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Eli’s Cheesecake Selected to Create Inaugural Cheesecake for Commander-In-Chief Ball

Eli’s Cheesecake selected to create Inaugural Cheesecake for Commander-In-Chief Ball in Washington DC on January 20th


Bill Zwecker

At ball, a taste of Chicago

January 13, 2009

Marc Schulman and his Eli’s Cheesecake are making a 500-pound inauguration cheesecake for the commander in chief’s inaugural ball honoring Barack Obama Jan. 20 at the National Building Museum in Washington.

The top layer will feature the inaugural seal (in chocolate). The middle layer will be apple-flavored — a tribute to the favorite fruit of Abraham Lincoln and all the homages to our 16th president planned for Obama’s inauguration. That layer also will feature the seals of all five branches of the U.S. armed forces.

The cake’s base will be royal blue and decorated with a wave of red and white stripes and white and gold stars.


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Eli’s Cheesecake to Create Dessert for the 1860′s Period Ball in Celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Eli’s Cheesecake to Create Dessert for the 1860′s Period Ball in Celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday in Springfield

Lincoln-era ball planned for February

By Staff Report
Posted Jan 08, 2009 @ 12:32 AM

An 1860s Period Ball in celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Sixth and Jefferson streets.

Festivities will include antique instruments, 140-year-old music, Civil War-era fashions and the cutting of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday cake.

The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band will perform with antique instruments. Capt. Todd Cranson will conduct with a baton used by the leader of the Second Iowa Cavalry Band that performed for Abraham Lincoln.

The band will appear in full 1860s attire. Authentic 19th-century clothing, including Civil War dress uniforms and hoop skirts, is encouraged but not required for guests.

Deborah Hyland of St. Louis will teach dance steps to those unfamiliar with the dances of the era.

Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln re-enactors are expected to be among the dignitaries in attendance.

Punch, coffee and birthday cake will be served.

Eli’s Cheesecake Co. of Chicago will create a special cake for the occasion.

Performances of the museum’s show, “Ghosts of the Library,” will be offered during the ball. Both exhibit “journeys” highlighting Lincoln’s life will be open for tours as well.

The event is free and open to the public. For reservations, call 558-8934.



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Chicago Sun Times Features Eli’s new Cheesecake Couture Line

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Frango Cheesecake Made by Eli’s Cheesecake now exclusively available at


Frango Cheesecake
Chicago’s famous dessert is here! This rich, creamy cheesecake from Eli’s Cheesecake, made even sweeter with famous Frango chocolate, will make dessert time a holiday tradition at your house.
Makes a delightful gift for friends and family from out of town.

Two flavors available:

Frango Mint Cheesecake – Simply irresistible. Eli’s Cheesecake brings you this delectable 9″ Chocolate Frango Mint Cheesecake,
layered with mint chocolate mousse and topped with bittersweet chocolate shavings, a dusting of imported cocoa and baked on a chocolate cookie crumb crust.

Frango Toffee Crunch Cheesecake – Famous for good reason. This 9″ Frango Toffee Crunch Cheesecake – brought to you by Eli’s
Cheesecake – is layered with caramel milk chocolate mousse and topped with rich chocolate ganache, milk chocolate covered toffee and almonds drizzled with chocolate. Baked on a chocolate cookie crumb crust.


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Eli’s Proud to create an exclusive Tiramisu for the 2006-2007 Williams-Sonoma Holiday Catalog







Internet/Catalog Only

The original version of this creamy Italian dessert was so popular with English visitors in 19th-century Florence that it was dubbed zuppa inglese, or “English soup.” A similar dessert was reintroduced as tiramisù, which translates as “pick-me-up”—and it certainly lifts the spirits! Made by Eli’s Cheesecake Co. in Chicago, ours is formed from layers of espresso-infused sponge cake, mascarpone and cream cheese, then topped with a dusting of cocoa. Shipped frozen. 4 lb., 9″ diam.; serves 12 to 14. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.

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Eli’s Cheesecake and Starbucks “Think Pink” and Team up to support the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation and Northwestern Memorial Hospital

For almost 40 years, Eli’s was a part of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Campus. We were not only a tenant; we became patients,
supporters and advocates for the wonders of healthcare that Northwestern brings to Streeterville, Chicago and the country. When we dedicated the Eli M. Schulman Playground and rebuilt in Seneca Park in 1990, Northwestern was one of our biggest supporter and we were delighted that the opening of new Northwestern Memorial Hospital on April 14, 1999 was commemorated with a giant Eli’s

It was therefore an honor for us to team up with another one of great friends, Starbucks, to create a unique Pink Brownie on a Stick that could be sold in the 350 Starbucks stores in the Chicago area, throughout Illinois, northwest Indiana and Wisconsin to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and the important message of the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, an affiliate of Northwestern Memorial.

To help support the mission of Lynn Sage, Starbucks and Eli’s have jointly donated $10,000 to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation and are helping get the word out for early detection by placing posters in each of the Starbucks stores reminding women that over 96% of women survive breast cancer with early detection and urging women to go to the Lynn Sage web site at for information on local locations for screening.

We are very happy that we can create a delicious dessert while giving financial support to such an important health care institution and then helping get the word out about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the importance of early detection


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Eli’s Cheesecake Proud to be selected to create a Frango Cheesecake for Macy’s

Recently the Chicago Sun Times did a survey of the top 10 classic Chicago foods that tourists wanted to sample during their visit to Chicago. Several of the items were the food groups that Chicago is best known for: deep dish pizza, Chicago hot dogs and italian beef sandwiches.

