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Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club to present 3rd Annual Taste of Chicago’s Culinary Schools at Eli’s Cheesecake on Friday, February 29th

At Eli’s, our first commitment is to education for our people and in the food industry. For that reason, we are again delighted to partner with the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club in hosting at 3rd Annual Taste of Chicago’s Culinary Schools at the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery on Friday evening, February 29th. This event highlights the skills of top culinary students from the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Art, Kendall College, Joliet Junior College, Robert Morris College and the Washburne Culinary Institute of the City Colleges of Chicago.

Desserts, Beverages & Wine are all Illinois affair with desserts provided by the pastry chefs of The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, beer from Goose Island and wines from members of the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association.

We are delighted that our emcee will once again by Wayne Johnson, the host of Wayne’s Weekend on NBC 5 Chicago.

The cost is only $50 per person with all proceeds going for scholarships for students at the participating schools and to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.


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Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club Salutes Chicago’s Leading Culinary Programs at Eli’s Cheesecake World


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.

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Marc Schulman Honored to receive the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club Hall of Fame Award–the same Award received by his father, Eli Schulman in 1988

In April of 1988, my family and associates at Eli’s were honored when my dad, Eli Schulman, received the Hall of Fame Award from the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club. The former winners, a list of which is reprinted below, is a great list of people committed to promoting the foodservice and restaurant business in Chicagoland and really making a difference in our community, In addition to my dad, it includes industry leaders like Fred Buedel, father of my associate, Mary Beth Jakstys, Arnie Morton and Don Roth.

The highlight of the evening honored my dad was a slide show (this is before Power Point) that we created highlighting his life, career and service to the community. It was a surprise for my dad and really touched the hearts of all in attendance for all that he had done in the restaurant business, the community and in creating his cheesecake. It was one of best things we could have ever done as my dad passed away suddenly one week later on May 7th of 1988. Because of this Award, he knew how much he had accomplished and how much everyone cared.

It is an honor to accept the Hall of Fame Award on behalf of everyone at Eli’s and to know that we are continuing to have an impact on the foodservice industry in Chicago.

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