Eli’s Cheesecake Is Keeping Busy This Sunday

Eli’s Cheesecake will be busy this Sunday with three different events throughout the day.  It all starts with Chicago’s Polar Plunge at North Avenue Beach.  Over 2,000 participants will be taking an icy dive into Lake Michigan to benefit Special Olympics in Chicago.  Jimmy Fallon has accepted the mayor’s challenge to join in the festivities and will be joining in the freezing fun.  Eli’s will be serving up cheesecake slices to participants during the event.  For more information, please click here.  Next, Eli’s will be heading over to O’Brien’s on Wells Street for our Irish Cheesecake Baking Competition.  The winner will receive a year’s supply of Eli’s Cheesecake (one per month) and will have their winning cheesecake sold at the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe all month long.  Registration for this event is still open.  Click here for details.  Finally, Eli’s Cheesecake will suit up for Hollywood on State at the Gene Siskel Film Center.  Eli’s will be serving guests prior to the Academy Awards telecast at 7:30pm.  Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased here.  We hope to see you at one of our events this Sunday!

Eli’s Serves Up Dinner at the Chicago Help Initiative

Last night, a few members of the Eli’s Cheesecake family helped serve dinner at the Chicago Help Initiative.  Eli’s Cheesecake was also recognized as a sponsor for the Chicago Help Initiative dinners for the past 13 years.  The Award of Merit was presented by Jacqueline Hayes, the founder of HELP; Mary Ann Rose, chairman of the Magnificent Mile Association; 2nd Ward alderman Bob Fioretti; and John Chikow, president of the Magnificent Mile Association.  Eli’s Cheesecake is honored to be a part of the amazing work of the Chicago Help Initiative.  Check out some photos from the event below.

Eli’s Celebrates Chicago’s 177th Birthday

Next Tuesday, Chicago will be celebrating its 177th birthday.  This year, Chicago’s big day coincides with Fat Tuesday, so a Mardi Gras-themed party seems appropriate.  The big celebration will kick off at 10:30am in Chicago’s Daley Plaza.  Food trucks will be cycling in and out of the event throughout the day and music will be filling the plaza.  Of course, no birthday is complete without the cake.  Eli’s Cheesecake will be providing a city-sized birthday cake for the occasion and offering free slices to visitors.  Be sure to stop by to help wish Chicago a happy birthday!  To learn more about the event, click here.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Associates Serving the Chicago Help Initiative

Tonight, a team of our Eli’s associates will be serving dinner at the Chicago Help Initiative weekly Wednesday dinner. Eli’s Chef Antonio is cooking a delicious dinner to provide meals to 135 guests at the dining hall facilities.

 

The menu for tonight’s dinner is:

-Mixed Baby Green lettuces with Citrus, Red Flame Grape, Jicama and Green Onion

-Roasted Breast of Turkey – Au Jus served on Leek and Onion Brioche Pudding

-Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce and Whipped Cream

 

We celebrate 13 years of involvement with this event and are thankful for the opportunity.

For more information about the Chicago Help Initiative, click here.

Eli’s Brings Some Extra Sweetness to the “For the Love of Chocolate” Foundation

This weekend, Eli’s Cheesecake will be in attendance at the annual gala for the “For the Love of Chocolate” Foundation.  The foundation provides scholarships to students who wish to pursue a career in pastry arts.  Eli’s Cheesecake will be sponsoring the event and offering chocolate-dipped cheesecake to those attending.  If you would like to learn more about the foundation or purchase a ticket for the event this Saturday, please click here.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates Our Friend, Jay Leno

Tonight will be Jay Leno’s last episode of The Tonight Show.  Jay has been bringing the laughs into our homes every night since 1992 and Eli’s Cheesecake was honored to be featured on his show in 1996.  We wish him all the best in the future and we are honored to have been a part of his legacy as the host of The Tonight Show.  Check out the video below to see Jay’s visit to Eli’s Cheesecake during his stay in Chicago.

 

Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates Founder’s Week by Recognizing the Great Eli Schulman

On this day in 1910, our founder, Eli Schulman, was born.  An entrepreneur and restaurateur, Eli became a Chicago icon over the course of his life and continues to give back to his community through his namesake company today.

Eli Schulman came from humble beginnings.  After the death of his father in 1927, Schulman was forced to drop out of high school and began a series of jobs, including selling scorecards and seat cushions at ballparks over the summer.  Eli fell in love with baseball at an early age and his passion for the game continued throughout his life.

Eli at Comiskey Park

Eli opened his first restaurant, Eli’s Ogden Huddle, on Chicago’s West Side in 1940, after he found a foreclosure notice on the door of the local coffee shop that he regularly visited.  After only a year of operating the restaurant, Eli joined the Army Air Corps, utilizing his restaurant management skills at bases around the country.

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Eli continued his success with the opening of Eli’s Stage Delicatessen in 1962.  The delicatessen became a hot spot for visiting celebrities, including Frank Sinatra and Woody Allen, but Eli still wanted something greater.  In 1966, Schulman opened his pride and joy, a white-tablecloth restaurant named Eli’s The Place for Steak in the heart of downtown Chicago.  Schulman’s large host of celebrity friends followed in the move and at any given time, the restaurant was filled with stars of stage and screen.

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Today, Eli’s son, Marc, continues his father’s legacy and The Eli’s Cheesecake Company provides a wide variety of high quality desserts to eager mouths all over the world.  The company, like its founder, remains a Chicago icon, offering scholarships to students and sponsoring various events throughout the city.

Eli Schulman and his son, Marc

This week, we honor the giving spirit of our founder by holding a special lunch for all of our employees and offering a gift card to every associate as a token of our gratitude for all of their hard work.

In an interview, Eli Schulman said, “To have come from where I came from, to have known the people I’ve known…I’d have to say that I’m the luckiest man in the world.”

Today, we can all safely say we count ourselves just as lucky as Eli for being a part of his namesake company.  And with every cheesecake we serve, we remember the man that started it all.

Eli’s Uncovers a Host of Celebrity Photos

This past week, some Eli’s associates uncovered a treasure trove of celebrity photos from the Eli’s Stage Delicatessen.  At one time, the restaurant was a favorite of celebrities from all over the country, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Woody Allen.  As everyone at Eli’s Cheesecake gets ready to celebrate Eli Schulman’s birthday next week, we love to look back at how far we’ve come and remember the friends we made along the way.  Take a look at the photo of Woody Allen we found below.Woody Allen

Eli’s Serves Up Comic Fodder at Chicago’s SketchFest

Tonight marks the opening night of Chicago’s SketchFest, a two week gathering of some of the best sketch comedy troupes in the country.  The first SketchFest was held in January 2002 and featured 30 local sketch comedy groups.  Today, SketchFest hosts over 150 groups and draws in roughly 10,000 patrons annually.  The event’s home, Stage 773, is located on Chicago’s north side and contains four separate theaters, each offering visitors a unique experience.  Eli’s Cheesecake is a proud sponsor of SketchFest 2013.  To learn more about SketchFest or to buy tickets online, click here.

Eli’s Gets Top Marks From Epicurious

Epicurious has recently named Eli’s Cheesecake one of Ten Awesome All-American Mail-Order Food Gifts!  Our cheesecakes are made with the highest-quality ingredients and are hand-decorated before being carefully packed in dry ice before being shipped all over the country!  Epicurious is the latest of rave reviews by Eli’s Cheesecake fanatics, which have previously included The New York Times and Oprah. To see Epicurious’ full list, click here.