Of the branded food items, one was Eli’s Cheesecake and another was Frango Mints. For that reason, we were very excited when we were given the opportunity by Federated Department Stores, the owner of Macy’s, Marshall
Field’s and Bloomingdale’s, to create a Frango Mint Cheesecake made by Eli’s in Chicago that would combine two of Chicago’s most famous foods.

The Frango Cheesecake by Eli’s made its public debut on Thursday, July 14th at a luncheon meeting of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association which featured Federated Chairman, CEO and President Terry Lundgren.
We were delighted that his remarks began with a reference to the dessert that the over 400 guests in attendance enjoyed which was our Frango Mint Cheesecake served by the chefs at the Hyatt Regency Chicago with rasberry coulis, fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

The Frango Cheesecake by Eli’s will be making its debut at the flagship State Street Store which is being rebranded as Macy’s in early September. We look forward to the Frango expanding to other Macy’s stores in the midwest and then throughout the country as Frango is expanded to those other markets. As Mr. Lundgren note, the new Macy’s will have over 800 stores making it the first national brand department store in the country. We are honored that Eli’s can be part of the Frango and Chicago story and that we look forward to growing with Macy’s.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Creates Chicago’s 169th Birthday Cake for the Celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center on March 4, 2006

Every year on March 4th, Mayor Daley hosts a birthday party for the City of Chicago and for all visitors and residents sharing that birthday as well as their family and the general public. Above is the certificate that individuals with March 4th birthdays received declaring them Honored Citizens of Chicago.

Eli’s was honored to be selected to create the 169th birthday cake for the City of Chicago. Guests at the event enjoyed songs by the Chicago Children’s Choir including a outstanding rendition of Happy Birthday.

Eli’s President Marc Schulman was very happy to thank Mayor Richard M, Daley for his support of the Eli’s, the food industry and education in Chicago. The Mayor’s remarks stressed the importance of Chicago history and how the love of Chicago by its residents makes it such a special place. For all of us at Eli’s, continuing the dream of Eli Schulman, born in Chicago in 1910, when Chicago was just 73 years old, is quite a legacy.


No major Chicago event would be complete without Eli’s Cheesecake and without the dedicated Eli’s associates that make it possible. The 169th Birthday Cake would not have been possible without the hard work of Janet, Mark Bouchard, Elenor, Erlinda and Tonya Deiotte.


Mayor Daley recognizes Eli’s Pastry Chef, Tonya Deoitte, for her outstanding work in creating the City’s 169th Birthday Cake.


The top layer of the 169th Birthday Cheesecake for the City of Chicago was designed in the form of the City of Chicago Flag. The four stars represent Fort Dearborn, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the World Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Century of Progress in 1933.

All of the happy guests in attendance were treated to slices of Eli’s Birthday Cheesecake, Vienna Hot Dogs, Connie’s Pizza and Original Rainbow Cones.

The 169th BIrthday Party for the City of Chicago was held in Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center. The 38-foot dome in Preston Bradley Hall is thought to be the world’s largest Tiffany dome, valued at an estimated $35 million

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Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates 25 years of success for the ImprovOlympic

Eli’s Cheesecake created a giant 250 lb. Cheesecake for the post-party after the ImprovOlympic 25th Anniversary Show at the Chicago Theatre.

In the photo, ImprovOlympic, Founder and Artistic Director, Charna Halpern (second from left), cuts the Eli’s creation with ImprovOlympic alums (l-r), Rachel Dratch and Amy Poehler, from Saturday Night Live, Andy Dick, of NewsRadio and The Andy Dick Show, and Mo Collins, of MadTV and the hit movie,40 Year Old Virgin.


Eli’s is very proud of IO’s Chicago roots and its ties to Second City, Chicago’s own and the world’s greatest comedy theatre.

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Labe Bank Kicks off 100th Birthday Celebration by Sponsoring the Beach Boys at Ravinia….and Eli’s Cheesecake was there!

We are very proud of our long partnership with Labe Bank. From sponsoring the annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival to monthly bingo at Eli’s, and the recent addition of our Labe Bank ATM in the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe, Labe is an active member of the Eli’s & Wright Community, always working for the benefit of our business, our people and neighbors.

It was therefore an honor for us to participate in the kickoff of Labe’s 100 Year Celebration (1905-2005) on Tuesday, June 28th at the Ravinia Festival for the Beach Boys Concert. In keeping with the theme of the importance of its people and customers, Labe sponsored the sold out evening at this historic summer music festival and brought busloads of its people (according to Lowell Stahl, the Chairman, its most precious asset), members of the Good Life Club, which is the premiere senior group in the Chicago area and customers.

A great Bank deserves a great cake. Here is the 100 lb. Eli’s Cheesecake for the 100th Anniversary of Labe Bank.

The Eli’s Cheesecake is cut before several hundred Labe associates, Good Life Members and customers at Ravinia by Labe Vice Chairman, Don Versen, Eli’s President, Marc Schulman, Labe President, Dave Arts, and Labe Chairman, Lowell Stahl.

The Beach Boys on stage at Ravinia. It was a warm but comfortable evening with the lawn and Pavilion totally sold out

Labe customers and friends lit the night with their Labe necklaces

Labe fans come in all ages

Labe’s biggest booster, Chairman Lowell Stahl, and wife, Nancy, enjoying the Beach Boys.

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