Known as the Oscars of the food world, The James Beard Foundation Awards are given for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education in the US. To celebrate the awards ceremony and gala, Eli’s is serving up some limited edition cheesecakes (and we even have the honor of serving them at the James Beard Awards Gala!). Here’s how you can get a taste:

1. Visit our Cafe in Chicago: We’re serving a James Beard-inspired dessert through May 1st in our Bakery Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago. It’s creamy ricotta cheesecake slow-baked in small batches on a salty almond crust, topped with honey caramel and a handmade marzipan bee.

2. Visit our kiosk at the O’Hare Airport: On your way in and out of Chicago, stop by Eli’s Cafe in Terminal B, between gates B8 and B9 (next to the big dinosaur) to try our limited edition dessert.

3. Attend the James Beard Awards on May 1st: In partnership with the Illinois Office of Tourism, you can sample Eli’s at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago! To celebrate Eli’s being named a featured Illinois Made dessert, we’ve added apples (Abe Lincoln’s favorite) to our James Beard-inspired dessert and named it Honest Abe Apple Cheesecake. It’s made with Nielsen-Massey Vanilla and Koval Ginger Liqueur, two great Illinois companies, and wildflower honey produced by student bee keepers at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

Eli’s Vice President of Research and Development, Chef Diana Moles, and Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger, will be serving this fabulous dessert at the gala alongside the best chefs in the country.  Tickets are $500 and can be purchased here: https://jbftickets.myshopify.com/pages/tickets-general-public

4. Send a cake anywhere in the USA: For a more affordable taste, we’re offering a 9″ version of the Honest Abe Apple Cheesecake via mail order! Order here or call 800-ELI-CAKE.

Chef Diana Moles

Chef Diana Moles

Our James Beard-inspired Cheesecake

Our James Beard-inspired Cheesecake