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9. The Cheesecake on a Stick From Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe

The Cheesecake on a Stick From Eli's Cheesecake Bakery Cafe

“Last but not least, don’t leave town without trying this classic taste of Chicago: the chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick. Grab one before heading to the airport.”

Thanks,  Amy K., for the awesome shout out!

Eli’s At The Movies!

This past weekend,

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company participated in two big annual events: For the Love of Chocolate’s Annual Gala and Hollywood on State, Chicago’s longest-running Oscar viewing party.

At #FLOC17, Eli’s Cheesecake showcased Belgian Chocolate Truffles with toffee and gold leaf, which was a crowd favorite for the night.  Thank you to Eli’s VP of Research & Development, Chef Diana Moles along with associates Jennie Coursey and Genesis Villarreal for attending the event and wearing your finest Film Noir dresses!

 

Last Sunday we were honored to serve desserts at Hollywood on State, the Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual Oscar Viewing party. During a very memorable Oscars telecast (to say the least),  we served Cookie Butter Cheesecake slices, Eli’s Cheesecake Dippers, Cherry Oat Bars, housemade Chocolate Fudge Brownies, Pecan Pie Bars, and Seven-layer Coconutty Bars.


Upcoming February Events

Each year,

Eli’s Cheesecake participates in For the Love of Chocolate (FLOC) gala. This year, Eli’s Cheesecake will once again attend on February 25th and provide some sweet dark chocolate cheesecake truffles!  This year’s FLOC the theme is “Noir.”  We are excited to participate in a night full of fun and theater.

 

On Sunday, February 26th,

The day after FLOC, Eli’s Cheesecake will also participate in Chicago’s largest and longest-running Oscar Viewing Party, “Hollywood on State” at The Gene Siskel Film Center. It is a night of glamor and a chance to be a “star.” Attendees will enjoy a red carpet, food, and libations at 6:30 pm followed by a Live Academy Awards telecast.

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Bakery Cafe Visits

At Eli’s we love our fans and love to share our story with others!

On Monday, February 6th,

Eli’s Cheesecake fan Tanya Taylor came to visit Eli’s Bakery Cafe. Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman personally invited her to visit after she tweeted that she was a fan and tried Eli’s at First Bites Bash. During lunch, Tanya mentioned that her wedding cake (15 years ago!), as featured below, was custom made from Eli’s Cheesecake. It’s wonderful to hear people’s stories of their memories and experiences with Eli’s!

On Tuesday, February 7th,

Renowned Chicago Foodie and Pastry Chef, Sherrie Tan (@sherriesavorsthecity) came to visit Eli’s Cheesecake for lunch and a bakery tour. After the tour, they enjoyed our Prix Fixe Chicago Restaurant Week Lunch Menu, which ended with a cheesecake cutie fondue photo shoot.

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts at Eli’s Bakery Cafe

NEW! Exclusively at Eli’s Bakery Cafe, limited time Valentine’s Day packaged gifts are available for purchase. LOVE is definitely in the air here!

Cupcake Duo Macaroons and Whoopies

 

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Top left: 2 cupcakes (vanilla with sprinkles and chocolate with chocolate fudge frosting.

Top right: 4-pack of whoopie pies and an 8 Pack of Mini (chocolate dipped, coconut flavored) Macaroons

Bottom left: Heart shaped frosted cookies with various wordings, and candied nuts in a heart-shaped dome.

Bottom right: Mini Macaroons as displayed in-store.

 

BUT WAIT….THERE’S MORE!

Starting Monday, February 6th, customers will be able to purchase DIY Cheesecake Kits–the perfect way to celebrate a sweet holiday! The kits include a cheesecake, piping bag with frosting and Valentine’s Day sprinkles and candies. Kits are $7.50 and can be reserved by calling 773-205-3800.

On Friday, February 10th, customers can come to the Bakery Cafe and enjoy a FREE Valentine’s Day mini dipper decorating DIY.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

February 11th and February 14th, Eli’s Cheesecake will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Luncheon! Guests can expect a $10 Lunch Special that includes a heart shaped grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, and a strawberry topped cheesecake.

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On February 13th, Eli’s Cheesecake will host its first Valentine’s Day Cake Decorating Class, which has already been booked to capacity! But, do not worry! There are many more fun classes and evening events to come in the future!

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Share the Love

February is coming up, and that means Valentine’s Day! There are plenty of ways Eli’s Cheesecake will help you share the love with your significant other! Here’s the scoop on what you can expect from The Eli’s Cheesecake Company:

SHOP Eli’s Valentine’s Day Catalog! Your perfect guide to giving the best and sweetest Valentine’s Day gift to your significant other. It’ll be love at first bite!

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RESERVE your spot for a Valentine’s Day Luncheon at Eli’s Bakery Cafe! Make your Valentine’s Day celebration special by making reservations to a Valentine’s Day Luncheon on Saturday, February 11th from 10 am-2 pm and Tuesday, February 14th from 11 am-2 pm. Guests will have custom cheesecake Valentine’s kits available for purchase, a special sale on Valentine’s Day Cheesecakes, plus FREE samples, a coloring contest and a fun photo op frame! The $10 lunch special will include a heart-shaped grilled cheese, tomato soup, and a strawberry topped cheesecake. Guests are recommended to make reservations ahead of time by calling 773-308-7000. 

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JOIN Eli’s Cheesecake’s First ever Valentine’s Day Cake Decorating Class! This will be the first of many classes and events to come at Eli’s Bakery Cafe. Bring a loved one and decorate a cake that you can take home and eat! Say what?! Make your reservations for $20 a person, Monday, February 13th at 5:00 pm.

