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Eli’s Cheesecake v. King Cakes from King King Cakes–the best of Chicago against the best from New Orleans over this Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Chicago

New Orleans has also been a favorite city for Eli’s.

When he acquired the New Orleans Saints, Tom Benson was introduced to Eli and Eli’s the Place for Steak by then General Manager, and Eli’s dear friend, Jim Finks, previously the General Manager of the Bears. Benson was a regular at Eli’s over the years and is one of the great owners in the NFL. We respect Mr. Benson’s commitment to keeping the Saints in New Orleans
and wish him the best of success as he seeks his first NFC Championship.

With Mardi Gras season about to begin, I fondly remember one of our family’s great experience; when Maureen and Elana were in the Zulu Court when, Desiree Glapion Rogers, New Orleans native and daughter of popular council
man, Roy Glapion, was the Zulu Queen in 2000. The hospitality of the Glapion Family and the Zulu Organization was just fantastic and we had so much fun participating in the parades and other special events.

For all those reasons, we were delighted to be contacted by, Dave Brennan, the owner of New Orleans Internet Foods, which
operates the King King Cakes at They are getting ready to ship their delicacies for the Mardi Gras Season and we are delighted to accept his wager of a a large King Cake of our choice versus a cheesecake of Dave’s Choice.

Yes, Dave, we do have the stomach for this bet, which will be a great game between two great cities and two great football


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Governor Blagojevich includes Eli’s Cheesecake in Wager with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

Governor Blagojevich joins in friendly wager with Indiana Governor

Winner depends on outcome of Super Bowl 2007

Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today joined in a friendly wager with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, as the Chicago Bears take on the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

If the NFC Champions Chicago Bears prevail, Gov. Daniels will provide caramels and assorted chocolates from Abbott’s Candy in Indianapolis; pretzels from Pretzel’s Inc. in Bluffton; organic cheeses from Trader’s Point Creamery in Zionsville; Pop Weaver
microwave popcorn from Weaver Popcorn Company in Van Buren; a 15-bean soup pot from N.K. Hurst Company in Indianapolis; salsa and tomato juice from Red Gold Inc. in Orestes; candy from Schimpff’s Confectionery in Jeffersonville; pickles
from Sechler’s Pickles in St. Joe; bottled water from Cole Brothers Water Company in Peru; cinnamon-glazed almonds and pecans from Nutty Bavarian of Indiana in Granger; dip and soup mixes from Soup of Success in Elkhart; and shrimp cocktail from St. Elmo’s Steak House in Indianapolis.

If the AFC Champions Indianapolis Colts win the game, Gov. Blagojevich will send to Indianapolis Lou Malnatis’ Deep Dish Pizza, Eli’s Cheesecake, and treats from Illinois Nut and Candy.

“The Bears fought their way to win the NFC Championship and are ready to take on the Colts to become the top football team in the nation,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “With Lovie Smith as head coach, their unshakeable defense, and spirited fans, the Bears are a force to be reckoned with. We look forward to enjoying Governor Daniels’ wager. We in Illinois are proud of the Bears and wish them good luck in the Super Bowl.”

“We look forward to a great game and good eats. Every Hoosier has a team in this game,” said Daniels. “It’s fun to do business with Governor Blagojevich. We always start by talking about jobs and roads and other business, but sports always comes up.”

Lou Malnatis’ Chicago style pizza is a deep-dish pie so thick and cheesy it must be eaten with fork and knife. Lou Malnatis had pizza in his blood; his grandfather Rudy Malnati helped create the recipe for Chicago style deep dish pizza in 1943, and Lou worked with
his father in Chicago’s first pizzeria in the early 1940s. In 1971 Lou opened his first restaurant, and today Chicagoans can enjoy Lou’s Pizzas at 22 locations.

Eli’s Cheesecake is a Chicago legend, earning rave reviews from critics across the country, including the Chicago
, which dubbed it the “King of Cheesecake.” Although the cheesecake originated from Eli’s A Place for Steak, the Schulman family spun off the famous dessert to form Eli’s Cheesecake in 1980. Gov. Blagojevich is such a fan of Eli’s Cheesecake, he celebrated his first Inaugural Ball with an 800 lbs. Eli’s cake, which featured sugar paste violets (the Illinois state flower), cardinals (the Illinois State Bird), the images of the State of Illinois, and a miniature train to represent the Governor’s tour from Chicago to Springfield.

