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Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake Now Part of United Airline’s Choice Menu for Flights Over 3 Hours Departing Between 10am and 8pm

At Eli’s Cheesecake, we take great pride in our our long term partnership with United Airlines, our hometown airline. Now with the debut of our Original Plain Cheesecake as part of the Choice Menu for passengers in Economy (that are over 3 hours departing between 10am and 8pm), Chicago’s hometown favorite dessert is available on Chicago’s hometown airline.

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Congratulations to Dr. Rajiv Shah on being named Administrator of USAID and Head of US Relief for the Haiti Earthquake

In April of 2008, Catherine Bertini, the winner of the World Food Prize and former Head of the World Food Organization brought Dr. Rajiv Shah for a tour to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. We had met Ms. Bertini in 2001 when she spoke at the Economic Club of Chicago and this led to Ms. Bertini delivering the Commencement Address at CHSAS graduation. In 2008, Dr. Shah was Head of Global Food Programs for the Gates Foundation and he came to Chicago with his Advisor, Ms. Bertini to speak to the Council on Global Affairs. After touring the school, he commented that CHSAS had among the best students he had ever met for interest and knowledge in food and the environment.

After the election of Barack Obama, Dr. Shah was named as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research and Education. He was named as Administrator for the US Agency for International Development in December and assumed his position just days before the disaster in Haiti.

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Lucille Shaw and Marc Schulman with Rajiv Shah and Catherine Bertini


Rajiv at CHSAS Acquaponic Lab

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Ambassador Ertharin Cousin of the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies serves Eli’s Cheesecake at a Thanksgiving Dinner for Immigrant Families in Rome

All of us at Eli’s Cheesecake take great pride in both baking great desserts and our support of the community. At Thankgiving time, we are proud to partner locally with the Greater Chicago Food Depository at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and also at Sharing It Day. This year we had the privilege to send Eli’s Cheesecake’s a bit farther away as  U.S Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, hosted a dinner for immigrant families in Rome and we had the pleasure of providing Eli’s Cheesecake for dessert. Ambassador Cousin is a Chicagoan who has a great history of community service and we were very happy to be part of her bringing joy to families in Rome. It makes us feel very good to know that we are doing good in our hometown and in many places of need in the world.

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Eli’s Cheesecake To be Served on Chicago 2016 Charter Flight to Copenhagen/Eli’s to dedicate 13th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake to the Olympic Spirit!

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National FFA Officers, Regina Holliday and Laila Hajji, Visit Eli’s Cheesecake World

The FFA is a national youth organization of over 507,000 members with over 7,400 chapter in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences has the largest FFA Chapter in Illinois and it was the school of the first urban student, Corey Flournoy, to be head of the organization.

It was therefore our pleasure to welcome two of the six National FFA Officers to Eli’s Cheesecake World. Laila Hajji, the FFA Central Region Vice President, is a student at Texas Tech who has the goal of serving as an agricultural education teacher in an urban school system. Regina Holliday, the FFA Southern Region Vice President, is a student at the University of Georgia, who is interested in becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in large animal medicine.

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Regina and Laila are welcomed to Eli’s Cheesecake World by David Gilligan, former Principal of the Chicago High School for Ag Sciences and now a senior officer of the Chicago Public Schools, Sarah Hileman,  Urban Ag Ed Field Advisor for FCAE (part of the Illinois Board of Education) Eli’s President Marc Schulman, Vaughn Occupational High School Principal, Dr. Rusty Burnette, and Dr. Charles Guengerich, the President of Wright College.

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Laila and Regina are joined by Jennifer Buteyn, the Principal at Ridgewood High School, Dr. Robert Lupo, Superintendent of Illinois High School District 234 and Sarah Hileman of FCAE. Ridgewood is a great partner of Eli’s painting our Cafe windows seasonally and providing the great Ridgewood High Cheerleaders when Chicago Teams get to a championship game. Ridgewood is also an educational partner with Triton Community College, which has great horticultural and culinary programs, and provides an outstanding career path for Ridgewood graduates.

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Laila and Regina congratulate Eli’s Ivan Hernandez, a graduate of Vaughn High School, on his outstanding achievements at Eli’s. Joining in the congratulations are Eli’s Marc Schulman and Vaughn Principal, Dr. Rusty Burnette. Vaughn, in partnership with Wright College, is  a leader in environmental studies and horticulture creating new career opportunities for its unique students.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman thanks Regina and Laila for visiting Eli’s.

