Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates Our Friend, Jay Leno

Tonight will be Jay Leno’s last episode of The Tonight Show.  Jay has been bringing the laughs into our homes every night since 1992 and Eli’s Cheesecake was honored to be featured on his show in 1996.  We wish him all the best in the future and we are honored to have been a part of his legacy as the host of The Tonight Show.  Check out the video below to see Jay’s visit to Eli’s Cheesecake during his stay in Chicago.

 

Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates Founder’s Week by Recognizing the Great Eli Schulman

On this day in 1910, our founder, Eli Schulman, was born.  An entrepreneur and restaurateur, Eli became a Chicago icon over the course of his life and continues to give back to his community through his namesake company today.

Eli Schulman came from humble beginnings.  After the death of his father in 1927, Schulman was forced to drop out of high school and began a series of jobs, including selling scorecards and seat cushions at ballparks over the summer.  Eli fell in love with baseball at an early age and his passion for the game continued throughout his life.

Eli at Comiskey Park

Eli opened his first restaurant, Eli’s Ogden Huddle, on Chicago’s West Side in 1940, after he found a foreclosure notice on the door of the local coffee shop that he regularly visited.  After only a year of operating the restaurant, Eli joined the Army Air Corps, utilizing his restaurant management skills at bases around the country.

Eli's Ogden Huddle Eli's Stage Delicatessen

 

Eli continued his success with the opening of Eli’s Stage Delicatessen in 1962.  The delicatessen became a hot spot for visiting celebrities, including Frank Sinatra and Woody Allen, but Eli still wanted something greater.  In 1966, Schulman opened his pride and joy, a white-tablecloth restaurant named Eli’s The Place for Steak in the heart of downtown Chicago.  Schulman’s large host of celebrity friends followed in the move and at any given time, the restaurant was filled with stars of stage and screen.

Eli's The Place for Steak

Today, Eli’s son, Marc, continues his father’s legacy and The Eli’s Cheesecake Company provides a wide variety of high quality desserts to eager mouths all over the world.  The company, like its founder, remains a Chicago icon, offering scholarships to students and sponsoring various events throughout the city.

Eli Schulman and his son, Marc

This week, we honor the giving spirit of our founder by holding a special lunch for all of our employees and offering a gift card to every associate as a token of our gratitude for all of their hard work.

In an interview, Eli Schulman said, “To have come from where I came from, to have known the people I’ve known…I’d have to say that I’m the luckiest man in the world.”

Today, we can all safely say we count ourselves just as lucky as Eli for being a part of his namesake company.  And with every cheesecake we serve, we remember the man that started it all.

Eli’s Uncovers a Host of Celebrity Photos

This past week, some Eli’s associates uncovered a treasure trove of celebrity photos from the Eli’s Stage Delicatessen.  At one time, the restaurant was a favorite of celebrities from all over the country, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Woody Allen.  As everyone at Eli’s Cheesecake gets ready to celebrate Eli Schulman’s birthday next week, we love to look back at how far we’ve come and remember the friends we made along the way.  Take a look at the photo of Woody Allen we found below.Woody Allen

Eli’s Serves Up Comic Fodder at Chicago’s SketchFest

Tonight marks the opening night of Chicago’s SketchFest, a two week gathering of some of the best sketch comedy troupes in the country.  The first SketchFest was held in January 2002 and featured 30 local sketch comedy groups.  Today, SketchFest hosts over 150 groups and draws in roughly 10,000 patrons annually.  The event’s home, Stage 773, is located on Chicago’s north side and contains four separate theaters, each offering visitors a unique experience.  Eli’s Cheesecake is a proud sponsor of SketchFest 2013.  To learn more about SketchFest or to buy tickets online, click here.

Eli’s Gets Top Marks From Epicurious

Epicurious has recently named Eli’s Cheesecake one of Ten Awesome All-American Mail-Order Food Gifts!  Our cheesecakes are made with the highest-quality ingredients and are hand-decorated before being carefully packed in dry ice before being shipped all over the country!  Epicurious is the latest of rave reviews by Eli’s Cheesecake fanatics, which have previously included The New York Times and Oprah. To see Epicurious’ full list, click here.

Eli’s Thanks Our Third Shift Workers

Last night, Eli’s held a special dinner to give thanks to all of our fantastic third shift associates, who work through the night to ensure our delicious Eli’s Cheesecakes keep rolling off the line smoothly.  The third shift associates make our cookie crusts and ensure the bakery is properly sanitized for the next day’s work.  Everyone was on hand for the celebration, including company president Marc Schulman.  Associates enjoyed a culinary experience fit for a king, exchanged gifts, and took advantage of the photobooth that was set up especially for them.  Check out photos of last night’s big event below.

Congressman Mike Quigley Pays a Visit to Eli’s Cheesecake

This morning, Congressman Mike Quigley stopped by Eli’s Cheesecake for a visit.  Congressman Quigley represents the 5th District of Illinois, which encompasses portions of northern Chicago, including Eli’s Cheesecake.  To learn more about Mike Quigley and his work in the House of Representatives, visit his website here.

Eli’s Cheesecake President Marc Schulman and Congressman Mike Quigley

WGN Visit Eli’s Cheesecake

This morning, WGN News stopped in to do a special report entitled, “Mail Order Madness!”  WGN reporter, Marcus Leschock, toured the Eli’s Cheesecake bakery and watched our delicious cheesecakes go all the way from our mixers to the packaging line, where they were shipped all over the country.  Of course, no visit would be complete without a stop at our bakery cafe for a few samples of all our delicious desserts.  Check out the photos from this morning’s segment and then join the Mail Order Madness by ordering an Eli’s Cheesecake for yourself right here.

Eli’s Serves Up Sweetness at the Service Club of Chicago Holiday Luncheon and Shopping Event

Yesterday, Eli’s set up shop at the Service Club of Chicago’s annual holiday luncheon and shopping event.  This event draws in some of Chicago’s most philanthropic donors to provide funds for the Service Club’s various activities throughout the year.  Eli’s Cheesecake joined several other vendors, offering delicious holiday treats that included gingerbread men and snowflake cupcakes.  Ten percent of all vendor proceeds from the event were donated to the Service Club of Chicago.  To learn more about the Service Club of Chicago and make a donation, please click here.

Eli’s Joins The Sunshine Activity Center in Brightening Up the Holiday Season

Last night, the Eli’s Bakery Cafe closed its doors early to prepare a special holiday dinner for The Sunshine Activity Center in the northern outskirts of Chicago.  The Sunshine Activity Center serves to provide essential life skills to those with developmental disabilities.  This center is a haven to many in the community, providing a safe place for those with developmental disabilities to learn and gain a sense of independence.  Eli’s chef Antonio Rivera and R&D Vice President Diana Moles prepared a holiday feast for everyone, served by Eli’s staff.  After dinner, Eli’s employees joined the guests in singing Christmas carols and playing holiday bingo.  Of course, no holiday festivity would be complete without a visit from the big man himself! Santa came with his bag of gifts in hand and spent some time with everyone.  It was an incredible night of giving and holiday cheer.  Everyone at Eli’s is excited to join in the holiday celebrations again next year!