Eli’s Hosts Sonat Birnecker, Owner of Koval Distillery

Eli’s Cheesecake Company had yet another great Thursday morning with our weekly Farm Stand and Fresh Market this week, despite the rain. There was an assortment of fruits, vegetables, hand crafted goods and more all available for purchase. We had the pleasure of hosting special guest and Owner of Koval Distillery, Sonat Birnecker at our Farm Stand event along with students from the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS). Koval Distillery was Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800′s, founded in 2008. Birnecker shared her amazing story with students from CHSAS and gave the students great advice for their futures. She also spoke about her day to day tasks, explained the manufacturing process of her products, as well as her marketing strategies.  Read more about Koval Distillery’s story here.

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Missed the Farm Stand this week? Don’t worry, we’re open every Thursday until August 3oth. Join us next Thursday, June 28th for our upcoming Farm Stand and Fresh Market from 7AM-1PM CST. Free Continental breakfast will be served from 8am-10am with a $10 market purchase,and lunch on the grill that will be available for purchase from 11am-1pm. We can’t wait to see you!

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SOAR Market Grand Opening

On Tuesday, June 19th, we participated in the annual Grand Opening of the SOAR Farmer’s Market. Eli’s stole the show by by presenting a giant cherry cheesecake. 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins had the honor of cutting the first piece, joined by Marc and Maureen Schulman and other market sponsors. This year we also served boxes full of Eli’s Single Serve Original and Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake.

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SOAR Farmer’s Market is open every Tuesday until October 30 this year in the MCA Plaza. For more information, visit their website here: http://soarchicago.org/.

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Eli’s Celebrates Father’s Day with 14th Annual Bike Ride

Despite record high temperatures, the Father’s Day Bike Ride was a great event once again! Over 285 riders participated in the bike ride event, including raffles, breakfast and other activities — the perfect way to show Dad how much he means to you!

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Thanks Eli’s staff Sharon and Allyson for organizing the event and to Kristina, Antonio, Yadi, Danny, Irielys, Cassandra, Jessica, Diana, John Lyons David Jr., Eleanor, Diego and Julian for making sure the event went on without a hitch!

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We also thank the Chicago Police Department and Commander Looney who gave us over 14 cars and police on bikes, the Harwood Heights Police Department, the Chicago Bike Ambassadors, Oak Street Health For the Water, Rudy’s Bike Shop and Alderman Sposato.

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Eli’s Farm Stand Grand Opening

Last Thursday, Eli’s celebrated our first Farmer’s Market of 2018. Vendors included Nichol’s Farm, Patz Maple & Honey, Natural Vibes Skincare Items and we also opened up Eli’s Flower Shop for the first time. Visitors were able to purchase custom arrangements, potted plants and more.

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We served a free continental breakfast in our Bakery Cafe, listened to live music from market regular Suzie Schwartz and enjoyed a delicious Grill Menu Special outside.

Additionally, Tavi J, a Chicago blogger for Chi@Glance attended the market and decorated her own cheesecake! Read more about her visit here!

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Catch us next Thursday from 7am-1pm at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. We can’t wait to see you!

 

@TheMagMile: A Social Media Meetup

This week, members of Eli’s Marketing team attended a social media meet-up put on by @TheMagMile and @EnjoyIllinois with guests from organizations all over Chicago to hear a panel of social media specialists give advice and share their best practices. We loved meeting other professionals in the Chicagoland area AND the beautiful views from Chicago’s First Lady.

 

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The Magnificent Mile Association is a private, non-profit membership organization with a mission of preserving, promoting, and enhancing one of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and the surrounding area. Its 700 plus members include real estate properties, retail stores, hotels, entertainment establishments, professional service industries and institutional and residential properties. The Magnificent Mile Association has become an influential force in determining policy, effecting change and creating marketing and networking activities that prepare its business district and its members for the future.

Thanks again for the invite!

Eli’s Summer Activities

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 Join us for a sweet break this summer with special events around Chicago!

