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Marc Schulman to Open up the Rockford Chamber of Commerce

Rockford Chamber of Commerce

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Rockford Chamber of Commerce

Marc S. Schulman, president of The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, will kick off the conference by providing insight on how he has led his company to become the country’s largest specialty cheesecake bakery. Through economic ups and downs, Schulman has developed a company that now produces more than 20,000 cheesecakes per day.You’ll be inspired by stories of how Eli’s has become a leader in Chicago’s hospitality and culinary industries, championed improvements in public education, and supported Illinois’ cultural community all while strengthening the Eli’s brand and bottom line.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman Featured on for the Inaugural Ball Cheesecake Quotables–Memorable Things They Said: Marc Schulman of Eli’s Cheesecake–”That Posed Some Limitation on Size” Talking about the Inaugural Cheesecake



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Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver Names Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake,as a “Notable Alumni”

The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver
celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2008. Ranked among the top business schools
in America, Eli’s Marc Schulman was honored to graduate from the DU Business
School in 1976 with a BSBA and to return to the school for Masters Week in

The Daniels College of Business has a number of outstanding
graduates and Marc Schulman was honored to be included on the list of “Notable
Alumni” in Fast Facts on the DU web site at










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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley Visits Eli’s Cheesecake at the National Restaurant Association Show

My Dad, Eli Schulman, had several core values that he reinforced over the years.

On our menu at Eli’s the Place for Steak, the menu read “we shall serve good food, at a profit if we can, at a loss, if we must, but always good food.” This was a real testament to his life long commitment to quality.

Next, “charity will never bust you,” which we have continued by giving our time, cheesecake and money to support so many worthwhile causes.

The third, “Chicago, we are glad you are here,” was part of his life long devotion to serving guests and to making sure that diners at Eli’s the Place for Steak. It was for that reason that it was so great to have Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley visit the Eli’s Cheesecake Booth during the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. Mayor Daley is Chicago’s Number On Booster and was the person responsible for keeping the NRA Show in Chicago for many years to come.

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Taste of Chicago Preview on ABC7 Chicago

This morning it was our pleasure to join Judy Hsu of ABC7, Paula Riggins of the Taste of Chicago and Taste vendors including Rainbow Cone and Bacino’s for a Taste of Chicago Preview. Taste opens on Friday, June 29th.


One of Eli’s biggest fans is ABC7 Traffic Guru, Roz Varon. Roz gave us a great traffic and weather prediction for the Taste.




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Eli’s Celebrates Father’s Day with 3rd Annual Father’s Day Bike Ride


Father’s Day in Chicago now means it is time to go bike riding at the Annual Father’s Day BIke Ride that is sponsored by Eli’s Cheesecake, Wright College and Rudy’s Bike Shop. Pictured above is Wright President, Charles Guengerich, State Representative Joe Lyons, Rudy of Rudy’s Bike and Shop and Eli’s Marc Schulman. The 10 mile recreational ride started at Eli’s and went through the Wright Campus, Portage Park, Jefferson Park, Edison Park and Norwood Park.

We also thank Representative Lyons, Senator James DeLeo and 38th Ward Alderman Tom Allen for supporting the event with donations for the raffle which was held at the conclusion of the ride.



Our thanks to Debbie Osman, Eli’s lead biker and organizer of the event. Debbie was assisted by Donna Carberry, Mary Gale and Earline (better known as Debbie’s Mom) and our cafe staff, Chef Antonio and Chris Smith.


The Father’s Day BIke Ride has become a tradition for many families in the neighborhood who look forward to starting off their family celebrations with a continental breakfast at Eli’s and then a family ride.


This event would not be possible without the support of Mayor Daley’s Bicycle Ambassadors and the Chicago Police Department. We always want a “safe ride” and attention to personal safety and riding with a police escort makes this a fun family event.

This is the first Father’s Day that we can celebrate Eli’s Cheesecake officially being locate in the Wright Campus Business Park. We thank our friends from Wright for their support in bringing families together for Father’s Day.

A sunny but hot day brought out lots of smiles and family memories. We look forward to you joining us next year on Father’s Day, Sunday June 15th, 2008.

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Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Celebrates Commencement for 2007

This Blog debuted on June 14, 2004 with its first entries being about education; the speech by Catherine Bertini, the Under Secretary of the United Nations and Winner of the World Food Prize for graduation at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and my speech to the graduates of Kendall College, its last Spring commencement in Evanston.

Well it is three years later and we are still celebrating the achievement of the graduates at CHSAS. On Friday, June 8th, I was very fortunate to participate in the Commencement Exercises and the visit to the school by our commencement speaker, Troy R. Justesen, the Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education. This was a great honor for CHSAS as Troy is the senior official for the National FFA and is responsible for career academies and community colleges providing counsel to the Secretary of Education.



Troy Justesen provided the graduates with an inspirational message of what is possible in your career. Troy is joined in the picture on the left by Advisory Board Co-Chair and Chicago Park District Commissioner Rouhy Shalabi, OVAE Chief of Staff William Knudsen, State Representative Mary Flowers, Principal David Gilligan and Eli’s Marc Schulman. In the picture on the right, Troy is joined by Shalabi, Knudsen, Schulman and CHSAS Master Ag Teacher Lucille Shaw.



The 114 graduates of the Class of 2007 celebrate the award of their diplomas.

State Representative Mary Flowers congratulates Shashona Brown on her graduation as one of the “Top Ten Scholars” in the Class of 2007 and being named by Mary to receive a General Assembly Award to attend the University of Illinois Chicago.


