Posts Tagged Cheesecake

Eli’s Helps Celebrate SOAR’s 40th Birthday

Yesterday, Eli’s helped celebrate SOAR’s 40th birthday as well as the inaugural season of their Farmer’s Market. SOAR (also known as the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents) was founded in 1975 and since then has worked to enhance the Streeterville community. Their Farmer’s Market, formerly managed by the City of Chicago Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is one of their newer projects and is hosted every Tuesday at Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza. The birthday and the Market were celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony as well as a big cake provided by Eli’s Cheesecake. Our own Maureen Schulman also hosted a baking demo of our strawberry compote from the Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook, coming December 1st. Eli’s was honored to be included in this exciting community event and wishes SOAR luck with their first Farmer’s Market season.

the celebration cake provided by Eli's Cheesecake.

The celebration cake provided by Eli’s Cheesecake.

The Ribbon cutting ceremony took place at noon, celebrating the opening of SOAR's Farmers Market.

The Ribbon cutting ceremony took place at noon, celebrating the opening of SOAR’s Farmers Market.

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Eli’s Excited to be Included in Mayor’s Stanley Cup Wager

This morning, the mayoral wager was placed on the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals and once again Eli’s is extremely excited to be included in on the action. This year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel bet Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn 122 slices of Eli’s cheesecake along with Giordano’s best deep dish pizza and other Chicago classics. Mayor Emanuel chose to bet 122 slices specifically to honor each year of the Stanley Cup. Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the playoff wager one of his “favorite Chicago traditions” and it is one of ours as well. We here at Eli’s look forward to seeing the Hawks bring home another victory.

UPDATE: Congressman Mike Quigley has also bet his Florida colleagues an Eli’s Cheesecake on the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helped finalize the wager with a “puck drop” on the steps of the Capitol Building.



Eli's shows their Blackhawks pride

Eli’s shows their Blackhawks pride


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Eli’s Proud to Participate in A Taste That Matters

Yesterday, Eli’s attended the 4th Annual A Taste That Matters, a culinary event benefitting the Northern Illinois Food Depository. The Northern Illinois Food Depository works to provide nutritious meals to people in need in Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago counties.  The event, presented by Jewel-Osco, is the organizations largest fundraiser with more than 600 guests in attendance. Guests enjoyed a variety of food provided by the local businesses and an expansive silent auction.  Eli’s provided an array of desserts including our Cherry, Apple, and Dulce de Leche Mini Pies and other bite sized treats including our 7 Layer Bar, Salted Caramel Bar, Pecan Bar and Brownies. We also served tiny slices of our Original Plain cheesecake with two different topping options – a Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache and our Housemade Strawberry Coulis. Eli’s was thrilled to be a part of such a fun event. If you would like to learn more about the organization, please click here.


A Taste That Matters was sponsored by a variety of leading food and beverage providers in the Northern Illinois area.

Eli’s served a variety of our mini desserts for attendees to sample.

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Eli’s Cheesecake named ‘Best Places to Get Alternative Wedding Cakes’

CBS2 Chicago’s Best of Chicago writer Elizabeth SanFilippo, named Eli’s Cheesecake as one of the “Best Places to Get an Alternative Wedding Cake’. She says for a wedding to “place an order for some smooth and creamy cheesecakes in a number of flavors and sizes” and she didn’t forget to add “as well as a handful of other tasty treats, like macarons and muffins” for the non-cheesecake crowd. Check out the article for yourself at:

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Hail to the Cheese

Eli’s has had the honor of creating many Inaugural and Presidential cakes in the past. We are proud of our quality, handmade cheesecakes and our talented associates who create these delicious desserts for such special occasions. Here’s a look back at some past celebrations:

President Clinton’s Inaugurations

1993 Eli’s Goes to Washington

To celebrate President Clinton’s first inauguration, Eli’s was invited to create a giant “Red, White and Bill” Cheesecake, which included layers of Cherry, Original Plain, and Blueberry Cheesecakes (left).

1996 “Eli’s” goes to Washington again

Because Eli’s Cheesecake was such a great hit four years earlier, Eli’s is invited to participate in President Clinton’s second inaugural festivities. In keeping with the Inaugural theme, “Building a Bridge to the 21st Century” the red, white and blue cheesecake is topped with an arched chocolate bridge a foot-and-a-half high.

