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AIB International Awards Highest Level of Food Safety to Eli’s Cheesecake













For the second consecutive year, Eli’s Cheesecake has received a “Superior” rating for Food Safety from AIB International, the highly regarded independent international auditing organization. “Superior” is the highest AIB audit rating achievable.

AIB certification demands that rigorous quality control processes and programs be in place throughout the facility to ensure contamination-free products for the food industry. As part of the audit requirements, Eli’s Cheesecake had to demonstrate appropriate security measures, established cleaning and maintenance procedures, and stringent control of all incoming and in-process materials, as well as the absence of food and drink at workstations, as well as the use of hair and beard nets are among the controls that contribute to the contamination-free environment.

Eli’s Cheesecake congratulates Quality Assurance Manager, Michael Tamez, for his leadership in developing Eli’s Quality
Initiatives. “Receiving a ‘Superior’ rating for the second consecutive year is a source of pride for all of us at Eli’s,” according to President, Marc Schulman, “and demonstrates to our customers our commitment to food safety and continuous quality improvement.”








One highlight of the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival was the arrival of our Superior Rating Banner from AIB International. Here Mike Tamez holds up the Banner with the University of Illinois Extension Mobile Science Lab in the background.

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Jersey Boys Celebrates First Anniversary in Chicago with Eli’s Cheesecake

The record-breaking Chicago Company of Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The
Four Seasons, will celebrate its first anniversary in Chicago on Tuesday,
October 14, 2008.

On he evening of October 14th, there will be an
official anniversary performance at 7:30pm. Following the regular curtain call,
the entire Jersey Boys will perform a special Four Seasons style arrangement of
“My Kind of Town.” After the performance, anniversary guests will enjoy slices
of Eli’s Cheesecake as well as pizza from Home Run Inn.

(11 a.m. on Sundays). Ten (10) front row seats are available at
the Bank of America Theatre Box Office (18 W. Monroe) only. As many as forty
(40) additional seats, subject to availability at select performances, are made
available online at and at the Bank of America Theatre Box
office. Rush ticket limit is two (2) tickets per patron and all seats are
limited view.

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Having Words with Eli’s Marc Schulman in Nations Restaurant News

My dad was most proud of having Eli’s the Place for Steak named to the Nation’s Restaurant News Hall of Fame, the most prestigious award for an independent restaurant. For that reason, it was a great honor for me to be profiled in the “Having Words With” column in the September 29th

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Eli’s Voted Best Dessert in Chicago on AOL City Guide!

Everyone here at Eli’s is grateful to have such loyal
fans. You made us the #1 dessert at Taste of Chicago and today we found that we
were again voted as best place for dessert in Chicago on Aol City Guide!

As a special thank you. please join us for one FREE
slice of cheesecake as we celebrate National Cheesecake Day on July 31 from
11am-2pm during our Farmer’s Market.

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Congratulations to Bettina Richards and her team at Thrill Jockey Records on the celebration of their 15th birthday. This weekend Eli’s Cheesecake is delighted to be providing the birthday cake for the event in London at KOKO featuring The Fiery Furnances, Trans Am, The Sea and Cake, Arbouretum, Califone, Radian, The ZIncs, Daniel Higgs, Tortoise, Bobby Conn, Adult and KTL

The American Institute of Baking is the leading non-profit educational organization that provides audits for food safety so that customers and consumers can see the procedures used to insure the use of good manufacturing practices, quality and food safety.

We are delighted that based on an indepth audit to review all of our food safety program, pest control, operational methods, personnel and cleaning practices that Eli’s Cheesecake was awarded a “Superior” Rating, the highest rating awarded by the AIB.

This is a company wide success for Eli’s and we had a company wide celebration to commemorate this achievement. We want to be the highest quality supplier possible and the recognition is an important step toward that goal.



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Eli’s Cheesecake Couture Collection Nominated for a Chicago Innovation Award


The Chicago Innovation Awards Debuted in 2002 as way to celebrate the creative spirit of the Chicago area. We are delighted that our Eli’s Couture Collection is among the 250 innovative products and services that were nominated.

The announcement of the winners of the 10 winners will be made in connection with the start of Innovation Week in Chicago in October. Chicago is a great City for entrepreneurs and it is great to share our creative ideas with the community.

