Eli’s Holiday Gift Guide 2017

At Eli’s, there’s something for every taste! Handmade in Chicago, our desserts are hand-decorated and made with the finest ingredients. With over 40 flavors to choose from, it might be difficult to pick just one for everyone on your list. But we’re here to help! Here are some great gift ideas, or dial 800-ELI-CAKE and speak to a gift concierge.

For Santa: Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches

Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches

Give santa an upgrade from the usual cookies and milk with our new Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches, Eli’s Cheesecake sandwiched between two cookies, dipped in colorful chocolate and decorated with festive sprinkles. Served frozen, they’re like everyone’s favorite ice cream sandwich – only richer and creamier. This gift will definitely land you a spot on the “Nice” list.

For The Baker: DIY Cheesecake Tarts Kit

DIY Cheesecake Tarts Baking Kit

Making a good cheesecake is hard – trust us, we’ve been baking up delicious cheesecakes since 1980. But our DIY Cheesecake Tarts Kit makes it easy (and fun!) to bake Eli’s Cheesecakes at home.  You (or your recipient) provide 2 eggs and some basic kitchen equipment and we take care of the rest: it includes everything you need to bake 12 homemade Blueberry Cheesecake Tarts. Serve your guests a handmade dessert…with a little help from your friends in Chicago.

For The Kiddos: Holiday Dippers


What’s more fun than food on a stick?! Our Dipper (the favorite dessert at Taste of Chicago, America’s largest food festival) is all dressed up in its holiday best for the season. Frozen cheesecake on a stick, hand-dipped in chocolate and decorated like a festive tree with green frosting and white sprinkles. Fun and forkless!

 For The Office: Tower of Cheesecake

Tower of Cheesecake

Feed a crowd for under $80! Our original Tower of Cheesecake serves 40 hungry guests with three different cheesecake flavors, all wrapped up in a bow, ready for gift giving. Or try our other Towers and Gift Packs. They’re the perfect gifts for clients, customers, or Great Aunt Ida who always hosts the holidays at her house.

For The December Birthday: DIY Birthday Kit

DIY Birthday Kit

Sometimes having a birthday during the holidays isn’t much fun – holiday gifts and birthday gifts somehow get lumped together into one. Treat that special December birthday gal or guy with our NEW DIY Birthday Kit. It includes everything your recipient needs to party: an undecorated cheesecake with frosting, a piping bag, and sprinkles to decorate the cake themselves (a gift and an activity in one!); paper confetti, a birthday candle and an Eli’s cake server. You’ll make everyone wish it was their birthday was this month!

For The Chocoholic: Dairy Free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake


Non-dairy Cheesecake? Yes, we know it’s an oxymoron, but it tastes so good we couldn’t resist calling it “cheesecake.” It’s made with fine Belgian chocolate and GMO free tofu (handmade in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood) which replaces cream cheese in this creamy dessert, resulting in zero cholesterol – but full flavor. It’s also certified vegan by the Vegan Awareness Foundation. And certified delicious. By us.

Shop in your pajamas at shop.elicheesecake.com or call 800-ELI-CAKE.  Order by 11am CT on December 11th for delivery by Hanukkah and by 11am CT on December 21th for delivery by Christmas. If you’re lucky enough to live near Chicago, visit our cafe and retail store on the northwest side.


Introducing our DIY Birthday Kits

DIYBirthday What’s more fun than decorating (and eating) your own birthday cheesecake? With our new Birthday Kit, you (or your recipient) can decorate an Original Plain Cheesecake with buttercream frosting and colorful sprinkles, light the candle, throw the confetti, and celebrate!

Great for your favorite DIYer, amateur cake decorator, or anyone who wants a fun and festive hands-on dessert for a birthday celebration. It’s a party in a box! A gift and an activity, all in one.

Kit includes everything you need to party: one 9″ undecorated Original Plain Cheesecake (serves 16), a gold foil cake board, buttercream frosting, a piping bag and pastry tip, colorful sprinkles, multicolored paper confetti (enough to decorate your table), a Happy Birthday candle, and a reusable Eli’s cake server.

Instructions included, or visit our Kits page for more decorating ideas.

