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Eli’s Cheesecake Delighted to Participate in the 2012 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago

We were delighted when Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel,  a long time Eli’s Fan, visited our Booth after he cut the ribbon to open the 2012 National Restaurant Association Show. Above Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger and Eli’s President Marc Schulman present the Mayor with a replica of the Giant Cheesecake that Eli’s will be creating for the Taste of Chicago.


This is the 27th consecutive year that Eli’s Cheesecake has been in the National Restaurant Association. We are very grateful for the outstanding work by the Eli’s Sales, Marketing and Research & Development Team in their work preparing for the Show.


Leaders of Eli’s Operations Team spend the day at the NRA Show to see the scope of the foodservice industry and the opportunities for growth.

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Eli’s Cheesecake at the NRA Show in Chicago–2010

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Eli’s Cheesecake recognized in FLOORED, the Official Blog of the NRA Show for our 25th Anniversary for Participating in the Show and 70 years in the Restaurant Business


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Enjoy Great Chicago Places & Spaces on May 18 to the 20th

The weekend of May 18th is one of the busiest times in the year for us at Eli’s. That weekend, Chicago will host the National Restaurant Association Show, the largest restaurant industry show in the country. The year 2007 will mark our 23rd consecutive year participating and we are delighted to welcome our most important industry associates to Chicago.

Also that weekend is Great Chicago Places & Spaces, an event designed by Mayor Daley and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, to give Chicagoans and visitors the opportunity to celebrates the myriad of interesting and unique spots throughout Chicago, honoring the city’s architecture and design heritage.

Check out the event web site at to learn about the more than 200 free tours offered. Eli’s is pleased to once again participate on Saturday, May 19th. To tour Eli’s or these other great places, register online or in person for certain tours.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Participates in 22nd National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago

It seems like yesterday; that Thursday in mid-May in 1985 when our long time friend and Senior Sales Executive, Walter Babian, drove up on the then far smaller McCormick Place in Chicago. It was our first time in THE SHOW–The National Restaurant Association Show and we were so excited to be able to show our cheesecake to the hospitality industry.

The relationship between Eli’s, the NRA Show and Chicago has been a very sweet one over the past 22 years as we have used this four day selling opportunity to preview new products (see the article by Janet Fuller in the Sun Times today) and to meet customers and prospects from around the world.

Today it takes a team of 50 people to support our efforts in connection with the NRA Show. We are grateful for the hard work of our team at Elis, for the fine broker organization that represents us around the world, and the customers who share our passion for Eli’s Quality and Innovation.



Restaurant show offers big scoops

May 21, 2006


Staff Reporter



Thinking ‘on a small basis’

Cheesecake seems to be in abundance at the show, from deep-fried cheesecake bites to cutesy 3-inch cheesecakes in flavors such as dulce de leche and key lime.

Local favorite Eli’s Cheesecake is coming out with a whopping 11 new products, from mango cheesecake to a Kentucky pecan bourbon tart.

One of its most notable new items is also its most simple — an artisanal cheesecake made with goat cheese from Wisconsin and Indiana farms and hand-pressed ricotta made in Chicago.

Eli’s has long taken a slow food approach to business, spokeswoman Debbie Marchok said. It has partnered with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences to offer a dessert bar at Chicago area Starbucks stores, featuring honey from the school’s hives.

“We make a fair amount of product, but we think locally and on a small basis,” Eli’s president, Marc Schulman, said. “We don’t want to be a factory.”

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Restaurants hoping for a Sugar High—Eli’s Cheesecake Featured in Sun Times Article on the National Restaurant Association Show

Restaurants hoping for a sugar high

May 23, 2005


went through a low-cal craze in the ’80s, and we’ve experienced the low-carb kick in the years since 2000.

Well, we are now ready to embrace our sweet tooth again: After decades relegated to the back page of the menu, it looks like desserts are back.

That was especially evident Sunday during the annual National Restaurant Association show taking place through Tuesday at McCormick Place.

Lined against the walls of the building were cases and cases — measured in yards, not feet — of sugary goods.

That’s no accident. The rise in desserts comes as more Americans kick their dieting and return to sensible eating habits — even if that means a sweet treat now and again.

Fewer people dieting

According to the NPD Group, a national research firm specializing in people’s eating habits, about 20 percent of Americans were on a diet toward the end of 2004. That’s down from highs of nearly 30 percent in the earlier months of the year.

Even Chicago’s famed Eli’s Cheesecake is putting a new face on some of its original products. This year, in honor of its 25th anniversary, the firm has re-introduced three of its cheesecakes — Hawaiian (pineapple coconut), cinnamon raisin and cherry vanilla — and added a modern look to them.

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Eli’s Cheesecake participates in our 21st National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago; Eli’s and Chicago say “We’re glad you’re here to the hospitality industry


Each year, the NRA Show is one of the most exciting weeks of the year in Chicago. Hotels, restaurants and stores are booming as over 70,000 industry leaders and associates come to Chicago to learn what’s new in the industry and to meet their colleagues.

For Eli’s this is the biggest weekend of the year. At Eli’s the Place for Steak, we host fellow Nation’s Restaurant News Hall of Fame Awards from around the country and entertain many of our customers for Eli’s Cheesecake. It is a week that you want to give your best service, smile and a thank you for visiting Chicago. With the upcoming demolition of our home in the Carriage House, it is certainly bittersweet, but it shows how great the Eli’s spirit and team is.

As an exhibitor, Eli’s Cheesecake has participated continuously in the NRA Show since 1985. We use this weekend to meet with customers from around the world; England, Norway, Iceland, Singapore, Japan and Saudi Arabia while being able to say thank you to our local customers and national chains. Of all the trade shows that we participate in, the NRA Show brings the industry to Chicago and gives us a great platform to highlight what’s new at Eli’s.



We also welcome the NRA Show as an opportunity to highlight the industry for our associates. On Saturday, over 35 of Eli’s associates spent the day walking, eating and learning about our industry and the opportunities. It is one thing for us at Eli’s to talk about opportunities and the importance of our quality and service to our associates, but it is so much more valuable for our team to see what it means to be the best and how Eli’s has strive to always be the industry leader for outstanding quality in desserts.

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