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The Today Show visits Chicago!

 

Early this morning in the rainy Chicago weather, Eli’s Cheesecake was among a famous few Chicago brands to welcome The Today Show to Chicago! Hosts Natalie Morales and Willie Geist of the Today Show enjoyed a few slices of Chicago’s favorite cheesecake, while hosting the Today Show from 8am- 9am in Millennium Park near the famous Chicago “Bean”. Other brands that wished them a happy hello and welcome to Chicago included The Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago LuvaBulls & Benny the Bull, the Chicago White Sox, Garrett’s Popcorn, and more. Thanks for visiting Today Show! To see more from the Today Show in Chicago, visit: https://storify.com/todayshow/hundreds-welcome-today-to-the-second-city-todayinc.

 

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500 Pound Eli’s Cheesecake called the ‘Star of the Menu’ at President Obama’s Staff Inaugural Ball

Last night, January 22, Eli’s Cheesecake’s 500 lb. Celebration Cake was the ‘star of the menu’ at President Obama’s Staff Inaugural Ball according to Obama Foodorama. This Eli’s Cheesecake masterpiece was designed and brought to life by Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef, Laurel Boger, and her bakery team.  After being baked in Eli’s Bakery, Boger and the giant cake drove 700 miles to arrive at DC by Tuesday Monday, with just enough time for Boger to add the finishing touches. In the end, the magnificent Eli’s Cheesecake had hundreds of pictures taken of it before the President even arrived, and was served, along with other Eli’s Cheesecakes, to the 10,000-15,000 guests in attendance at the Ball. Eli’s is honored to have been part of such an historic event & thanks Boger and her bakery team for all their creativity, skill, dedication and hard work!

 

Below is the article posted by Obama Foodorama:

 

 

Giant cake at the President’s last inaugural party shares the spotlight with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett…

Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama’s Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration.  And the 500-pound cake created by Eli’s Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu:  The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips.  The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived minutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already abuzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake, which was topped with a replica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top.

“My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you,” President Obama told his guests, who numbered between 10-15,000. “All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America.”

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign’s anthems, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli’s executive pastry chef Laurel Boger needed a stepladder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

“We’re very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too,” company president Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

“It is very meaningful.  There are so many events, and we’re honored to play a small role.”

Baked at Eli’s Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and “original plain” cheesecake, Eli’s most popular flavors.

The behemoth used 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.

The cake also featured a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words “Obama” and “Biden” to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli’s cheesecakes were also offered to the guests, who wereWhite House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff,and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff. Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a memorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman’s 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli’s has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schulman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli’s The Place for Steak, and has provided cakes for three other inaugurations, including for President Obama’s first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball (that honor this year went to Duff Goldman’s Charm City Cakes).  Both of President Bill Clinton’s inaugurations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli’s Cheesecakes.  (Above, Boger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After baking the cake in Eli’s Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the Convention Center.

President Obama was already an Eli’s fan:  He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli’s cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Springfield, Ill..  The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests.  Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincoln pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln’s humble childhood home.

The other Inaugural Balls…

On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls,  The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief’s Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time.  Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing.  (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly ClarksonAlicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd, singer Eric BenetJohn Legendand his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli’s ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US; the website is here.

*Photos courtesy of Eli’s Cheesecake Company 

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Eli’s Cheesecake and the Taste of Chicago to Celebrate Their 32nd Birthday and the 175th Birthday of Chicago

Eli’s Cheesecake is happy to celebrate its 32nd birthday, as well as the 32nd annual Taste of Chicago, and the 175th birthday of the city of Chicago. We will have a surprise celebrity guest to help with the cake cutting and a visit from the Eli’s Slice. Join us on Wednesday, July 11 at 11am at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park for the celebration!

