Posts Tagged Thanksgiving

Eli’s Thanksgiving Dock Sale

This Saturday, November 17th from Eli’s will be hosting it’s annual Thanksgiving Dock Sale! Come early for Dock Busters including Buy One, Get One FREE Marble Cheesecakes. Spend $25 and get a FREE Cheesecake. Doors open at 9am and the dock closes at 3pm.

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Thanksgiving Day in Chicago: 33rd Annual 8k Chicago Turkey Trot and 43rd Annual Turkey Bowl

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Fleet Feet has sponsored a 8k Turkey Trot in Lincoln Park For 33 years. Over 7,000 runners and walkers came out in their best Thanksgiving attire for this event which raises needed funds and non-perishable foods for the Greater Chicago Depository.

Later that day in Glenview, Illinois, an even longer tradition, the Turkey Bowl, continued for its 43rd year, as Eli’s Marc Schulman joined friends dating back to Old Orchard Junior High School. In full disclosure the game is now much more of a scrimmage as the worries of injury have transformed the “game” into an excuse to have lunch at Irvings for Red Hot Lovers.

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For 43 consecutive years on  Thanksgiving Day, this group of “athletes” have gathered for Turkey Bowl, first in Skokie and now in Glenview. Participating in the 2010 Turkey Bowl (l-r), Harold Dembo, Harry Kramer, Dr. Harold Jesser, Randy Shenberg, Dr. Mark Riederman, Marc Schulman and Dr. Michael Ruchim. In this game, it is great to play with lots of doctors.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman with Michael Ruchim of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Both Marc and Mike are fans of Michigan Football.

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The highlight of the Turkey Bowl is lunch at Irvings for Red Hot Lovers in Wilmette. Irving’s owner Andy Greenspan joined the Turkey Bowl Participants and Stewart Schecter for a group photo.

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Ambassador Ertharin Cousin of the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies serves Eli’s Cheesecake at a Thanksgiving Dinner for Immigrant Families in Rome

All of us at Eli’s Cheesecake take great pride in both baking great desserts and our support of the community. At Thankgiving time, we are proud to partner locally with the Greater Chicago Food Depository at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and also at Sharing It Day. This year we had the privilege to send Eli’s Cheesecake’s a bit farther away as  U.S Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, hosted a dinner for immigrant families in Rome and we had the pleasure of providing Eli’s Cheesecake for dessert. Ambassador Cousin is a Chicagoan who has a great history of community service and we were very happy to be part of her bringing joy to families in Rome. It makes us feel very good to know that we are doing good in our hometown and in many places of need in the world.

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Turkey Bowl 2009–this year a scrimmage!

Since 1968, a Thanksgiving Tradition for Eli’s President, Marc Schulman, has been the Turkey Bowl: a game that started in Skokie near Devonshire School and latre moved to Cunliff Park in Glenview. With a number of injuries this year, the game became a scrimmage followed by another tradition–lunch at Irving’s for Red Hot Lovers in Wilmette.

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Turkey Bowl 2009 was more of a scrimmage than a game. No score, a few passes and then lunch. Participating in the game are Mark Reiderman, Mike Ruchim, Harry Kramer, Harold Jesser, Stuart Scheter and Eli’s Marc Schulman.

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Celebrating the Turkey Bowl at Irving’s are Dr. Mike Ruchim, of the University of Michigan and Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Marc Schulman, of Eli’s and Vassar College (where Marc’s daughter, Elana, attends.

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Lunch at Irving’s for Red Hots is a Turkey Bowl Tradition. Our thanks to Irving’s owner Andy Greenspahn and his staff for being open on Thankgiving Day.

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Thanksgiving Dock Sale Saturday at Eli’s Cheesecake—Looking forward to our Holiday Dock Sale on Saturday–December 13th

It only happens four times each year at Eli’s Cheesecake
World—our Dock Sale; once at Easter, once during the Festival, on Magnificent
Mile Lights Festival Day, which is the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and once
before Christmas, this year it will be Saturday, December 13th.

The Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe is open throughout the day with Hal
Roach, of Eli’s the Place for Steak fame on the piano, and demonstrations and
sampling throughout the day.

The origins of our Dock Sale started with the Tent Sale at our
first bakery on Dakin Street. Back then, we had limited indoor space so we
erected a tent in our parking lot; very tough in Chicago in December.

Eli’s Refrigerated Dock is turned into a Cheesecake Emporium for
the day as we create an opportunity for our customers to buy a wide range of our
cheesecakes and desserts that are now available normally.


Jeff Anderson and Marc Schulman congratulate Ramito Garcia on
his 26th Annversary at Eli’s. Like Marc, Ramito is the 2nd generation at Eli’s
and worked with Eli from that first cake in the kitchen of Eli’s the Place for

Mary Gale and Sharon Mrowiec get ready to greet the customers at
the Dock.


Mike Neuhaus congratulates Nancy Hermes on her certification as
a Fork Lift Operator. Nancy helps Mike Eli’s inventory up to date and available
for our customers.

Kingsley Agyarko and Lisa Ripka make sure that the Dock is

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Eli’s Cheesecake Proud to Support Luol Deng and the Chicago Bulls in Providing dessert for guests at the Pacific Garden Mission’s Gospel League Home’s Thanksgiving Dinner

Eli’s Maureen Schulman is pleased to assist Luol Deng in serving Eli’s Cheesecake for dessert at his 2nd Annual
Thanksgiving Celebration.
More than 400 visitors to the Pacific Garden Mission’s Gospel League Home will enjoy the mealDeng Provides 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Homeless Shelter

November 21, 2006 — The Chicago Bulls and Luol Deng will provide Thanksgiving dinner for more than 400 visitors to the Pacific Garden Mission’s Gospel League Home the day before the holiday, Wednesday, November 22 beginning at 4 p.m.

Deng, along with the help of the Chicago Bulls, MacArthur’s Restaurant and Fields Auto Group, will donate and serve a Thanksgiving dinner and Chicago’s Eli’s Cheesecake for the families visiting the homeless shelter that evening.

Additionally, after dinner, Deng will provide each guest with Bulls gifts to celebrate the holiday. He will also be joined by team mascot Benny the Bull as he personally assists in the serving of dinner and entertaining the 400 diners.

Deng is dedicated to assisting youth and families in the metropolitan Chicago community by providing resources and creating opportunities. With hope, integrity and faith as values, Deng creates and implements hands-on projects that inspire and encourage progress and improvement in the community.

Since 1877, Pacific Garden Mission has been a refuge for those weary of struggling through life’s storms. Countless millions have come to the “Old Lighthouse” in Chicago seeking food, shelter and clothing as well as medical and dental care. Many also come seeking the answer to their ongoing struggle. They leave having found new life through faith in Jesus Christ.

The Gospel League Home was established in 1941 to specifically address the needs of homeless women and children. It provides dorm-like housing for approximately 150 women and serves between 5,000 and 7,000 meals each month.


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The Thanksgiving Tradition Continues—Turkey Bowl XXXIX

Last Thanksgiving was the coldest Thanksgiving Day in Chicago in 50 years. Today, Thursday, November 23, 2006 had to be the warmest–over 60 degrees. Go Figure!

Thanksgiving Day is one of the few days that Eli’s Cheesecake is silent as our people enjoy the day family and I continued a tradition that dates back to 7th Grade at Old Orchard Junior High School and has continued every
Thanksgiving since. I have never missed a game in all those years. Today the goal is to survive the game in one piece.

This game started as a blow-out as our team quickly fell behind by a score of 3 to 0 in the first few minutes. We got the score back to 3 to 2 but were unable to score on the final drive.

