Eli’s was delighted to again team up with the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club on Thursday, March 16th to host “A Taste of Chicago’s Culinary Schools” for the benefit of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Our thanks to three local partners, who share our passion for education and promoting local businesses; Goose Island Beer. Lynfred Winery and Supreme Lobster. Also our thanks to Wayne Johnson, of Wayne’s Weekend and Taste on NBC5 Chicago, who served as our master of ceremonies.

This is one of the most enjoyable events of the year at Eli’s. The enthusiasm of students, the quality of their professors and great food from the students makes for an unforgettable evening.

Wayne Johnson of NBC5 Chicago was the perfect master of ceremonies for the evening. He combines an over 20 year career in marketing with great taste and passion for food and design.

Eli’s Sales Manager and CFMC Board Member, Erin Arceo, was the chairperson for the evening and was recognized for her leadership and fantastic organizational skills.

One great thing about a culinary degree is that it opens doors in many directions. Here, Joliet Junior College Chef, Michael McGreal, congratulates his student, Sarah Duff Zupancic, now Assistant Marketing Manager at Eli’s, on her accomplishments as a foodie and food marketer.

Eli’s has maintained a long term partnership with the Culinary & Hospitality Institute of Chicago though the service of Eli’s Executive Vice President, Jolene Worthington, on the CHIC Governing Board.

We were delighted to welcome the Illinois Institute of Art for the first time to the Chefs of the Future Event.

Wayne Johnson recognized leading students selected by each of the participating institutions. The names of the students and faculty advisor are below.

Kendall College has been very busy with its move to Goose Island and expanding programs. Here Beth Tori poses with the Kendall Team

Robert Morris College now has three culinary programs; in downtown, in Aurora and Orland Park.

The Washburne Culinary Institute is celebrating the move to its state of the art facility in the historic South Shore Cultural Center.

Washburne is part of the City Colleges of Chicago, which under has made a major commitment to culinary education. Here, Eli’s Marc Schulman and President Charles Guengerich of Wright College thank Provost Bill Reynolds for his achievements in opening the South Shore facility and its new Parrot Cage Restaurant.

An event in Chicago wouldn’t be complete without dessert from Eli’s. Here the Eli’s Pastry Chef Team is creating some very special apple desserts.

This event is all about the students and the future leadership that they will bring to the foodservice industry. We congratulate all the participating students and the award winners listed below. Don’t miss this event in 2007!