Last night, we headed out to Navy Pier for the opening-night benefit of EXPO CHICAGO, Vernissage. The event exhibits art from some of the finest galleries around the world, with the proceeds funding programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Eli’s Cheesecake staff took in the culture and spoke with art-world elite, all while passing out our famous cheesecake. Learn more about EXPO CHICAGO here and check out photos from last night’s event below.
Today, our bakery, cafe and office gathered together for a moment of silence and remembrance of the September 11 victims and survivors as we have each year for the past 12 years.
Twelve years ago today, we gathered together and saw images that were beyond belief. As we gathered together today, we are grateful we are able to continue to work together.
Eli’s is a proud dessert sponsor of the Green Tie Ball, a gala benefiting Chicago Gateway Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to greening and beautifying Chicago’s expressway, gateways, and neighborhoods. It is the 22nd anniversary for this event! http://www.gatewaygreen.org/event/green-tie-ball/
We recently came across this “Book of Experience” written by our founder, Eli Schulman, in the 1940’s. He shared this booklet with friends and guests at his restaurant, Eli’s Ogden Huddle. It was located on Chicago’s west side at Ogden and Kedzie and was a favorite spot for celebrities and locals.
Eli was the ultimate entrepreneur and really knew how to take care of his guests. Our favorite gem from the booklet is “Treat others as though you were the others” – important words to live by in business and also in life. His slogan for the restaurant was “Good Food – Always!” Words of wisdom that we’re still committed to today.
Congratulations to Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger and Eli’s Associates Lisa Feldman and Danielle Moles on the success of Eli’s Participation in “A Magnificent Taste” benefitting Common Threads with the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association last night. The specialty dessert served at the event was an individual round Blackberry Cheesecake with Basil infused Sabayon and fresh blackberries. http://instagram.com/p/diKpNpqpyo/
For more information about the event and to read the bio of Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger, click here: http://www.themagnificentmile.com/events/shopping-festival/culinary/
Eli’s Cheesecake was proud to help Michigan Avenue Magazine celebrate their 5th anniversary in print. The event was held at the Langham Chicago Hotel.
Special guest, and Grammy award-winning singer, Michelle Williams, helped Eli’s President, Marc Schulman, cut the big cake Eli’s made for the birthday bash. The guests enjoyed the cake.
Michelle Williams also performed a few songs, including “Happy Birthday” at the big celebration. She is on the cover of Michigan Avenue Magazine’s summer issue.
For more on the event, and for more pictures, click here: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Michigan-Ave-Mag-Celebrates-Five-Years-of-Production-218942921.html
Eli’s Cheesecake celebrated their first National Cheesecake Week July 25-30. The 6 day long celebration kicked off on a Thursday with Eli’s Social Media Breakfast! Bloggers came from all over to learn about the company and to decorate an Eli’s Cheesecake! There was also the weekly Eli’s and Wright College Farmer’s Market.
On Friday, Eli’s was joined by Gene Hartman for Eli’s Music on the Patio and an Eli’s Cheesecake and Dessert Buffet.
For a quick video, click here: http://instagram.com/p/cPmPuJqp9C/
The celebration continued over the weekend with a Grilled Lunch on the patio on Saturday, and a Classic Car Show on Sunday with over one hundred cars. The Happiness Club performed Sunday at the Classic Car show, as well. Eli’s Mascot, Eli Slice, even joined them for a few numbers.
Monday customers in the store got to play Cheesecake games, including Cheesecake Bingo.
National Cheesecake Day concluded the weeklong celebration on Tuesday, July 30th. Vince Garasole from CBS2 joined Eli’s in the morning to talk to help celebrate. Customers enjoyed a free slice of cheesecake all day long serving a new flavor every hour. Eli;s Cheesecake Mobile was also around Chicago giving out free slices to the public. Free slices were also being given out at O’Hare terminal 1.
National Cheesecake Week was a busy and successful celebration.
