Eli’s at BizOver Professional Women’s Networking Event

Eli’s Cheesecake had a great time at the BizOver Networking Event last week at Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue last night. The event was a professional networking event filled with great conversation, delicious desserts and fun mini-makeovers!

Eli's Cuties were enjoyed by guests.

Eli’s Cuties were enjoyed by guests.

BizOver hosts the annual style event to empower women in the workplace: studies continue to show professional women are judged on appearance at a higher rate than male counterparts. The women received manicures, had their hair styled and were given a “professional, polished” makeover. The women were taught how to recreate the looks while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvre and, of course, dessert!  Eli’s provided Chocolate Enrobed Cheesecake Cuties, Fudge Brownies, Seven Layer Coconut Bars and Cherry Oat Bars at the event.

For more information on attending BizOver’s next networking event, click here.

Haute Couture & Haute Cuisine at Elements of Style 2015

Enjoy Eli’s Cheesecake (and a fabulous fashion show) at Mario Tricoci’s Elements of Style, tomorrow, September 25th at Redmoon Theater in Chicago.

Don’t miss the conclusion of “Mario, Make Me a Model” when the five remaining finalists take the runway with professional models in a fashion show featuring Chicago Designers: Two Penny Blue, Elena Bobysheva, The Order, Sahar Dada and Misanthrope. This is the last challenge for the contestants who have been working out and runway training over the last four months during which they also shot TV commercials and a fashion spread.  Tickets include delicious dessert by Eli’s,  goody bags with some of Mario’s favorite hair and beauty products as well as a Mario Tricoci gift certificate.

For tickets, visit Mario Tricoci.

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A Night of Art at MCA’s Vernissage Event

Vernissage_StD_ms_033015vernissage_lg-975x650Serving-and-TableEli’s is a honored to be serving dessert, again, at The Women’s Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual Vernissage event this Thursday, September 17, 2015. Along with our classic Original Plain Cheesecake, Eli’s is providing an array of desserts, including Vegan Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake, Salted Caramel Pretzel Bars, and more.

The MCA hosts Vernissage, the opening night preview of EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, at Festival Hall at Navy Pier. This extraordinary benefit, organized by the MCA Women’s Board, is the city’s most highly anticipated event of the year. Entering its fourth edition this year, EXPO CHICAGO presents artworks from 140 leading galleries, and represents 16 countries and 47 cities from around the world, including EXPOSURE—a section that affords younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair. The exposition provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs.

Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds in support of the mission of the MCA Education Department, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s holdings and the larger world of contemporary art and culture.

For more information on Vernissage and the MCA Chicago, visit the event page.

Join us at the Wood Family Foundation Storybook Gala, September 25th

Storybook_LogoEli’s is honored to participate in the Wood Family Foundation’s Inaugural Storybook Gala on Friday, September 25th at Moonlight Studios in Chicago! Proceeds from this event go to help support Pitch In, an after school mentoring program serving Chicago’s most at-risk children.

The Wood Family Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2011 by Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah. The WFF works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for its children’s programs and other children’s charities they support. The WFF acts as an advocate for children in the Chicago community, inspiring others to join them in their mission.

For tickets to the Storybook Gala, visit the Wood Family Foundation.

 

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

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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.

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

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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!

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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,