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Reception for Aaron Easter Scholars

On Monday, November 16th, Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman, along with his wife, Maureen Schulman and VP of Purchasing and Operations, Jeff Anderson, participated in the third annual reception for recipients of the Aaron Easter Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to graduates of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences attending the College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at UIUC. Each year two students are awarded with the scholarship.

Eli’s Cheesecake has a long-standing relationship with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Marc Schulman co-chairs in CHSAS’s Business Advisory Board. As of today, Marc Schulman has helped provide 14 students with scholarships, including the Eli M. Schulman & Robert Hatoff Memorial Scholarship, which is given in the name of our Founder and his dearest friend, Robert Hatoff. 

 

Students from Suwon High School for Agricultural Sciences Visit Eli’s Cheesecake

Eli’s Cheesecake had the great opportunity to host South Korean students from Suwon High School for Agricultural Sciences—a sister school of Chicago’s High School for Agricultural Sciences. President Marc Schulman welcomed them with a breakfast reception and was able to tell Eli’s rich history and success.

Suwon students were then taken on a bakery tour, which was led by VP of Purchasing and Operations,  Jeff  Anderson. They had the unique opportunity to closely examine the creation of a product from start to finish, interact with bakery associates, ask questions, and even get to taste some of the product.

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Eli’s is a proud sponsor of The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and is happy to have had the opportunity to give students first-hand experience with product development and management. As a token of appreciation, they received some exclusive Eli’s gifts.

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Chicago Vocational Career Academy Visit Eli’s Cheesecake

CVCA visits behind-the-scenes at Eli’s Cheesecake bakery

We had the opportunity at Eli’s Cheesecake to host students and faculty from esteemed Chicago high schools twice this week!  Today, the Chicago Vocational Career Academy visited us here at The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.  Eli’s associates shared career paths from their different departments, conducted a behind-the-scene tour of Eli’s bakery, provided cakes and toppings for a cake decorating competition and enjoyed lunch on the patio with students and faculty.cvca

CHSAS Students and Faculty Visit Eli’s Cheesecake Co. for Job Shadow Day

Eli’s Cheesecake was proud to host students from the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) in a Job Shadow Day here at our bakery.  Managers from Operations, Marketing, and Research & Development departments presented to Students from CHSAS after President Marc Schulman welcomed them at a breakfast reception.  After the presentations, the CHSAS students took a tour of the Bakery and shadowed the different operational areas to learn how we scale, mix, bake, cut, decorate, evaluate and pack Eli’s Cheesecakes.

Students tour Eli's Bakery

Students tour Eli’s Bakery

We enjoyed a luncheon on the patio cooked by Eli’s culinary team.  The highlight was a decorating competition in which students hand-decorated cheesecakes and prizes were awarded by our Executive Pastry Chef, Laurel Boger based on creative criteria.

CHSAS students in cheesecake decorating competition

CHSAS students in cheesecake decorating competition

Eli’s Cheesecake is a proud corporate sponsor of CHSAS and appreciates the time and commitment by the CHSAS staff, faculty and students.

CHSAS  students, faculty and Eli's Cheesecake Company associates

CHSAS students, faculty and Eli’s Cheesecake Company associates

 

Eli’s Cheesecake “Takes the Cake” at NRA Show 2013

Eli’s Cheesecake has been exhibiting at the National Restaurant Show (NRA Show) from the very first show in 1985.  It is very exciting and rewarding to connect with our customers, friends and business associates.  With over 60 years in the food service industry, we are proud of our heritage and happy to serve our customers with the high quality desserts decorated by hand and made with the finest ingredients.

This year, we introduced trendy cheesecake flavors like Honey Mediterranean made with toasted pistachios and almonds and Chocolate Espresso as well as classics with a twist like Vanilla Bean Cheesecake and Key Lime Pie Cheesecake.  We added Eli’s-to-Go pre-packaged cheesecakes in different shapes, rounds and squares, to complement our current triangular shape slices.  We are more than just cheesecake!  New mini pies and hand held pies available in assorted flavors made their debut at the show.   For more information, food service distributors and operators are invited to our new foodservice industry website http://foodservice.elicheesecake.com/  

This year, Senator Durbin visited our NRA booth!   Here is more information about Senator Durbin’s visit to the NRA Show: http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/Sen-Durbin-visits-2013-NRA-Show.  What a delightful and welcome visit!

We also were honored to have Mrs. Judd of Mrs. Judd’s Games join us as she launched the release of Space Cakes – Kids Bakery Game with Math and Numbers, sponsored by The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.  The Space Cakes bakery is filled with alien ingredients, fantastic frosting, and an array of space toppers from across the galaxy. After children create unique treats using an awareness of counting, numbers, and geometry, they prepare for take-off and steer their cake delivery spaceship back to Earth.  Space Cakes also incorporates Mrs. Judd’s Games groundbreaking Juddly™ sharing network, enabling kids to safely deliver in-game creations right to the inboxes of their parents and teachers back on earth.   

Students from Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) shared their honey story on with the attendees.  CHSAS is one of the few urban agricultural high schools in the country.   Eli’s new Honey Mediterranean Cheesecakes is made with honey from CHSAS.  A surprise visitor, Celebrity Chef Judson Todd Allen, stopped by the booth and met with the students.  He is a CHSAS graduate!  We also appreciate the generosity of Chef Works to these student ambassadors.

We thank our foodservice customers and friends for all of your support!  We look forward to another exciting NRA Show in 2014!

Mrs. Judd’s Games partners with Eli’s Cheesecake Co. to launch “Space Cakes” App

Groundbreaking partnership ensures game is available for free to children worldwide

Mrs. Judd’s Games is thrilled to announce the release of its 11th educational app, Space Cakes – Kids Bakery Game with Math and Numbers, and an exciting new partnership with the world famous, and Chicago-based, Eli’s Cheesecake CoSpace Cakes takes kids across the galaxy to a far-away stellar space bakery, as it seeks to ignite their passion for 3D geometry, number play, and fun with math. The upfront partnership with Eli’s marks a breakthrough in the early education app developer’s model, making it possible to offer families and classrooms top-rated educational games 100% free, as well as to focus on the creation of unique, educational, and fun mobile game experiences instead of monetization strategies.

The Space Cakes bakery is filled with alien ingredients, fantastic frosting, and an array of space toppers from across the galaxy. After children create unique treats using an awareness of counting, numbers, and geometry, they prepare for take-off and steer their cake delivery spaceship back to Earth. Space Cakes also incorporates Mrs. Judd’s Games groundbreaking Juddly™ sharing network, enabling kids to safely deliver in-game creations right to the inboxes of their parents and teachers back on earth.

This marks Eli’s first foray into the world of educational app development. According to Eli’s president, Marc Schulman, a long time supporter of education through the company’s involvement with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Wright College, and the College of Agriculture, at the University of Illinois, “This was a perfect way to integrate our brand into the world of education.  Both Eli’s and Mrs. Judd’s Games appreciate and understand the importance of introducing the common core curriculum to children at a young age, as well as the role food plays as a center of community.  Space Cakes is the right vehicle to educate and promote family connections by keeping parents in the loop.”

Eli’s will debut the new app at the National Restaurant Association Show:   Eli’s Cheesecake Booth #1425 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, May 18-21. Show attendees will be able to play “Space Cakes” on a big screen and  enter for a chance to win a real Eli’s Space Cake, shipped anywhere in the continental US.

Mrs. Judd’s Games apps are free on the iTunes App Store and are ideal for children ages 4 through 8.

Mrs. Judd and Marc Schulman will be available for interview throughout the NRA Show, May 18 through May 20 from 9:00am-5:00pm

For more information contact: Maureen Schulman at The Eli’s Cheesecake Company

Eli's Cheesecake Presents Space Cakes

 

Sweet Like Honey: Eli’s Cheesecake and Chicago High School for Agriculture Sciences

Since 1991, Eli’s Cheesecake Company has partnered with the Chicago School of Agriculture Sciences (CHSAS) providing job shadowing, mentor programs and internships.  We are very proud to be featured along with CHSAS in the National Honey Board’s article “Baking with Honey” http://www.bakingwithhoney.com/news/2013/01/17/sweet-like-honey-elis-cheesecake-chsas-partnership-stronger-than-ever/

Eli’s Wildflower Honey Cheesecake is made with honey harvested by CHSAS.  The CHSAS students harvest, prepare and bottle their wildflower honey for this product providing Eli’s with approximately 2,000 pounds of honey annually.   All proceeds from purchasing the honey and a portion of the proceeds from the Wildflower Honey Cheesecakes sales go to the CHSAS’s college scholarship fund for seniors.   If you are interested in more information about Eli’s Wildflower Honey Cheesecake and a video about the  CHSAS honey, click here http://shop.elicheesecake.com/product/cheesecake_honey

Eli's Wildflower Honey Cheesecake made with honey from CHSAS

 

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Saijyo Agricultural High School Visits Eli’s Cheesecake

On December 19th, Eli’s Cheesecake was visited by representatives of the Saijyo Agricultural High School from Hiroshima, Japan  as part of their visit to Chicago and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Yoshrinori Tatsukami, the Principal, and Katsuhiro Ishii, the Agriculture Teacher and Chief of the Super Science High School came to Eli’s with Bill Hook, Principal and Sheila Fowler, the Agriculture Department Chair at CHSAS. They toured Eli’s Bakery with Mike Neuhaus and then were able to meet with Jeff Anderson. We were delighted with Mr. Tastsuakmi’s comment that visiting Eli’s Cheesecake was like the dream he had of America when he growing up: cookies baking in the kitchen by smiling family members. All of us at Eli’s are pleased that he was able to see our dedication to quality and service.

After their visit to Eli’s, the representatives from Saijvo were recognized at a meeting of the Board of the Chicago Public Schools. They also were able to tour the Farm and Agricultural Education Facilities at Illinois State University.

The Saijyo Agricultural High School is 102 years old and has 808 students. It has the goal to become the number 1 agricultural high school in Japan while emphasizing both basic and high level technical education while attracting students who have high aspirations, the spirit of challenge, affection to life and want to make a major contribution to society. Certainly a mission very akin to the work at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

 

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Opening of the Illinois Center for Urban Agricultural Education at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences is Highlighted in Illinois Ag Ed

All of us at Eli’s Cheesecake are very proud of our long time support and partnership with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. A major step in the development of the programs at the school was the opening of the Illinois Center for Urban Agricultural Education at CHSAS, a program of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and headed by Corey Flournoy.

We were delighted to see the opening of the Center profiled in Illinois Ag Ed, a publication of the College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences.

 

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Eli’s/Wright College’s Farmer’s Market to host Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Graduation and the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture

Eli’s Cheesecake and Wright College were happy to host the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences’ graduation.  We were also paid a special visit from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  They are in the process of launching a new product logo and mission, “Buy Illinois”.  Eli’s was one of five Illinois-based businesses asked to host a launch party for the new logo.  Our farmer’s market was also visited by Nissan and the new Nissan Leaf. 

 

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