A list of all nominees can be found in the Chicago Sun TImes, founding sponsor of the event, at,CST-FIN-cia-nomin17.article

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Masters of the Gridiron in the Eli’s Cheesecake Family; A 60 year tradition–1947 at Wright and in 2007 at the Chicago Academy and the University of Wyoming

At Eli’s, we welcome the Fall as it marks the start of College and High School Football and our Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival.

This year we also celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Eli’s Family participating in College and High School Football. It was in October of 1947 that Eli’s cousin, Glenn “Buddy” Schulman took the field for the Wright College Rams. Weighing 190 lbs. Buddy wore number 40 and played tackle as the Rams took on Morgan Park, North Park, Morton, Grand Rapids, Wilson and LaSalle Peru.

Today the traditon of Eli’s and high school and college football continues as our associates, Mike Neuhaus, Defensive End for the Wyoming Cowboys and Armando Chavez, Defensive End and Fullback, for the Chicago Academy, are playing key roles in the 2007 season–Wyoming winning its opening game against Virginia by 23-3 and the Chicago Acedemy winning its first two games by scores of 34 to18 and 38 to 0.

Mike and Armando are both namesakes for their fathers, Mike Neuhuas, our Operations Manager, and Armando Chavez, Production/Decorating Manager, who collectively have over 35 years at Eli’s. We are delighted to see their children achieve excellence in both academic and sports.

It is also coincidental that the Chicago Academy is located on the original Wright College Campus. Back then Wright had to play its home games at Rockola Field. Today the Chicago Academy is fortunate to have a state of the field directly in back of the school.

We wish Armando, Mike and their teams the best of success this season.






Mike Neuhaus has been helping us at Eli’s since he was a very small child. Mike and his sister, Nicole, now at the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe and Taste Co-Manager, were with us at the first Take Your Child to Work Day on February 27, 1992.









Armando Chavez was in the first middle school class at the Chicago Academy. As a senior, he is a leader on the football field and also helps in production at Eli’s.

Armando and Mike continue a great Eli’s tradition in football started by Buddy Schulman for the Wright Rams in 1947.














Chicago Academy Football Schedule

Sat, Aug. 25 North Shore Country Day N. Shore 2:00P 34 – 18

Thu, Aug. 30 Sullivan Winnemac Stadium 3:30P 38 – 0

Sat, Sep. 08 Roosevelt Chicago Acad. 1:00P

Sat, Sep. 15 ACT Charter Chicago Acad. 1:00P

Sat, Sep. 22 Noble Street Chicago Acad. 1:00P

Sat, Sep. 29 Uplift Chicago Acad. 1:00PM ,

Sat. Oct. 06 Kelvyn Park Winnemac Stadium 11:00A

Sat, Oct. 13 Rickover Chicago Acad. 1:00P


Wyoming Cowboys Football Schedule

Date Opponent / Event Location Time/Result

9/1/07 Saturday, Sept 1 vs. Virginia Laramie, Wyo. W, 23-3

09/08/07 vs. Utah State TV Laramie, Wyo. 12:00 p.m.

09/15/07 at Boise State TV Boise, Idaho 6:00 p.m.

09/22/07 at Ohio TV Athens, Ohio 1:00 p.m.

10/06/07 vs. TCU TV Laramie, Wyo. 12:00 p.m.

10/13/07 vs. New Mexico TV Laramie, Wyo. 12:00 p.m.

10/20/07 at Air Force TV Colorado Springs, Colo. 12:00 p.m.

10/27/07 vs. UNLV TV Laramie, Wyo. 12:00 p.m.

11/03/07 at San Diego State TV San Diego, Calif. 7:00 p.m.

11/10/07 at Utah TV Salt Lake City, Utah 1:30 p.m.

11/17/07 vs. BYU TV Laramie, Wyo. 12:00 p.m.

11/23/07 at Colorado State TV Fort Collins, Colo. 12:00 p.m.


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Eli’s Cheesecake Proud to Recognize Shane Benner, a Senior at the Trumbull Career & Technical Center in Warren, Ohio

We were delighted to recently receive an email from Larry Crawford, theAcademic Supervisor of the Trumbull Career & Technical Center. The Center is a vocational school for juniors and seniors in Trumbull County. One of our programs is Restaurant Services, which trains students to become chefs and bakers upon their graduation from high school.

I met Larry right after 9/11 when he was the principal at Lordstown School. We had corresponded about Michael Yoest, a student who had spoke about how important it was to be proud to be an American. We recognized Michael with an Eli’s Cheesecake as a thank you for his patriotism.

