Celebrating 35 Years of Misericordia’s Family Fest


Misericordia-BlogEli’s Cheesecake is thrilled to be a part of the 35th Annual Misericordia Family Fest Celebration! A day of live entertainment, auctions, raffles and games, Family Fest is Misericoria’s largest fundraising event. Eli’s Cheesecakes will be available for sale at the Fest, with all proceeds benefiting Misericordia. The event is taking place this Sunday, September 13th. For a full schedule of events, click here.

Misericordia “offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged.” It is a not-for-profit corporation helping those in need since 1921.  The families of Heart of Mercy and the community joins together in honor of celebrating and supporting the Misericordia mission. Eli’s has been a part of the Misericordia family fest since its start in 1980. We’re very honored to share our 35th anniversary with a great cause and an even better time! To learn more about Misericordia, visit their website.



Eli’s Honored to Support the 45th Annual Lou Malnati’s Cancer Research Benefit

LMCB_LogoThis Saturday, September 12, Eli’s is excited to be creating a Big Cake celebrating the 45th Annual Cancer Research Benefit put on by Lou Malnati’s.  This year’s theme is The Roaring Twenties! All proceeds from the event will be benefitting the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute, Gilda’s Club, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Over the past 10 years, the Lou Malnati’s Cancer Research Fun has raised over $3 million to aid the organizations find a cure for cancer. Join us in the fight against cancer! Please visit www.lmcb.org to purchase tickets, make a donation, or become a sponsor.


Eli’s Cheesecake at the 2015 BMW Championship

Eli’s Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be served at the 2015 BMW Championship (formerly known as the Western Tournament) with all tournament proceeds benefiting the Evans Scholars Foundation.  It is the second oldest golf tournament in the United States and will be held Sept. 14-20 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois .

Eli’s Cheesecake Heads to Milan!

Sister_Cities_logo_Milan_expo_2 A delegation from Eli’s Cheesecake is heading to Chicago’s sister city of Milan, Italy, to present “Chicago Week” during Expo Milano 2015, September 3-6.  Chicago Week in Milan is an opportunity to showcase the best of Chicago through world-class experiences. Also traveling to Milan as part of this event are Chicago Chefs John Coletta (Quartino), Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe) and Matthias Merges (Yusho). Eli’s Cheesecakes and Bella Bacino’s will be featured at events throughout the week. Lagunitas Brewery is even creating a special craft beer, Mozango!, to celebrate the relationship between Chicago and Milan.


Here’s an update!  We are here in Milan proud to display and serve Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake and Salted Caramel Cheesecakes.


Eli’s Cheesecake Summer Intern Class of 2015

Today is the last day for Eli’s summer intern team as they prepare to leave Eli’s and return to college.  In their respective departments, they conducted surveys, analyzed data, prepared presentations, created promotions and provided customers with the Eli’s experience.  We are sad to see them go, but are happy to have made new friends of Eli’s. (Photo left to right: Yasmin, Veronica, Nate, Rhea, Jessica, Cheyenne, Zurielies)intern team 2015 web









As we were reminiscing about our summer here, we were surprised and delighted to learn our intern, Rhea, had been to Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery to celebrate her 5th birthday!

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We wish them a great school year ahead!


Eli’s Celebrates Another Successful National Cheesecake Day

We at Eli’s are excited to say that we have successfully celebrated another National Cheesecake Day! This year we brought the celebration around the city of Chicago as well as keeping the fun going at our main location on the North West side.

At our home base, we hosted celebrations during our weekly Farmer’s Market. Guests were treated to free slices of our famous cheesecake, with new flavors being samples hourly. We also hosted an Artisan Supplier Fair, featuring some of our esteemed suppliers such as Guitrad, Blommer’s, Phoenix Bean, Nielsen Massey, Stahlbush Island Farms, and the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences. We were treated to a dance performance from After School Matters.

At our O’Hare location at United Terminal B, we had some of our associates handing out free slices of Original Plain and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. We also brought down a prize wheel so travelers could try their luck for a chance to win a 9” inch cheesecake along with some other fun prizes! We also hosted another demo at Plum Market from 4 to 7.

