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Sharing Eli’s Cheesecake Chicago Holiday Activities

We are in the holiday zone here at Eli’s Cheesecake World, the location of our Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe, Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery, Eli’s Cheesecake Headquarters and Eli’s Retail Store and Visitor Center.  We want to share a few highlights and events for December here in Chicago.

Each year, one of our most valued holiday traditions is the Eli’s Giving Tree.  Eli’s Associates select of a civic or charitable organization of their choice and personally deliver a supply of Eli’s Cheesecakes and Desserts.  It is our way of spreading joy in our local communities this holiday season.

Eli’s Cheesecake Annual Open House is December 9 from 5pm-7pm featuring a free dessert buffet, DJ spinning holiday music, prize wheel and 20% off everything sale (gift cards excluded).

Eli’s will be closing early on Dec. 11 at 5pm to allow our Eli’s Cheesecake Retail Associates to bring holiday cheer to our friends at the Sunshine Activity Center, a not-for-profit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities.  Our associates will be preparing dinner, playing games and celebrating a visit with Santa.

The holiday dock sale of the year is on Saturday, December 13th  from 9am-1pm.  Popular flavor selections from Original Plain to Red Velvet Cheesecake and dockbuster sale prices make this a destination for your best prices of the season.  The dock sale takes place on our shipping dock at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago.

Eli’s Gift-A-Palooza sales is December 14-19.  Every shopper who purchases $30 or more receives a free secret Santa gift!  A fun family holiday outing is to visit Eli’s Cheesecake World for DIY (do-it-yourself) Kid’s Holiday Dipper Decorating Dec. 17-19 from 11am-2pm ($5.50 per child).  For more event information, visit www.elicheesecake.com/calendar or call 773-205-3800.

Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café and Retail Store is open 7 days per week: Mon-Fri. 8am-6pm, Sat. 9am-5 pm, Sun 11am-5pm.  Special holiday hours are Dec.23 open until 7pm and Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 closing at 3pm.  We are closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.   Shop the largest selection of Eli’s Cheesecakes and desserts anywhere!

Let us help you send a taste of Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake to your friends and family anywhere in the US!  Eli’s Cheesecake will arrive picture perfect in a holiday gift box, custom insulated Styrofoam container and dry ice.  To order, visit us 24/7 at shop.elicheesecake.com or call 1-800-ELI- CAKE Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.  Order by

Let us help you send a taste of Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake to your friends and family anywhere in the US!  Eli’s Cheesecake will arrive picture perfect in a holiday gift box, custom insulated Styrofoam container and dry ice.  To order, visit us 24/7 at shop.elicheesecake.com or call 1-800-ELI- CAKE Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.  Order by Dec. 18 at 11am CST for Christmas delivery.

If you would like to receive information regarding Eli’s Cheesecake’s Bakery Cafe  activities or Mail Order specials, please join our mailing list at http://www.elicheesecake.com/join-mailing-list/.

Enjoy the holiday season!

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Eli’s Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake now available online

Eli’s Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake is now avilable for consumers online.  Eli’s honey is harvested by students from The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.  Proceeds from honey sales go toward scholarships for derserving high school senors.

Read more and buy Eli’s Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake here: http://shop.elicheesecake.com/product/125

Eli’s Cheesecake included in the mayoral wager on the Blackhawks vs Kings!

Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and  Los Angeles’ Antonio Villaraigosa have made a friendly wager on which hockey team will advance to the Stanley Cup finals.   Twenty-five slices of Eli’s Cheesecake including Eli’s Original Plain, Strawberry, and Chocolate Chip flavors are riding on the outcome of this soon to be legendary series.

Read more about the mayoral wager here:  http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/03/here-are-details-of-the-chicago-l-a-mayoral-wager-on-hawks-kings/

and here: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Rahm-Emanuel-Makes-Bet-on–209956611.html

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

 

Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake featured in Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery

On Monday, May 13th, Eli’s Cheesecake was featured in Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery Magazine as the finest Chicago cheesecake and a legendary Chicago food icon.

The magazine interviewed Marc Schulman, Eli’s Cheesecake’s President, as well as Debbie Marchok, Eli’s Cheesecake’s Vice President of Marketing. The article follows the history and rise of Eli’s Cheesecake to legendary Chicago food icon status. Eli’s also announced the lineup of new products debuting at the National Restaurant Association Show 2013, as well as sponsoring an educational children’s game for smart phones called Space Cakes. Jeff Anderson, the vice president of purchasing and operations at Eli’s Cheesecake, was also interviewed and spoke of the quality and the Safe Quality Food training Eli’s associates have been learning and practicing.