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ENTER the Share the Love with Eli’s photo contest for a chance to win a Valentine’s Day gift pack! Contest runs from January 30th, 2017 at 8:00 am US Central Time and ends February 6th, 2016 at 11:59 pm US Central Time (CT).

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January Events

Here’s a look at what’s in store for this month:

 

FOUNDER’S MONTH

On January 22nd, Eli’s Cheesecake will celebrate Founder’s Day. Prior to the 22nd, Eli’s Cheesecake will celebrate founder’s week with an in-store sale on Eli’s signature desserts including Original Plain Cheesecake and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. On Saturday, January 21st, Eli’s Bakery Cafe customers can expect fun activities such as Cheesecake BINGO at 11 am and 1 pm along with free samples throughout the day. On the 22nd, the celebration will include Bingo, games, face painting and customers can enjoy a FREE slice of cheesecake in honor of Eli Schulman’s 107th birthday!

Eli Schulman was a man with a dream–who started with a small business which eventually led to the creation of a Chicago legacy. Eli, a man with no prior culinary experience, created Chicago’s signature Cheesecake through long hours in the kitchen and testing his recipes with his guests at his restaurant, Eli’s The Place for Steak. Self taught, Eli Schulman is the example of a man who didn’t quit even when his chef at his first business, The Ogden Huddle, didn’t show up on his first day.

CHICAGO RESTAURANT WEEK

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Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to participate once again in Choose Chicago’s annual Chicago Restaurant Week (CRW), which starts on January 27th and goes through February 9th. This year, over 350 restaurants will take part in the culinary fun. Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe guests can enjoy a special prix fixe lunch menu for $22 which features a 3-course meal, including Eli Schulman’s signature Matzo Ball Soup!

CRW kicks off with one of the biggest culinary events of the year, First Bites Bash, on January 26th, where guests can enjoy samples of some of the foods and treats participating restaurants offer.

 

ATTENTION:

During CRW, Eli’s Bakery Cafe guests are encouraged to upload a photo of their meal to either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #CRWatElis for a chance to win a $50 Bakery Cafe gift card.

 

Eli’s Cheesecake on NPR’s Morning Edition

Today,

Eli’s Cheesecake was featured on NPR‘s Morning Edition segment. For Eli’s Cheesecake President Marc Schulman, “people who come as refugees have great skills.” At Eli’s, there’ s a strong passion towards providing equal opportunity to all individuals including refugees. The refugee employees come from various countries such as Iraq, Bhutan, Kosovo, Congo, Myanmar. Featured on the segment was Elias Kasongo, who began working at the bakery in 1994 after fleeing unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His story reflects his perseverance and determination to succeed. He started with a job in the dish room at Eli’s and was eventually promoted to purchasing manager. He has been a part of Eli’s for 22 years and also serves on the board of RefugeeOne, a Chicago nonprofit that helps refugees start new lives.

 

Others highlighted are 46-year-old production leader,  Zamira Bejrektarevic who started as an office cleaner who worked her way to become production leader, and Ray Hermez, who works on the production line boxing finished cakes.

Eli’s Cheesecake takes pride in helping to provide opportunities to individuals and discovering Refugee talent.

Holiday Traditions at Eli’s

At Eli’s Cheesecake, creating lasting memories and continuing traditions matter.

On Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, Eli’s Cheesecake hosted its annual Third Shift Dinner–a holiday celebration dinner for employees who work the third shift at Eli’s Cheesecake. Eli’s President, Marc Schulman, believes it is important that all employees be recognized and thanked for their hard work. Dinner was provided by Eli’s in-house Chef, Antonio.

Today, December 22nd, 2016, Eli’s Cheesecake hosted its annual Hot Dog Party, an end-of-the year holiday celebration for Eli’s associates. Each year, Marc Schulman, gives his thanks and appreciation to the Eli’s associates.  Lunch was provided by Poochies.  There was a raffle and a fun photo booth where associates were able to use festive props and take fun photos. 

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In addition to the annual hot dog party, last year we started an Ugly Holiday Sweater Day and we are making it a tradition. This year, more associates participated.

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Holidays at Eli’s

The holidays are a busy time for Eli’s Cheesecake.

 

On December 6th, 2016 Eli’s Cheesecake hosted its annual Holiday Open House–a kickoff to the holiday season. At the holiday open house, customers were able to enjoy pre-dock sale prices in-store (at Eli’s Bakery Cafe) and a dessert buffet, plus a chance to win a prize when they played the spin-n-win wheel.

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On December 10th, 2016 Eli’s Cheesecake held its annual Holiday Dock Sale–one of its biggest dessert sales of the year! Desserts were discounted up to 40%! Eli’s Cheesecake knows how important the holidays are, and each year the holiday dock sale is held in order to give community members the best deal in the city. The dock was open from 8am-1pm, but the dock sale prices continued at Eli’s Bakery Cafe.

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What’s going on online? 

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#12DaysofElis Holiday Giveaway

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From December 1st-December 12th, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company hosted a 12-day giveaway online in order to celebrate the holiday season. Each day a random entrant was selected as a winner of the day. All prizes and winners were announced via Eli’s Cheesecake’s Instagram and Twitter account with the hashtag #12DaysofElis.

Our Pinterest 2016 Holiday Gift Guide is also up to help you decide which Eli’s Cheesecake dessert will best fit your holiday needs:

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Looking ahead…

 

On Saturday, December 17th, Eli’s Cheesecake will hold the last In-Store Dock Sale of the year! Customers can expect low prices on holiday desserts and treats, plus holiday fun including music and free coffee while they shop.