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Eli’s Jeff Anderson, a fellow in the Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation, thanks Regina and Laila for their support of agricultural education nationally.

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Where to Go and What to Do–Cool Stuff All Over the World Eli’s Cheesecake Named as “Best Cheesecake on the Planet”

Where to Go and What to Do–Cool Stuff All Over the World Eli’s Cheesecake Named as “Best Cheesecake on the Planet”



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Where in the World is Eli’s Cheesecake—in Paris at SIAL 2006

From October 22nd to 26th, the global food world will be focusing its. attention on the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepint in Paris France. Over 135,000 food industry leaders from around the world will be visiting 5,226 exhibitors from 99 countries.

Under the direction of our late associate, Walter Babian, our Senior Vice President of International Sales,Eli’s Cheesecake developed business all over the world. Walter’s favorite trade shows were SIAL and ANUGA, where he developed many long term friendships. We were very fortunate that Walter attended ANUGA in October of 2005 with Boris Bajlovic, our International Sales Representative.

This year, Boris will be joined at SIAL by Pete Filippelli, our Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. If you will be at SIAL, visit us at the US Pavillion.


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Experience of Chinese Cowgirl—Blog posting on Eli’s Turtle Smoosh at Hyatt Hotels

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Week 3.3 – Chocolate makes the world go round (at least MY


So after my disastrous Monday, Tuesday I made up for it. I took the day off (well you know, to recover from my concussion!!). I slept in to compensate for all the hours I have missed on the weekend. I did get more work done *sigh* and I didn’t leave my room the entire day apart from 1 small trip to the post office.

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room service for dinner that night (I felt justified to be lazy and splurge – simply too hot to go outside). Oh boy it was great though! I put in an order of buffalo wings, with a pink lemonade and a sundae dessert called “Turtle Smoosh”. Hear me out, this was the description for it -

“Eli’s fabulous Turtle Cheesecake with three scoops of Haagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche ice cream, topped with whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, chopped walnuts and raspberries”

How could you go pass something like that??! Alright, sounded like hell for the waistline, but hey WHO CARES!! It was definitely doing things for the brain because I was immediately feeling much better just knowing that I have ordered it.

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tell you, the buffalo wings were awwwwwe-some (use plenty of Yankee accent when reading this) and that Turtle Smoosh… I couldn’t believe the size of it. It was HUGE. You could have shared it between 2-3 people. Oh but sadly, I had no one to help me out so I had to eat it all by myself…. *awwwww… what a pity huh*

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Eli’s Cheesecake Works to Make a difference for the Evacuees from Hurricane Katrina

We were very happy to be asked by Enjoy Jim Bracey of the Salvation Army if we could help make some of the first meals of the Hurricane evacuees to Chicago more pleasant. With so many thing donated, high on the list of requests was a meal highlighting local favorites. Enjoy Bracey came over to Eli’s Cheesecake World to pick up Eli’s for dessert to follow Vienna Hot Dogs and Lou Malanti’s Pizza. We look forward to donating more dessert as the number of evacuees to Chicago grows.

This coming weekend is the 9th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival. From our first Festival, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has been a beneficiary of the Festival. We collect non-perishable foods in return for which we give slices of Eli’s Cheesecake as a thank you and also support the donation of cash to the Food Depository and its relief efforts by giving whole Eli’s Cheesecakes to the supporters. We look forward to an outstanding weekend of music, cheesecake, entertainment and fun as we support Hurricane Relief and also the New Horizons Center fo the Developmentally Disabled


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Nomo and Golem to perform at Eli’s Cheesecake Festival as part of the World Music Festival

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Saturday, September 17, 3:30pm and 5pm
Eli’s Cheesecake Fest, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive

3:30pm: NOMO
5pm: Golem


A first aural encounter with Elliot Bergman’s trans-cultural Nomo ensemble from Ann Arbor, MI, will undoubtedly and correctly stir the soul and move the feet. Bergman, the leader and composer, has assembled a large band around the sound of reeds and brass, the occasional woodwind, a myriad of percussion instruments to create a large Afrobeat sound. For more more information visit

New York-based klezmer/rock band Golem transforms the music of its Jewish grandparents, making it modern, edgy, sexy and brash. Golem has infused the world music scene with a breath of fresh air from Eastern Europe. Fronted by Annette Ezekiel, the bandleader, accordionist and singer and madcap vocalist Aaron Diskin, Golem’s explosive onstage attitude gets klezmer to rock. For more more information visit


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