We were honored to be included by Mayor Richard M. Daley in his Super Bowl wager with Mayor Bart Peterson of Indianapolis. On a very cold Chicago day, the wager was held in the very warm and beautiful Cadillac Club at Soldier’s Field. The wager included items from famous Chicago restaurants including Harry Caray’s and Manny’s and street furniture from Gallery 37.

As we are confident of a Bears victory, we have an early donation of 4,100 slices of our cheesecake in honor of Super Bowl 41 and also the number of Eli’s dear friend, Bear legend Brian Piccolo. The cheesecake was picked up today by the Greater Chicago Food Despository and will be distributed to the needy throughout the Chicago area.

Mayor Daley’s Super Bowl Bet included over 40 Chicago companies. The coffee cans in the foreground are from Stewart’s Coffee, a family owned northwest side of Chicago business since 1913 and also the official coffee of the Century of Progress in 1933.

It was an honor to be a part of celebration of Bears Road to the Super Bowl Championship. We appreciate the opportunity that the Mayor gives family and local businesses to highlight their products and contributions to the community. The hospitality community is always there with food and other donations to help make our City strong.


Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley with Eli’s Marc Schulman

Dutchie Caray, Harry Caray’s widow, is one of the nicest people in Chicago. Dutchie, pictured above with Harry Caray’s CEO, Grant Deporter, bet Harry’s favorite, Chicken Vesuvio and let everyone know: “Holy Cow!–Bears will win!”

In addition to his leadership at Harry Caray’s, Grant serves as Chairman of Visit Ilinois, our statewide tourism advocacy group, is a former chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Assocation and is the current chairman of Gateway Green.

Ken Raskin of Manny’s continues a family tradition that dates back to 1942 when Manny Raskin opened his first restaurant. That was just two years after Eli Schulman opened his first restaurant, Eli’s Ogden Huddle on Chicago’s west side. Located since 1964 at it current location on Jefferson Street, Manny’s is a Chicago landmark that combines with history with great food and atmosphere.

Mark Malnati of Lou Malnati’s performs the Pizza Man Rap at the wager. Lou’s is another great Chicago family business story with 24 stores throughout Chicago and a booming mailorder and web business that includes Eli’s Cheesecake and other famous foods from Chicago. In recognition of their support of the community, the Malnati Family was named as the Philanthropist of the Year for their support for cancer research.

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