Archive for January, 2018

Eli’s Kicks Off Chicago Restaurant Week

Dessert Menu with SliceToday is the first day of the 11th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week.  Organized each winter by Choose Chicago, the city’s official tourism organization, Chicago Restaurant Week gives visitors and local foodies an opportunity to enjoy specialty prix fixe menus from more than 250 participating Chicago restaurants. The culinary event kicked off last night at the celebratory sold-out First Bites Bash, held in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier.  Eli’s was joined by over 50 of Chicago’s most celebrated restaurants that handed out sweet and savory tastings from their menus. On our menu was Eli’s Raspberry Brulee Cheesecake topped with a housemade Raspberry Sauce. Restaurants included III Forks, Texas de Brazil, Formento’s, ZED 451 and ROKA AKOR.  Guests also enjoyed beer, wine, and cocktail pairings from Lagunitas, Effen Vodka, and more. Lee Wolen, executive chef and partner at BOKA restaurant in Lincoln Park, hosted this year’s event, from which a portion of the proceeds benefitted the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be able to participate in Chicago Restaurant week with a menu inspired by Eli’s the Place for Steak to commemorate our founder, Eli Schulman, and the restaurant where Eli’s Cheesecake was born! Our menu includes three courses: Chicken Matzo Ball Soup, Eli’s The Place for Steak’s Roast Beef Sandwich with Creamy Horseradish Sauce on a Baguette and a slice of Eli’s Cheesecake. Plus, each meal comes with a whole Cheesecake of your choice (9″ size) to take home!  If you would like to join us for our Chicago Restaurant Week Menu or have any questions, call 773-205-3800 to make reservations (not required). Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11am-2pm.

For Chicago Restaurant Week 2018, a complete list of participating restaurants and the multi-course menu offerings are posted on Choose Chicago’s Website.

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Celebrating Eli’s Founder’s Day

Eli SchulmanOn January 22, 1910 our founder, Eli Schulman, was born.  An entrepreneur and restaurateur, Eli became a Chicago icon over the course of his life and continues to give back to his community through his namesake company today.

Eli’s Cheesecake was the dream of Chicago restaurateur and celebrity in his own right, Eli M. Schulman. Over his almost 50-year career, he developed a reputation for serving up great food, providing outstanding service and making every customer feel important. Representing the spirit of the city he loved, Eli was dedicated to helping the community. His motto “charity will never bust you” was exemplified during the great depression, by a sign hanging in his restaurant’s window “if you are hungry and have no money we will feed you for free.”

In the late 70′s, Eli Schulman decided that cheesecake would be the signature dessert for Eli’s The Place for Steak, one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants. Every day, between lunch and dinner, he headed to the restaurant’s kitchen to experiment with cheesecake recipes. He frequently served up his latest versions to his regular customers to get their opinion. After about a year of testing, Eli finalized original plain, chocolate chip, cinnamon raisin, and Hawaiian cheesecakes. Little did he know that he was about to change the world of cheesecake forever. Eli created a “Chicago Style” cheesecake, which is a richer, creamier version of its New York counterpart, baked on an all-butter shortbread cookie crust instead of graham cracker crumbs. The restaurant’s customers loved the new dessert, but Eli wanted to test it outside of the restaurant. In 1980, he decided to offer the cheesecake at a booth at the first Taste of Chicago, then a one day food festival, held on July 4th on Michigan Avenue. The street was packed with people and the Eli’s booth was just as busy… with Eli feverishly cutting cheesecake as fast as he could, all the while wearing a sport coat and tie.

After the Taste of Chicago, many other restaurateurs wanted to serve Eli’s Cheesecake. Eli could not produce enough cakes at the restaurant to keep up with the demand. He was at a crossroads: either just bake the cheesecakes for his restaurant or begin a separate cheesecake business. Four years later, Eli’s son, Marc Schulman, left his legal career to head up Eli’s Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake. First renting a bakery on Chicago’s Northwest side, the company grew and in 1996 built Eli’s Cheesecake World, a 62,000 sq. ft. bakery, café and retail store located at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago.

Today, Eli’s son, Marc, continues his father’s legacy and The Eli’s Cheesecake Company provides a wide variety of high quality desserts to eager mouths all over the world.  The company, like its founder, remains a Chicago icon, offering scholarships to students and sponsoring various events throughout the city.

Join us this weekend, January 20-22, to help us celebrate what would have been Eli’s 108th birthday!

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Eli’s Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine

Check out our NEW Heart-Shaped Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches, as featured in O, The Oprah Magazine’s February 2018 O List!

The perfect gift for your S.O., your galentine, your mom, and your kids – they’re made of Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake sandwiched between two chocolate shortbread cookies, and creamy Strawberry Cheesecake sandwiched between two all-butter shortbread cookies. You’ll get three of each flavor, decorated in pink, red and white. Order here by 11am CT on February 12, 2018, to get your cookie sandwiches by Valentine’s Day.

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