Eli’s National Cheesecake Week Celebration, July 25-30, 2013
Thursday, July 25th:
Farmer’s Market & Fun
- Farmer’s Market, 7am-1pm – fresh produce, handmade crafts & more
- Free Social Media Breakfast Meet-up – Ready, Set, Decorate!
Calling all bloggers, Tweeter, Facebook friends, Instagrammers and Pinners. Divide into teams and decorate an Eli’s Cheesecake. Prizes for winning cakes! Reservations required, call 773-308-7000. 8am.
- Enjoy a free slice of cheesecake (one slice per person) from 8am – 6pm
- Free snow cones and meet & greet with State Representative Robert Martwick, 9am-11pm
Al Fresco Grilled lunch, 11am-1pmLive performance by nationally acclaimed Redmoon Theater, 11am
- Free lecture given by Dana Benigno, Executive Director of
Green City Market, 1pm
- Free hearing tests courtesy of the Lions Club
- Facebook photo caption contest daily through July 30 facebook.com/elischeesecake
- Twitter free cheesecake drawing daily through July 30 twitter.com/elischeesecake
- Mail order four hour lunch specials
Friday, July 26th:
Music on the Patio, 4pm – 6pm
- Gene Hartman – Solo Acoustic Entertainment and a FREE Cheesecake Buffet
- Mail order four hour lunch specials
Saturday, July 27th:
Grilled lunch for sale on the Patio, 11am -1pm
- FREE Cheesecake Samples and a Live DJ
Sunday, July 28th:
Classic Car Show, 10am – 3pm
- Grilled lunch for sale, 11am– 1pm
- Entertainment by The Happiness Club 11am-1pm
Monday, July 29th:
Customer Appreciation Day, 10pm – 4pm
- Free cheesecake samples and an extra 10% off your entire whole cake purchase! (in-store only)
Cheesecake games for the whole family – cheesecake bingo, cheesecake hoola hoop, and a cheesecake cake walk
- Free shipping on 9” Cheesecakes for mail order at shop.elicheesecake.com
Tuesday, July 30th:
National Cheesecake Day!
- Enjoy free cheesecake sample every hour in our café
- The Cheesecake Mobile will be out on the street giving away FREE cheesecake slices around Chicagoland! Follow us on Twitter @ElisCheesecake or #ElisMobile to find out where the Cheesecake Mobile will be throughout the day
- Free shipping on 9” Cheesecakes for mail order at shop.elicheesecake.com until 11am
- Free cheesecake at O’Hare Terminal 1 between gates B and C from 11am-2pm
Events subject to change, visit www.elicheesecake.com/calendar for complete schedule
The Eli’s Cheesecake Co., 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago IL 60634
(773) 205-3800 www.elicheesecake.com
Eli’s Cheesecake was part of the Green City Market Chef BBQ in Lincoln Park on July 18th. The event included over 100 chefs and restaurants using fruits, veggies, cheeses, and meats from the market to create a tasty dish! Our fantastic culinary team made a Goat Cheese Cheesecake topped with a raspberry sauce and blackberries. It was a successful event that we were happy to be a part of, and the Goat Cheese Cheesecake was a hit!
On July 18th, Eli’s Cheesecake helped celebrate Special Olympics’ 45th birthday. Although the weather was hot, Special Olympics participants still celebrated their achievements at Grant Park in Chicago with a celebratory big Eli’s Cheesecake.
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke cuts the first piece of the celebration cake in honor of Chicago’s Special Olympics birthday and the athletes enjoyed their slice of Eli’s Cheesecake!
The Special Olympics is one of the world’s most celebrated athletic traditions, with 4 million athletes in 170 countries, which hold more than 53,000 competitions every year. Read more about the Chicago’s Special Olympics in the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-special-olympics-anniversary-20130719,0,984295.story
To find out more information on Chicago’s Special Olympics, visit their Facebook page or their website: