My Dad, Eli Schulman, had several core values that he reinforced over the years.

On our menu at Eli’s the Place for Steak, the menu read “we shall serve good food, at a profit if we can, at a loss, if we must, but always good food.” This was a real testament to his life long commitment to quality.

Next, “charity will never bust you,” which we have continued by giving our time, cheesecake and money to support so many worthwhile causes.

The third, “Chicago, we are glad you are here,” was part of his life long devotion to serving guests and to making sure that diners at Eli’s the Place for Steak. It was for that reason that it was so great to have Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley visit the Eli’s Cheesecake Booth during the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. Mayor Daley is Chicago’s Number On Booster and was the person responsible for keeping the NRA Show in Chicago for many years to come.