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National Cheesecake Day Celebration at Eli’s Cheesecake–first sampling of the day is Eli’s Vanilla Bean Cheesecake (8am to 9am)

vanilla bean

The National Cheesecake Day Celebration is on Thursday, July 29th with free slices of a new flavor each hour from 8am to 6pm

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NPR Weekend Edition Host Scott Simon Delivers “A Christmas Story for the Times” featuring Eli’s Cheesecake

A Chicago native and life long Cub fan, Scott Simon, the host of
Weekend Edition Saturday on NPR is an award winning author and commentator.
Scott is a proud graduate of Senn High School, a Chicago Public High

We were delighted that Scott wrote “A Christmas Story for the
Times” for the broadcasto on Saturday, December 27th featuring Oprah, Warren
Buffet and Eli’s Cheesecake. Thanks Scott!

Simon Says

by Scott Simon


A Christmas Story For The Times


Weekend Edition Saturday,December 27, 2008 ·

Joseph and Mary got off the bus in Detroit. He had worked as a
carpenter for 20
years, but lost his job. His pension was
invested with Bernard Madoff, and there was no federal bailout for

He and Mary had no place to live, and Mary was

She told Joseph that he would be the child’s father, but he
wasn’t the child’s father. She said that spark that began their child — well,
her story was just too embarrassing for Joseph to repeat. It sounded impossible
and ridiculous.

Friends told him he was being taken for a fool. But Joseph loved
Mary and knew that the past few months had been hard for her.

There was no room at a homeless shelter, but a man said they
could unroll their blankets on the floor of his garage. The garage was cold, but
it had a wireless Internet connection.

That night, Mary gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. He had a
nice, loud cry. Mary laid their baby down in the back of a prototype of an
electric car, swaddled in a recyclable grocery tote. A stray gray dog, still
grimy from the streets and whimpering with loneliness, crept into the garage and
kept watch over their baby, keeping him warm with his panting.

That night, a star appeared in the East. Three Wise
People — Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey and David Axelrod — came to see Joseph and
Mary’s baby, bearing gifts of Frontera Chipotle salsa, Eli’s cheesecake and
asparagus, for fiber. Joseph was glad they didn’t bring stock

The infant saw the gifts and smiled.

Mary saw the look of delight in her child’s face and said to
herself, “He’s happy to be here with us.”

But she saw Joseph sitting off by himself at the far end of the
garage. She knew he was worried about how he was going to make a life for their
child. When Joseph came back to the car, his eyes glimmered.

“I think I finally understand,” he said. “It doesn’t matter
where a child is born, or who their father is. Every child born cries for our
love and deserves our care: Every child who’s hungry in Darfur, Detroit or
Zimbabwe; every little girl who’s been abandoned by a roadside in China; every
little boy in Congo who has a gun taller than he is thrust into his arms; every
little boy and girl who are threatened by an empty stomach, a cruel tyrant or an
epidemic — I must love them as a father loves his child.”

Mary and Joseph sat with their arms around each other and around
their baby boy. The dog — they decided to adopt him on the spot — hopped up in
the seat beside them and put his head gently onto Joseph’s lap. The star that
had found them seemed to stay for a moment, while their child breathed softly,
safely, peacefully, as they looked out into a new year.

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Rahm Emanuel, Eli’s Congressman and Biggest Fan, named Chief of Staff by President Elect Obama


Rahm Emanuel mulls chief of staff role in Barack Obama’s administration

By Naftali Bendavid | Washington Bureau
November 6, 2008
Rahm Emanuel
With stints in the Clinton administration and the House, Rahm
Emanuel is seen by many insiders as uniquely qualified to serve as Barack
Obama’s chief of staff. Read about Emanuel accepting the job (Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez /
November 6, 2008)

WASHINGTON — Rep. Rahm Emanuel
might not appear at first glance to be the obvious choice to serve as
White House chief of staff for a
president-elect who has spoken eloquently of setting aside partisan differences
and bringing the country together.

Emanuel, after all, is best known as
something of a Democratic political assassin. From his days as a top aide
to President Bill Clinton to his recent role leading the Democrats to a House majority, Emanuel has relentlessly attacked his foes and gone ruthlessly after anyone who stood in his way.

