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Eli’s Cheesecake brings 1,000 lbs of cheesecake to Taste of Chicago – NBC Chicago


It is an unofficial holiday.

In 1980, Eli Schulman launched Eli’s Cheesecake at the very first tasting in Chicago. And in 1987, he brought a huge one to the event, handing out free slices to hungry festival-goers.

Dessert lovers gobbled them up, of course. And that’s when Eli’s £1,000 cheesecake was born to celebrate the taste of Chicago.

“It’s been a really great weekend in Chicago, so we’re really excited to be back,” said Marc Schulman, president of Eli’s Cheesecake.

And their huge cheesecake too.

According to Eli officials, the cows will “work overtime” to produce the six-foot-tall cheesecakes, topped with baseball-sized cherries.

And if you’re wondering what the grocery list looks like for a 1,000-unit cheesecake, you might want to bring a cart to the store:

  • 450 pounds cream cheese
  • 125 pounds cookie dough
  • 100 pounds old fashioned buttercream frosting
  • 70 pounds of sugar
  • 65 pounds of eggs
  • 63 pounds Eli’s shortbread cookie crust
  • 50 pounds sour cream
  • 25 pounds sweet and sour chocolate chips
  • 25 pounds cherry frosting
  • 25 pounds of graham crackers
  • Two pounds of vanilla

Officials say the giant pie will be cut this year at the Taste of Chicago at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Free slices will be distributed to the crowd, while supplies last.

The iconic food festival, which usually takes place on the 4th of July weekend, will begin this year on September 8 and run until September 10. The new date was set due to the NASCAR Street Race earlier this summer, organizers said.

The festival will continue at its longtime venue near Grant Parks’ Buckingham Fountain, featuring more than 35 vendors and 15 food trucks as well as three stages for musical performances, dance lessons and more, the festival announced. responsible. There will also be a brasserie, a wine garden, a cocktail lounge and a new frozen drinks station for adults.

For families, inflatable houses and many games will be offered.

“Since 1980, Taste of Chicago has been a beloved tradition showcasing our city’s incredible culinary and cultural offerings,” Mayor Brandon Johnson said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to once again invite Chicagoans and visitors to Grant Park to enjoy familiar Taste of Chicago favorites, new vendor additions, and exciting entertainment for all to enjoy.”

In addition to the massive cheesecake, here’s the full list of restaurants scheduled for this year’s Taste of Chicago:

food vendors

  • Cumin Club Indian cuisine
  • Trattoria Sapori
  • Arun Thai Restaurant
  • The Original Rainbow Cone
  • Cooking with healthy substances
  • LC Pho Restaurant
  • Yum Dum, Churro Factory (Xurro)
  • Palace of African Gastronomy
  • Pork chop
  • Eli’s Cheesecake Company
  • Hope
  • Robinson Ribs #1
  • classic cobbler
  • bakery products company
  • Tacotlan
  • JJ Thai Street Food
  • Doom Street eats
  • badoo
  • Senegalese cuisine
  • Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
  • Billy Goat Tavern
  • chicago eats
  • At Gaby’s
  • Funnel cakes
  • Frannie’s Cafe
  • Tacos of choice
  • Single ingredient catering
  • The BJs
  • Market & Bakery
  • Connie’s Pizza
  • Seoul Taco Chicago
  • The Chicago niche
  • Char Tandoor House
  • London pies
  • Banato
  • Mr. E Head Caterer
  • Josephine’s kitchen
  • The Tamales of Yvolina

There will also be a “wide variety of food trucks”.

Taste of Chicago Main Stage Program

Friday, September 8
DJ of the night: Selah Say
5pm Slique Jay Adams and Mamii, both presented by Chicago Made
6 p.m.Meagan McNeal
7 p.m. Masters of the mic: Hip Hop 50
with Doug E. Fresh, EPMD, KRS-One and Slick Rick

Saturday September 9
DJ for the evening: DJ Janesita
5 p.m. ÉSSO, presented by Chicago Made
6:00 p.m. Lupita Infante with Mariachi Sirenas
7:00 p.m. Project Uno

Sunday September 10
DJ for the evening: DJ Mike P
5 p.m. Nola Adé and Cloud Farmers, both presented by Chicago Made
6 p.m. White Mystery
7:15 p.m. Whitney

Chicago Summer Dance

Friday, September 8, 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
11 a.m. DJ and Open Dancing
12 p.m. Line dancing / Fre2Dance
1:00 p.m. Peruvian folk dance / Peruvian Arts Center
2 p.m. Balboa (Swing) / Desiree Roffers
3pm Reggaeton / Latin Street
4 p.m. DJ and Open Dancing

Saturday, September 9, from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
1 p.m. Salsa / Latin Rhythms
2:00 p.m. Country Two-Step / Second City Country Dance Association
3pm Zouk/Urbanity Dance Chicago
4:00 p.m. Dabke / Phaedra Darwish

Sunday September 10, 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
11 a.m. DJ and Open Dancing
12:00 Steppin’ / Majestic Gents
1:00 p.m. Eastern European Folk Dance / Chicago Ethnic Dance
2:00 p.m. Bollywood / Meher Dance Company
3 p.m. Bachata / Desueño Dance
4 p.m. DJ and Open Dancing


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