Mr. Slice, our beloved mascot, had a pretty exciting day as well. He and some of our associates took the Cheesecake mobile out for a spin to give out cheesecake to fans across the city. He made stops at the Jefferson Park Blue Line Station, NBC Tower, Seneca Park and Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. Mr. Slice also did meet and greets with some lucky fans at each location.

National Cheesecake Day is very dear to our company. It celebrates the dessert that started the history and family that is the Eli’s Cheesecake Company. Elana Schulman, daughter of our President Marc Schulman, said it best in a blog post written in honor of National Cheesecake Day:

“There are delicious cheesecakes all over the world, but there’s something special about one that was born from your grandfather’s imagination, your mom and dad’s constant hard work and dedication, and the incredible team at Eli’s that makes each cake the best cake.” Read more here: http://munchies.vice.com/articles/you-need-a-forklift-to-pick-up-my-familys-1500-pound-cheesecake

National Cheesecake Day was a lot of fun for all of us here at Eli’s, but the fun isn’t stopping here. Join us this weekend for the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival, a two day long event with food, fun and cheesecake for the entire family. We hope to see you there!

Mr. Slice posing with some fans at the Jefferson Park Blue Line Station.

Mr. Slice posing with some fans at the Jefferson Park Blue Line Station.

One of our associates preparing samples for the demo at Plum Market.

One of our associates preparing samples for the demo at Plum Market.

The After School Matters Dancers enjoying some cheesecake,

The After School Matters Dancers enjoying some cheesecake,

Eli’s Cheesecake of Chicago Celebrates National Cheesecake Day with debut of Birthday Cake Cheesecake in honor of Eli’s 35th Birthday plus…cheesecake give-a-ways all over town and a Cheesecake Festival!

Nothing says party like food on a stick so Eli’s Birthday Cake Cheesecake will be unveiled as an Eli’s Dipper: confetti cheesecake layered with old fashioned birthday cake, enrobed in milk chocolate, rolled in more confetti and served frozen on a stick!  The Eli’s Cheesecake mobile and slice mascot will make stops around Chicago giving away Dippers and other varieties of cheesecake.

Thursday, July 30 - Give-a-way  locations include: Eli Schulman Playground across from Water Tower Place, Jefferson Park, Pioneer Court, Eli’s Cafe at O’Hare Airport (term 1 between B8 and B9), and Eli’s Cheesecake World (6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. Chicago). Follow us on Twitter @ElisCheesecake #ElisMobile for schedule.

Also on July 30, free standard shipping on all 9” Cheesecakes. Visit http://shop.elicheesecake.com for details.

Thursday, July 30-Sunday, August 2 – Eli’s Cheesecake Festival:  Music, food, cheesecake hula hoop, eating and cake walk contests, family fun , a classic car show and Come As You Were costume contest.  Visit http://www.cheesecakefestival.com for schedule.

Our new Birthday Cake Dippers.

Our new Birthday Cake Dippers.

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Eli’s Farmer’s Market Speaker Series Ends with Speech from Terra Brockman

Earlier today, Eli’s hosted the finale of our Farmer’s Market Speaker Series with our guest speaker Terra Brockman.  Terra Brockman is the founder of The Land Connection, a non-profit organization that trains farmers in restorative farming techniques and informs the public about the sources of food and why they matter. She also has written a book on farming called The Seasons on Henry’s Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm, which was one of three finalists for the James Beard Award in Writing and Literature in 2010.

Brockman’s talk focused on the importance of soil and seasonality to crop production. She also highlighted how important simple farming techniques are to producing healthy, fresh, nutrient rich foods. Brockman shared these and a few other farming insights she’s gathered over the years with a few students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. She and the students were able to discuss her views on farming and food over some slices of Eli’s Peanut Butter Pie and Original Plain Cheesecakes.

We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting the Farmer’s Market Speakers series and were glad to end the program on such a great speech. To stay updated on more events going on at Eli’s, keep an eye on our July calendar!

After her speech, Brockman answered questions and discussed some of her farming beliefs.

After her speech, Brockman answered questions and discussed some of her farming beliefs.

Brockman getting acquainted with some CHSAS Student.

Brockman getting acquainted with some CHSAS Student.