To order, visit: http://shop.elicheesecake.com/product/diybday

D.I.Y. Cheesecake Cuties


Named by Eli’s granddaughter, Elana, Cuties are 1″ x 1″ squares of Eli’s Cheesecake, dipped in rich chocolate. Bite-sized and fun to eat, Cuties are perfect for parties and holiday buffets. With our new D.I.Y. Cuties kit, you can dip, decorate, and enjoy handmade Eli’s Cuties at home.

The kit includes everything you need:

  • 24 Original Plain Cheesecake Cuties
  • Fine Belgian chocolate and a bit of coconut oil, to make the coating
  • Crunchy chocolate sprinkles
  • 24 wooden sticks, for dipping
  • Parchment paper, to help keep the mess to a minimum

Complete instructions are included, or visit www.elicheesecake.com/kits for decorating ideas, how-to videos, and more.

Order a DIY Cheesecake Cuties Kit here, or call 800-ELI-CAKE.

NEW – D.I.Y. Eli’s Baking and Decorating Kits

TartsDIYMakingOfHave you ever wanted to bake your own desserts at home but didn’t know where to begin? With Eli’s NEW DIY Dessert Kits, you can create a fresh, homemade dessert – with a little help from Eli’s Pastry Chefs.

Baking cheesecakes at home is hard – but our Cheesecake Tarts Kit makes it easy. Prepare the batter, fill the shells, bake the tarts, and whip up our juicy blueberry topping, right in your own kitchen.

You provide two eggs, an electric mixer, and some basic kitchen tools. We’ll send you 12 of our handmade pre-baked pâte sucrée tart shells, plus everything you need to make the cheesecake batter and blueberry topping: cream cheese, sour cream, Eli’s Magic Cheesecake Mix (which includes our signature vanilla), blueberries and blueberry filling mix.

Complete instructions are included, or visit www.elicheesecake.com/kits for decorating ideas, how-to videos, and more.

Order a DIY Cheesecake Tarts Kit here, or call 800-ELI-CAKE.

Halloween Festivities at Eli’s!

Halloween Festivities are back at Eli’s! The annual October celebration begins on Thursday, October 26, and will continue through Halloween (Tuesday, October 31).  Join us this weekend for games, fun, pumpkins and cheesecake.

Events Schedule

Halloween-Fest-2017Thursday: Eli’s Annual Pumpkin Patch

7am-1pm: Shop Pumpkins & Fresh Fall Produce from Nichol’s Farm, plus FREE Pumpkin Decorating with your purchase of a pumpkin

8am-10am: Free Continental Breakfast with your $5 market purchase

Saturday: Halloween DIY Event

9am-5pm: Decorate a mini, 3″, Jack-O-Lantern Cheesecake. $3.50 each

Sunday: Scary Good Savings

11am-5pm: Save up to 30% on select cheesecakes & dessert! (in-store only at Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe)

1pm-2pm: FREE Cheesecake Bingo

Monday: Trick or Treat at Eli’s

8am-6pm: Wear your costume for a special treat at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe!

5pm: Eli’s Halloween Cheesecake Decorating Class, $20 per person. Registration Required, call 773-205-3800 to register (click here for more information)

Tuesday: Trick or Treat at Eli’s

8am-6pm: Wear your costume for a special treat at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe!


Eli’s Joins the Fight Against Breast Cancer

BreastCancerAwarenessMonthOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are delighted to once again support Chicago’s In Good Taste, a breast cancer research initiative by the Lynn Sage Foundation.

The Lynn Sage foundation was founded in honor and memory of Lynn Sage, a beloved mother, daughter, wife and native Chicagoan who tragically died at the age of 39 as a result of her battle with breast cancer. Money raised by the foundation, with the help of more than 180 participating Chicago establishments, including Eli’s Cheesecake, will help fund local breast cancer research. Eli’s Cheesecake is happy to be a part of this initiative which awards scholarships to talented researchers in the early stages of their careers with the hopes of positioning these researchers to secure larger funding as their careers grow.

PinkRibbonCheesecakeThroughout the month of October, customers can purchase our limited edition Pink Ribbon Cheesecake at our Bakery Cafe, and a donation $1 will benefit the cause. It’s Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake topped with a raspberry gelee, whipped mousse topping, pieces of white chocolate and finished with a ribbon cookie made with our signature All Butter Shortbread Cookie recipe! Customers can also fill a separate form, available at the front register, if they would like to make a cash or credit card donation.