Yet the Illinois congressman is mulling whether to accept
President-elect Barack Obama‘s request that he serve as his chief
of staff. That means Emanuel would manage Obama’s schedule, oversee the daily
operations of the White House and serve as a top adviser to the

Perhaps the possibility is not as jarring as it might seem.
For one thing, precisely because Obama seems likely to adopt a unifying posture
as president, he may need someone practiced in the art of political

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Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market Celebrates 12 years of Bringing Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Plants, Flowers & Education to the Northwest side of Chicago.

There are twenty Farmers Markets in neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago. With all the demands upon farmers and the high cost of fuel during the summer of 2008, you have to be very appreciative of the farmers that make the market possible. For the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market, our “iron man” has been Chad Nichols and Nichols Farms of Marengo. Offering an outstanding selection of fresh fruits and vegetables on our Thursday market that started in mid-June and continued through the end of October, Chad has developed a loyal following from the Portage Park, Dunning, Harwood Heights and Norridge







One of the amenities for our guests at the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market is a complimentary continental breakfast between 7 and 9am for market shoppers. We developed a regular group of families, seniors and commuters who made the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market the way they started Thursday mornings. For our closing market on Thursday, October 30th, Eli’s Master Gardener and Market Manager Kathy Kirby, Eli’s Executive Vice President, Jolene Worthington, and Jennie Doezie created a special breakfast buffet.

















Nichols Farms of Marengo has developed a reputation for being one of the region’s best operated and most innovative specialty farm and orchard. We are very grateful for for the support of the Nichols Family and Chad Nichols (along with his associate, Carol) who is with us every Thursday and has developed a tremendous repertoire with our neighbors. The Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market was so successful this year that Chad has agreed to start an early market in mid-May with fresh flowers.


 From day one, Eli’s has partnered with Wright College to operate and promote the market. We are grateful to Victoria Cooper, the head of Environmental Technology at Wright, who has been our partner with the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences Food Entrepreneurship Summer Program as well as seeing the potential for a market in our community. Above, Marc Schulman thanks Alba Pezzarossi, the head of Continuing Education at Wright and Mary Lou, the market coordinator for Wright, for their support and initiatives during the summer. Each week, Wright provided entertainment and educational and family
programs using the resources of the continuing education department.








One great addition to the Eli’s/Wright Farmers Market was the summer long participation by Drusilla Banks of the University of Illinois Extension. Housed at Wright, Drusilla brought Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers to the market on a weekly basis as well as working with students from CHSAS during the summer entrepreneurship institute.








One of Eli’s greatest and most worthy partners is the New
Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled. New Horizon students come over
regularly to participate in the market as guest and also to sell their crafts.
Above Eli’s Chef Antonio Rivera and Eli’s Controller Helen Sullivan welcome
Carol Kilcoyne, Executive Director of New Horizon, to the closing farmers market

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“Where the Locals Eat” Names the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe Chicago’s Best Restaurant for Dessert


Best Dessert
Top 100 Restaurant, Chicago

“Enjoy lunch at Eli’s Cheesecake Café, the perfect destination to enjoy
homemade soup, freshly prepared artisan sandwich, gourmet salad, or cheesecake
shake. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a slice of the rich and famous
Eli’s Cheesecake! Dine in our vaulted ceiling coffeehouse atmosphere or on our
outdoor patio during pleasant weather. … Take time to shop in our amazing
store where the selection of cheesecakes and desserts are endless. We also have
a fresh bake shop with scratch recipe muffins, loaf cakes, crème puffs, big
cookies, holiday treats, macaroons, bagel chips, tarts, cakes and cheesecakes
for you to enjoy here in our café over a cup of coffee, cappuccino, or espresso
(or take-out!).

“Eli’s Cheesecake has become a symbol of Chicago. It was proclaimed
Chicago’s 150th Birthday Cake, was Mayor Richard M. Daley’s wager when the Bulls
won the NBA Championship, and was the dessert at Mayor Daley’s inaugural balls.
Eli’s most famous creation was America’s Inaugural Birthday Cake–the 2,000 pound
cheesecake served at [President Clinton's] inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Eli’s tradition of taking exceptional care of his customers is continued by
[wife] Esther Schulman and son Marc Schulman.”

– Eli’s Cheesecake Café website

“It’s probably the most decadent of all desserts.”

TimeOut Chicago magazine

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