Posts Tagged 2007

Eli’s Poud to Support Sharing It Day 2007 at the Merchandise Mart and the Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Merchandise Mart in Chicago is the nation’s largest commercial building with over 4 million square foot of space and over 3.5 million visitors annually to its showrooms, offices and retail space. It is our pleasure to support the Merchandise Mart in “Sharing It Day” when it tenants and friends give food to support the mission of the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Merchandise Mart Properties President, Chris Kennedy, and Eli’s Marc Schulman celebrate the success of Sharing It Day with the famed Radio City Rockettes in town for a series of performances at the Rosemont Theatre.

Eli’s Brian Craven and Marc Schulman get ready to give out Eli’s Cheesecake Slices to all food donors to the Sharing It Food Drive. Eli’s teamed up with Potbellys, which gave out certificates for free sandwiches, to insure that all donors were well thanked for their support.

Eli’s also brought “Sharing It” to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on Saturday with its tent at Lights Festival Lane. Enough donations were received to give the needy over 10,000 meals this holiday season.

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Turkey Bowl 2007–The Tradition Continues!

One of the great traditions of Thanksgiving is the Turkey Bowl. Since the early 1970′s, I have played football with friends from junior high school at Old Orchard Junior High and Niles North High School. Last year the temperature was in the 60′s, a record high; this year the temperature was below freezing with a dusting of snow on the ground.

Our team won 4-3 although I can take little credit after arriving late from the Thanksgiving Day Parade on State Street.

The most important win of the day of the Turkey Bowl is safety. Fortunately there were no injuries.

In case of injury, we do have excellent medical care on the field. Here I celebrate the game with Dr. Michael Ruchim, now celebrating his first anniversary as Assistant Chief Medical Officer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Associate Dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University.


The relationships on the field date back to junior high school at Old Orchard Junior High and high school at Niles North. My friends Harold Dembo on the left and Harry Kramer on the right went on to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and then joined me in the Class of 1979 at the Northwestern University School of Law.


When the game started in the 70′s, Gary Riederman on the right was the little brother for Dr. Mark Riederman on the left. This game has been an annual tradition for both ever since.


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Anuga 2007 in Cologne, Germany: Eli’s Cheesecake Meets the World!






Anuga 2007 started today, Saturday, October 13th in Cologne, Germany and continues through October 17th. Over 162,000 food industry professional from over 106 countries are expected to tour the over 6,200 exhibits in 10 specialized trade shows.

We are delighted that Pete Filippelli, our Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Brian Cravens, our Assistant Marketing Manager are representing us at the show along with Gissela, our cutter (in the picture below), and Justine Filippelli.

The Eli’s Cheesecake Booth is in Hall 04.2 and Booth C041.


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Bridge Elementary School Celebrates Commencement 2007; Eli’s Marc Schulman Delivers Commencement Address

At Eli’s, we always have a special place in our hearts for Bridge Elementary School.

Diana Moles, our Director of Product Development and Quality, was a graduate of Bridge and lived just blocks away from Eli’s and Bridge when she joined us in 1988. Diana’s homeroom and science teacher was Edwin Gale, who later became Principal of Bridge. Today, Mr. Gale’s daughter-in-law, Mary Gale, is head of the Eli’s Cheesecake Foundation, and is married to Lt. Jeff Gale of the Chicago Police Department.

For that reason, it was an honor for Marc Schulman to be invited to be the Commencement Speaker at the 2007 Bridge Graduation. The remarks to the graduates were summarized in the article below that appeared in the Harlem-Irving Times.

There were 73 graduates in the Class of 2007 at Bridge Elementary.

Dr. Christopher Brake, Principal of Bridge, recognized Montel Williams and a number of other graduates for their achievements at Bridge. The young women in the graduating class celebrate the day with a song.

Marc Schulman congratulates the graduates. On the right, Marc is pictured with Mary Gale, daughter-in-law of the late Edwin Gale, and Principal of Bridge, and Ryan Carroll, son of Eli’s Patti Carroll and a 2007 graduate of
St. Priscilla’s in the Eli’s neighborhood.



Eli’s president encourages Bridge grads to find their niche
June 14, 2007


If it’s June, there are graduations. If there are graduations, there are speeches.

On June 11 Marc Schulman, president of Eli’s Cheesecake World, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, in Chicago, addressed the 73 members of the Class of 2007 at Bridge Elementary School, 3800 N. New England Ave., in Chicago.