To see the article in its entirety, visit: http://www.snackandbakery.com/articles/86469-chicagos-cheesecake-at-its-finest#comments

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Maureen Schulman wins commendation in Pink Lady Photography of the Year Contest, a global food photography award

We congratulate Maureen Schulman, Eli’s Cheesecake Publicist, on her photo of the Eli’s Inaugural 2013 Cake for being a commended photo in the Pink Lady Photographer of the Year Contest!  This contest is a  the global food photography awards celebrating all that is special and significant about food photography around the world.    Thousands of images poured in from around the world to the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2013 Contest.  Here are the commended photos http://www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com/2013/commended/ (scroll the horizontal bar under the photos).

Guests marvel and wait patiently for a slice of the 500 pound Eli's Cheesecake at President Barak Obama's Final Inaugural Staff Ball on Jan. 22, 2013

 

Eli’s Cheesecake in the “Best Food of the Month Clubs”

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be listed among the Top 10 Gift of the Month Clubs in the article “Delicious Edibles Delivered in the Mail.”  http://tinyurl.com/csjfvyj .     We offer 3 month, 6 month and 12 month Cheesecake of the Month Clubs.

Call today 800-ELI-CAKE for more information on Eli’s Cheesecake Gift of the Month Clubs or click on http://shop.elicheesecake.com/category/towers_clubs_gifts and shop on our new Eli’s Cheesecake website.  Send the gift of good taste this holiday season and all year long!

Send the gift that will last all year long!

 

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Past 40 Under 40 honorees reflect on lessons learned

When Crain’s 40 Under 40 list debuted in 1989, Oprah Winfrey was riveting talk-show audiences with tabloid topics such as satanic dismemberment.

Marc Schulman, another 1989 honoree, had succeeded his late father at Eli’s Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake Inc., which would make a 2,000-pound cake for President Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration.

And Richard M. Daley was beginning his 22-year reign at Chicago’s City Hall with a campaign assist from a young political consultant, David Axelrod, also class of ’89, who would go on to chart Barack Obama’s historic 2008 bid for the White House.

As for Mr. Obama, the Harvard Law School student was then a summer associate at the Chicago office of law firm Sidley Austin LLP, where he met his future wife, Michelle Robinson. He would be named to the 40 list in 1993.

Since Crain’s launched 40 Under 40, its annual feature spotlighting local luminaries under the age of 40, no fewer than 1,000 up-and-comers from every walk of life have won the honor. The oldest among them began their careers when stores meant bricks without clicks, the Soviet Union hadn’t disintegrated and MTV still played music videos. Many, as we knew they would, became leading players in the business, political and cultural dramas that define our times.

 

To be sure, Chicago is home to fewer large corporations now than a quarter century ago, but a glance at the young leaders Crain’s spotlights annually confirms that the local economy remains dynamic and diverse, with a swath of midmarket companies and a startup scene that’s simmering — a Silicon Prairie 2.0.

“The difference between then and now is night and day,” says venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker, 47, class of 2000, who in 1996 raised one of Chicago’s first funds targeting Internet opportunities at Evanston’s New World Ventures. More recently, he organized a tech startup hub in the Merchandise Mart, 1871.

“Years ago, one had to roam around and scrounge to find the tools to build a new technology business in Chicago,” he adds. “Today there are many organizations that provide support and encouragement as well as capital. We now have serial entrepreneurs in Chicago, not two or three but we have dozens and dozens and dozens.”

Among them is Matt Moog, class of ’05, ex-CEO of coupon site CoolSavings Inc., now founder and CEO of consumer review site Viewpoints and founder and chairman of Built in Chicago, an online community for digital entrepreneurs.

 

Cashing in on his success, Michael Ferro Jr., class of ’98, sold software maker Click Commerce Inc. for $292 million in 2006. His current ventures include Wrapports LLC, which acquired with a group of local business leaders Sun-Times Media LLC, publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times.

At age 42, Alex Zoghlin, class of 2000, is chief executive of his seventh startup, Rosemont-based VHT Inc., which provides marketing services for the real estate industry. He was chief technology officer of travel site Orbitz Inc., which its airline founders sold for $1.25 billion in 2004.

Chicago’s highest-profile startup, Groupon Inc., was co-founded by CEO Andrew Mason, 31, class of ’09. Valued at nearly $13 billion when it went public in 2011, the daily-deal site has 12,000 employees in 48 countries. But Groupon’s shares plummeted since the IPO, rattling faith in Mr. Mason’s leadership.

