Archive for May, 2013

The Today Show visits Chicago!

 

Early this morning in the rainy Chicago weather, Eli’s Cheesecake was among a famous few Chicago brands to welcome The Today Show to Chicago! Hosts Natalie Morales and Willie Geist of the Today Show enjoyed a few slices of Chicago’s favorite cheesecake, while hosting the Today Show from 8am- 9am in Millennium Park near the famous Chicago “Bean”. Other brands that wished them a happy hello and welcome to Chicago included The Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago LuvaBulls & Benny the Bull, the Chicago White Sox, Garrett’s Popcorn, and more. Thanks for visiting Today Show! To see more from the Today Show in Chicago, visit: https://storify.com/todayshow/hundreds-welcome-today-to-the-second-city-todayinc.

 

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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

 

Highlight on Eli’s Fan: Ronnie Fein

Recently, Ronnie Fein had declared on her blog, Kitchen Vignettes, that it was Cheesecake Season, and that her special cheesecake recipe was just perfect for all upcoming occasions. Eli’s Cheesecake dared her to try Eli’s and compare. The results are in, Fein said “they are too different to compare” but concluded that both were delicious. She said Eli’s was “scrumptious” and to “order one (or more) [cheesecakes] from Eli’s” when you’re looking for “bakery-bought cheesecake”! Check out Ronnie’s  blog article at http://ronniefein.com/

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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Eli’s Cheesecake & The Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences’ Job Shadow Day

On Wednesday, May 8th, Eli’s Cheesecake and the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS)  participated in a Job Shadow Day. Students from CHSAS listened to presentations from Eli’s Cheesecake’s Operations, Marketing, and Research & Development departments and learned what each entails. After the presentations, the CHSAS students took a tour of the Bakery and learned how the famous Eli’s Cheesecakes are made, followed by each student hand-decorating their own cheesecakes. The day ended with luncheon on the patio and each CHSAS student received a certificate of participation. Eli’s Cheesecake is a proud corporate sponsor of CHSAS and is always happy to host students from CHSAS!

 

Eli’s Cheesecake Provides $10,000 in Scholarships to The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

Eli’s President Marc Schulman, CHSAS Graduates and Scholarship Winners, Charlie Herrera and Alexandria Goins, with FFA Chapter Advisor Sheila Fowler and Eli’s Vice President, Jeff Anderson  at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences FFA  Banquet on May 1, 2013. At the FFA Banquet for the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences held on May 1st, 2013, Marc Schulman, President of the Eli’s Cheesecake Company and Jeff Anderson, Vice President of Purchasing and Operations, presented three scholarships for CHSAS Graduates.

 The scholarships were awarded as follows:

Charles Herrara, President of the FFA Chapter at CHSAS, will be attending the College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign majoring in Ag Economics. Herrara received the Aaron Easter Memorial Scholarship (given in memory of the son of University President Robert Easter and Cheryl Easter) for $2,500 and also the Eli M. Schulman & Robert Hatoff Memorial Scholarship (given in memory of the founder of Eli’s Cheesecake and his dearest friend, the late Robert Hatoff, the owner of Allen Brothers Meats) for $2,500.

Carly Trinley will be attending the College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign majoring in Animal Science. Trinley received the Aaron Easter Memorial Scholarship (given in memory of the son of University President Robert Easter and Cheryl Easter) for $2,500.

Alexandria Goins will be attending Bradley University. Goins received the Eli M. Schulman & Robert Hatoff Memorial Scholarship (given in memory of the founder of Eli’s Cheesecake and his dearest friend, the late Robert Hatoff, the owner of Allen Brothers Meats) for $2,500.

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company is proud of its partnership with CHSAS over the years, and is glad to be able to support education and the future of Agriculture through these students.

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