman Vi Daley and husband, Vince.









Eli’s Maureen and Marc Schulman celebrate the success of “Chicago Believes” and the commitment of the Chicago business and civic community to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago. This has also been a very busy month for Eli’s Cheesecake Dippers with over 20,000 sold at the Taste of Chicago and now another 2,500 enjoyed at the Gala. Eli’s Cheesecake Dippers are the
perfect summer dessert for festivals as well as parties.

Tags: , , ,

Taste of Chicago 2008 Opens! United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer Visits Eli’s at the Taste!

Friday, June 27th marked the begining of the 28th Annual Taste of Chicago. We were honored to have a secial visitor to our booth at Taste by United States Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer.

Secretary Schafer came to Chicago to visit our partner, the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Invited by famed agricultural broadcaster, Orion Samuelson, to deliver the 2008 Commencement Address at the school, Schafer was unable to make that date but made the visit to CHSAS a priority and came on the day that Taste of Chicago started.

After touring the school and meeting a number of students and supporters, Schafer toured the Taste of Chicago with Dr. Terry Mason, another supporter of CHSAS and the head of the Chicago Board of Health.







Secretary Ed Schafer gives a “thumbs up” to Eli’s Totally Turtle Cheesecake. He is pictured above with Eli’s President Marc Schulman and Dr. Terry Mason, the Director of the Chicago Board of Health..









Unted States Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer cuts a replica of the Giant Cheescake that Eli’s has created for the 28th birthday of the Taste of Chicago and Eli’s Cheesecake. The 2,000 cheesecake will be cut and served at Buckingham Fountain on Sautrday, June 28th at 1pm.

Tags: , , ,

Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger debuts Eli’s Taste of Chicago Items on HSN on Monday

Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger will be on HSN early on Monday–at midnight and 5am (CST) to debut our items that we will be serving at the Taste of Chicago. Available first from HSN will be our Skinny Eli’ Cheesecake and our Taste of Chicago Sampler highlighting the flavors that we will be featuring at the Taste.

“Skinny Eli” is reduced in calories, has no sugar added and is made with Neufchatel cheese, ricotta cheese (as well as cream cheese), light cultured sour cream, Nielsen Massey Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and Equal Brand Sweetener. We then top it with sugar-free chocolate ganache and it is baked on a no sugar added graham cracker crust with real butter. It is 250 calories a slice and offer an alternative for
our customers with a sugar restricted diet or who are looking for a lower calorie dessert.

Our Sampler highlights our favorite flavors that we will be selling at the Taste of Chicago; our Original Plain Cheesecake, our Strawberry Cheesecake, our Cookie Cheesecake and our Eli’s Totally Turtle Cheesecake.

Taste of Chicago begins on Friday, June 27th and continues through Sunday, July 6th.


Tags: , , , , ,