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Eli’s Celebrates 34 Years at the Taste of Chicago

Despite the Taste of Chicago being cancelled on Saturday, Eli’s was back out there Sunday with the Big Cake ready to serve!
NBC 5- Taste Reopens
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Today is opening day for the Taste of Chicago! In 1980, founder Eli Schulman debuted the now famous Eli’s Cheesecake at the first Taste of Chicago, making Eli’s the only original vendor still participating at Taste.  Eli’s has sold over 5.2 million slices throughout Taste’s history!  Marc Schulman, Eli’s son and company President, credits Taste for launching the dessert and helping take it from a local favorite, to one of the country’s largest specialty cheesecake bakeries, baking over 20,000 cheesecakes and desserts daily at Eli’s Cheesecake World located on Chicago’s northwest side.

Eli’s Cheesecake Booth #16, located at Jackson and Columbus, will feature Eli’s Cheesecake Smoosh:  Cookie Cheesecake made with Oreo® (topped vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce), Turtle Cheesecake, Original Plain (with strawberries), Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper (frozen chocolate chip cheesecake on a stick, dipped in crunchy dark chocolate) and Taste portions:  mini slices of original plain cheesecake and Eli’s Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake made with honey produced by the students from the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences.

Eli’s is excited to celebrate 34 years with the Taste of Chicago this coming Saturday, July 12th, with a giant 1,000 pound cheesecake. The festivities will begin at 11:30am at the In The Kitchen with Mariano’s Cooking Demo Stage where Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger will be talking about our NEW Vegan Cheesecakes and what goes in to making a GIANT cheesecake. The celebration will continue at 1pm at Buckingham Fountain for the Big Cake Cutting with special guests: The cast of Motown the Musical and Jeff & Spencer Tweedy! Enjoy a FREE slice of cheesecake, meet & greet with the Eli’s Slice and more!

For more information on the Taste of Chicago, click here.

Eli's featured on the CBS News with Vince Gerasole

Eli’s featured on the CBS News with Vince Gerasole

Marc and Maureen Schulman help decorate the BIG Cake for Saturday!

Marc and Maureen Schulman help decorate the BIG Cake for Saturday!

Eli's Team at the Taste Booth getting ready for opening day!

Eli’s Team at the Taste Booth getting ready for opening day!

Eli’s Cheesecake included in the mayoral wager on the Blackhawks vs Kings!

Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and  Los Angeles’ Antonio Villaraigosa have made a friendly wager on which hockey team will advance to the Stanley Cup finals.   Twenty-five slices of Eli’s Cheesecake including Eli’s Original Plain, Strawberry, and Chocolate Chip flavors are riding on the outcome of this soon to be legendary series.

Read more about the mayoral wager here:  http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/03/here-are-details-of-the-chicago-l-a-mayoral-wager-on-hawks-kings/

and here: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Rahm-Emanuel-Makes-Bet-on–209956611.html

Eli’s Cheesecake “Takes the Cake” at NRA Show 2013

Eli’s Cheesecake has been exhibiting at the National Restaurant Show (NRA Show) from the very first show in 1985.  It is very exciting and rewarding to connect with our customers, friends and business associates.  With over 60 years in the food service industry, we are proud of our heritage and happy to serve our customers with the high quality desserts decorated by hand and made with the finest ingredients.

This year, we introduced trendy cheesecake flavors like Honey Mediterranean made with toasted pistachios and almonds and Chocolate Espresso as well as classics with a twist like Vanilla Bean Cheesecake and Key Lime Pie Cheesecake.  We added Eli’s-to-Go pre-packaged cheesecakes in different shapes, rounds and squares, to complement our current triangular shape slices.  We are more than just cheesecake!  New mini pies and hand held pies available in assorted flavors made their debut at the show.   For more information, food service distributors and operators are invited to our new foodservice industry website http://foodservice.elicheesecake.com/  

This year, Senator Durbin visited our NRA booth!   Here is more information about Senator Durbin’s visit to the NRA Show: http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/Sen-Durbin-visits-2013-NRA-Show.  What a delightful and welcome visit!

We also were honored to have Mrs. Judd of Mrs. Judd’s Games join us as she launched the release of Space Cakes – Kids Bakery Game with Math and Numbers, sponsored by The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.  The Space Cakes bakery is filled with alien ingredients, fantastic frosting, and an array of space toppers from across the galaxy. After children create unique treats using an awareness of counting, numbers, and geometry, they prepare for take-off and steer their cake delivery spaceship back to Earth.  Space Cakes also incorporates Mrs. Judd’s Games groundbreaking Juddly™ sharing network, enabling kids to safely deliver in-game creations right to the inboxes of their parents and teachers back on earth.   

Students from Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) shared their honey story on with the attendees.  CHSAS is one of the few urban agricultural high schools in the country.   Eli’s new Honey Mediterranean Cheesecakes is made with honey from CHSAS.  A surprise visitor, Celebrity Chef Judson Todd Allen, stopped by the booth and met with the students.  He is a CHSAS graduate!  We also appreciate the generosity of Chef Works to these student ambassadors.

We thank our foodservice customers and friends for all of your support!  We look forward to another exciting NRA Show in 2014!

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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Update on Eli’s Fan: Laura Linger!

Laura Linger has written a thank-you post about the Chocolate Chip Cheesecake the Eli’s Cheesecake Company sent her; even calling it the “The Official Snack Here At A Touch Of Tuesday Weld”, how awesome! Thanks for the lovely post, Laura! Check out Laura latest post about Eli’s, as well as her other posts at: http://atouchoftuesdayweld.blogspot.com/2013/03/elis-cheesecake-official-snack-here-at.html?m=1

 

Here’s Eli’s Original Post on Laura Linger:

“Valentine’s Day brings back special memories for almost everyone, including Eli’s Fan Laura Linger. On her Valentine’s Day blog post, Linger wrote about the night her husband hid his fraternity’s lavalier (his fraternity letters, in silver, descending down as a pendant) in an Eli’s Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. A lavalier is given as a sign of commitment and affection from a member of a fraternity to his girlfriend. What a romantic and delicious surprise! To read Laura’s Valentine’s Day blog post, or other posts from her blog, A Touch of Tuesday Weld, check out http://atouchoftuesdayweld.blogspot.com/!”

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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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Spotlight on Eli’s Fan: Laura Linger

Valentine’s Day brings back special memories for almost everyone, including Eli’s Fan Laura Linger. On her Valentine’s Day blog post, Linger wrote about the night her husband hid his fraternity’s lavalier (his fraternity letters, in silver, descending down as a pendant) in an Eli’s Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. A lavalier is given as a sign of commitment and affection from a member of a fraternity to his girlfriend. What a romantic and delicious surprise! To read Laura’s Valentine’s Day blog post, or other posts from her blog, A Touch of Tuesday Weld, check out http://atouchoftuesdayweld.blogspot.com/!

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake Satisfies Chicago Sweet Tooth

 

                  On Wednesday, January 23; Paperblog named Eli’s Cheesecake as one of the Top 5 Places to Satisfy your Sweet Tooth in Chicago. Paperblog goes on to call Eli’s Cheesecake a “little gem” and wouldn’t blame readers/visitors for “for springing for extra on these delicious wonders”. Other popular dessert shops in Chicago that were mentioned in the article included: Molly’s Cupcakes, Sweet Mandy B’s, Vanille Patisserie, and Margie’s Candies. Thanks for the picking us as your Top 5 in Chicago, Paperblog! Click here to see and read the rest of the article!

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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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