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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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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 Toys for Tots Drive

This year, Eli’s is teaming up with Toys for Tots to bring a brighter Christmas to children. We are collecting new, unwrapped toys (valued at $5 or more) in our Bakery Cafe until December 7th. As a token of our appreciation, we will be giving out 20% off frozen dessert coupons to anyone who brings in a toy.

Please help us bring more smiles to children’s faces this holiday season.

Thank you

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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 Sponsors Lawson House Honors Event

Eli’s was pleased to be one of the sponsors for the Lawson House Honors Event on Thursday, November 1st, 2012.  The event was honoring a remarkable history of Board Leadership and Support.

Since 1931, Lawson House has provided safe, afforable housing for men and women.  Now the largest single-room supportive housing facility in the Midwest, it plays a key role in Chicago’s efforts to address homelessness.

But housing is only half the story.  Lawson house also provides an array of free social services, mental health and primary medical care to help residents be independent and self-sufficient.  These supportive services have been carefully added over the past 30 years through lasting partnerships with area providers.  Through their commitment, Lawson House has emerged as a national model of supportive housing.  Their success is based in part on the support and leadership of the Lawson House Board of Directors.

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Halloween Giveaway!

At Eli’s we love the holidays. Along with our associate pumpkin carving contest, this year we decided to get our fans and friends involved in the holiday spirit! Here at the Eli’s Cheesecake Company, our mascot, Eli Slice, doesn’t know what to be for Halloween! With Halloween right around the corner, he needs all the help he can get! Help Eli Slice out by commenting a costume suggestion starting today and you’ll be entered in a random raffle for an Eli’s Pumpkin Cheesecake! Suggestions will be accepted until Tuesday October 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm CT, and the winner will be announced Thursday October 24, 2012 at 9 am CT. Go to http://www.facebook.com/#!/elischeesecake to comment on the Slice photo for a chance to win.

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Peapod’s CTA & Metra Stations Virtual Grocery Store Billboards Carry Eli’s Cheesecake

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be part of Peapod’s new virtual grocery stores at transit stations throughout the Chicagoland area. From the Red line Sox/35th stop to suburban stops such as Grayslake, Peapod has put virtual grocery stores on billboards all over Chicago. Across the United States, Peapod is also trying these virtual grocery stores in places like Boston, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Washington, and Philadelphia. The virtual grocery store works through QR codes; the commuter uses their smartphone to download the free PeapodMobile app and then scans the QR codes of the food items they’d like to purchase.  The Chicago virtual stores feature not only Eli’s Cheesecake, but a selection of Chicago’s Best including Lou Malanati’s, Garrett’s Popcorn and Wildfire. For more information, check out these articles http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/01/4870406/peapodcom-is-first-in-us-to-launch.html or http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410366,00.asp

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Eli’s New Shop Online Experience

Here at Eli’s Cheesecake, we are proud and excited to have a New Shopping Site! Our new site has updated graphics and is more user-friendly for an easier and better shop online experience. Check out our new Shopping Site at http://shop.elicheesecake.com/ !

Let us know your opinion of New Shopping Site by sending comments through our ‘Contact Us’ tab and be entered in a raffle to win one of three Eli’s Original Favorites Samplers. Comments must be submitted by Monday October 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm CT to be entered in the raffle. Winner will be announced Thursday October 11, 2012 at 9 am CT.  To comment, click the link: http://shop.elicheesecake.com/contact. Happy commenting!

 

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake featured on WGN-TV’s Chicago Grand Prize Game with Bozo, Will Ferrell, and Zach Galifianakis

 

Thursday July 19, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company was featured on WGN-TV when they hosted Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. They had the celebrities play the Grand Prize Game with Bozo and all of the prizes were famous Chicago foods. A huge slice of Eli’s Cheesecake was one of the prizes, as well as Robinson’s Ribs, Garrett’s Popcorn, and Al’s Beef, among others. Eli Slice was also present in the fun. Above is a few shots from the segment and a picture of Eli’s President, Marc Schulman, with Will Ferrell. 

 

 

 

 

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