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89 WLS’s 89th Birthday Party

This Friday, April 12th, Eli’s Cheesecake helped 89 WLS celebrate their 89th Birthday at Chicago’s Navy Pier! The event was a huge success with over 300 guests, including radio legends and celebrities such as Roe Conn, Dick Biondi, Catherine Johns, and Wayne Messmer, and of course a big Eli’s Cheesecake! Check out photos from the event below:

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Eli’s Cheesecake named ‘Best Places to Get Alternative Wedding Cakes’

CBS2 Chicago’s Best of Chicago writer Elizabeth SanFilippo, named Eli’s Cheesecake as one of the “Best Places to Get an Alternative Wedding Cake’. She says for a wedding to “place an order for some smooth and creamy cheesecakes in a number of flavors and sizes” and she didn’t forget to add “as well as a handful of other tasty treats, like macarons and muffins” for the non-cheesecake crowd. Check out the article for yourself at: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-places-to-get-alternative-wedding-cakes-in-chicago/

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Crain’s Chicago Business Revisits Marc Schulman & Eli’s Cheesecake


After 24 years, Crain’s Chicago Business revisited and interviewed Marc Schulman, the President of Eli’s Cheesecake. In 1989, Crain’s named Marc one of the 40 under 40, which is a list of now nearly 1,000 up-and-coming Chicagoans. Check out the interview for yourself, read it online: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130410/SPOTLIGHT/130409920/ or watch it the interview by clicking the picture above.

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Eli’s Cheesecake is helping 89 WLS Chicago’s Talk Radio Station Celebrate their 89th Birthday

On Friday, April 12th; Eli’s Cheesecake will be helping WLS-AM 890 celebrate their 89th Birthday at Navy Pier from 6-8 pm. Since April 12, 1924 when the mighty call letters of W L S were spoken for the very first time, Chicago and the Greater Midwest have enjoyed 89WLS’s news and talk radio. WLS, which stands for World’s Largest Store, was started by the Sears Roebuck Company to broadcast to farmers, but it now currently owned by Cumulus Media and broadcasts to Chicago and the Greater Midwest residents. Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to help this radio legend celebrate 89 years by providing Chicago’s favorite dessert! Join the party on Friday, April 12th, from 6-8pm by entering to win tickets or listening live! To learn more about WLS’s 89th Birthday Party, check out: http://www.wlsam.com/common/page.php?pt=89th+Birthday+Party&id=27043&is_corp=0. Learn more about WLS’s long history at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLS_(AM)

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Eli’s Cheesecake Visited by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen and Court

Eli’s was delighted to host the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen and her Court, along with Green River Soda on March 15th. The queen and her court took pictures with many of Eli’s customers and even got the chance to decorate their own Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake! The court was also able to go next door to visit our neighbors at the New Horizons Center where they met, sang and took pictures with many of the students. It was a great experience and the students at New Horizons, as well as everyone at Eli’s, was happy they were able to come.

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Happy 176th Birthday, Chicago!

Today, Eli’s Cheesecake helped celebrated Chicago’s 176th Birthday with a Big Eli’s Apple Cinnamon Cake at the Chicago History Museum. Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and other citizens of Chicago came out to celebrate Chicago’s Heritage and hope for a bright future for Chicago! Check out these great pictures from the event!

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake & President Marc Schulman Profiled in the March 2013 issue of Today’s Chicago Woman

http://www.tcwmag.com/marc-schulman/

Marc Schulman

By

Sarah Levy

 

The Eli’s Cheesecake legacy thrives.

Marc Schulman is the ultimate Chicago food industry veteran. He’s perhaps the largest cream cheese buyer this side of the Mississippi (a must if you’re going to churn out 15,000 cheesecakes a day). And having a knack for mass production with a heart as big as the giant slice of cheesecake I couldn’t help but indulge in during our interview, Mr. Schulman is one of my all-time favorite foodies.

How did Eli’s Cheesecake begin?
It was the dream of my father, Eli Schulman, who started with Eli’s The Place For Steak, a steakhouse on Chicago Avenue. He was a great restaurateur/host, but he always dreamt of creating a signature dish that could be sold outside the restaurant. It was at the first Taste of Chicago where Eli’s Cheesecake made its debut. We then evolved into an independent company and, over time, grew as both our distributions and product offerings grew.

How many cheesecakes do you sell a day?
About 15,000. So we have about 200,000-300,000 servings daily. It adds up. And the distribution could go as far as Russia and Saudi Arabia; we do a lot of big business in London.

What’s the key to continued success?
Growing up in a family that was really passionate about quality and service, it’s about serving our customers – working with them and being creative. Also, growing up in the restaurant business you become very appreciative of the dishwasher and bus boy. We try to run a business where everyone is really important.

You’re very popular among local celebrities, too!
In 1985 when the Bears went to the Super Bowl, Harold Washington said, ‘We have Chicago hot hogs, deep dish pizza and Eli’s Cheesecake.’ And it was the first time we became national. So it’s been a lot of fun. We’ve also done the mayor’s birthday cake for him for the last three years.

Favorite part of your job?
Seeing customers, talking about my dad and his heritage. I wear the watch Frank Sinatra gave him. It’s a great legacy. My dad, a child of immigrants, was born in 1910. Here we are 103 years later telling his story, and I get to work with really smart, dedicated people.

Who inspires you?
My parents and the people I work with. And great people in my life like [former] Governor James Thompson and Tony Valukas, whom I worked for as a lawyer. I’ve been very fortunate. Chicago’s a great place; people cheer you on.

Best advice you’ve received?
A few things that had to deal with cash flow. I forgot what the saying is, something like, ‘Cash is more important than your mother.’ I don’t know that I’d put it at that level, but I think businesses work when you’re in it for the long-term. And, too often, we look at businesses very transactionally. You’re going to have good years and bad ones, but the question is ‘will you be long-term?’

Where do you dine most?
I’m attracted to hotel dining rooms, whether it’s at The Peninsula Chicago, NoMi Kitchen [at Park Hyatt Chicago] or the Ritz-Carlton Chicago dining room.

Favorite hidden gem?
Growing up, my dad worked six days a week. But then one night Richard J. Daley came in and he wasn’t here, so he then worked seven days. Whenever we did go out, we always went to Kow Kow Restaurant in Lincolnwood.

Craziest customer experience?
We’ve had people drive a day, overnight, to get cheesecake or come for our sales. We’ve had some incredible fans.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Crain’s Chicago Business just featured the 23rd anniversary of ‘40 under 40,’ and I was in the first group, which had Oprah Winfrey, David Axelrod, John Rogers, Linda Johnson Rice and me. I was doing the same thing I was doing 23 years ago. So I hope I’m doing the same thing I’m doing now.

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Watch Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Present at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show!


Join us at Chicago’s Flower & Garden Show on March 15th at 1:30pm to watch Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef and Creative Research Chef, Laurel Boger, present her expertise on creating a delicious dessert!

Chef Boger knows how to dazzle Eli’s domestic and international customers. In addition to Eli’s delicious cheesecake and desserts, she also is a veteran cake designer at Eli’s for giant cheesecakes served at corporate, entertainment and celebratory events including cheesecakes for both of President Obama’s Inaugural Balls in 2009 and 2013.

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Join Eli’s Cheesecake at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

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Marc Schulman interview on WGN Noon Show with Carol Ross

Marc Schulman

Listen to today’s interview with Marc Schulman, Eli’s Cheesecake President, on the Noon Show with Carol Ross on WGN about the Eli’s Cheesecake family business and how the company evolved.  http://wgnradio.com/2013/01/29/working-within-a-family-business/

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