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Eli’s Cheesecake Hosts “A Taste of Chicago’s Culinary Schools” Honoring Chicago Top Culinary Schools and Students

One of our favorite evenings of the year at Eli’s Cheesecake is the “Taste of Chicago’s Culinary Schools” that we host in cooperation with the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club. Now in its 7th Year, this Culinary Event held on Friday, March 5, 2010 brought over 250 industry and community leaders to Eli’s Cheesecake World for an evening of great food, Illinois Wines and Eli’s Cheesecake to honor top culinary students from the College of DuPage, The French Pastry School, Joliet Junior College, Kendall College, Le Cordon Bleu (CHIC), Lexington College, Robert Morris University and Washburne Culinary Institute. Our thank to Eli’s Event Chairperson and Founder of this event, Erin Arceo, our Director of Foodservice Sales, and NBC”s Wayne Johnson who returned as our celebrity master of ceremonies.



The Foodservice Industry is most generous in its support of culinary education. Scholarships were given to each of the participating schools and additional funds were given to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

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NBC Wayne Johnson pictured with all of the participating student chefs and their instructors.

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Making this event possible at Eli’s takes a great deal of support from all our Team Members. Above the Eli’s Team thanks  Wayne Johnson for his support in making this event such a great success.

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Eli’s the Place for Steaks incomparable piano man Hal Roach provided entertainment for the evening.

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Wayne Johnson is created by Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger who created several spectacular mini-desserts for the event.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman thanks Erin Arceo for her leadership in making this event such a success and recognized Lucille Shaw, Master Ag Teacher at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences for her support of food education in Chicago.

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Eli’s Giant Cheesecake for Taste of Chicago in Ripley’s “Seeing is Believing”


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Eli’s Cheesecake invites you to support “A Taste of Chicago’s Culinary Schools” at Eli’s on Friday, March 5th, 2010

At Eli’s, we take great pride in highlighting the tremendous talent of our Chicago Culinary Schools. The future of our industry and the restaurant business is dependent upon a talented group of young and not so young professionals who seek training from the best in culinary educators to advance their careers. For over 5 years, Eli’ Cheesecake has partnered with the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club to host an evening benefit to highlight Chicago’s top culinary students and programs with a Friday Night Reception and Scholarship Award event emceed by NBC 5′s Wayne Johnson on the decorating floor at Eli’s Cheesecake World.

This year’s event is on Friday, March 5th at 6pm at Eli’s Cheesecake World, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago and is only $50. Proceeds go to the CFMC Culinary Scholarshop Fund and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The vents feature hor d’oeurves prepared by the students, desserts from Eli’s Cheesecake and Illinois Wines.

Supporters of the event are platinum sponsor, Nielsen-Massey Vanilla and sponsors, McCormick Spices, Nestle and Food Industry News.

Participating culinary programs to date are the College of DuPage, the French Pastry School of Chicago, Kendall College, Joliet Junior College, Washburne Culinary Institute of the City Colleges of Chicago, the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Lexington College and Robert Morris University.

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Eli’s at Taste of Chicago—A great “first job” for Chicago’s new generation of leaders

In 2010, Eli’s Cheesecake and the Taste of Chicago will celebrate their 30th birthdays. It was on Michigan Avenue on July 4th that Eli Schulman took his cheesecake to that first Taste. Over the years, we have sold over 3.5 million slices of Eli’s Cheesecake and worked with several thousand teen agers who have now advanced to positions of leadership in business and government. 

This week, we were visited at Eli’s by Jill Takiff Hirsh, the daughter of our long time friends, Sandy and Bobette Takiff. Jill is the Chairman of the First Bank of Highland Park, a position she assumed from her now late father and visited us with long time friend and banker, Vic Stasica. When Jill arrived at Eli’s wearing an Eli’s Cheesecake Hat, we were delighted to learn that it was kept from Taste of Chicago 1993, which was her first summer job. Eli’s Taste Manager, Mike Neuhaus and Lisa Ripka, welcomed Jill to Eli’s and thanked her for her summer of service. 


