Jan 202009
 
Cheesecake from Eli's is always a good idea.

Cheesecake from Eli's is always a good idea.

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!

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Show Notes:
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

During our factory tour, Tammy and I pose near a layer of the 500-pound inaugural cheesecake that Eli's baked for the Commander-in-Chief Ball, held in Washington DC on January 20.

During our factory tour, Tammy and I pose near a layer of the 500-pound inaugural cheesecake that Eli's baked for the Commander-in-Chief Ball, held in Washington DC on January 20.

Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery & Cafe
6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive
Chicago, IL 60634
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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.

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  One Response to “Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery & Cafe Chicago Bites Podcast #127”

  1. Thanks for visiting Eli’s Cheesecake.
    It is great to have you both out and about in Chicago letting people know what is special and unique about Chicago Food.
    Being part of the Commander in Chief Ball for President Obama was a real honor and it was great to serve the Big Cake to members of the Military, Wounded Warriors and their Families.
    Best wishes,
    Marc Schulman
    Eli’s President

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