One of our favorite evenings of the year at Eli’s Cheesecake is the “Taste of Chicago’s Culinary Schools” that we host in cooperation with the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club. Now in its 7th Year, this Culinary Event held on Friday, March 5, 2010 brought over 250 industry and community leaders to Eli’s Cheesecake World for an evening of great food, Illinois Wines and Eli’s Cheesecake to honor top culinary students from the College of DuPage, The French Pastry School, Joliet Junior College, Kendall College, Le Cordon Bleu (CHIC), Lexington College, Robert Morris University and Washburne Culinary Institute. Our thank to Eli’s Event Chairperson and Founder of this event, Erin Arceo, our Director of Foodservice Sales, and NBC”s Wayne Johnson who returned as our celebrity master of ceremonies.



The Foodservice Industry is most generous in its support of culinary education. Scholarships were given to each of the participating schools and additional funds were given to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

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NBC Wayne Johnson pictured with all of the participating student chefs and their instructors.

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Making this event possible at Eli’s takes a great deal of support from all our Team Members. Above the Eli’s Team thanksĀ  Wayne Johnson for his support in making this event such a great success.

Hal Roach

Eli’s the Place for Steaks incomparable piano man Hal Roach provided entertainment for the evening.

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Wayne Johnson is created by Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger who created several spectacular mini-desserts for the event.

Erin Arceo, Marc Schulman and Lucille Shaw

Eli’s Marc Schulman thanks Erin Arceo for her leadership in making this event such a success and recognized Lucille Shaw, Master Ag Teacher at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences for her support of food education in Chicago.