Eli’s Cheesecake #1 Dessert Since The First Taste of Chicago in 1980 Eli’s Cheesecake #1 Vendor at Taste 2003

Eli’s Cheesecake #1 Dessert Since The First Taste of Chicago in 1980

Eli’s Cheesecake #1 Vendor at Taste 2003

Eli’s Cheesecake has been the #1 dessert since the first Taste of Chicago serving up 1.4 million slices of rich and creamy cheesecake during the past 24 years of Taste. In addition, Eli’s Cheesecake was also proud to be the #1 overall vendor at last year’s Taste of Chicago serving up a whopping 170,000 slices of cheesecake. According to Eli’s President, Marc Schulman, “Taste is the event we hold closest to our hearts because Eli’s has participated in Taste since the food festival began in 1980. It was at that first Taste when my Dad, Eli Schulman, debuted his new cheesecake that he created for his Chicago restaurant, Eli’s the Place for Steak. Eli wanted to introduce it to the general public, and just as he had hoped…Eli’s Cheesecake was a hit!” Eli’s Cheesecake has used Taste of Chicago as a giant test market to introduce many exciting products over the years such as dippers (frozen cheesecake dipped in chocolate); the smoosh (cheesecake ice cream sundae) and a variety of flavors.

This year at Taste of Chicago, Eli’s will bake up a giant 1,000 pound Original Plain Cheesecake topped with marzipan cherries the size of baseballs to be served at Taste of Chicago’s and Eli’s 24th birthday party on Saturday, June 26th at 1:00 p.m. at Buckingham Fountain. Look for the tent and banner that reads “The Big Cake Is Here.”

Celebrities will cut the giant cheesecake, which will then be served free to the public. The mind boggling grocery list needed to prepare the supersized cake includes 600 pounds of cream cheese, 200 pounds of sugar, 40 dozen eggs and 100 pounds of marzipan to make the cherries to scale for topping the cheesecake.

Eli’s Cheesecake Booth #20, located at the corner of Jackson and Columbus, will offer Eli’s Chocolate Chip Crunch Dippers (frozen Chocolate Chip Cheesecake dipped in crunchy bittersweet chocolate and served on a stick – 6 tickets); Eli’s Totally Turtle Smoosh (Eli’s Totally Turtle Cheesecake smooshed with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce – 7 tickets); Eli’s Mud Pie Cheesecake (6 tickets); Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake (4 tickets); topped with strawberries (5 tickets); Taste portion of chocolate-topped Original Plain Cheesecake (3 tickets).

One of the few participants in the Taste since the beginning, Eli’s has grown to become the country’s largest specialty cheesecake bakery making over 18,000 cheesecakes per day right here in Chicago at Eli’s Cheesecake World, its 62,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art bakery, retail store and visitors’ center located on the City’s northwest side. This year, Eli’s Cheesecake was named #1 tour by the Food Network’s “Top 5.” Eli’s is enjoyed worldwide and is proud to be considered a symbol of Chicago. Throughout the history of Taste, Eli’s Cheesecake has been the #1 dessert, selling over 1.4 million slices of rich and creamy cheesecake.

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