Several years ago,  we were delighted to have a special guest join us at our Taste of Chicago booth: Lisa Madigan, the Attorney General of Illinois. Lisa “grew up” at Eli’s as her parents Mike and Shirley Madigan were dear friends of the Schulman Family and regular customers at Eli’s the Place for Steak. It was only natural therefore that an early summer job was working at Taste. We were very happy to have Lisa join us to once again have that experience.

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Taste of Chicago 2009 Comes to an end–Looking forward to Taste XXX in 2010

Ten Days Fly by so quickly! Thanks to our customers and fans who purchased over 112,000 slices of Eli’s Cheesecake at Taste of Chicago in 2009. 2009 marked our Celebration of the 29th of Eli’s Cheesecake and the 29th Birthday of  Taste of Chicago.  This year also marked the year that we celebrated the 100th Birthday of the Burnham Plan of Chicago. It was on July 4th, 1909 that Daniel Burnham, Edward Bennett and the Commercial Club of Chicago released their vision for Chicago to the public. It is very fitting that it was  71 years to the day that Eli’s Cheesecake made its public debut outside Eli’s the Place for Steak at that very first Taste of Chicago.

2010 will be a very special year as we celebrate the 30th Birthday of Taste and Eli’s Cheesecake. On a personal level to all of us at Eli’s, it will be even more special as we celebrate the 100th Birthday of our founder, Eli M. Schulman.

Celebrate everyday with Eli’!

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Ben Bowman of NBC5 Chicago Reviews the Taste of Chicago in his Breakfast Blog

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“Eli’s Cheesecake – Slice of Plain Cheesecake.  Seeking to eat something reliably awesome, I turned to Eli’s.  Thankfully, it was everything I’d hoped.  God bless you, Eli.”

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Congratulations to the Winners of the “Show Your Pic of Eli’s at Taste” Contest!

During the Taste of Chicago, Eli’s Cheesecake ran a contest so that fans could celebrate with Eli’s!

To enter, participants had to have someone take a picture of them enjoying a piece of Eli’s Cheesecake, post the picture to Eli’s website for a chance to win.

First place went to these two Eli’s fans from Franklin Park! They received a dessert party for 100 guests as their prize!

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These cheesecake-loving friends from Chicago earned second prize, which is a free cheesecake sent anywhere in the US!

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All participants in the contest received an Eli’s Taste of Chicago T-Shirt!

Check out some of the other photo entries below:

Couldn’t make it to the Taste of Chicago? Celebrate National Cheesecake Day on July 30th, 2009 with Eli’s Cheesecake! There will be more promotion information coming up!

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MSNBC/Week TV-Peoria reviews Eli’s Cheesecake at the Taste

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“I tried the Eli’s Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper. Cheesecake covered in chocolate and Heath candy. It is a great way to start or finish your taste experience. Eli’s Cheesecake is the number one seller at the Taste. ‘You can come and get a dipper. You can come and get strawberry cheesecake or turtle or Oreo cheesecake. We have something for everyone,’ said Nicole Neuhaus, Taste Manager.”

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Congratulations to the Fire Department Paramedics deployed on bicycles who saved the life of a tourist at Taste of Chicago on Thursday.

Congratulations to the Fire Department Paramedics deployed on bicycles who saved the life of a tourist at Taste of Chicago on Thursday. We give great credit to the dedicated paramedics, police officers and firemen who have worked so hard to make Taste so safe and enjoyable.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Provides Dessert for Broadway in Chicago Seasons Subscribers and Guests as Broadway stars perform a special free concert @ the Taste of Chicago

Eli’s Cheesecake Provides Dessert for Broadway in Chicago Seasons Subscribers and Guests as MARY POPPINS, JERSEY BOYS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 101 DALMATIONS, IN THE HEIGHTS AND BOYS VERSAS GIRL perform a special free concert at the Taste of Chicago.

We kept looking at the weather forecast this past Saturday. Praying it wouldn’t rain. Broadway In Chicago had a lot at stake. Sunday we had a float in the Gay Pride Parade and Monday was the concert at the Taste of Chicago. …

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