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.
Eli’s Cheesecake will be busy this Sunday with three different events throughout the day. It all starts with Chicago’s Polar Plunge at North Avenue Beach. Over 2,000 participants will be taking an icy dive into Lake Michigan to benefit Special Olympics in Chicago. Jimmy Fallon has accepted the mayor’s challenge to join in the festivities and will be joining in the freezing fun. Eli’s will be serving up cheesecake slices to participants during the event. For more information, please click here. Next, Eli’s will be heading over to O’Brien’s on Wells Street for our Irish Cheesecake Baking Competition. The winner will receive a year’s supply of Eli’s Cheesecake (one per month) and will have their winning cheesecake sold at the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe all month long. Registration for this event is still open. Click here for details. Finally, Eli’s Cheesecake will suit up for Hollywood on State at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Eli’s will be serving guests prior to the Academy Awards telecast at 7:30pm. Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased here. We hope to see you at one of our events this Sunday!
Last night, a few members of the Eli’s Cheesecake family helped serve dinner at the Chicago Help Initiative. Eli’s Cheesecake was also recognized as a sponsor for the Chicago Help Initiative dinners for the past 13 years. The Award of Merit was presented by Jacqueline Hayes, the founder of HELP; Mary Ann Rose, chairman of the Magnificent Mile Association; 2nd Ward alderman Bob Fioretti; and John Chikow, president of the Magnificent Mile Association. Eli’s Cheesecake is honored to be a part of the amazing work of the Chicago Help Initiative. Check out some photos from the event below.