One of our favorite events of the year to host at Eli’s Cheesecake World is the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club Salute to Chicago’s Top Culinary Students. We were delighted to be again joined by Wayne Johnson, the Lifestyle & Food Contributor to NBC 5 Chicago.

This year students and faculty from the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Lexington College, Kendall College, the
Washburne Culinary Institute, Robert Morris College and Joliet Junior College joined industry leaders for a reception and program honoring student achievement. Also this year the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club announced an internship program to give culinary students additional opportunities in the food service industry.

NBC contributor, Wayne Johnson, emceed the evening for the second year. Here Wayne is joined by Eli’s Pastry Chefs Laurel Boger and Diana Moles who created special desserts for the evening.

The event was a great success because of the hard work of Eli’s Erin Arceo who serves as a Board Member of the CFMC. Here Erin on the right celebrates with Eli’s Mary Beth Jakstys, a former Board Member of the CFMC and fellow Eli’s Sales Manager.


Eli’s Jolene Worthington is a long time supporter and Governing Board Member of the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago. Here Jolene admires the work of Chef John Montanile, Chair of the Baking and Patisserie Department and CHIC students.

The first entry in Eli’s Blog was made in June of 2004 right after I spoke at the Kendall College graduation in Evanston shortly before the move to the new Chicago campus. We appreciate the support of Kendall in so many events in Chicago.

All of us at Eli’s are very proud of our partnership with Wright College and the City Colleges of Chicago. The City Colleges offer an outstanding education at an affordable price with opportunities to dual enroll in a number of leading institutions of higher education. One great asset of the City Colleges is the Washburne Culinary Institute now housed in a dream kitchen/class room facility located in Chicago’s historic South Shore Cultural Center. Here Director Bill Reynolds of Washburne talks with Eli’s Marc Schulman and Jolene Worthington.