What better way to celebrate Inauguration Day than with a piece of cheesecake? At least that’s the philosophy at Eli’s, Chicago’s well-known cheesecake company. Some of their experts are in Washington DC right now, putting the finishing touches on a 500-pound cheesecake to be served at tonight’s Commander-in-Chief Ball honoring military personnel.
Eli’s is a local institution around here, with its cheesecake on a stick at the Taste, and a variety of flavors available at restaurants and grocery stores. But until Tammy and I were invited to visit, I had no idea that the company also offers public tours of its factory and runs a bakery and cafe that features food options not available elsewhere. Listen in to find out what we thought about the tour and the food.
And Happy Inauguration Day!
00:00 – 01:19 A ‘very special invite’ with waves of dessert
01:20 – 02:28 Cafe sandwiches
02:29 – 04:25 Dessert round 1, Eli’s community connection, & 500 pounds of cheesecake
04:26 – 06:06 Strolling through the factory
06:07 – 08:23 Dessert round 2 — cheesecake!
08:24 – 09:06 Dessert round 3 — cupcakes
09:07 – 11:09 Wrap-up & sign-off
A walk-in tour is available Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. or you can call in advance to schedule a tour. Tours are $3 per person.