Archive for January, 2013

Marc Schulman interview on WGN Noon Show with Carol Ross

Marc Schulman

Listen to today’s interview with Marc Schulman, Eli’s Cheesecake President, on the Noon Show with Carol Ross on WGN about the Eli’s Cheesecake family business and how the company evolved.  http://wgnradio.com/2013/01/29/working-within-a-family-business/

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Eli’s Cheesecake Satisfies Chicago Sweet Tooth

 

                  On Wednesday, January 23; Paperblog named Eli’s Cheesecake as one of the Top 5 Places to Satisfy your Sweet Tooth in Chicago. Paperblog goes on to call Eli’s Cheesecake a “little gem” and wouldn’t blame readers/visitors for “for springing for extra on these delicious wonders”. Other popular dessert shops in Chicago that were mentioned in the article included: Molly’s Cupcakes, Sweet Mandy B’s, Vanille Patisserie, and Margie’s Candies. Thanks for the picking us as your Top 5 in Chicago, Paperblog! Click here to see and read the rest of the article!

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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 Ready for the Staff Inaugural Ball

Tonight, a celebratory Eli’s Cheesecake will be served at President Obama’s Staff Inaugural Ball  honoring the White House staff and presidential campaign workers.  We are proud to be on display at this historical event and on the day our founder, Eli Schulman, would have celebrated his 103rd birthday.   Thank you to our friends, customers, and associates for this great achievement!

Here is an article from the Wall Street Journal about the food for the event:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323301104578256023520803706.html

Here is a Chicago Neighborhood News report from DNAinfo.com about Eli’s cake: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130121/dunning/obama-celebrate-with-500-pound-elis-cheesecake/slideshow/332692

President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball Celebration Cake

 

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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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Sweet Like Honey: Eli’s Cheesecake and Chicago High School for Agriculture Sciences

Since 1991, Eli’s Cheesecake Company has partnered with the Chicago School of Agriculture Sciences (CHSAS) providing job shadowing, mentor programs and internships.  We are very proud to be featured along with CHSAS in the National Honey Board’s article “Baking with Honey” http://www.bakingwithhoney.com/news/2013/01/17/sweet-like-honey-elis-cheesecake-chsas-partnership-stronger-than-ever/

Eli’s Wildflower Honey Cheesecake is made with honey harvested by CHSAS.  The CHSAS students harvest, prepare and bottle their wildflower honey for this product providing Eli’s with approximately 2,000 pounds of honey annually.   All proceeds from purchasing the honey and a portion of the proceeds from the Wildflower Honey Cheesecakes sales go to the CHSAS’s college scholarship fund for seniors.   If you are interested in more information about Eli’s Wildflower Honey Cheesecake and a video about the  CHSAS honey, click here http://shop.elicheesecake.com/product/cheesecake_honey

Eli's Wildflower Honey Cheesecake made with honey from CHSAS

 

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Spotlight on Eli’s Fan: Rae Barthel

When asked what her favorite dessert is when featured as a Guest Designer on CupCards to Go, Rae Barthel answered “Eli’s Cheesecake, hands down!”. Barthel, a native Chicagoan who now lives in Alabama, spends her free time designing cards, paper crafts & more. Barthel’s also runs her own blog and is a mother of five; talk about being busy! Thanks for the shout out and for being an Eli’s Fan, Rae!  Click here to see Barthel’s feature in CupCards to Go and check out her blog, Rae Barthel’s Design’s, at: http://www.raebarthel.com/.

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12th Annual Chicago SketchFest at Stage 773

12th Annual Chicago SketchFest

The 12th Annual  Chicago SketchFest kicked off last night at Stage 773 on Chicago’s north side. Started all because he needed to fill a rental commitment to the Theatre Building Chicago; Brian Posen has been bringing comedy groups from all over the world together for 10 days of great comedy sketches in Chicago. Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to support SketchFest as it runs from January 3rd-13th. For more information on SketchFest, or to buy tickets, check out their website at http://www.chicagosketchfest.com/.

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