Looking to have our Pink Ribbon Cheesecake shipped to your house? A portion of proceeds from select items will benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation. You can find all of our Breast Cancer Awareness Cheesecakes online at http://shop.elicheesecake.com/category/bcawareness

Eli’s Community Involvement: September Events

September has been a busy month at the Eli’s Cheesecake Company. We are honored to be able to participate in a wide variety of events in our community:

Chicago Gourmet

Laurel Boger 2015Eli's Eleven-37992017 marks the 10 Year Anniversary of Chicago Gourmet, a sensational weekend full of food, wine, spirits and more! It includes celebrity chef demos, can’t-miss wine and cocktail seminars, and tastings galore of delicious food, wine, spirits, and beer. More than 150 of the finest restaurants and chefs, hundreds of wineries, spirit makers and breweries will be in attendance.

To honor the 10th Anniversary, Eli’s Pastry Chefs are baking up a special BIG Slice Cheesecake! Come on down to Chicago’s beautiful Millennium Park and see our Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger and her demo at Chicago Gourmet this Saturday, September 23 at 12:30pm in Decadence Dessert Tasting Pavilion 10. Chef Boger will demonstrate (and sample!) Eli’s Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Sandwiches, featured in our Cookbook! She will also be sampling Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake… the one that started it all!

Chicago Gourmet runs through September 24. For tickets and more info, visit Chicago Gourmet.

Chicago Sinfonietta

Chicago Sinfonietta is a professional orchestra dedicated to modeling and promoting diversity, inclusion, and both racial and cultural equity in the arts through the universal language of symphonic music. Our core values are built around being bold and daring in all aspects of our work, providing a source of connectivity through music, and ensuring and inspiring a continued investment in diversity and inclusion in classical music. 

Eli’s provided Salted Caramel Tarts (yum!) for the September 16 show, which took place at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

MCA’s Vernissage

IMG_7914The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) hosts Vernissage, the opening night preview of EXPO CHICAGO at Festival Hall, Navy Pier. This extraordinary benefit, organized by the MCA Women’s Board, is a highly anticipated event each year. This year was particularly special as it coincided with MCA 50, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the MCA’s founding in 1967. Entering its sixth edition, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from 145 leading galleries around the world. The exposition provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs. Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds in support of the mission of the MCA’s education department, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s holdings and the larger world of contemporary art and culture.

This year’s Vernissage event took place on Wednesday, September 13, and was a great event! Guests were able to enjoy some of our gourmet desserts. While Cheesecake is our specialty, we are more than just that, and events like Vernissage are a great way for us to showcase all that we do. A big thank you to MCA for allowing us to sponsor the event again this year!

Green Tie Ball

On Friday, September 15, Eli’s Cheesecake participated once again in Gateway Green’s 26th Annual Green Tie Ball. Chicago Gateway Green’s gala raises funds for CGG’s Expressway Partnership Program. The Green Tie Ball, Chicago Gateway Green’s signature fundraising gala made its first appearance in 1992. What began as a 500-person party held in the street is now one of the most well-known and exclusive charity fundraising events in Chicago, attended annually by the city’s most influential professionals and celebrities, and we are happy to have had the opportunity to sponsor such a great event.

On the dessert menu for the night was Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake, White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Mint Cheesecake, Seven Layer Coconut Bar, Pecan Pie Bar, Housemade Fudge Brownie, and Blueberry Oat Bar.







The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture’sRaices Gala

Today is the 4th Annual Gala, RAICES: A Celebration of our Roots at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Each year as part of the gala, NMPRAC selects two major artists to receive their prestigious Ceiba Award, the only national award granted to Puerto Ricans for their artistic and cultural accomplishments.  Join them in honoring this year’s National Puerto Rican Ceiba Award Recipients: Rita Moreno and Quiara Alegria Hudes.

Eli’s Cheesecake is thrilled to be part of this tremendous event by serving our cheesecakes and desserts.

Wood Family Foundation

Eli’s is honored to participate again  in the Wood Family Foundation’s Inaugural Storybook Gala on Friday, September 22 at Morgan MFGin Chicago! Proceeds from this event go to help support Pitch In, an after school mentoring program serving Chicago’s most at-risk children.