In honor of playing together all these years, my friends and I are making a donation to the Marsha S. Bosley Scholarship in Journalism at Ohio State University. Marsha was in our class of 1972 at Niles North and pursued a
career in sports writing after graduating from Ohio State. Marsha passed away in 2004 after a long battle with breast cancer and we are delighted that our annual game can help a journalist who will follow in Marsha’s tradition.

Last year, we were bundled up and playing on ice. This year, thetemperature in Chicago is the same as LA according to long time Turkey Bowl Player, Rory Packer, now an LA resident.

It was a big day for Maize & Blue as Dr. Mike Ruchim, a graduate of the University of Michigan, scored a key touchdown and made an important interception. At the time of this game last year, Mike was at Weiss
Hospital. Today we are delighted that Mike is Associate Chief Medical Officer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University.

This game covers multiple generations. Harry Kramer was joined in the game by his son, Ben, a freshman in high school.  Harold Dembo and Hary Kramer were in my high school class and graduated in the same class with me from Northwestern University Law School after they attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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Fluky’s on Western Serves Disadvantaged Kids for Thanksgiving—and Eli’s donates dessert

Fluky’s on Western to Serve More Than 400 lbs of Turkey to Disadvantaged Kids on Thanksgiving Day

Complimentary dinner is an annual celebration hosted by owners Larry and Randee Estes

Fluky’s on Western, (6821 North Western Ave., Chicago; 773-274-3652), long known for serving Chicago-style Vienna hot dogs, will once again reach out on Thanksgiving to those who deserve it the most: disadvantaged children throughout the Chicago area. On Thanksgiving Day the hot dog eatery will serve its annual complimentary Thanksgiving dinner — including more than 400 pounds of turkey — to Chicago children who would otherwise not be able to enjoy this special feast of the season. They’re looking to serve between 400 and 500 meals. Dinner is by reservation only and will be served from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.

The Thanksgiving Dinner is complimentary — by reservation only — to anyone who qualifies to bring their children to this special meal. Seating is limited, so those interested in attending should call the Fluky’s on Western Thanksgiving reservation hotline at (773) 989-4488.

The 400 pounds of turkey won’t be the only dish on the menu, of course. All the Thanksgiving fixings will be there, including 150 pounds of stuffing and Eli’s Cheesecake. For an appetizer? Mini-Vienna hot dogs of course!

Owner Larry Estes and his wife Randee have been serving this special Thanksgiving dinner to Chicago’s disadvantaged children for 7 years. “It’s an annual event we look forward to every year,” said Estes. “There is nothing more rewarding than to see hundreds of young, smiling faces enjoying a great Thanksgiving dinner. It’s one way we try to give back to Chicago every year and we get so much enjoyment from the experience.” Larry and his wife, also owners of Max’s Italian Beef and Catering by Max’s, do all of the cooking. Their friends and family will server the guests. Fluky’s is closed to the public on Thanksgiving day.

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Thanksgiving Tradition–The Turkey Bowl XXXVIII

There are very few days of the year when Eli’s rests. Between our cookie crust bakers who bake through the night and on Sundays, our Cafe which is open every day of the week and our main activities at the bakery, there is almost always alot of things going on.

One of the days that Eli’s rests is Thanksgiving. It allows me to continue a tradition that dates back over 38 years–to when I was in 7th grade—playing the Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving Day with the same group of friends that I went to junior high school with at Old Orchard Junior High and then High School at Nile North.

Over the years, the goal of the game has moved from victory to survival. Today Turkey Bowl XXXVIII was complicated by being the coldest Thanksgiving Day in Chicago in 50 years.

The teams gather to celebrate a successful Turkey Bowl—no one got hurt.

The Turkey is a great way to get out of the bakery.


Our team lost the Turkey Bowl 2 to 1 in overtime. Here I congratulate Dr. Michael Ruchim of the University of Michigan and Weiss Hospital. Mike caught a long pass thrown by Harry Kramer to end the game in sudden death.

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