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National Restaurant Association Show Come to Chicago; Eli’s celebrates twenty three consecutive years of participation!National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago

What a thrill it is each May when the restaurant industry comes to Chicago for the National Restaurant Association Show. For my dad, Eli, it was a great opportunity to visit with the legends of the restaurant industry who came to Chicago to dine and share stories. As a Board Member of McCormick Place, Eli took special interest in making sure that visitors to Chicago and the Show had a great time and were able to enjoy the best of Chicago. It was also a time that Eli and Esther were honored by their peers when Eli’s the Place for Steak was named to the Nation’s Restaurant News Hall of Fame, the highest award for an independent restaurant.

In 1987, Eli helped then NRA President Ted Balestreri open the NRA Show.

Eli’s Team gathers for the start of the 2007 NRA Show.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was instrumental in keeping the NRA Show in Chicago.  We were honored to have Mayor Daley and Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Chairman Ted Tetzlaff visit us in our booth on opening day.

Eli’s has a great team of cutters who help make the NRA Show such a success. There has been a great tradition of college students who have helped us for a number of years and then passed it on to the next generation. This year we welcomed Ryan Carroll, son of Eli’s Patti Carroll, to our team at the show.

Eli’s is fortunate each year to have many associates visit the NRA Show to see our products and trends in the industry. Here Ramito Garcia and Marc Schulman, both second generations at Eli’s, celebrate with Hector Pacheco and Marcellino Lozano.


Eli’s Display at the NRA Show always is considered the best in show. Here Eli’s Pastry Chef Laurel Boger is congratulated by associates Bill Rosa and Patrick Shanahan.


Eli’s is a success because of the passion of our people and their quest to be innovative. We thank Diana Moles, Head of Product Development and Mike Neuhaus, Senior Operations Manager for their almost twenty years of service each to Eli’s. They share a commitment to quality, to our customers and to our people.


The spirit of Eli’s the Place for Steak and Eli was alive and well during the NRA Show as we hosted an event for our customers with the legendary Hal Roach, Piano Man at Eli’s the Place for Steak for 37 years.

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Eli’s Provides Dessert for Chicago’s “Stir the Soul” Gala to support Chicago’s Bid for the 2016 Olympics

Over $9.4 million dollars was raised as over 1,500 Chicagoans came together at the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place to support the bid by the City of Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics. It is was our pleasure to make the evening a little sweeter and more succesful by creating a special Chocolate Cinnamon Cheesecake for the guest. Here Eli’s Mary Gale, Maureen and Marc
Schulman toast the success of the evening and the great Eli’s dessert.

It was very fitting for Eli’s to be part of the evening as it was in that room that Eli’s provided the Millennium Cheesecake for the City’s Celebration to welcome the year 2000, that Eli’s made its debut in the foodservice industry industry at the NRA Show in 1985 and that Eli Schulman attended so many meetings as a Chicago booster and board member for McCormick

Reserve Your Place in Chicago History

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Eli’s Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Performance by the World Famous Trinity Irish Da

At Eli’s, our St. Patrick’s Day tradition is Irish Mint Cheesecake, our Bailey’s Cheesecake and a performance by the Trinity Irish Dancers.

Thanks to Eli’s Lenny, Sarah and Maryanne for the great set-up and holiday cheer.

Over 100 parents, friends and customers gathered in the Eli’s Bakery for a performance of the world famous Trinity Irish Dancers.

At the conclusion of the performance, the Trinity Irish Dancers invite the audience to learn a few Irish steps.

We look forward to continuing our annual tradition in 2008, on Saturday March 1st, when the Trinity Irish Dancers again perform at Eli’s. Also the Trinity Irish Dancers will be returning to Eli’s for the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival in September.

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Happy 90th Birthday—Cousin Ellen Rissman

It is very fitting that on a day that we celebrate Eli’s being around the world–in Dubai and Toronto, we celebrate the 90th birthday of our cousin, Ellen Rissman, the sister of my cousin Buddy Schulman, who with my dear friend, Walter Babian, taught me and Eli’s about the wonders of the world and the potential for our business globally.

As we join Ellen and her family in celebrating her 90th, we want to thank her for support and kindness for me and all of us at Eli’s. She is always reading about us in the newspaper or catching us on television. A regular visitor to our Cafe and to the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival, Ellen is the living spirit of Eli’s & Buddy. Happy Birthday Ellen.

Ellen celebrates her birthday with some of her favorite people; Marc Schulman, her grandsons Todd and Adam Schneiderman and Buddy’s son, David Schulman

Ellen Rissman visiting the Glenn “Buddy” Schulman room at Eli’s offices dedicated in 2001 in memory of Buddy.

Ellen visiting Eli’s, here with her grand son, Adam Schneiderman and Marc Schulman

In a week that we celebrated the dedication of the Wright Campus Business Park and now Ellen’s 90th, how fitting is that Buddy Schulman played on the 1947 Wright Warriors Football Team.





Buddy knew about business around the world long before it became convenient or comfortable. I treasure Buddy’s passport from 1957 (when I was two years old). Among the countries visited by Buddy when he worked for Hawaiian Pineapple Company: India, Japan, Hong Kong, England and Thailand. Buddy, thank you for the inspiration and Ellen thank you for the constant support and encouragement.

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Chicago Bears Skyline!



Chicago and its buildings love the Bears. Here is a photo taken Saturday evening by Maureen Schulman looking at the Chicago skyline from Grant Park across Millennium Park.

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