Eli’s Cheesecake’s 18th Annual Farmer’s Market: Thursdays, June 14th – August 30th from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy fresh produce, free continental breakfast,* Eli’s fresh-from-the-farmers market BBQ lunch and weekly themed events

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company will host its 18th annual Farmer’s  Market this summer on  Thursdays from June 14th to August 30th at 7 am-1 pm on the lawn at Eli’s Cheesecake World, 6701 West Forest Preserve Drive (intersection of Forest Preserve Drive, Montrose and Normandy) in Chicago’s Dunning neighborhood. The market will offer a great selection of the freshest locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers from Nichol’s Farm as well as artisan-prepared foods and crafts made by local not-for-profit partners, including neighboring New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled and The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), who bring produce and crafts from the farm on their school campus.

Lunch is available al fresco: Eli’s chef shops the market and grills a Summer lunch special from 11am-1pm each day of the Market. Prices range from $6.95-$9.95.

* Complimentary continental breakfast for customers who purchase $10.00 or more in goods at the Market from 8-10 am

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Eli’s at the Taste of Chicago and Annual Big Cake:

July 11-15th – Stop by the Eli’s Cheesecake booth at the corner of Jackson and Columbus and enjoy the famous Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper® (frozen Chocolate Chip Cheesecake on a stick, dipped in crunchy dark chocolate on a stick), Original Plain Cheesecake, Turtle Cheesecake, Cookie Cheesecake Smoosh Made with Oreo® Topped w/Vanilla Ice Cream & Chocolate Sauce, and Lemon Mixed Berry Cheesecake.

July 14th–Celebrate the 38th birthdays of Eli’s Cheesecake and Taste of Chicago: Look for the BIG CAKE IS HERE tent on Saturday July 14th at 12:30 pm at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, Chicago. Enjoy a FREE slice from the BIG 1,000 pound Eli’s Cheesecake (while supplies last).

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National Cheesecake Day…Not just a day…a five day extravaganza: Thursday July 26-Monday July 30th

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July 26 (Thursday) at the Eli’s Farmer’s Market. Complimentary continental breakfast* 8-10am and cheesecake and dessert samples all day. Musical entertainment to be announced and July 27 (Friday) – Eli’s Cheesecake at O’Hare United Terminal 3 near the dinosaur from 12pm-2pm.

July 28 (Saturday) – Eli’s culinary team will teach you how to make Cheesecake Cannoli and Cheesecake Sandwiches, as seen in the O List, Valentine’s edition.

July 29 (Sunday) –Classic Car Show and Eli’s Cheesecake Fun

Visit our annual Classic Car Show with over 100 vintage cars from 9am to 4pm. Lunch on the Grill available for purchase. See The Happiness Club, The Jesse White Tumblers flying over a giant cheesecake and enjoy cheesecake bingo, cheesecake hula hoop contest, cheesecake eating contests, take a photo with Eli’s Big Slice mascot and more 9am-4pm (schedule to be posted). Taste cheesecakes samples all day!

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Everything Cheesecake – Cheesecake Slices, Cheesecake Mobile

Follow #ElisMobile on twitter to discover where the Eli’s Cheesecake Mobile will be handing out FREE slices around Chicago and meet and greet Eli’s mascot Big Slice and Eli’s big cheese, Marc Schulman.

Enjoy a FREE slice of Eli’s Cheesecake all day at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe and try a special made-to-order dessert: Eli’s Smoosh®, cheesecake ice cream combo, Eli’s Dippers®, frozen cheesecake on a stick, dipped in chocolate, or make-your-own Eli’s Cheesecake Topping Bar. In honor of National Cheesecake Day, special savings on your entire frozen dessert purchase.

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Eli’s in the Chicago Tribune Food Bowl, a weeks-long food fest with events across the city

August 9, 16 & 23 – Sweet Taste of Summer: Eli’s pastry chef, along with a different celebrity guest each week (Candid Candace and Roxana’s Kitchen) will show you how to create a unique Summer dessert, using freshly picked fruits and vegetables from the Eli’s Farmer’s Market. 10am.

August 23 – Eli’s Drive for School Supplies: For over 12 years, Eli’s Cheesecake has supported its neighbor, New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled, by donating school supplies to its students. Bring a school supply and get a free slice of Eli’s Cheesecake! 7am-1pm.

