Eat Local Cheesecake – July 30, August 1 & 2

July 28, 2015 at 8:22 am

National Cheesecake Day Then Eli’s Cheesecake Festival


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Long time readers of the Local Beet know we hold a special place for Eli’s Cheesecake and their Thursday farmer’s market. First, we have to say that we’ve always been fans of Eli’s, going back to the shop on Chicago and its demonstration of what a real Chicago steakhouse was all about. Then, we’re fans of the cheesecakes, and we can tell you that at events like the recent Green City Market BBQ, they more than hold their own against all the chef=y stuff. Finally, a few years back, my wife and I stumbled on to their lecture series at the market. Here came a Thursday where we could not only shop for local food but learn about local food. Over the years Eli’s has brought in some great guests to talk about our food system and how to make it better. So, when Eli’s President Marc Schulman asked if we could help promote a few events for them. We said, well, see below.

And you know there’s bound to be one of these. Thursday July 30 is National Cheesecake Day. This is also the day of Eli’s weekly summer farmer’s market. Eli’s is adding to the market, for National Cheesecake Day, an artisan Vendor Fair highlighting the suppliers who make Eli’s Cheesecake great. This includes Phoenix Bean, Nielsen-Massey, Bloomer Chocolate, Guittard Chocolate, honey from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and Stahlbush Farms. On top of that you have an opportunity for free breakfast if you get there early, the variety of Nichol’s produce, and a lot more to sample. The market goes from 7 AM to 1 PM and is in the parking lot at Eli’s 6701 West Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago.


Wait, there’s more. It’s also Eli’s 35th birthday. They’re throwing a party and calling it Cheesecake Festival 2015.  Over the weekend, Eli’s will have the Jessie White Tumblers, music, family activities, a classic car show, and obviously many samples.  Featured will be the birthday cake cheesecake as shown above, a frozen confetti cheesecake on top of a layer of old fashioned birthday cake, enrobed in milk chocolate, rolled in more confetti and served on a stick  It’s a great company that loves its community.  Don’t believe us.  go see for yourself.

The Eli’s Cheesecake Festival takes place at Eli’s Cheesecake World (corner of Montrose and Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago) on Saturday, August 1st and Sunday August 2nd 10:00am-5:00PM.  Admission and parking free.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the New HorizonsCenter, a school for the developmentally disabled located adjacent to the bakery.

Visit for complete schedule of events.