Thursdays are always fun at the Eli’s Cheesecake Company, and yesterday was no different. What looked like a dreary day in the morning turned into beautiful sunshine and a cool breeze. A perfect day for our Farmer’s Market! Our chef Antonio made a delicious lunch on the grill and all of our vendors and customers enjoyed the relaxing Thursday afternoon. Our featured vendor, Underground Soap Bakery, set up a display of his various soaps, lotions and scrubs for customers to test out.
On top of all the usual Farmer’s Market excitement, Eli’s had the pleasure of hosting Jenny Yang, Owner of Phoenix Bean, as she spoke to students from the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences about her start in the food industry. Phoenix bean is a premier supplier of soy products located in the Chicagoland area. They are most known for their tofu products. Yang even calls herself a “tofu converter” because of the positive reaction her product gets. Yang’s speech covered a variety of topics from the manufacturing of her products to her various marketing strategies and sales tips. It was especially exciting for Eli’s to host Yang’s presentation because we proudly use Phoenix Bean tofu in our vegan cheesecakes! We deeply appreciate her commitment to quality.
We ended the day hosting students from the National Student Leadership Conference at Northwestern University for a lunch and speeches from our own Marc Schulman and Debbie Marchok. The National Student Leadership Conference is an academic program that encourages young leaders to explore future career interests. Sharing some of our business philosophies and strategies with them was a perfect way to cap our day.
Join us next Thursday and enjoy our Farmer’s Market and speeches from Leland Strom, the director of Farm Credit System Insurance and Tyler Strom, project manager of FARM Illinois. We hope to see you there!