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Illinois Bicentennial Celebration

August 26th – Celebrate the 200th birthday of the Illinois Constitution with statewide birthday cheesecake! In partnership with the Illinois Office of Tourism, enjoy Eli’s Cheesecake all across Illinois: a BIG cheesecake at the official celebration in Springfield, and at Convention & Tourism Bureaus throughout the state. Times and locations TBD, Visit https://illinois200.com.

For more information about farmers markets, or any of the activities, call Eli’s at 773-736-3417 or visit the Eli’s website at www.elicheesecake.com.

 

 

 

 

Eli’s Attends Annual Gala for Chicago Help Initiative

Last week, Eli’s participated in The Chicago Help Initiative‘s (CHI) Annual Fundraiser “Chicago Recipes” to raise funds to support their free weekly meals and programs for Chicagoans in need and experiencing homelessness. The event featured bite size samples from Eli’s and other Chicago restaurants in addition to auction items and raffle prizes.

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The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) is a consortium of business, residential, religious, social services, institutional and volunteer leaders striving to promote an atmosphere of dignity and compassion toward those in need by providing access to food, health services, shelter and employment.

The Eli’s Cheesecake Compant has been a long time supporter of CHI. Check out this video of Eli’s President Marc Schulman on what this organization has meant to Eli’s:

To volunteer, donate or learn more about the Chicago Help Initiative, please visit their website: http://chicagohelpinitiative.org/

 

 

 

NEW! Introducing our Double Marshmallow Crispy Bar

Introducing our new NSF Certified Gluten-Free Double Marshmallow Crispy Bar! This nostalgic dessert will bring you back to your childhood. It’s everything you love about a crispy rice bar, but we’ve kicked it up a notch with the addition of dark brown sugar and loads of fluffy marshmallows. We call it Double Marshmallow bar because it’s made with both gooey marshmallow fluff and lots of mini marshmallows.

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These bars come individually-wrapped and are now available in our Bakery Cafe. Please visit our website for more information about our cafe.

 

Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates 34 years at the NRA Show

Eli’s Cheesecake was proud to participate in the 34th annual National Restaurant Show (NRA Show) this year. Eli’s looks forward to strengthening relationships with our customers, meeting new vendors, and spending time with our associates each year.

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Our Inspiration Station featured creative ideas and recipes to use with Eli’s Cheesecake, featuring Cheesecake Milkshakes, Cheesecake Cannolis and Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches.

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In addition to offering samples of a number of products, we introduced new products at the NRA show this year, including our 2018 FABI Award winning Florentine Honey Almond Bar awarded by the National Restaurant Association. Other new desserts featured were the Chocolate Hazelnut Crisp Cheesecake, Cookie Butter Cheesecake, Gooey Butter Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake, Pumpkin Tart, Double Marshmallow Crispy Bar and a Vegan Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake. For the food service industry, distributors, and operators: find more information about the new products at http://foodservice.elicheesecake.com/.

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We also continued our tradition of hosting students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) at our booth to share information about our finest ingredients, such as Wildflower honey, harvested by CHSAS , one of the main ingredients that went into our award winning Florentine Honey Almond Bar this year. A portion of the proceeds from sales of our honey products go toward college scholarships for deserving high school seniors.

We look forward to another sensational year for the NRA Show 2019!

Seneca Park Earth Day clean-up

Today marked our annual Earth Day cleanup and firehouse breakfast at the Seneca Park/ Eli M Schulman playground

We want to thank the Chicago Fire Department Engine Co. 98 and the wonderful crew from Miguel Juarez Middle School for helping us make the park beautiful once again and ready for another spring/summer season. Eli’s Cheesecake Co. takes great pride in coming together with local community members in sprucing up the park every year on Earth Day.

 

Seneca Park/ Eli M. Schulman Playground is located right off Michigan ave at, 220 E Chicago Ave

 

This was the 10th year of the partnership with Miguel Juarez school and we were fortunate this year to have the principal of the school, Dr. Campos, join us this year.

Congrats on a successful 2018  cleanup!

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