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Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club Elects Eli’s Erin Arceo as President and Honors Peter Parthenis,Sr. the Founder of Grecian Delight Foods

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company has a very special relationship with the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club. Founded 57 years ago, the CFMC brings together manufacturers, distributors, brokers and marketers who are part of the dynamic foodservice industry. The CFMC raises money for scholarships and also for 39 years has recognized a foodservice industry leader with its Hall of
Fame Award.

We are very proud that my dad and our founder was named the Hall of Fame Award winner in 1988, 20 years ago and 1/2 of the years that this Award was given. This was particularly a significant award as my dad passed away less than three weeks later so the Hall of Fame Award Dinner was a very special way to honor him in life. I was fortunate to receive the Award in 2005, which was
very special in continuing my father’s tradition and that my family and associates could join me in celebrating our achievements.

On April 17th, we joined the CFMC for its 57th Annual Spring Banquet to recognize Peter Parthenis, Sr., the founder of Grecian Delight Foods with the 2008 Hall of Fame Award.

This was also a very special night for Eli’s as our Regional Sales Manager, Erin Arceo, was elected as the President of Board of the CFMC. Erin was also honored with her unprecedented 2nd Spark Plug Award for her leadership in creating and developing the Salute to Chicago’s Top Culinary
Students which is held in February at the Eli’s Bakery.

Marc Asmussen, outgoing President of the CFMC, presents the Spark Plug Award to newly elected CFMC President Erin Arceo.
































The Hall of Fame Award for the CFMC has been given to an industry leader in the foodservice industry for almost 40 years. We are honored that our family has received this honor twice in 1988 and in 2005. We are honored to be in company of industry legends like Asmussen, Don Roth, Arnie
Morton, Rich Melman and Fred Buedel (father of our associate, Mary Beth Jakstys)




The 2008 Hall of Fame Award was given to Peter Parthenis, Sr.
the Founder and Chairman of Grecian Delight Foods, who has built this company
into the national leader in Mediterrean Cuisine. Starting in 1971, when
restaurateurs didn’t know about pita or gyros, Peter has built an industry
leading family business built around quality, innovation and focus.
Congratulations Peter, his family and the people of Grecian Delight.







Marc Asmussen and Peter Parthenis Jr. present the Hall of Fame Award to Peter Parthenis Sr.










Peter Parthenis Sr. shares his inspirational story of success and thanks his family, his people and the food service industry.







Erin Arceo was joined by her associates in the Eli’s Sales & Marketing Team to celebrate her election as President of the CFMC.









Erin is a 2nd generation success story at Eli’s. Erin is congratulated by her delighted mom, Donna Carberry, Eli’s Customer Service Manager.








Eli was first and foremost a restaurateur so it has always been our key belief that we support the industry through education and telling the story of the important contributions of entrepreneurial businesses in the food industry. For that reason, we are delighted that Erin has made this significant
contribution to the CFMC.









Eli’s Patti Carroll was President of the CFMC in1992 and winner of the Spark Plug Award in 1994. Here she congratulates Erin for her accomplishments.










Tom Hayes is a long time food industry executive who now is the link of the food industry to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Here Tom congratulates Patti Carroll and Eli’s Pat Pross on the success of the evening and Eli’s ongoing partnership with the GCFD.

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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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