This past Saturday, our own Elias Kasongo was the keynote speaker at RefugeeOne’s Annual Many Voices, One Vision Gala to help raise money for refugee support. RefugeeOne is a resettlement agency that provides assistance to incoming refugees as they begin a new life in the U.S. Elias told the audience of his journey, fleeing from his home country of Zaire to Zambia in 1990 before coming to the United States four years later. He quickly found work at Eli’s Cheesecake as a member of the cleaning crew and moved through the ranks over 19 years to become a Senior Buyer. The crowd was moved by his story and praised him with a standing ovation at the end of his speech. The event included a spectacular dinner for guests and, of course, Eli’s Cheesecake provided dessert. Check out some photos from the event below. To learn more about Elias’ incredible journey, click here.
On April 26th, RefugeeOne will hold its annual Many Voices One Vision Gala to help raise money for refugee support. This is a special event for Eli’s Cheesecake because our own Elias Kasongo will be the keynote speaker. RefugeeOne is a resettlement agency that helps refugees acclimate into life in the U.S. after being forced to leave their homes. The organization offers job placement services, English language education, and a host of other services to refugees finding solace in the United States. In 1990, Elias fled from a deadly regime in his home country of Zaire (now the Congo) and spent four years in Zambia before receiving a visa to come to the United States. RefugeeOne met Elias at the airport and set him up with an interview at Eli’s Cheesecake to join as a member of the cleaning crew. Over the next 19 years, Elias attended college and moved through the ranks at Eli’s Cheesecake to become a Senior Buyer. We are honored to have Elias as part of the Eli’s Cheesecake family and we look forward to seeing him at RefugeeOne’s annual gala this Saturday. To read more of Elia’s story, click here and to purchase tickets for the event, click here.
On April 26th, Eli’s Cheesecake will be holding its annual clean-up of Chicago’s Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground in honor of Earth Day. Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman, will be on hand along with a group of volunteers to help spruce up the park just in time for Spring. Eli’s Cheesecake has held a close relationship to the park since the summer of 1990, when a new playground was opened in our founder’s name. The Eli M. Schulman Playground in Seneca Park has since provided countless hours of enjoyment to the children of the community. We are currently recruiting volunteers to help in this year’s clean-up effort on Saturday, April 26th. Breakfast will be served at the Chicago Fire Department Engine Company 98, located directly across from the park, at 9:00am. If you’re interested in joining, or you’d like more information on the event, please contact us by calling (773) 308-7019 or emailing email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
Thanks to our Cafe, Culinary & Marketing Staff for creating a most fun 1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Over 200 children and adults joined us on the Cafe Lawn and under our Big Top for an Egg Hunt, Face Painting by the Wright College Student Association, free Eli’s Cheesecake Slices and Samples and Activities. It was a great turnout and we thank all of our neighbors and friends for joining us. Special thanks to our Cafe Manager, Rose, her Staff, the Marketing team,the Culinary Team and Chef Laurel for planning and produce a fun Family Day.
This Saturday, the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe will be holding its first annual children’s Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will begin at 11am on the lawn outside of the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery and will continue until all of the eggs are found. After the egg hunt is over, volunteers from Wright College will be offering free face painting and other fun activities. The Easter Bunny and our mascot, Eli Slice, will also be making an appearance to greet the children. There’s more fun in store for parents, too! The retail store will be holding a special “One-Day Only” Easter Sale with great deals and free samples across the store. The outside grill will also be offering lunch specials from 11am-2pm. We hope the Eli’s Easter Egg Hunt becomes a tradition with your family! For more information on the event, click here. Parents of children participating in the event must sign-in and sign a liability release before their children can participate.
This has been a big week for Eli’s Cheesecake! Monday night, Eli’s set sail with the Columbia Yacht Club for their annual Chowdah Fest. The event featured 15 chefs competing to be crowned Chicago’s best chowder, with all proceeds benefiting the Sea Scouts of Chicago. Eli’s provided some bite-sized desserts that were as rich and creamy and the chowder itself. On Tuesday night, we celebrated the grand opening of the Chicago Sports Museum and Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch. Chicago Bears wide-receiver Brandon Marshall and former NBA star Ron Harper came hungry and Eli’s knocked it out the ballpark with a giant cheesecake big enough to satisfy any athlete’s appetite. The big events didn’t end there. On Wednesday, Eli’s made a special delivery at an exclusive fundraising event for the president himself, Barack Obama. We supplied dessert for the event and sent the president off with a little treat for the flight back to Washington D.C. Check out some of the photos from the events below and keep coming back weekly for all the latest and greatest happenings at Eli’s Cheesecake.
Next week, Eli’s will be on hand to celebrate the grand opening of the Chicago Sports Museum in Chicago’s Water Tower Place. The museum offers visitors an interactive experience through the world of Chicago sports. They can compare their skills to those of sports legends including NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and Cubs superstar Kerry Wood. There’s even an interactive trivia game to test visitors’ sports knowledge. After all the fun in the museum, guests can sit for lunch at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch. This upscale sports bar is a foodie paradise for sports fans. Eli’s Cheesecake will be baking up an extra-large cheesecake for the occasion. For more information on the museum and the restaurant, click here.
Every year around this time, the Columbia Yacht Club of Chicago fills up an anchored ship and holds a competition to find the best chowder in the Midwest. This year, on March 31st, Chowdah Fest will return with 14 chefs from across the city competing to earn the creamy and delicious title of best chowder. Eli’s Cheesecake is a proud sponsor of the event and will be offering attendees a proper end to their meal with our famous cheesecake. All proceeds from the event go toward youth sailing programs in the city. For more information on the event or to buy tickets, click here. We hope to see you in a couple weeks!
This past weekend, Eli’s attended two different events in Chicago. First, Eli’s attended a Good Food Festival called Localicious at the UIC Pavilion. The event celebrated local farmers who grow our food and the local chefs that transform it into something amazing. Eli’s was on-hand to offer our bite-size cuties to those in attendance. Eli’s second stop was at the opening night of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show to offer some samples of our Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake. Bob Mariano, the owner of Mariano’s grocery stores, stopped by for a slice and took a picture with the Eli’s Cheesecake crew. If you missed the Chicago Flower and Garden Show this weekend, you still have plenty of time to stop in and see everything the show has to offer. Eli’s Cheesecake’s own Laurel Boger will be conducting a cooking demo this Thursday, March 20th at 6:30pm, featuring our ricotta cheesecake. For more information on the show, or to purchase tickets, click here.
Next Friday, Eli’s will be at the opening night of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier. The event, entitled Evening in Bloom, gives guests a first-look at the show before it opens to the public the following day. Select Chicago restaurants, including Eli’s Cheesecake, will be providing food for the event. Eli’s will be featuring Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake, which uses honey harvested by students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. To learn more about Eli’s honey, please click here and for more information on Evening in Bloom, click here. All proceeds from the event benefit local charities, including the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago. The Chicago Flower and Garden Show opens to the public the next morning at 10:00 am and Eli’s Cheesecake’s own Executive Chef Laurel Boger will be on hand Thursday, March 20th, with an Eli’s Cheesecake demonstration at 6:30 pm. Eli’s Cheesecake is a proud sponsor of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. For tickets and more information on the show, click here.