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Hail to the Cheese

Eli’s has had the honor of creating many Inaugural and Presidential cakes in the past. We are proud of our quality, handmade cheesecakes and our talented associates who create these delicious desserts for such special occasions. Here’s a look back at some past celebrations:

President Clinton’s Inaugurations

1993 Eli’s Goes to Washington

To celebrate President Clinton’s first inauguration, Eli’s was invited to create a giant “Red, White and Bill” Cheesecake, which included layers of Cherry, Original Plain, and Blueberry Cheesecakes (left).

1996 “Eli’s” goes to Washington again

Because Eli’s Cheesecake was such a great hit four years earlier, Eli’s is invited to participate in President Clinton’s second inaugural festivities. In keeping with the Inaugural theme, “Building a Bridge to the 21st Century” the red, white and blue cheesecake is topped with an arched chocolate bridge a foot-and-a-half high.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Creates the 2011 Illinois Inauguration Cake

Thanks to Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger for her work this weekend to create the 2011 Illinois Inauguration Cake.  This evening at the Inaugural Ball, over 3000 slices of Eli’s Cheesecake will be served to guests!

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Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe has the best selection of treats for your Valentine!

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake Salutes Second City on its 50th Anniversary!

secondcity50thEli’s Cheesecake associates made use of their talents last week and put together a special custom cheesecake for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Second City in Chicago. The cake was a big hit! It included an edible list of famous alumni, many of which attended the show and posed with the unique cake this past Saturday night. Eli’s was proud to help The Second City celebrate “50 Years of Funny!”

Bonnie Hunt, of "The Bonnie Hunt Show," smiles with Eli's own Executive Chef, Laurel Boger, who created the magnificent cake!

Bonnie Hunt, of "The Bonnie Hunt Show," smiles with Eli's own Executive Chef, Laurel Boger, who created the magnificent cake!

Stephen Colbert with Second City 50th Eli's Cheesecake

Stephen Colbert, of "The Colbert Report," and Second City Alum, poses with the 50th Anniversary cheesecake at the event.

Scott Adsit at Second City 50th with Eli's Cheesecake

Scott Adsit, Second City alum and actor on hit TV Series, "30 Rock," tries to sneak a taste!

 

Rache Dratch at Second City 50th with Eli's Cheesecake

Actress and alumni Rachel Dratch poses with the cake!Nia Vardalos and Andrew Alexander at Second City 50th with Eli's Cheesecake.John Belushi, of "Animal House" and Second City, poses with his son, Robert Belushi, and of course the Eli's Cheesecake!

John Belushi, of "Animal House" and Second City, poses with his son, Robert Belushi, and of course the Eli's Cheesecake!

John Belushi, of "Animal House" and Second City, poses with his son, Robert Belushi, and of course the Eli's Cheesecake!

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Sneak Peak of the Eli’s Cheesecake created by Executive Chef Laurel Boger for the 50th Anniversary of Second City tonight!

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Second City 50th Anniversary Weekend in Chicago–and Eli’s Creates the Anniversary Cheesecake!

Started on the northside in 1959 by Bernie Sahlins and our dear friend, Joyce Sloan, the Second City has become America’s premiere sketch comedy theater. On Saturday evening, December 11th. Eli’s Cheesecake is creating a very special 50th Anniversary Cake for the “One Night Only” performance featuring Steve Carell, Harold Ramis, Jim Belushi, Nia Varadalos, George Wendt, Fred Willard and many others.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel to the Chicago Theatre and debuts Eli’s Chocolate Banana Dippers made exclusively for Banana Shpeel

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Eli’s Maureen Schulman Debuts the Eli’s Chocolate Banana Dippers made exclusively for Cirque Du Solei’s Banana Shpeel at the Chicago Theatre as the cast members arrive in Chicago. Previews start in mid-November with the opening night on December 2nd.

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Making its world debut in Chicago, Banana Shpel has been decribed as “a roller coaster mix of styles that blends comedy with tap, hip hop, eccentric dance and slaptick.”

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A new fan for Eli’s!

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Guests at the Chicago Theatre on the morning of the Banana Shpeel preview were treated to over 300 Eli’s Chocolate Banana Dippers created exclusively for the show.

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