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Eli’s Celebrates 34 Years at the Taste of Chicago

Despite the Taste of Chicago being cancelled on Saturday, Eli’s was back out there Sunday with the Big Cake ready to serve!
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Today is opening day for the Taste of Chicago! In 1980, founder Eli Schulman debuted the now famous Eli’s Cheesecake at the first Taste of Chicago, making Eli’s the only original vendor still participating at Taste.  Eli’s has sold over 5.2 million slices throughout Taste’s history!  Marc Schulman, Eli’s son and company President, credits Taste for launching the dessert and helping take it from a local favorite, to one of the country’s largest specialty cheesecake bakeries, baking over 20,000 cheesecakes and desserts daily at Eli’s Cheesecake World located on Chicago’s northwest side.

Eli’s Cheesecake Booth #16, located at Jackson and Columbus, will feature Eli’s Cheesecake Smoosh:  Cookie Cheesecake made with Oreo® (topped vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce), Turtle Cheesecake, Original Plain (with strawberries), Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper (frozen chocolate chip cheesecake on a stick, dipped in crunchy dark chocolate) and Taste portions:  mini slices of original plain cheesecake and Eli’s Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake made with honey produced by the students from the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences.

Eli’s is excited to celebrate 34 years with the Taste of Chicago this coming Saturday, July 12th, with a giant 1,000 pound cheesecake. The festivities will begin at 11:30am at the In The Kitchen with Mariano’s Cooking Demo Stage where Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger will be talking about our NEW Vegan Cheesecakes and what goes in to making a GIANT cheesecake. The celebration will continue at 1pm at Buckingham Fountain for the Big Cake Cutting with special guests: The cast of Motown the Musical and Jeff & Spencer Tweedy! Enjoy a FREE slice of cheesecake, meet & greet with the Eli’s Slice and more!

For more information on the Taste of Chicago, click here.

Eli's featured on the CBS News with Vince Gerasole

Eli’s featured on the CBS News with Vince Gerasole

Marc and Maureen Schulman help decorate the BIG Cake for Saturday!

Marc and Maureen Schulman help decorate the BIG Cake for Saturday!

Eli's Team at the Taste Booth getting ready for opening day!

Eli’s Team at the Taste Booth getting ready for opening day!

Eli’s Cheesecake Sponsors the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Party

Eli’s is proud to be the dessert sponsor for the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Summer Party on July 10th at Paris Club in Chicago. The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF) is one of the nation’s leading breast cancer research and education charities. It was founded in 1985 in memory of Lynn Sage, a Chicago-area woman who endured a six-year struggle with breast cancer before she died at the age of 39. Their mission is to support the understanding, research and treatment of breast cancer in partnership with Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event or LSCRF, click here.

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Eli’s Cheesecake to sponsor Lunch for the 5th Annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit Service Project

The 5th Annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit at Roosevelt University will convene Tillman Military Scholars from diverse branches, backgrounds and areas of study to collaborate on continued service. The weekend will feature a special keynote on leadership from Good to Great author Jim Collins, panels and engaging peer workshops, graduate ceremony and a community service project in the heart of Chicago sponsored by the Chicago Bears.

Eli’s will be providing lunch on Sunday, June 29th, for the scholars working on the Gateway Green service project that is being sponsored by the Chicago Bears.  Scholars will team up to transform Dunning Read Conservation, which will be home to a new veterans hospital on Chicago’s northwest side. Friends of the Parks worked with the State of Illinois to establish the Dunning Read Conservation Area in 2005 to protect the woodlands and wetlands habitat and to open use of the 23 acre site to the public. Along with its wooded areas and meadows, the Dunning-Read Conservation area harbors several small remnant wetlands–a rare find within the extensively built-up city environment.

To learn more about the Pat Tillman Leadership Summit, click here.

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Eli’s Proud to Host Reception for the Fringe Festival

Fringe FestivalLast year the Chicago Fringe Festival moved from Pilsen to Jefferson Park bringing a range of performances that are very affordable to the community. Fringe is an international movements started in Scotland in 1947. This past Sunday, June 22, Eli’s hosted a Dessert Reception for the festival under our Big Top with about 100 people in attendance. The Chicago Fringe Festival (CFF) unites daring theatregoers with emerging and boundary-pushing performing artists from around the world at an annual festival in Chicago. CFF also seeks to engage nontraditional audiences through a commitment to low ticket prices and outreach into artistically under-served communities. This year’s Fringe Festival in Chicago runs from August 29 through September 8. To learn more about the Fringe Festival, click here.

Eli’s Serves Up Dessert at the Moxie Awards

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This Thursday, June 19th, the third annual Moxie Awards will take place at Park West in Chicago.  Over 800 people will be in attendance as Chicago’s most innovative digital entrepreneurs gather for an evening of celebration. They will be recognizing outstanding individuals and companies, including Headline Awards for Best New Startup, Breakthrough Digital Company of the Year, Best Company Culture and CEO of the Year. Eli’s is proud to be sponsoring and providing cheesecakes and desserts for this outstanding event.

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Eli’s Cheesecake 10th Annual Father’s Day Bike Ride a Huge Success

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What a great Father’s Day 2014 Family Bike Ride. Our thanks to Sharon Mrowiec, our Event Chair, her family and the many Eli’s Associates who helped with Registration, Breakfast and in the Café, The grounds looked great, the breakfast (with fresh fruit) was well presented and the water stop well staffed. We were delighted with the support of both the Chicago Police Department—the new district commander Roger Bay rode a bike to supervise the event—and the Harwood Heights Police Department which had 4 cars helping us through our neighboring suburb.

