On Groundhog Day, February 2nd, we participated in the Chicago Public Schools kickoff for Groundhog Job Shadow Day at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

This week, on Monday, February 6th, we hosted the first of two groups from CHSAS for a day of activities.

Our thanks to Ben Suirek, our Quality Assurance Manager, who planned the day’s activities, Here is what the students did throughout the

Tour of the Bakery

Students are given their instructions on how to cost and bake a cheesecake. As part of the program, the students receive a batch sheet with ingredients and percentage, as well as cost per unit. They will have to determine the amount of each ingredient to be used and the cost. They will be given the amount that their customer will pay for the cake and will have to keep track of the ingredients used, labor costs, decoration cost, and packaging cost.

They will mix and deposit their product

While the cakes are baking and cooling the kids will have lunch and participate in a presentations by Eli’s associates in sales, research & development, purchasing, quality assurance, production, decorating and packing, customer service, accounting and human resources.

Depan and then analyze cakes for quality

Decoration – Students are given their choice of a chocolate nut topping, candy topping, or fruit topping keeping in mind their customers cost.

Concluding conference to review the day, to finish costing and to analyze profit or loss on the sale of their cake. Re-group in the conference room to finish costing and discus how much money they would make on their cake.