Archive for December, 2012

Saijyo Agricultural High School Visits Eli’s Cheesecake

On December 19th, Eli’s Cheesecake was visited by representatives of the Saijyo Agricultural High School from Hiroshima, Japan  as part of their visit to Chicago and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Yoshrinori Tatsukami, the Principal, and Katsuhiro Ishii, the Agriculture Teacher and Chief of the Super Science High School came to Eli’s with Bill Hook, Principal and Sheila Fowler, the Agriculture Department Chair at CHSAS. They toured Eli’s Bakery with Mike Neuhaus and then were able to meet with Jeff Anderson. We were delighted with Mr. Tastsuakmi’s comment that visiting Eli’s Cheesecake was like the dream he had of America when he growing up: cookies baking in the kitchen by smiling family members. All of us at Eli’s are pleased that he was able to see our dedication to quality and service.

After their visit to Eli’s, the representatives from Saijvo were recognized at a meeting of the Board of the Chicago Public Schools. They also were able to tour the Farm and Agricultural Education Facilities at Illinois State University.

The Saijyo Agricultural High School is 102 years old and has 808 students. It has the goal to become the number 1 agricultural high school in Japan while emphasizing both basic and high level technical education while attracting students who have high aspirations, the spirit of challenge, affection to life and want to make a major contribution to society. Certainly a mission very akin to the work at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake’s Elana Schulman on HSN this Monday (December 17th) for “Last Minute Food Gifts”

Eli Schulman’s grand daughter, Elana Schulman, will be telling the Eli’s Story on HSN this Monday (December 17th) at 1pm (CST)with host Bobbi Ray Carter and at 4pm (CST) on E.A.T. with Alyce Caron. Elana will be debuting a unique collection of Eli’s Cheesecake’s created by Eli’s for HSN: Hot Chocolate,Vanilla Bean, Champane Truffle, White Chocolate Raspberry and a first time Sampler of the four items.

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Eli’s Holiday Dock Sale on Saturday December 15th a Great Success!

It is only twice a year on Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Saturday (the Saturday before Thanksgiving) and the week before Christmas (this year on Saturday December 15th) that we open up our Dock for a Special Holiday Sale. This is a tradition that started on Dakin Street in a Tent and has continued to our Bakery & Cafe on Forest Preserve Drive. You can shop the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe daily with the biggest selection of Eli’s Cheesecake anywhere as well as special deals on our Sweet Imperfections, but there is something special about going on the Dock and seeing the amazing selection.

Thanks to all our families at Eli’s for making Dock Sale Saturday such a great success.  We are delighted to welcome our customers to our home and to highlight the dedication and great work of our people throughout the year.

 

 

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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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Eli’s Cheesecake Dock Sale on December 15th featured in “Shopping Spy” in Splash in the Chicago Sun Times

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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 Annual Holiday Dinner at the Sunshine Activity Center

Thank you to the Eli’s Team for making the Annual Holiday Dinner that Eli’s hosts for the Sunshine Activity Center such a great success. We have a long and very special partnership with the Sunshine Center and this was the best Holiday Event ever—in attendance and enthusiasm. Truly Priceless. Every member of the Center received a personal gift from Santa and an Eli’s Apple Cobbler to take home. Thank you to Diana, our Event Chair and to the Eli’s Team that made the evening so special. We had 100% participation from the Café Team and Customer Service, including all our Interns. Participating from Eli’s was Kathy and Jeff, her husband (who secured Santa), Antonio, Diana, Juana, Angelica, Joselyn, Elizabeth, Rose, Veronica, Lindsey, Katelyn, Tom, Tommy, Donna, Mary, Maria, Elsa, Juanita, Mike, Ivan and Margaret.

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