In his current role at TCTC, Larry shared with me the story of Shane Benner, a student in Restaurant Services. Shane is becoming a great baker and is best at creating cheesecakes. He bakes it once per week and serves it to the patrons of the student restaurant and recently was honored to have his dessert featured at a large banquet.

We were delighted to recognize Shane and his passion for baking and education by sending him an Eli’s Cheesecake. We were honored that Larry shared the story with the local newspaper which gave Shane the most well deserved recognition.

Shane, congratulations on your achievements and creating a great cheesecake. Also Larry congratulations on celebrating 37
years in education and working to see that your dedicated students arerecognized for exemplary work.

“A teaspoon of sugar makes the cheesecake go down”

 Eli’s Cheesecake of Chicago Recognizes TCTC Student


Recently, the students in Restaurant Services at the Trumbull Career & Technical Center prepared lunch for a large group of visitors to the building. Their topic of conversation quickly turned from the business at hand to the taste and texture of the raspberry cheesecake that was served for dessert. The consensus opinion was, “This is the best we have ever tasted.”

The creator of the cheesecake was Shane Benner, a senior from Hubbard High School enrolled in the Restaurant Services program at the TCTC. He said one of the secrets to making cheesecake is to add just the right amount of sugar to the cream cheese. He uses
3/4th of a cup to make a full size cheesecake. He places raspberries on the bottom of the cake and pours a puree for the topping. One of the guests commented, “If St. Peter promised to serve this in heaven, I would never sin again.”

Benner said that all of the members of his family were encouraged to try their luck in the kitchen. “Cooking was something that everyone was interested in doing at my house.” He attended the TCTC to improve his skills in Culinary Arts. Next year, he will
attend Sullivan University in Kentucky. He will take an 18month course for certification as a licensed professional cook. He plans to become a chef in an upscale restaurant, but eventually, his goal is to own his own restaurant.

Brigitte Gillies, Restaurant Services Instructor, said, “Shane is my go to guy in the program. He is a perfectionist in the kitchen. Every task is completed to the fullest extent possible, but he also uses good judgment. This is a quality you cannot teach.”

When you do good things, the word gets around, but in this case, it traveled more than 400 miles. Marc Schulman, the President of Eli’s Cheesecake in Chicago, heard about Shane’s expertise with the dessert that is the specialty of his restaurant. He was also impressed to know that Shane has excellent interpersonal skills. When Shane passes someone in the hallway, he says hello. When volunteers are needed for a service project, he signs up. A package with Shane’s name on it has arrived at the TCTC containing a refrigerated cheesecake courtesy of Eli’s.In the person of Shane Benner, the TCTC gets two for the price of one; a good cook and a gentleman.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Honored to be named one of the Top Chicago Eats by Chicago Night & Day

Congratulations to author, Wendy Wollenberg, and the publishers of ” Chicago Night + Day,” the Cool Cities Series from PulseGuides. The book has a wealth of information of what to do in Chicago and is organized for easy use by visitors and residents alike.

In the “Chicago Eats” section, the book describes six of the most famous foods in Chicago: baby-back ribs, Cracker Jack (invented in Chicago in 1893 for the World Columbian Exposition,” deep-dish pizza, Chigago Style hot dogs. Twinkies founded in the Chicago suburbs during the Depression and Eli’s Cheesecake.

The description of Eli’s Cheesecake notes that “Eli’s Cheesecake has been made by Eli Schulman and his family for more than 50 years in their bakery on the Northwest side of Chicago. Today, these decadent dreams are shipped all over the world and are completely worth the wait for flavors like Triple Chocolate Truffle and Wildflower Honey.”

Thank you Wendy for the recognition.

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Thank you Chicago For Your Votes in Naming Eli’s Cheesecake Chicago’s Best Dessert and Bakery for 2007 at AOL Cityguide

From November 15th of 2006 until January of 2007, visitors to AOL Cityguide had the opportunity to name Chicago’s Best for 2007 in a number of categories. Voters could only vote once over the entire course of the contest, so being named as the winner is a real testament to your fan base.

Thank you Chicago and our fans around the country for voting Eli’s Cheesecake as your favorite dessert and bakery. We are honored to receive this recogntion and will make sure that your quality and service is always up to the recognition as number one. Eli would be proud!!

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