“I was honored to speak to your class because of your amazing record of achievements,” Schulman said, adding Bridge Principal Christopher Brake had told him the school had gone from a top 25 percent ranking among the 700 Chicago public schools to a top 5 percent rating.

Bridge School was one of only three Chicago public schools to be named to receive both the Illinois State Board of Education’s Honor Roll of Schools
Academic Improvement Award and its Spotlight School Award, Schulman added.

Eli’s and Bridge have been neighbors for 23 years, Schulman said. Eli’s moved to 6510 W. Dakin, half a mile from Bridge, in 1984. Now, Eli’s is a mile north, on Forest Preserve Drive.

The school has also impacted Eli’s, Schulman noted, adding that Diana Gentile, a member of Bridge’s Class of 1978, heads Eli’s product development and quality operations. Her homeroom and science teacher, Edwin Gale, spent 38 of his 47-year career at Bridge, serving as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Schulman’s executive assistant, Mary Gale, is married to his son, a Chicago Police Department lieutenant.

Schulman offered hope to those who weren’t among the Class of 2007′s award winners. He didn’t “click” either, until he reached his junior year at Niles
North High School, he said.

“Recently I found my seventh-grade report card, and the comments were pretty harsh,” he admitted. “Science — homework, lab and test scores unsatisfactory; math — very low test scores, poor quality of homework; social studies — much lower than he is capable of; reading — homework poor and incomplete.”

Several years ago, Schulman added, he was named Niles North’s outstanding alumni of the year. He went on to the University of Denver and Northwestern University’s School of Law.

The turning point for him was a junior-level class called Chicago in American Literature. He began touring the city with his father, Eli Schulman, a Chicago historian/resource. At 17, Marc Schulman became one of the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s youngest docents. He credits contact with young professionals and speaking to the public with changing his life. Suddenly, his classes became more interesting as he acquired the ability to relate his education to his outside interests, he explained.

“What if someone had judged me in eighth grade and written me off?” Schulman asked. “That is something that I don’t want to see happen to the graduates of Bridge or other schools. We need the strongest public education system possible that continues to open doors for you. Education should build upon itself as your achievements make it better for future generations of students.”

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FMI Show 2007 in Chicago–Eli’s Shows our Desserts to the World

It is our pleasure to welcome customers from around the United States and around the world to Chicago in the month of May–first for the FMI Show and the US Food Export Showcase and then two weeks later for the National Restaurant Association Show.

This is a year of change as “The Power of Five” will become “The Power of Three” in 2008 as the FMI Show and the United Fresh Marketplace move to Las Vegas.

Eli’s was proud to be part of the Illinois Pavillion in the US Food Export Showcase. Our thanks to Chuck Hartke, the Director, and Kim Hamiltonm, Marketing Representative, for the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The FMI Show attracts buyers from around the world and around the block. Here Marc Schulman meets his local grocer, Dave Potash and associates of Potash Markets, on Chicago’s near north side.

Marc Schulman thanks Josh Van Roekel of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa who was an intern at Eli’s for the Winter-Spring Term. Josh is graduating this week from Northwestern College and came to Chicago as part of
Chicago Semester. Over his tenure at Eli’s, Josh was a valued member of our marketing team and made a great contribution to our success.

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Arlington Park Race Track Celebrates Opening Day and its 80th Season & Eli’s Brings the Cake!

Eli loved Arlington Park Race Track. When I was growing up, every holiday during the spring and summer–Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day, was spent at Arlington.

Eli would therefore have been very proud when we were invited by Arlington Park to create a special Anniversary Cheesecake by Eli’s for the 2007 Opening Day on Friday, May 3rd in honor of the 80th Anniversary of Arlington and
in tribute to Richard Duchossois, the Chairman of Arlington and the driving force to improve Arlington and racing in Illinois.

Marc and Maureen Schulman present a giant Anniversary Cheesecake by Eli’s in honor of Arlington Park’s 80th birthday and the opening of the racing season to Arlington Park Chairman Richard Duchossois, President Roy Arnold and Village of Arlington Heights Mayor Rita Mulder.


The presentation of the cheesecake was a surprise for Mr. Duchossois. Here Eli’s Marc Schulman tells “Mr. D.” that there will be cheesecake for all attendees of opening day courtesy of Eli’s.

Visiting Arlington Park Race Track is a great way to enjoy Chicago during the summer. Arlington has its own Metra stop, lots of free parking, and entertainment daily. At Eli’s, we are proud to have our cheesecake featured throughout the season thanks to the talented Chefs Michael and Joseph of Levy Restaurants.