While the tech startup scene emerged in the 1990s, Chicago was losing its biggest financial institutions to bank consolidation. Yet even as money center bankers faded from the local scene, an exploding financial sector and booming stock market opened opportunities in the securities field.

 

Joe Mansueto, 56, class of ’92, harnessed computer databases to analyze mutual fund performance for investors at his 1984 startup, Morningstar Inc. But he would have to wait for a commercial Web browser before his subscribers could read reports online. “We just rode the technology waves from PC to CD-ROM to Internet to mobile,” he says. “Every one of those has been a wave, and trying to figure out how to harness technology for the benefit of investors has been” the company’s challenge.

Today, Morningstar is a $650 million public company with a market cap of nearly $3 billion and 3,600 employees. Mr. Mansueto, chairman and CEO, owns nearly half its shares.

He and other self-made billionaires, such as Citadel LLC founder Ken Griffin, 44, class of ’04, are part of Chicago’s new civic elite. Mr. Griffin launched Citadel in 1990 and grew the hedge-fund and securities business into one of the nation’s largest hedge-fund managers, with about $13 billion in assets under management.

Still other “40s” rode the waves of global consolidation by rising to prominence in corporate settings. Ilene Gordon ran a business line at Packaging Corp. of America when she was named in 1991. “It’s always been my goal to run a major business. But I’m always redefining my definition of ‘major,’” she said then.

Today, Ms. Gordon is chairman, president and CEO of Westchester-based Ingredion Inc., the former Corn Products International Inc., which she catapulted into the ranks of the nation’s biggest companies, with $6.2 billion in sales last year, through growth and a $1.3 billion acquisition. She is one of only 19 women running Fortune 500 companies. About half are mothers.

 

In the political arena, Chicago’s tradition of an iron-willed mayor with national political influence continues under Rahm Emanuel, class of ’90 and Mr. Obama’s former White House chief of staff. Mr. Emanuel is tackling daunting challenges from budget shortfalls to an upsurge in violent crime.

Daniel Hamburger, class of ’99, is one of the business leaders tapped by Mr. Emanuel to reinvigorate boards such as World Business Chicago. The 48-year-old is president and CEO of DeVry Inc., the third-largest private-sector education company with $2 billion in sales, operating in 35 countries. “The outlook for people in business, government and education is increasingly global,” he says.

Few figures have raised Chicago’s profile as much as Mr. Obama, whose posse of Chicago backers includes billionaire businesswoman Penny Pritzker, class of ’91. She raised $745 million as his 2008 national campaign chair.

Ariel Investments LLC founder John Rogers Jr., 54, who co-chaired Mr. Obama’s first inauguration committee, jokes that he became chairman of University of Chicago Laboratory School’s board because Mr. Obama recruited so many board members to Washington. “He ended up taking a lot of talent with him,” Mr. Rogers says.

 

Indeed, the list extends far beyond Messrs. Axelrod and Emanuel. Valerie Jarrett, a city planning commissioner when she was a “40″ in 1994, exerts broad influence as Mr. Obama’s senior adviser. Austan Goolsbee, a star professor at University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business when picked in 2006, helped craft the administration’s $800 billion stimulus spending plan as chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He returned to teaching last year.

Arne Duncan, class of ’01, is U.S. secretary of education, and Desiree Rogers, class of ’95, was White House social secretary for two years. She’s now CEO of Johnson Publishing Co., whose majority owner and chairman is Linda Johnson Rice, 53, class of ’89.

“The last five or six years have just been really tough in this country,” says Ms. Rogers, 53. “There’s so much uncertainty about what’s next,” whether globally, in national politics or in the city’s neighborhoods.

MarySue Barrett, 48, Mr. Daley’s policy chief when she was named a “40″ in ’94 and Metropolitan Planning Council’s longtime president, sees a “silver lining” to the economic downturn.

“When things really are tight, there’s a great deal of openness to try new things. But you have to marshal the leadership,” she says.

Given the track record of Crain’s 40 Under 40 honorees, leadership is one element that isn’t in short supply in Chicago.
Read more: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20121201/ISSUE02/121209951/past-40-under-40-honorees-reflect-on-lessons-learned#ixzz2ENyIUxwe
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Eli’s Toys for Tots Drive

This year, Eli’s is teaming up with Toys for Tots to bring a brighter Christmas to children. We are collecting new, unwrapped toys (valued at $5 or more) in our Bakery Cafe until December 7th. As a token of our appreciation, we will be giving out 20% off frozen dessert coupons to anyone who brings in a toy.

Please help us bring more smiles to children’s faces this holiday season.

Thank you

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