Marc Schulman congratulates Valedictorian Ryan Jameson for his achievements in school and as FFA Chapter President. Ryan will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in the Fall and has received many scholarships including the prestigious Posse Leadership Scholarship and a National FFA Scholarship.


It was very important for Troy Justesen that he tour CHSAS and meet students and teachers in each of the five career paths. Troy was a member of the FFA in Utah and takes great pleasure in learning from students about their future career plans and how their experience at CHSAS helped shape those decisions. In the photos above, Troy takes a tour of the greenhouse with Principal David Gilligan to learn about the horticulture program; visits the CHSAS Farm with Dr. Joan White, veterinarian and head of the Animal Science curriculum; and learns about the Ag-Tech program from Dr. Robert Bush and Max Williquette, a senior in the Fall.

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City of Chicago Fosters Business Success at Business Works Seminar; Eli’s Marc Schulman to delivery keynote address

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Licensing (DBA) continues to foster business development and success through its Business Works Seminars.

The third seminar scheduled for May 31, 2007 on Chicago’s Northside will feature Mr. Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s
Cheesecake who will share his story and provide a helpful path for business success.

May’s Business Works also promises more than thirty government and business organizations providing an array of resources and services; an opportunity to network with business leaders; and holds five business education workshops at no cost to those who attend. DBA partners with non-profit business organizations and area experts to provide unique

Topics for the free workshops include:

  • How to Develop a Business Plan
  • Website Considerations for the Business Owner
  • Financing Your Business
  • How to Increase Revenue Through Marketing
  • How to Obtain Government Contracts

Business Works is a free seminar series designed to grow business in every community consisting of quarterly city-wide seminars that focus on empowering small businesses growth in every community. DBA invites all existing and emerging business owners to take advantage of this great business development opportunity.

Business Works Seminar


Thursday, May 31, 2007

Northside College Preparatory High School

5501 N. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625


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Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias Continues the Eli’s Cheesecake Day Tradition at the Illinois State Capitol

In her twelve year term as State Treasurer, Judy Barr Topinka created the Spring Tradition of Eli’s Cheesecake Day; a day in May when legislators, guests, lobbyists and state employees would all celebrate with Eli’s Cheesecake at the State Capitol.

With the election of Alexi Giannoulias as State Treasurer, there were some questions as to the future of Eli’s Cheesecake Day. As noted in the Daily Herald and in the Peoria Journal Star, the tradition is alive and very well.

We look forward to supporting Treasurer Giannoulias and bringing joy and Eli’s Cheesecake to the Illinois State Capitol
in May for many years to come.

Yum, yum

School groups and tourists visiting the Capitol this week stumbled across what statehouse insiders consider to be one of the best days to be in the building – cheesecake day.

For years, Republican state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka would open the doors to her office and give away slices of Eli’s cheesecake to Capitol denizens and visitors.

First-term Democratic state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias kept the tradition alive Wednesday. The chocolate chip cheesecake was wonderful, topped only by the scrumptious Turtle cheesecake.

Doug Finke
Statehouse Insider
Doug Finke is a columnist and statehouse reporter for GateHouse News Service.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

There are a lot of pressing issues facing lawmakers right now, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have time to eat well.

Then there was cheesecake day. Former Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka always brought in a ton of Eli’s cheesecake in late May and handed out slices to lawmakers, lobbyists, staff, press and everyone else stuck in the Capitol this time of year. It, too, was popular, and people wondered if newly elected Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias would continue the tradition. He did. In fact, Giannoulias jokingly said he’s fielded more calls about cheesecake than about any issue facing his office.

At least, we think he was joking.

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Patricia Stanley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education for Community Colleges visits the Wright College and the Wright Campus Business Park

Dr. Patricia Stanley is the former President of Frederick Community College in Mayland. Earlier in her career, Dr. Stanley served as dean of vocational education, and later as administrator for the economic development and vocational education division of the California community college Chancellor’s office for the 107 college system;

In December of 2006, Dr. Stanley was sworn in as the Department of Education’s new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges, within the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). In this position, Dr. Stanley acts to advance community college interests within the Department of Education and to serve as a point of contact for community college officials.

We were honored this week to host a visit by Dr. Stanley to the Wright Campus Business Park and Wright College. We are very fortunate in Chicago and at Wright to have the support of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). In August of 2005, we hosted Susan Sclafani, then Assistant Secretary of OVAE, for a tour of Wright and lunch at Eli’s with education leaders. In June of this year, we are delighted that Dr.Sclafani’s successor, Troy Justesen, will deliver the commencement address as the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. This is very exciting as Secretary Justesen is an FFA alumni and the senior Department of Education for the FFA.

Dr.Stanley visits the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe. Here she meets Eli’s Chef Antonio Rivera, a student in Eli’s U., the onsite educational program that is run in connection with Wright College. Antonio’s daughter is also a Wright College student in the Radiology Program.

Dr. Stanley is greeted at Wright College by President Charles Gungerich, Dean of Instruction Cynthia Cordes and Eli’s Marc Schulman

One of the most successful projects at Wright this year was the opening of the SGA Cafe which features Stewart’s Coffee and desserts from Eli’s with 100% of proceeds going to student scholarships. Above Dr. Stanley congratulates SGA and PTK President Keyla Torres on the success of the project.

President Guengerich hosted a group of 20 students to meet with Dr. Stanley. As a former communnity college president, Dr. Stanley had a keen understanding of the important role that Wright and other community colleges play in our society.The passion of the attending students says a great deal about the quality of Wright students.

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