Archive for January, 2020

Celebrating Founder’s Week 2020

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Founder Eli Schulman

In 1980, Eli Schulman declared cheesecake would be the signature dessert for his legendary Chicago steakhouse, Eli’s The Place For Steak. His unconventional fast and hot baking method resulted in the creation of “Chicago style” cheesecake: a beautiful caramelization on the outside and a creamy consistency on the inside, baked on a shortbread cookie crust. What began in Eli’s restaurant’s kitchen has grown into one of the country’s largest cheesecake and dessert bakeries.  Still a family owned business, all Eli’s Cheesecakes are handmade at Eli’s Cheesecake World, located on Chicago’s Northwest side. Eli’s attributes its success to a strong commitment to quality, empowering its workforce and following Eli Schulman’s mantras “Charity will never bust you” and “Treat others as if you were the other.”

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Matzo Ball Soup

Founder’s Week will pay homage to this great man and his eponymous dessert, by featuring Eli’s original four cheesecake varieties (Original Plain, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Raisin and Hawaiian),  at Eli’s Bakery Cafe, retail store and online.  The cafe will also be serving up a different lunch special each day, based on Schulman’s most popular dishes from Eli’s Stage Delicatessen,  located at 50 E. Oak Street, from 1962-1968 and Eli’s The Place For Steak, located at 215 E. Chicago Avenue from 1966-2005. Selections will include matzo ball soup, the wedge sandwich, corned beef sandwich and Chicken Vesuvio.

 

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Barbra Streisand enjoying a corned beef sandwich at Eli’s Stage Deli

For kids, there will be an Eli’s illustration coloring contest all week long, grouped by age.  Winners will be notified on Monday, January 27th, and receive a 9″ cheesecake as their prize.  In honor of Schulman’s birthday, January 22nd, mail order will offer 22% off Original Plain and Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes all week, the Cafe will offer the four original varieties by the slice for $2.20 all week, 22% off all sizes of Original Plain and Chocolate Chip, all week, and on Wednesday, January 22nd, free slices of Original Plain and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake in the Cafe, all day.

 

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Marc Schulman with daughter Elana

Founder’s Day week will culminate on Saturday, January 25th, with a meet and greet with Chicago’s First Family of Cheesecake:  Eli’s son, Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake and his daughter, Eli’s granddaughter, Elana Schulman, who recently joined the family business after a career as a producer in New York and attending culinary school. The Cafe will be decorated with historical photos, including many of Eli’s giant celebratory cakes, such as the 2,000 lb. ones baked for both President Clinton’s and President Obama’s Inaugurations, the Hamilton the Musical closing cake, the Taste of Chicago Birthday Cake and Illinois Bicentennial Cake, to name a very few. Also, pose for a photo with Eli’s mascot, “Slice” from noon-3:00 PM. Enjoy the presentation, a dessert tasting and coffee, Free, 1:00-2:00 PM.

 

6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago

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Goodbye to Hamilton in Chicago!

We were honored to create a giant cheesecake for Hamilton‘s closing night party at the Wit Hotel in Chicago on January 5th.  Special thanks to Mayor Lightfoot (whose inauguration we celebrated in May with a giant cheesecake slice), producer Jeffrey Sellers, and star Miguel Cervantes (Alexander Hamilton).

If you were lucky enough to experience Hamilton in Chicago, you might’ve tried our “Revolutionary Pyes.” Inspired by 18th century desserts, we created a special box of miniature apple and cherry “pyes” (the proper spelling for the 1700s) that were exclusively available at the concession stands during intermissions.

Best of luck to the cast and crew, and thank you for an amazing run!