Archive for June, 2017

Eli’s Hosts Jenny Yang, Owner of Phoenix Bean

Eli’s Cheesecake Company kicked off Thursday morning with our weekly Farm Stand and Fresh Market. There was an assortment of fruits, vegetables, hand crafted goods and more all available for purchase. We had the pleasure of hosting special guest and Owner of Phoenix Bean, Jenny Yang, at our Farm Stand event along with students from the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences. Phoenix Bean was one of the first local suppliers of tofu in the Chicago-land area that opened up a little over 30 years ago. The factory, located in the Edgewater neighborhood, supplies Chinese restaurants, Asian grocers, as well as Eli’s Cheesecake. We proudly use Phoenix Bean tofu in our vegan cheesecakes and truly appreciate Yang’s commitment to quality. Yang provided tofu samples at the Farm Stand and later spoke about her story and what got her into the food industry. She spoke about her day to day tasks, explained the manufacturing process of her products, as well as her marketing strategies.  If you would like to read more about Phoenix Bean, click here. 

If you missed this weeks Farm Stand, don’t worry… there’s more! Make sure to join us next Thursday, July 6th for our upcoming Farm Stand and Fresh Market from 7AM-1PM CST. Free Continental breakfast will be served from 7am-9am with a $5 market purchase as well as Lunch on the Grill that will be available for purchase from 11am-1pm. We hope to see you there! 

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Jenny Yang, owner of Phoenix Bean, presenting to the CHSAS studen 

 

 

 

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Samples of Phoenix Bean Tofu

Eli’s Welcomes Students & Interns

Summer is in full swing here at Eli’s as we welcome new  guests on a weekly basis. This week, we hosted 11 food science students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) for the first session of their Summer Internship. This week’s program featured guest speaker Ronda L. Lee, an established attorney with a background in business, education, government and writing. She is an exceptional example of perseverance, hence her motto, “failure is an option and it is okay, just keep trying.”  We appreciate Lee for her participation and thank her for sharing her inspiring story.

CHSAS is one of the only urban agricultural high schools in the country, located on a working farm. We enjoy a strong partnership with the school, providing job shadowing, mentor programs and internships. The Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program is a summer internship for CHSAS students working with Eli’s, Wright College and Farmer’s Market vendors in partnership with The University of Illinois Extension Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science.

On the same day, Eli’s welcomed a number of First Bank of Highland Park Interns along with some interns from Top Box Foods. Eli’s has a strong partnership with Top Box Foods interns to show them the other side of the food industry—manufacturing.

Eli’s also partners with the First Bank of Highland Park each summer to bring Eli’s and Bank interns a unique experience to learn about a different industry. During their visit, Bank interns were able to learn about food marketing, sales, and even baking and decorating cheesecakes!

 

Above: CHSAS students & Ronda L. Lee (middle) posing before departing from Eli’s

 

  Above: Top Box & First Bank of Highland Park Interns after their Cheesecake decorating activity 

Mid-Summer Fun

Farm Stand and Fresh Market

Tomorrow is the big day! Start off your Thursday morning right & join us for a continental breakfast on June 15 from 8am-10am, followed by the Grand Opening Day Ribbon Cutting at 10 am!

Eli’s Farm Stand and Fresh Market will feature local fruit and produce from Nichol’s Farm, hand crafted jewelry, fresh honey, artisan soap and more every THURSDAY from June 15-August 24.

Hope to see you there!

*Music will be provided by Suzy from 10-12 http://www.suzymusic.net/index.html

Spend Fathers Day with us!

This weekend calls for nice weather & family fun. Join the Eli’s team as we enjoy a  leisure bike ride through the local streets of Chicago. Get there early for a free energizing breakfast & an Eli’s T-shirt. Participants must register by Friday, June 16th. To register: Call 773-308-7015 or Email sharonm@elicheesecake.com. Sign-up online at www.tinyurl.com/ElisBikeRide2017

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Save the Date: Taste Of Chicago

Eli’s is excited to attend the Taste of Chicago from July 5-9 for the 37th year in a row. We will be located at the corner of Columbus and Jackson Street. Be sure to stop by our booth July 8 for the cutting of our BIG Cake; a 1,500 pound fresh strawberry-topped cheesecake. You grab a fork & we’ll grab the forklift!

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Also, our

Vanilla Soufflé Glacé (Frozen Vanilla Souffle Cheesecake)

is a perfect way to sweeten your summer! The recipe can be found on our website: http://www.elicheesecake.com/vanillaglace

Farmer’s Market Season is Here

Eli’s Farm Stand and Fresh Market is back! Join us Thursdays from 7am-1pm, from June 15th -August 24th. Enjoy a special Grand Opening event on June 15th including a free continental breakfast from 8-10am, live music and lunch on the grill. Shop early and receive a free raffle ticket for our 10am drawing of Eli’s Best-of-Market basket. Eli’s Farm Stand and Fresh Market will feature local fruit and produce from Nichol’s Farm, hand crafted jewelry, fresh honey, artisan soap and more