A Chicago chocolate bear will go along with taffy apples and English toffee from the Illinois Nut and Candy Shop. The Illinois Nut and Candy Shop is the largest kosher candy shop in the Midwest and is expanding into other niche markets. Customers with food allergies can enjoy gluten-free, sugar-free, and lactose-free candy. Illinois Nut and Candy even creates lactose free soft-serve ice cream.

The Bears have not been to the Super Bowl since their 1986 championship, and the Colts have never attended. Coaches Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy are the first African American coaches to bring teams to the Super Bowl. With a vaunted defense and a strong fan base, the Bears should put up at tough fight against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Mayor Daley’s Bet with Mayor Nagin of New Orleans

In the Sunday Chicago Tribune, the photo in the Armour & Co. captured the moment in Mayor Daley’s bet with Mayor Nagin of New Orleans when I was at the podium describing our Giant Slice of Eli’s Cheesecake and Mayor Daley
was pointing it out.

This week we will be celebrating the Bears Super Bowl appearance with a pep rally at the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe at 11am which is free and open to the public. At that event, we will send off four cheesecakes to Mayor Nagin in New Orleans, which we send in victory, because we don’t want to deprive the Mayor and his staff in New Orleans of Eli’s Cheesecake.

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Daley Tells New Orleans Mayor Nagin: We’re On Your Side, But Not On Sunday

Eli’s Cheesecake was part of the City of Chicago and Mayor Daleys wager with Mayor Nagin on who will win the Bears vs. Saints game on Sunday January 21, 2007. Mayor Daley stated that “I want the people of New Orleans to know that the people of Chicago wish you only the best – but we’re
putting our support on hold for about three hours on Sunday afternoon.”

In addition to cheesecake from Eli’s Cheesecake, the Mayor wagered tortilla chips, jalapenos, and cheese from Azteca Foods, beer
from Berghoff Beer, wine from Glunz Wine, a grill from Weber Grill, burgers and sausages from Moo & Oink, chips from C.J. Vitner Co., coffee from Stewarts Coffee, ribs from Robinson’s Ribs, pizza from Lou Malnati’s and nuts from Fisher’s Nuts.

Mayor Daley was very impressed with Eli’s 20 lb. slice of Eli’s Original with cherries on top. He agreed with Eli’s Marc Schulman that the slice was big, just like the Bears victory would be, so no shipping to New Orleans would be necessary.




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Dick Johnson of NBC 5 Chicago Bets Eli’s Cheesecake with Charlie Gardner of the Seattle Times on the Bears Game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks

Anchorman Bets Bounty On Bears Victory

POSTED: 10:30 am CST January 10, 2007

UPDATED: 11:34 am CST January 10, 2007

CHICAGO — Mayors in cities involved in big sports contests often make bets on which team will win, so NBC5′s morning team decided they, too, should throw down the gauntlet, challenging a childhood friend of Dick Johnson’s who now works in national advertising for the Seattle Times.

Charlie Gardner called into NBC5 News Today Wednesday to exchange friendly sports banter with Johnson and the team. Each offered their bounty of goods to the other, dependent on the outcome of Sunday’s matchup at Soldier Field.

“On the virtually impossible chance that the Seahawks beat us,” Johnson said, “we are promising Charlie and his co-workers at the Times three Lou Malanati’s pizzas, plus an Eli’s cheesecake that he forced us to throw in.”

The news team would also have to wear Seahawks and Seattle hats on the air, he said.

Speaking at a very early Pacific Standard Time by phone, Gardner offered three pounds of “mouthwatering and delicious smoked salmon from the great Northwest,” along with a congratulatory ad in his award-winning newspaper’s sports section, which would include pictures of the NBC5 morning team.

Gardner said that neither the Seahawks nor the team’s fans are concerned about the possibility of foul weather at Soldier Field Sunday, considering they’ve suffered some of Seattle’s worst weather in decades over the past several months.

“We’ve seen the rain, the snow, the sleet, the wind and everything in the past few months, and we’re looking forward to (Chicago’s weather),” he said

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