The Wood Family Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2011 by Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah. The WFF works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for its children’s programs and other children’s charities they support. The WFF acts as an advocate for children in the Chicago community, inspiring others to join them in their mission.

For tickets to the Storybook Gala, visit the Wood Family Foundation.

Lou Malnati’s Cancer Research Benefit

This year will be Lou Malnati’s 47th annual Cancer Research Benefit! Eli’s is proud to be able to donate cheesecakes & desserts for all of the attendees. The benefit will take place on Saturday, September 23rd at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows.

Starting in 1971, Lou and Jean Malnati hosted their first annual charity event to raise a scholarship fund for a local athlete that would play football at Wake Forest University, in the name of famous Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo, who passed away from cancer. After Lou also fell victim to cancer in 1978, Jean transformed this dinner into the Lou Malnati’s Cancer Research Benefit. To date, the Lou Malnati’s Cancer Research Fund has raised over $3.5 million to benefit organizations who are dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.

All proceeds from the event benefit:

The Hideout Block Party: Sputnik Party

On Saturday September 23, The Hideout will celebrate its 21st birthday, AND 60 years since Sputnik! Join them for a night full of fun, music, and, of course, Eli’s Cheesecake! Proceeds from the party will help support Foundations Of Music. The fun begins at 1:30pm, and a $20 donation will be collected at the door.

September is National Honey Month!

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).

DIY Eclipse Projector

The solar eclipse is Monday, August 21! Here’s how you can make a projector box from an Eli’s Cheesecake box. Learn how here!

IMPORTANT: This viewer is meant for informational purposes only. This viewer won’t allow you to look directly at the sun during the eclipse. Please use caution while using this viewer. You risk permanent eye damage if you look a the sun without proper eye protection. Do not allow children to use this viewer unsupervised.

You might not be able to see the sun during the Solar Eclipse, but hopefully you can still find Eli’s “Eclipse Blackout Cake” in our Chicago Bakery Cafe!


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Chef’s Appreciation Week

At Eli’s, our people are the most important part of our company. From our highly-skilled and quality-minded bakers to our dedicated sales, marketing and customer service team, everyone at Eli’s is dedicated to making the best desserts for your table and to giving back to our community. This week, we are celebrating Chef’s Appreciation Week by highlighting our incredibly talented Pastry Chefs:


Chef Diana Moles

Vice President of Research and Development

Diana Moles has been a managerial pastry professional for twenty nine years. As Vice President of Research and Development for Eli’s Cheesecake, she has designed countless signature products, and provided customized product commercialization for Eli’s international customers. She was nominated for American Culinary Federation’s Pastry Chef of the year in 2010. Chef Moles began her pastry career as an apprentice with a European bakery in the Chicago area. She completed her professional training at the American Institute of Baking and the Culinary Institute of America. An award-winning pastry chef, Diana is also a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. She teaches cooking and fine pastry classes in the Chicago area, co-authored The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook, and is an advocate for people with disabilities.

Most recently, Chef Moles was honored at the 2017 James Beard Award Gala for her work on Eli’s Honest Abe Honey Caramel Apple Cheesecake, a dessert that is not only made in Illinois, but uses some of our state’s greatest ingredients. The fresh goat’s milk cheesecake, served with house-made honey-ginger sauce,  is baked on a salty almond crust and topped with fresh apples sautéed with butter and cinnamon.





Laurel Boger 2015Laurel Boger

Executive Pastry Chef

Chef Boger is the Executive Pastry Chef and creative Research Chef for The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. Aside from dazzling Eli’s domestic and international customers with her delicious desserts, she is a veteran cake designer at Eli’s for production of giant cheesecakes served at corporate, entertainment and celebratory events. Laurel earned her Baking and Pastry Arts degree at Johnson and Wales University along with her BA from Michigan State University, apprenticed in Germany and established her own signature Bakery Café in East Lansing Michigan before joining the Eli’s team.

Chef Laurel is Eli’s Queen of Big Cakes! She has been honored to create big cakes for a number of events, including both of President Obama’s Inaugurations, Eli’s annual Taste of Chicago Birthday Cake, “Honest Abe” Cheesecake in the shape of the Illinois State Capital for the Illinois Board of Tourism Conference, James Beard Award Gala Welcome Event, and many more.