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Obama Foodorama Profiles Eli’s Inaugural Cheesecake—”500 pound Eli’s Cheesecake Will Star at Final Inaugural Ball of President Obama’s Career–great honor as it comes on January 22nd–our Founder, Eli M. Schulman’s 103rd Birthday

Monday, January 21, 2013

500-Pound Eli’s Cheesecake Will Star At Final Inaugural Ball Of President Obama’s Career

Chicago culinary icon’s cake is topped with replica of the Capitol Dome, and will be centerpiece of the Staff Inaugural Ball, where Lady Gaga will headline…
The very last inaugural ball of President Barack Obama’s two terms in office will be on Tuesday evening, Jan. 22, when the tireless troops who helped win the White House will party at the Staff Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.  The President and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend to thank their base.  Appropriately, the impressive dessert comes from the President’s adopted hometown, ground-zero for his political career and his first and second campaigns.  Eli’s Cheesecake Company, a Chicago culinary icon, is creating a 500-pound cake for the party, which will be topped with a replica of the Capitol Dome. (Above, Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef at work on the masterpiece in Chicago)

President Obama is a fan of Eli’s:  One of their jumbo creations was served at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball at his first inauguration.  And the President proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli’s cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009.  President Obama keynoted the dinner in Springfield, Ill., and today America’s #1 Lincoln fan will be re-sworn-in with his hand atop Honest Abe’s 1861 Bible.

Masterminded by Eli’s executive pastry chef Laurel Bolger, the three-tiered cake for the Staff Ball is being created at Eli’s Chicago headquarters, and will be covered with 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, decorated with dancing gold stars, a blue presidential eagle, and the inaugural seal.  The layers will alternate between two of Eli’s most popular flavors, plain and chocolate chip, company president Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

“We’re very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too,” Schulman said.  “It is very meaningful.  There are so many events, and we’re honored to play a small role.”

Or, er, a large role.  All told, the gargantuan cheesecake uses 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting.  (Above, a graphic of the finished cheesecake)

Chef Bolger and the giant cake layers will travel in a refrigerated truck from Chicago to DC, leaving on Monday afternoon around 3:00 PM, just as the President and Mrs. Obama are marching in the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House.

After an overnight drive of more than 700 miles, the cheesecake will be assembled at the Convention Center on Tuesday morning, where the finishing touches will be put on, Schulman said.  Along with “back up” cheesecakes of six to eight other flavors Eli’s will bring to the Staff Ball, the domed beauty will serve 6,000 people.

A spokesman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee declined to specify how many total guests have been invited to the Ball–or what else will be on the menu; organizers have released no details about the event.  Superstar Lady Gaga will reportedly headline, however, an “inaugural source” tipped both Hollywood Reporter and AP.

Eli’s cheesecakes also starred at two previous inaugural celebrations, served at President Bill Clinton’s inaugural balls in 1993 and 1997, Schulman said.

“We took a break during the Bush years,” Schulman said.

Clinton and his wife, now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, visited Eli’s bakery in 1992, and were wowed.  The Secretary has a silver palate, and goes down in history as the First Lady who brought contemporary American cuisine to the White House, after a focus on French cooking in the previous decades.  Eli’s has also created masterpieces for loads of other celebrations, including current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s inauguration (which followed his stint as President Obama’s first Chief of Staff); Chicago’s 150th and 175th Birthday cakes, and for the White Sox World Series Win.

Schulman has been in DC since last week, and will be very busy on Tuesday, making sure everything is ready for the President’s final inaugural party.  Getting invited to serve food at any presidential inaugural is a rare honor, and Schulman is suitably thrilled.

“Four times in twenty years is pretty spectacular,” Schulman said. “It’s been great.”

The six-tiered cake for President Obama’s Commander-in Chief’s Ball on Monday night is being created by Duff Goldman’s Charm City Bakery in Baltimore, Maryland.

The late Eli Schulman first started offering his cheesecake in 1980 as the signature dessert at the legendary Eli’s The Place for Steak in Chicago, and the company now ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the nation.  The website is here(Above, Bolger and staff with the cheesecake layers)

*Photos courtesy of Marc Schulman/Eli’s Cheesecake Company

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Eli’s Goes to Washington…Again!

Today Eli’s Cheesecake is sending a Giant Eli’s Cheesecake for the Presidential Inauguration 2013! Weighing in at 500 pounds, this Big Eli’s Cake  was made with 155 lb. of cream cheese, 45 lb. of sugar, 20 dozen eggs, 2 cups of pure vanilla, and 100 lb. buttercream frosting, along with substantial amount of other ingredients listed below. This will be the second cheesecake Eli’s has made for Barack Obama’s Inauguration; Eli’s also made Obama’s First Inaugural Cake. Eli’s Pastry Chef, Laurel Bogel, designed, bake, and hand-decorated the huge cheesecake. Eli’s is honored to be making such notable cake for a great event in U.S. History.



