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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