The presentation of the cheesecake was made after the 4th race. It was most fitting that the Anniversary Cheesecake from Eli’s was still on display when the bugler called the horses for the featured 5th Race: the Shecky Greene Stakes. Shecky was one of Eli’s best friends and was with Eli whenever he was in town including that same Friday evening nineteen years ago.

It was a great Eli day to have this celebration attended by Orion Samuelson, the most respected voice for agriculture in this country and dear friend of the Schulman Family and Dr.Michael Ruchim of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a lifelong friend of Marc’s and a great friend friend of Mr.Duchossois and Illinois racing. Here Mr. Duchossois is joined by Marc, Orion, Mike and Dr. Chuck Watts, the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Northwestern Memorial.

Eli’s participation in opening day would not have been possible without the work of Eli’s Brian Cravens. Here Marc and Brian pose with some very special good will ambassadors of Arlington Park. Note the jockey next to Brian has already “picked up” his slice of the more than 6,000 portions that were given to Arlington Park guests.

We are very grateful to Arlington Park TV host Lauren Massarella for her work in arranging and promoting the 80th Anniversary Cheesecake from Eli’s. Lauren visited our bakery to interview Big Cake Designer Laurel Boger and Head Baker Ramito Garcia. Here Lauren celebrates the success of Opening Day with one of her many friends at Arlington Park.

As part of the celebration of the day, Marc was able to give greetings to Mr. Duchossois in a pre-recorded message from our bakery and the guests at Arlington Park were able to see what goes into creating a special Commemorative Cheesecake.

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Eli’s Celebrates Earth Day with Miguel Juarez Middle School of Waukegan-over 300 Juarez students submit entries for a special Earth Day 2007 T-shirt

On Saturday, April 21, 2007, 45 students from the Miguel Juarez Middle School in Waukegan traveled to the Magnificent Mile in Chicago to spruce up the Eli M. Schulman Playground and Seneca Park. This is the second year that students from Juarez have participated in this activity funded by a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education and administered through the office of Lt. Governor Pat Quinn.

This year Juarez students competed to design the T-shirt that the students were given on the day of the event. The winning entry was designed by 8th Grade student, Jackie Maldonado and the second place winner was 7th grade student, Marisol Ciriaco.

The winning entry by Jackie Maldonado is shown above. Several of the over 300 entries are highlighted below.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Provides dessert at BakingTech 2007—a tradition that dates back 22 years to 1985

Over the years, we have grown our business through a combination of hard work, a commitment to innovation and learning the most possible about the baking industry. One of the most important resources in doing this has been the bakery supplier industry. At one time this came together under the name of the American Society of Bakery Engineers, which has held its annual conference in March at the Marriott Hotel for over 25 years.

In 1985, this group was dominated by bread bakers and two rooms for baked goods display. One was the package room where you could look, but not touch. The other was the “tear apart” room where you would examine the product,
but not eat it.

We thought this wasn’t right. If you come to Chicago for a bakery convention, you should experience Eli’s–back then by dining at Eli’s the Place for Steak and enjoying Eli’s Cheesecake at the event.

Over the years, the group has evolved to become the American Society of Baking and the event is now called BakingTech. The baked goods display is a thing of the past but one thing is consistent—Eli’s Cheesecake is served at the event.

My thanks to Lucy and Sharon who have so ably represented us at this event for a number of years.


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Where in the World is Eli’s Cheesecake? This week at Gulfood 2007 in Dubai

If your travels bring you to Dubai this week, you should visit Boris Bajlovic, our International Sales Representative, who is representing Eli’s Cheesecake at Gulfood 2007. Founded in 1987, this show includes over 2,700 exhibiting companies from over 70 countries. Attendance for the show will be over 32,000 people from more than 150 countries.

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Thank you Chicago For Your Votes in Naming Eli’s Cheesecake Chicago’s Best Dessert and Bakery for 2007 at AOL Cityguide

From November 15th of 2006 until January of 2007, visitors to AOL Cityguide had the opportunity to name Chicago’s Best for 2007 in a number of categories. Voters could only vote once over the entire course of the contest, so being named as the winner is a real testament to your fan base.

Thank you Chicago and our fans around the country for voting Eli’s Cheesecake as your favorite dessert and bakery. We are honored to receive this recogntion and will make sure that your quality and service is always up to the recognition as number one. Eli would be proud!!

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