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Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook – Author Signing @ Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts
Mar 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

MaureenSchulmanCulinary Historians of Chicago presents

The Story of Eli: A Chicago Legacy That’s More Than Cheesecake 

This year marks Eli’s Cheesecake’s 35th anniversary, which was the driving force behind the creation of The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook, celebrating one of the country’s most famous desserts. The book chronicles founder Eli Schulman’s rise to success, from opening his first restaurant, Eli’s Ogden Huddle on Chicago’s West side to Eli’s Stage Delicatessen at 50 E. Oak Street and finally, the legendary Eli’s The Place For Steak, at 215 E. Chicago Avenue, where he invented Chicago Style cheesecake as well as many other famous dishes. The book is a collection of recipes, stories, and archival, celebrity and big cake photos, beginning in Chicago 1940.  Readers are invited to peek inside the kitchens of Eli’s the Place for Steak and The Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery and learn how to make the most popular recipes from these icons of the Chicago food scene, including “Liver Eli.” Eli’s has grown from a local favorite to creating  2,000 pound versions of its famous dessert at both President Clinton’s and President Obama’s Inauguration celebrations in Washington, DC.

Co-Author Maureen Schulman, Publicity Director for The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, will talk about her father-in-law, Eli Schulman’s career as a restaurateur, baker, and rise to celebrity in his own right, through stories, anecdotes and personal experiences.

Co-Author Jolene Worthington, Executive Vice President of Operations for The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, will present the history of cheesecake and discuss the scientific knowledge necessary to bake a perfect one.

Co-Author Diana Moles, Vice President of Research and Development for The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, will discuss taking a product from the bench to the bakery floor, including developing and refining the organoleptic qualities of hundreds of new products.

And of course, there will be a cheesecake sampling!


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Saturday, March 19, 2016
10 a.m. to Noon
Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts
900 N. North Branch Street, Chicago
(Located just north of W. Chicago Ave. at N. Halsted St.)
Free Parking in lot on north side of school

Cost of the lecture program is $5, $3 for students and no charge for CHC members and Kendall students and faculty.

To reserve, please e-mail your reservation to:

Pre-Christmas Hours
Dec 23 @ 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe will be OPEN LATE until 7pm today!

Christmas Eve
Dec 24 @ 2:00 pm

Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe will be closing at 2pm to allow our associates to celebrate the holiday.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival @ Pioneer Court
Nov 17 – Nov 18 all-day

FREE Cheesecake Slice Decorating at Eli’s Cheesecake’s Tent at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

4pm-8pm on Friday, November 17 AND 11am-4pm on Saturday, November 18

FREE* Cheesecake slice decorating with whipped cream and fun candy toppings with students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

Donate a non-perishable food to The Greater Chicago Food Depository in the Eli’s tent, get a FREE slice of Cheesecake

Donations $10 or more, get a free WHOLE Cheesecake!

*Limit one per person, please. While supplies last. Visit Eli’s tent for details.


National Shortbread Day @ Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café
Jan 6 all-day

National-Shortbread-Cookie-Day-2019Celebrate National Shortbread Day!

Did you know that we make our signature cheesecakes on our Shortbread Cookie Crust? We make each all-butter cookie crust in house with the finest ingredients. Celebrate National Shortbread Day with 20% off all whole frozen cheesecake with Eli’s Signature all-butter shortbread cookie crust, and receive a FREE mini shortbread cookie with any purchase.

One day only in-store at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café. While supplies last.