President Marc Schulman Receives Friend of ACES Award

On Wednesday, September 28th,

Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman, received the 2016 Friend of ACES awardThe award recognizes non-alumni friends who have made outstanding contributions to the growth and success of the College of ACES.

President Schulman is passionate about education and agriculture. Aside from creating a long-standing relationship with The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), who provides our Honey for our honey cheesecakes, he is a long-time educational supporter of CHSAS. Marc Schulman co-chairs in CHSAS’s Business Advisory Board. He has been influential in strengthening the relationship between the high school and the College of ACES. Marc Schulman will be honored during a private event for the Aaron Easter Scholars. Schulman provides this scholarship in memory of Robert and Cheryl Easter’s son for students from Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences who are studying in the College of ACES. Each year two students are awarded with the scholarship.

Below are highlights of the event:

Apple Season

Did you know Eli’s Cheesecake uses fresh Michigan apples in desserts such as the Apple Streusel Cheesecake and in the Apple Bavarian Tart? These make for perfect fall flavors because they are in season from August-October

Why do we choose Michigan apples? Michigan is the nation’s third largest producer of apples. There are more than 11.3 million apple trees covering 35,500 acres on 825 family-run farms in Michigan. Growers pride themselves on a rich heritage of producing an array of fine apple varieties. For us, it is important that we deliver the best and freshest ingredients to our customers, which is why Michigan apples are used. 

But why eat apples?

You know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, it’s true. Apples are an important part of a healthy diet. They are packed with powerful flavonoids and antioxidants, and filled with fiber—while being low in sodium and calories—which makes them a healthy choice for every body! They can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. 

Click on the images to be directed to our Fall Favorites board on Pinterest!


Vernissage 2016

On Thursday, September 22nd, Eli’s Cheesecake participated in The Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual Vernissage event. Guests were able to enjoy some of our gourmet desserts. While Cheesecake is our specialty, we are more than just that, and events like Vernissage are a great way for us to showcase all that we do.

On the menu for Vernissage was:

  • Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
  • Salted Caramel Cheesecake
  • Salted Caramel Pretzel Bar
  • Vegan Belgium Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Pecan Bar
  • Fudge Brownie
  • 7 Layer Coconut Bar

While all were a big hit with the Vegan Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake was a big hit with our guests. Many of our guests were vegan and they were happy to see that we provided a vegan option.


Events this week

This is a busy week for The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. 

On Thursday, September 22nd we have 3 special events occurring. In the morning, we will be hosting The National Honey Board and giving them a factory tour, which will include watching the making of our Honey Almond Cheesecake.  Our honey is harvested by students from The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. 

Later in the evening, Eli’s Cheesecake will be participating in two important events: 

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture’s 2016 Raices Gala

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC)’s 3rd Annual Gala; RAICES: A Celebration of Our Roots will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6:00pm at the  fully restored landmark building located at 3015 W. Division in Chicago. Each year, the NMPRAC selects two major artists to receive their prestigious Ceiba Award, the only national award granted to Puerto Ricans for their artistic and cultural accomplishments. 

Vernissage 2016

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) will host the 2016 Vernissage  event at Festival Hall in Navy Pier  from 5-9 pm. Vernissage is the opening preview of EXPO CHICAGO. Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds for 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.


On Friday, September 23rd, Eli’s Cheesecake will participate in The Wood Family Foundation for its inaugural Storybrook Gala on Friday, Sept. 25th, at Moonlight Studios. Proceeds from this event help support Pitch In, an afterschool mentoring program, serving Chicago’s most at-risk children.


On Sunday, September 25th, Eli’s Cheesecake will participate in Bon Appétit’s Chicago Gourmet, which is a 3-day festival that celebrates of Food and Wine a form of artwork. We are proud to have our Executive Pastry Chef, Laurel Boger, represent us. 

Eli’s Cheesecake Joins Ladies Who Lunch in Ottawa

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to announce that Chef Diana Moles and Eli’s Cookbook author and publicist, Maureen Schulman, will join Ladies Who Lunch’s “Honey Bees and Maple Leaves” event on October 6th, 2016 at Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa. 

The event is set to kick off Thanksgiving season by celebrating the Canadian launch of the Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook. Aside from Eli’s Cheesecake desserts being an event highlight, Chef Diana Moles will be accompanied by Chateau Laurier Executive Chef Louis Simard as she will demonstrate different ways to add finishing touches to your own Eli’s creations, perfect for the holidays.  

This event is in support of the Ottawa Food Bank. Eli’s Cheesecake has a long-standing presence in Ottawa. For the past 3 years, Eli’s Cheesecake has sponsored the 4th of July celebration in Ottawa. We are happy to continue this strong presence in Canada and look forward to the success of The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook this holiday season. 


Pumpkin Everything Season at Eli’s


Every foodie knows that Fall means one thing—Pumpkin flavored everything! Eli’s Cheesecake is celebrating Pumpkin Everything Season with its variety of Pumpkin Cheesecakes.  Our Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake is available at our Bakery Cafe and will be available online for mail order within the next few weeks. This is a fall fan favorite because it combines two desserts in one—pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake. It can be described as a sweet delicate piece of Fall.

