It has become a tradition that we celebrate the birthday of Taste of Chicago and Eli’s Cheesecake on the first Saturday of Taste with a Giant Birthday Cheesecake and complimentary cheesecake for all. Saturday, June 28th was a beautiful day in Chicago and we celebrated at Buckingham Fountain with the Chicago cast of the Jersey Boys and other special guests.







This is a cheesecake so big that you need a forklift to move it into position.










Eli’s Pastry Chefs under the direction of Executive Pastry Chef, Laurel Boger, created a three-tiered 2000 pound birthday cheesecake decorated with marzipan cherries the size of baseballs for the birthday celebration.









Cast members from the Chicago Company of Broadway’s Tony Award winning Jersey Boys were on hand to lead the crowd in a round of “Happy Birthday” before joining Eli’s special guests to cut the giant cheesecake. The cast of the Jersey Boys (on the left) are joined by Eli’s President, Marc Schulman, 42nd Ward Alderman, Brendan Reilly, Eli’s Maureen, Haley, Kori and Elana Schulman. Second City Producer Emeritus, Joyce Sloane and Paula Froehle and family, the Academic Dean of Flashpoint, The Academy of Media Arts & Sciences, Chicago’s new digital media college, and Mary Slowik, the Manager of the Taste of Chicago.







The cast of the Jersey Boys enjoyed the cake cutting so much that they stayed on to pass out several hudred samples slices to the assembled crowd.







Eli’s Operations Team takes a break from the Bakery and helps several thousand slices of Eli’s Cheecakecake.