At the holiday, a group of us from The Eli’s Cheesecake Company look forward to bringing to the Sunshine Activity Center, an evening program for adults with special needs. The evening includes dinner provided by Eli’s Chefs Antonio and Danny, Eli’s Turtle Cheesecake for dessert, Holiday Bingo and a special visit by Santa Claus bearing gifts.
Participating from Eli’s were Mary, Diana, Kathy (and husband Jeff), Lindsey, Kaitlin, Angelica, Donna, Elsa (and husband Jose), Marc, Donna, Korey, Antonio and Danny.
It was 70 years this week on December 7th, 1941 that America suffered its “Day of Infamy” with the Pearl Harbor invasion and the entry of the US into World War II. Over the next five years, over 16 million American men and women served our country including our founder, Eli M. Schulman. The menu above is from Eli Schulman’s “Victory Dinner” on May 18th, 1942 when he joined the US Army Air Corp.
Eli Schulman had opened Eli’s Ogden Huddle in 1940 and was called upon to use his foodservice experience to operate a series of PX’s for Army Air Corp in Texas, Colorado and Utah rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Being a member of the Army Air Corp, Eli on the right was a part of the team providing support for the B-17 and B-24 Bombers that has such an important role in bringing World War II to an end.
Eli Schulman (on the right) was the host for Actress Ann Sothern when she visited the Army Air Base in Salt Lake City. Considered one of the most beautiful actresses her time, Sothern was at the top of her appeal in World War II appearing in a series of films and radio shows starring her as “Maisie,” a brassy Brooklyn burlesque dancer.
Eli’s Cheesecake history of creating specialty big cakes dates back to Eli Schulman’s days in the Army Air Corp in World War II. Eli, on the left, approves of the cake baked in his kitchen.
We join all of Chicago in expressing our sympathy and deep loss over the passing of Maggie Daley, our City’s First Lady and Advocate for our Children, the Arts and our Environment. During the 22 years that Richard M. Daley served as Mayor, Mrs. Daley was at the Mayor’s side for so many important events and was so active individually supporting our City.
We wanted to share two events that demonstrate Mrs Daley’s involvement and concerns.
In 1988 shortly after our founder, Eli M. Schulman, passed away, the Chicago Park District named the playground at Seneca Park, across the street from Eli’s the Place for Steak, in his honor. That started a several year long campaign to raise funds to build the Eli M. Schulman Playground, rebuild Seneca Park and to purchase “Ben,” a equine sculpture by Deborah Butterfield.
The major fundraiser for the Playground was An Evening with the late Bobby Short at the Ritz Carlton Hotel held in 1999. The support and presence of the Mayor and Mrs. Daley was critical to the success of the fundraising effort.
In 2010, Temple Grandin, the renowned advocate for individuals with autism and animal science professor was in Chicago to receive an Award and accepted an invitation from Eli’s Marc Schulman to visit the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Being aware of Elizabeth Daley’s studies in autism research, an invitation was extended to Mrs. Daley and Elizabeth to visit the school to meet Temple Grandin, meet the students and tour the school. Although in treatment for her illness, Mrs. Daley could not have been more gracious spending over two hours at the school enriching so many students lives.
After Eli’s Cheesecake’s successful food drive to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository at Lights Festival Lane as part of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, it is our tradition to join the celebration and food drive for Sharing It Day at the Merchandise Mart on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
Eli’s President Marc Schulman joined students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and representatives from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Jewel Osco with the hosts from the Merchandise Mart for the Sharing It Day Food Drive.
Eli’s Cheesecake was well represented at Sharing It Day by Danielle and Felicia who gave our contributor a slice of Eli’s Cheesecake.
Students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences accompanied by Assistant Principal, Lucille Shaw, and Ag Department Chair, Sheila Fowler, greet Karen May of Jewel-Osco, the grocery sponsor of Sharing It Day at the Merchandise Mart.
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Senior Mohammed Shalabi is interviewed by Patrick Elwood of Fox 32 News.
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences students thanks Mark Falanga, the President of Merchandise Mart Properties, for hosting Sharing It Day.
A holiday tradition continues as the businesses and institutions near Seneca Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground come together to privately fund the lighting of this important public place for children and families.
Participating in the Lighting and Reception following at Engine Company 98 were the Chicago Public Library housed in the historic Water Tower Works, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ritz Carlton, American Girl, the American Dental Association, Lookingglass Theatre, Children’s Museum Hospital which will open next summer on the the site of the former home of Eli’s the Place for Steak, Eli’s Cheesecake, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Broadway in Chicago, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents and the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association.
2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival presented by BMO Harris Bank which is sponsored by the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association.
Chicago Park District Commissioner Rouhy Shalabi, GNMAA CEO John Chikow, Eli’s Cheesecake’s President Marc Schulman, Northwestern Memorial Hospitals’ Ralph Weber and Mike Ruchim.
Eli’s Marc Schulman with Northwestern Memorial’s Ralph Weber, Dennis Murphy and Dr. Mike Ruchim.
A special guest taking in the lighting of Seneca Park.
Tom Segesta, General Manager of the Ritz Carlton, and wife, Robin, enjoy the lighting of Seneca Park. The Ritz Carlton has been a long time supporter of the rebuilding of Seneca Park and the construction of the Eli M. Schulman Playground hosting the major benefit for the fundraising effort–an evening with the late Bobby Short.
Eli’s Maureen and Marc Schulman enjoying the first evening with the lights on at Seneca Park.
Chicago Park District Commissioner Rouhy Shalabi is a co-chair with Eli’s Marc Schulman of the Advisory Board at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and is a great supporter of the Parks and Schools in Chicago.
Dr. Michael Ruchim of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and wife, Janet Ruchim, enjoy a beautiful November evening in Seneca Park.
Eli’s Cheesecake is a long time supporter of the Greater Chicago Food Depository and its mission to eliminate hunger in Chicago. In the next week, we will be supporting the Depository at two events: on Saturday November 19th as Eli’s partners with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences offering free cheesecake slice decorating to families attending Lights Festival Lane at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival while accepting non-perishable food products and cash donations for the Depository. As a thank you, donors will receive a Eli’s Cheesecake pre-packaged slice for a product donation and a free Eli’s Cheesecake for a $10 cash donation.
Then on Tuesday, November 22nd, we will be joining Jewel-Osco and students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences at the Merchandise Mart for Sharing It It Day, an annual food drive for the Depository featuring performances by local children’s groups and free samples from Eli’s.