Eli’s Cheesecake has many more pumpkin flavored treats in store, so stay tuned for the latest info on product releases. As for our Fall Favorites, check our Pinterest Board to see our list of the Perfect Fall Desserts from Eli’s Cheesecake.

Eli’s Cheesecake Welcomes Donovan & Ritchie Marketing Brokers

Over the last two weeks, Eli’s Cheesecake has welcomed Donovan Brokerage and the Ritchie Marketing Group through day-long training sessions. Individuals from both groups received knowledge on Eli’s Cheesecake through presentations, like Marc Schulman’s history of Eli’s Cheesecake. No one can better explain the history of Eli’s Cheesecake than president, Marc Schulman. Eli’s Senior Marketing Manager, Sarah D. Zupancic, led a Food Trends presentation which discussed the way Eli’s is keeping up with evolving food trends. Our Director of Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs, Joyce L. Watford, gave a presentation on Eli’s Food Safety and quality control. A Competitive cheesecake Tasting was also done in order to best illustrate the way Eli’s Cheesecake compares to other branded cheesecakes. A factory tour was also given where our brokers were able to see the labor, by hard-working associates, that goes into creating Chicago’s finest desserts. Finally, in order to familiarize themselves with our products, our brokers were guided through a vignette of all our desserts, including potential displays and suggested plating ideas, and they were able to sample all and take some for the road.


Below are images from the Donovan Brokerage Training:


Below are images from a group of the the Ritchie Marketing Group:


All this training would not be possible if it were not for the help of our exceptionally hard working and friendly Eli’s Cheesecake associates.

Eli’s Farm Stand to Continue Throughout the Fall

Eli’s Farm Stand and Fresh Market is a big hit during the summer as it is filled with a variety of specialty artisan vendors, grilling provided by chef Antonio, entertainment, and special guest speakers. Throughout the summer, vendors such as the Underground Soap Bakery, Phoenix Bean Tofu, La Spiceria, Patz Maple and Honey Farms, crafts from students from Vaughn High School, goods from The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, crafts from The New Horizon Center were present. Eli’s was able to also host some important guest speakers like Tony Dreyfuss, CEO of Metropolis Coffee, Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart, president of Koval Distillery, and Jenny Yang, owner of Phoenix Bean Tofu.

While Eli’s FULL Farmer’s Market will come to an end this Thursday, August 25th, Eli’s Farm Stand with produce from Nichol’s Farm & Orchard will continue from 7am-1pm every Thursday until October 27th. Guests can continue to shop the best seasonal vegetables and fruits while stopping by for some sweet dessert at the bakery cafe. 

Guests can also expect to see a Back to School sale at Eli’s Bakery Cafe from August 29th through September 9th, a second Pokemon GO-inspired cheesecake decorating contest, after a much successful first one during Eli’s Cheesecake Festival, along with more fun things in store as major holidays approach.

Below are some of the highlights from the Summer Market at Eli’s.

The Happiness Club 2016 Benefit


On Sunday, August 14th, the Eli’s Cheesecake Company joined The Happiness Club (THC) in their annual benefit at Park West. This year’s theme was “Opportunity Please Knock” which was performed with special guests Maggie Brown and Morris Gearring. Other performances included “Change the Game,” “Shake that Stress Off,” and “We Made It.”

Aside from Maggie Brown and Morris Gearring, The Happiness Club had two other surprise guests: Chance the Rapper and actor LaRoyce Hawkins. Chance received the Legacy Award for his work within the Chicago community, specifically his push to end violence. Chance has also worked with THC various times and recently invited them to his Magnificent Coloring World Tour in Chicago where they had the opportunity to join him and dance all night.  LaRoyce Hawkins gave a powerful spoken word performance and shared words of wisdom and encouragement to THC youth.

The Eli’s Cheesecake team (of 12) was happy to provide and serve this benefit. During the event, Eli’s associates Elsa Gomez and Mary Gale were recognized for their help in organizing the event.  Below are some of the highlights of the event:

Eli’s 2016 Cheesecake Festival

A four day festival in celebration of National Cheesecake Day from July 28th through July 31st took place at Eli’s Cheesecake World. At Eli’s, we love engaging with our community and the city we’re from, so a festival is the perfect way to do that.

Saturday, July 30th, was National Cheesecake Day and we made sure our celebration was big. The day consisted of all-day games and activities for children on the lawn, FREE cheesecake samples around the clock, meet and greet with Big Eli Slice, Bingo, Pokemon Cheesecake Decorating, The Jesse White Tumblers show, Hip Hop aerobics with Dorean Rhea, tap dancing from Tristan Bruns, and a cheesecake eating contest! Below are some of the highlights:


Sunday, July 31st, was our annual Classic Car Show–a day catered towards car enthusiasts and collectors. Our car show is always a big hit and draws a lot of excitement. Guests were able to view a large selection of vintage and modern cars while continuing to celebrate National Cheesecake Day. Similar to Saturday, guests were able to play Bingo, indulge in free cheesecake samples, children had day-long activities, and we had a special performance from the Happiness Club.


Classic Car Show: