Posts Tagged Tradition

Cheesecake Day Tradition Continues at Capitol

Last Wednesday, the Illinois State Comptroller’s Office celebrated one of their favorite traditions, Cheesecake Day. Cheesecake day was founded by the late former state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to bring people together during the final days of session at the Capitol. Now, 12 years later, it is still celebrated (now with current Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger) and Eli’s is still proud to donate cheesecakes to the beloved celebration. This year, Eli’s gave cases of our Original Plain Cheesecake, our Chocolate Chip Cheesecake and our ever-popular Red Velvet Cheesecake. We at Eli’s are pleased that everyone enjoyed themselves and can’t wait to return next year!


Photos courtesy of State Comptroller Leslie Munger

Photos courtesy of State Comptroller Leslie Munger

Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger and staff enjoy slices of cheesecake

Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger and staff enjoy slices of cheesecake

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Good Food Always….an Eli’s Tradition Dating Back to 1940

How things change! In 1940, when our founder, Eli Schulman opened Eli’s Ogden Huddle at 3210 W. Ogden on Chicago’s west side, match books were one of the leading ways to advertise your business. Long before the internet, you had a small surface to tell your story.

From the day he opened, Eli and Eli’s have put quality first. The match book proudly say that “good food always” and a guarantee that you have “our assurance that regardless of price, only the finest & freshest foods are served.”

Today, there are no match books at Eli’s…but we continue the passion for quality!

ogden huddle

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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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