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Eli’s Celebrates 35 Years at the Taste of Chicago

We love a good celebration at the Eli’s Cheesecake Company and our 35th birthday was no exception. We started the day with a culinary demo from our Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger at the In The Kitchen with Mariano’s tent. There she showed some lucky Eli’s fans how to create and decorate a Big Slice. She also gave some baking tips and insider info while answering audience questions after.

Once the demo wrapped up, Chef Laurel headed over to the Big Cake tent and began prepping for the 1,500 pound cheesecake to be cut and passed out. By 12:20, the line of excited Taste of Chicago goers had already wrapped half way around Buckingham Fountain. At 12:30, we began our Chicago celebrity studded celebration began. Bill Zwecker, entertainment reporter for Fox 32 News Chicago, emceed the opening remarks from many of the company’s esteemed friends and colleagues such as Sam Toia (President of the Illinois Restaurant Association), Michelle T. Boone (Commisioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events), Merri Dee (President of the Illinois Chapter of the AARP), Brian Hopkins (Alderman of Chicago’s 2nd Ward) and  Candace Jordan (Chicago Now Blogger and Chicago Tribune Columnist) as well as some others!

And what would a birthday be without the ‘happy birthday’ song? Luckily, we had the Broadway in Chicago Cast of Kinky Boots, the Tony and Grammy award winning musical, there to help us sing. They even bought Chef Laurel some real Kinky Boots to wear! After their beautiful serenade, we began the large task at hand—cutting and serving the massive 1,500 pound cake. The Eli’s team worked tirelessly to serve the mile line long of fans until the cake was finished.

Eli’s was honored by the kind remarks and praise and would like to extend a warm thank you for all the amazing birthday wishes. The Taste of Chicago Cake Cutting is one of our favorite traditions here at Eli’s and we can’t wait to do it all again next year!

The cast of Kinky Boots and Chef Laurel wearing her Kinky Boots.

The cast of Kinky Boots and Chef Laurel wearing her Kinky Boots.

Chef Laurel Boger showing off the Big Slice made at the demo.

Chef Laurel Boger showing off the Big Slice made at the demo.

The Eli's team and the 1,500 lb cake.

The Eli’s team and the 1,500 lb cake.

Eli’s Celebrates a Successful First Day at the Taste of Chicago

Yesterday, we kicked off our 35th Birthday where it all began, the Taste of Chicago! We began the day with an early morning visit from Tanja Babich of ABC 7 Chicago and Commissioner Michelle Boone at our booth, located at the corner of Columbus and Jackson.  After, Marc went to go visit Eddie V’s Road Show, a weekly comedy podcast featuring Chicago Radio Legend Eddie Volkman, to talk about our longstanding history with the Taste and to give out some treats to Eddie and his audience.

After everyone finished wishing us a happy birthday, we went back to the major task at hand– prepping to feed the millions of people that come to the Taste every year! This year, we chose to serve our Original Plain Cheesecake with Strawberries, our Turtle Cheesecake, our Key Lime Cheesecake, our S’Mores Smoosh (S’Mores Cheesecake topped with ice cream) and our new 35th Birthday Dipper. Even though the festival is only one day in, Eli’s has already gotten some rave reviews. The Chicago Tribune called our S’Mores Smoosh “heaven” and said that “the mix of flavors, temperatures and textures was magic” and Time out Chicago featured our Birthday Dipper on their Instagram page.

Yesterday’s celebration didn’t stop at the Taste. We also sent our event team down to the Eli’s Cheesecake at O’Hare Airport to hand out free cheesecake to the weary travelers at United Terminal B and featured our Taste of Chicago flavors in=store at our Bakery Café. Be sure to stop in if you can’t make it down to the Taste.

We’re very happy with yesterday’s Taste of Chicago turn out and are excited to continue the celebration throughout the rest of the week. Cheers to a great opening day!


Time Out Chicago's shot of our Birthday Dipper.

Time Out Chicago’s shot of our Birthday Dipper.

Marc And Maureen Schulman at Eddie V's Roadshow.

Marc And Maureen Schulman at Eddie V’s Roadshow.

Mr. Slice greeting people at O'Hare airport.

Mr. Slice greeting people at O’Hare airport.

Tanja Babich visiting our Booth at the Taste of Chicago.

Tanja Babich visiting our Booth at the Taste of Chicago.