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Eli’s Cheesecake’s Elana Schulman on HSN this Monday (December 17th) for “Last Minute Food Gifts”

Eli Schulman’s grand daughter, Elana Schulman, will be telling the Eli’s Story on HSN this Monday (December 17th) at 1pm (CST)with host Bobbi Ray Carter and at 4pm (CST) on E.A.T. with Alyce Caron. Elana will be debuting a unique collection of Eli’s Cheesecake’s created by Eli’s for HSN: Hot Chocolate,Vanilla Bean, Champane Truffle, White Chocolate Raspberry and a first time Sampler of the four items.

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Eli’s Cheesecake in the “Best Food of the Month Clubs”

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be listed among the Top 10 Gift of the Month Clubs in the article “Delicious Edibles Delivered in the Mail.”  http://tinyurl.com/csjfvyj .     We offer 3 month, 6 month and 12 month Cheesecake of the Month Clubs.

Call today 800-ELI-CAKE for more information on Eli’s Cheesecake Gift of the Month Clubs or click on http://shop.elicheesecake.com/category/towers_clubs_gifts and shop on our new Eli’s Cheesecake website.  Send the gift of good taste this holiday season and all year long!

Send the gift that will last all year long!

 

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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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Eli’s at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Visit Eli’s Cheesecake at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival 401 Michigan Ave. on November 17th from 11am-4pm. FREE Cheesecake Slice decorating with the Chicao High School for Agricultural Sciences. Bring a non-perishable food donation for The Greater Chicago Food Depository & get a FREE slice of cheesecake or donate $10 and get a FREE whole cheesecake! https://www.facebook.com/magnificentmile

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100th Anniversary of Maxwell Street

Eli’s is creating a 100th anniversary cake to celebrate Maxwell Street Market’s 100th Anniversary on Sunday, October 21st; a century since it was founded on Halsted Street.

Maxwell Street is an iconic Chicago location and Eli’s is proud to be a part of the celebration.  For more information on the celebration, check out: http://fleamarketzone.com/2012/10/maxwell-celebrates-100th-birthday-in-chicago/

 Happy Anniversary Maxwell Street!

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Eli’s Cheesecake World is 16 years old!

Yesterday, October 15th, Eli’s celebrated World Food Day! It was 16 years ago that we had the opening ceremony for Eli’s Cheesecake World. Our people and family were joined by Illinois Governor Edgar, Chicago Mayor Daley, Cook County Board President John Stroger and  Alderman Tom Allen for the cutting of ceremonial giant Eli’s Cheesecake opening this new facility in the City of Chicago. At that time we employed about 100 people; today over 240 people. Back then we produced the equivalent of about 4,000 Eli’s Cheesecake’s a day; today over 18,000! Today we are proud to continue to support Feeding America and the Greater Chicago Food Depository with donations that will reach over 3.5 million people this year.

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The Eli’s Cheesecake Company Attends & Supports the Annual Green Tie Ball

This Saturday, September 15, Eli’s Cheesecake will be attending and supporting the 21st Annual Green Tie Ball. The gala, founded in 1992, raises funds each year for Chicago Gateway Green’s Expressway Partnership Program, which creates and maintains beautiful, sustainable landscapes along Chicago’s major expressways. One of Chicago’s best-known charity events, the Green Tie Ball has had over 2,000 attendees last year; celebrities such as Valerie Warner,  Ryan Chiaverini, and Pete Wentz; and sponsors such as Office Max, Rivers Casino, Goose Island, Rosebud Restaurants, and Chicago Sun-Times. Eli’s Cheesecake’s newest flavors will be served at the Ball, including Hot Chocolate with Salted Caramel, Ricotta with gluten free ingredients and Cinnamon Streusel Roll Cheesecake. To attend or donate to the Green Tie Ball and Chicago Gateway Green’s Expressway Partnership Program, visit their website at http://www.gatewaygreen.org/news_events/green-tie-ball/.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Debuts on HSN

Elana Schulman, grand daughter of Eli’s Cheesecake Founder, Eli Schulman, made her debut on  HSN on Sunday, August 26th promoting Eli’s Cheesecake Exclusives for HSN with Host Guy Yovan . Watch for Elana’s next appearances on HSN on Monday, August 27th: at 5am CST with Hosts Guy Yovan and Helen Keaney and 4pm CST on E.A.T. with Host Alyce Caron.

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