At Eli’s, we love to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.

This week marks the 4th Anniversary since I started to write the Eli’s Blog. Since then, I have written over 400 entries about our people, our products, our big cakes and our activities in the community. I have also been joined by another Blog Writer at Eli’s, Chef Sarah Zupancic, who shares her passion for great food and style at Eli’s.

For me the Blog made its debut in the first weekend of June in 2004 and it was all about education. On Friday, June 11th, 2004, I had attended the commencement exercises at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences featuring Catherine Bertini as the Commencement Speaker. Ms. Bertini was the former head of the World Food Organization of the United Nations and was named
as the winner of the Word Food Prize. Serving at that time as Under Secretary of Management for the United Nations, Ms. Bertini is today a Senior Advisor to the Global Agricultural Development Program of the Gates Foundation.

Ms. Bertini’s speech on Friday inspired me on Saturday, June 11th to deliver the commencement address at Kendall College in Evanston. This was the final Spring graduation for Kendall before it completed the move to the Riverworks Campus at Goose Island in Chicago. Kendall prospered with its move to Chicago and we congratulate its former President, Howard Tullman, for his
leadership in completing this transition and then his work in bringing Experiencia to Chicago and opening Flashpoint, Chicago’s Digital Media Arts College,

My last Blog entry was one month ago right after I delivered the commencement address at Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. Wright is our educational partner, our Famer’s Market partner and our neighbor in the Wright Campus Business Park.

My next entry will be highlighting commencement at the Chicago HIgh School for Agricultural Sciences on Friday, June 6, 2008. Our speaker was Philip Nelson, the President of the Illinois Farm Bureau and the speech highlighted the important role that CHSAS students will play in formulating the strategies that will insure an adequate food supply for our future

So I am back writing for the Blog….just in time. We have a Father’s Day Bike Ride this Sunday, the Taste of Chicago Press Party on Tuesday and the grand opening for our Eli’s/Wright College Farmer’s Market next week.

Best wishes to all. Write me with your comments on thoughts at


Marc Schulman
Eli’s President–and Eli’s