Thank you Sharon for your leadership and to Rudy and his Family at Rudy’s Bike Shop who are so supportive.

Remember the 2015 event is on….the Sunday of Father’s Day!!

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Grant Park Festival’s 80th Anniversary

Eli’s is proud to have made the birthday cake for the 80th Anniversary of the Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park last night. Along with the cake, Eli’s provided cheesecakes for dessert to the attendees of the Opening night. The Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only free, outdoor classical music series of its kind. Each summer, the Festival presents ten weeks of free classical concerts to all of Chicago at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The season opener featured Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra with the dazzling young piano sensation Natasha Paremski who pe rformed one of Tchaikovsky’s keyboard gems. It was a great night for all and Eli’s is excited to have been involved!

 

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Marc Schulman of Eli’s to be Honored at Helping Hands Benefit

CHITomorrow night, June 13th, the Chicago Help Initiative (CHI)  is hosting it’s annual fundraising benefit. The CHI depends on donations to fund its programs. The annual fundraiser is a major source of donations. CHI provides meals and social services to the homeless, underprivileged and today’s jobless citizens of the near North Side of Chicago. The Chicago Help Initiative  is a consortium of business, residential, religious, social service, institutional and volunteer leaders striving to promote an atmosphere of dignity and compassion toward those in need by providing access to food, health services, shelter and employment. CHI works to educate local businesses and residents to help ease the plight of the homeless, disadvantaged and out of work individuals and improve their well-being, self esteem and productivity.

Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake, is being awarded for his generosity.  Over the last thirteen years, Eli’s has provided meals and volunteers to help CHI serve the innumerable homeless and struggling Chicagoans it helps. The Eli’s Cheesecake Company is a proud supporter of the Chicago Help Initiative and will continue it’s efforts to reach out to the community in  any way we can.

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Eli’s Cheesecake’s Marc Schulman to be honored at Ed Kelly Sports Foundation’s Awards Dinner

Marc Schulman will be an honoree at the 40th annual Ed Kelly Sports Foundation’s Giant Awards Dinner on June 30th.  The Ed Kelly Sports Program has honored individuals who have made significant professional and personal contributions to their respective communities for the past forty years. The program has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Chicago area charities and helped more than a quarter of a million children and adults participate in Ed Kelly Sports Program events. Other honorees during the evening’s festivities will be the Chicago Blackhawks Coach Joel Quinneville, Illinois State Senator John Cullerton, and businessmen Dominic DiFrisco, Tom Fitzgibbon Sr., and Luis Toledo. Along with the honorees, Notre Dame men’s basketball coach Mike Brey is to be honored with the Ray Meyer Coach Award.

2014 Graduation Day at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences featuring University of Illinois President Robert Easter

 

The Eli’s Cheesecake Blog debuted the week of June 11th in 2004. It was a busy week as I (Marc Schulman) attended the graduation at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences on Friday evening with Catherine Bertini, winner of the World Food Prize and then Under Secretary General of the United Nations was our guest speaker, and then I delivered the Commencement Address on Saturday at Kendall College, the last graduation before the move to the Goose Island Campus.

Ten years later, I am delighted that we continue our support of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and to have Dr. Robert Easter, the President of the University of Illinois as our Speaker. I met Dr. Easter when he was the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Dr. Easter has been a great advocate for CHSAS and the Food Industry in Chicago and Illinois and we are so honored by his support of CHSAS.

 

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President Easter greeted the Top 10 Graduates of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and learned about the educational plans for the future

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President Easter address the 186 graduates in the Class of 2014 at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. The students come up to receive their diplomas by Career Pathway: Agricultural Finance & Economics, Food Sciences Technology, Horticulture/Landscape Design, Agricultural Mechanic & Technology and Animal Science.

 

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After the Graduation Ceremony, President Robert Easter and Eli’s Cheesecake Marc Schulman congratulated the recipients of the Aaron Easter Memorial Scholarship, given annually by Eli’s Cheesecake, in memory of the late son of Robert and Cheryl Easter, for outstanding students attending the College of ACES at UIUC. The recipients for 2014 are Tabitha Lundy, studying Food Science and Human Nutrition and Korianna Kluss-klekamp, studying Agribusiness: Markets and Management.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Marc Schulman and University of Illinois President Robert Easter congratulate Brittany Clay, the recipient of the Eli M. Schulman & Robert Hatoff Memorial Scholarship, given by Eli’s Cheesecake in the name of Marc’s Father and the Founder of his namesake company and his best friend, Bobby Hatoff, the owner of Allen Brothers Meats. Brittany, the FFA Chapter President, will be attending Iowa State University.

 

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President Easter is congratulated after the Graduation Ceremony by Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Principal William Hook, Assistant Principal Lucille Shaw, Rouhy Shalabi, LSC Chair and Co-Chair of the CHSAS Business Advisory Board and Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake and also a  Co-Chair of the CHSAS Advisory Business Advisory Board.

 

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President Robert Easter thanks Sheila Fowler, a University of Illinois Graduate, and Agricultural Department Chair for her Leadership and support for the Graduates.