Special Project Manager, Eli's Cheesecake Company
Elana Schulman was born and raised in Chicago, less than 2 miles away from GCM Lincoln Park and attended Francis Parker School right down the street. After receiving a film degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, she ended up moving to Brooklyn (what a shocker) and spent the first two years producing video content for Condé Nast and the next four and a half years at MUNCHIES, VICE Media's food site.
During her tenure at VICE, Elana produced food content exclusively and was able to work with some of the best chefs and culinary minds in the world. In 2016, Elana received a James Beard Award for her work on an episode of the MUNCHIES' web series The Sushi Chef. Three years later, she moved back to Chicago to join her family business, Eli's Cheesecake, where is she is proud to represent the third generation. Elana is also a graduate of Ireland's Ballymaloe Cookery School, where she learned all about sustainable agriculture, the importance of zero-waste cooking, and ate her weight in butter.