We zipped down Harlem, made a quick left at the HIP mall onto Forest Preserve Drive and arrived at Eli’s. I smiled as we pulled into the lot. Eli’s Cheesecakes have been a part of special family celebrations for as long as I could remember. When we walked into the great café we noted a camera crew and interviews underway. My mom and I walked around checking out possible Christmas desserts while my dad checked out the dazzling options for a quick snack. We picked out a delicious cookie cheesecake that we knew the kids would love and some fabulous cranberry bars.
We love watching Brittney Payton on Chicago’s Best! Her love for all things Chicago comes through and she has such an energetic connection with people. You can see her passion for not only talking about amazing food in Chicago, but for telling the special stories of the people behind the food and the restaurants. Brittney has co-hosted Chicago’s Best since 2010. With her bright smile and deep, legendary family roots she showcases the very best of our iconic, amazing city. Tony and I have made many notes from this awesome show on iconic places to try as well as hidden neighborhood gems.
In my family, we are big Eli’s Cheesecake fans, especially my mom. When I was in high school my boyfriend’s family owned a grocery store and he would bring over little Eli’s Cheesecakes and we loved it. When we are looking to celebrate something I’ll pick up Eli’s Cheesecake slices at Jewel or zip over to the Eli’s Cheesecake Café and Retail Store for some special treats. When I was asked if I wanted to comment for Chicago’s Best so many thoughts raced through my mind. I’m a bit of a friendly stalker of Eli’s Cheesecake and their President Marc Schulman on Twitter. They do a great job highlighting their amazing desserts but more importantly they do an amazing job of highlighting their passion for quality products, how they support their employees and their great work in the community. The iconic Eli’s Cheesecake is a centerpiece of so many Chicago celebrations from the Taste of Chicago to our amazing sporting events to community events with kids. Eli’s is always there making every event sweeter.
I’m in awe of the constant company innovation and different kinds of cheesecakes and desserts that Eli’s produces. My parents have gone on a tour of Eli’s and they make 20,000 cheesecakes and desserts daily which is crazy! From my visits and peaking into the bakery, they have a passionate team, support people with disabilities and take training and mentoring seriously. What is really sweet is how they are giving back to the community constantly. Eli’s also support local farmers and small businesses.
We look forward to watching Chicago's Best Sunday night and hope you do too!
P.S. Marc the Messy Mommies would love to interview you sometime!