The purpose of National Honey Month is to promote American beekeeping, the beekeeping industry, and honey as a natural and beneficial sweetener. September is significant for honey producers as it is the month that marks the end of the honey collection season for many beekeepers in the United States.

The honey used in Eli’s Cheesecakes comes from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), one of the only urban agricultural high schools in the country. Bees are working round the clock on the South side of Chicago so that student beekeepers from CHSAS can harvest enough honey to supply Eli’s with the key ingredient used to produce Eli’s Honey Almond Cheesecake. According to Marc Schulman, Eli’s President, “It’s a win win because by purchasing the honey from CHSAS, we not only support the school financially, but give students the opportunity to participate in many aspects of the food industry.” CHSAS senior Charlie Herrera agrees, “As a food science major, I like the fact that our teachers incorporate real business situations into the classroom… like the honey project.” Students are involved in every step of the process, from harvesting to preparing and bottling to delivery of the wildflower honey to Eli’s bakery located on Chicago’s Northwest Side. We enjoy a strong partnership with the school, providing job shadowing, mentor programs and internships. All proceeds from purchasing the honey as well as a portion of the proceeds from Honey Almond Cheesecake sales go the CHSAS college scholarship fund for deserving seniors.

The Story of Eli’s Honey Almond Cheesecake


All month long, save 10% on Eli’s Honey Almond Cheesecakes & other honey-infused desserts at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe (6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr., Chicago 60634).