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Eli’s Cheesecake named ‘Best Places to Get Alternative Wedding Cakes’

CBS2 Chicago’s Best of Chicago writer Elizabeth SanFilippo, named Eli’s Cheesecake as one of the “Best Places to Get an Alternative Wedding Cake’. She says for a wedding to “place an order for some smooth and creamy cheesecakes in a number of flavors and sizes” and she didn’t forget to add “as well as a handful of other tasty treats, like macarons and muffins” for the non-cheesecake crowd. Check out the article for yourself at: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-places-to-get-alternative-wedding-cakes-in-chicago/

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Hail to the Cheese

Eli’s has had the honor of creating many Inaugural and Presidential cakes in the past. We are proud of our quality, handmade cheesecakes and our talented associates who create these delicious desserts for such special occasions. Here’s a look back at some past celebrations:

President Clinton’s Inaugurations

1993 Eli’s Goes to Washington

To celebrate President Clinton’s first inauguration, Eli’s was invited to create a giant “Red, White and Bill” Cheesecake, which included layers of Cherry, Original Plain, and Blueberry Cheesecakes (left).

1996 “Eli’s” goes to Washington again

Because Eli’s Cheesecake was such a great hit four years earlier, Eli’s is invited to participate in President Clinton’s second inaugural festivities. In keeping with the Inaugural theme, “Building a Bridge to the 21st Century” the red, white and blue cheesecake is topped with an arched chocolate bridge a foot-and-a-half high.

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National Cheesecake Day Celebration at Eli’s Cheesecake–first sampling of the day is Eli’s Vanilla Bean Cheesecake (8am to 9am)

vanilla bean

The National Cheesecake Day Celebration is on Thursday, July 29th with free slices of a new flavor each hour from 8am to 6pm

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NPR Weekend Edition Host Scott Simon Delivers “A Christmas Story for the Times” featuring Eli’s Cheesecake

A Chicago native and life long Cub fan, Scott Simon, the host of
Weekend Edition Saturday on NPR is an award winning author and commentator.
Scott is a proud graduate of Senn High School, a Chicago Public High
School.

We were delighted that Scott wrote “A Christmas Story for the
Times” for the broadcasto on Saturday, December 27th featuring Oprah, Warren
Buffet and Eli’s Cheesecake. Thanks Scott!

Simon Says

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98754545

by Scott Simon

 

A Christmas Story For The Times

 

Weekend Edition Saturday,December 27, 2008 ·

Joseph and Mary got off the bus in Detroit. He had worked as a
carpenter for 20
years, but lost his job. His pension was
invested with Bernard Madoff, and there was no federal bailout for
carpenters.

He and Mary had no place to live, and Mary was
pregnant.

She told Joseph that he would be the child’s father, but he
wasn’t the child’s father. She said that spark that began their child — well,
her story was just too embarrassing for Joseph to repeat. It sounded impossible
and ridiculous.

Friends told him he was being taken for a fool. But Joseph loved
Mary and knew that the past few months had been hard for her.

There was no room at a homeless shelter, but a man said they
could unroll their blankets on the floor of his garage. The garage was cold, but
it had a wireless Internet connection.

That night, Mary gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. He had a
nice, loud cry. Mary laid their baby down in the back of a prototype of an
electric car, swaddled in a recyclable grocery tote. A stray gray dog, still
grimy from the streets and whimpering with loneliness, crept into the garage and
kept watch over their baby, keeping him warm with his panting.

That night, a star appeared in the East. Three Wise
People — Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey and David Axelrod — came to see Joseph and
Mary’s baby, bearing gifts of Frontera Chipotle salsa, Eli’s cheesecake and
asparagus, for fiber. Joseph was glad they didn’t bring stock
certificates
.

The infant saw the gifts and smiled.

Mary saw the look of delight in her child’s face and said to
herself, “He’s happy to be here with us.”

But she saw Joseph sitting off by himself at the far end of the
garage. She knew he was worried about how he was going to make a life for their
child. When Joseph came back to the car, his eyes glimmered.

“I think I finally understand,” he said. “It doesn’t matter
where a child is born, or who their father is. Every child born cries for our
love and deserves our care: Every child who’s hungry in Darfur, Detroit or
Zimbabwe; every little girl who’s been abandoned by a roadside in China; every
little boy in Congo who has a gun taller than he is thrust into his arms; every
little boy and girl who are threatened by an empty stomach, a cruel tyrant or an
epidemic — I must love them as a father loves his child.”

Mary and Joseph sat with their arms around each other and around
their baby boy. The dog — they decided to adopt him on the spot — hopped up in
the seat beside them and put his head gently onto Joseph’s lap. The star that
had found them seemed to stay for a moment, while their child breathed softly,
safely, peacefully, as they looked out into a new year.

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Rahm Emanuel, Eli’s Congressman and Biggest Fan, named Chief of Staff by President Elect Obama

THE NEXT CHIEF OF STAFF?

Rahm Emanuel mulls chief of staff role in Barack Obama’s administration

By Naftali Bendavid | Washington Bureau
November 6, 2008
Rahm Emanuel
With stints in the Clinton administration and the House, Rahm
Emanuel is seen by many insiders as uniquely qualified to serve as Barack
Obama’s chief of staff. Read about Emanuel accepting the job (Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez /
November 6, 2008)

WASHINGTON — Rep. Rahm Emanuel
might not appear at first glance to be the obvious choice to serve as
White House chief of staff for a
president-elect who has spoken eloquently of setting aside partisan differences
and bringing the country together.

Emanuel, after all, is best known as
something of a Democratic political assassin. From his days as a top aide
to President Bill Clinton to his recent role leading the Democrats to a House majority, Emanuel has relentlessly attacked his foes and gone ruthlessly after anyone who stood in his way.

Yet the Illinois congressman is mulling whether to accept
President-elect Barack Obama‘s request that he serve as his chief
of staff. That means Emanuel would manage Obama’s schedule, oversee the daily
operations of the White House and serve as a top adviser to the
president.

Perhaps the possibility is not as jarring as it might seem.
For one thing, precisely because Obama seems likely to adopt a unifying posture
as president, he may need someone practiced in the art of political
hardball.

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Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market Celebrates 12 years of Bringing Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Plants, Flowers & Education to the Northwest side of Chicago.

There are twenty Farmers Markets in neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago. With all the demands upon farmers and the high cost of fuel during the summer of 2008, you have to be very appreciative of the farmers that make the market possible. For the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market, our “iron man” has been Chad Nichols and Nichols Farms of Marengo. Offering an outstanding selection of fresh fruits and vegetables on our Thursday market that started in mid-June and continued through the end of October, Chad has developed a loyal following from the Portage Park, Dunning, Harwood Heights and Norridge
communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the amenities for our guests at the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market is a complimentary continental breakfast between 7 and 9am for market shoppers. We developed a regular group of families, seniors and commuters who made the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market the way they started Thursday mornings. For our closing market on Thursday, October 30th, Eli’s Master Gardener and Market Manager Kathy Kirby, Eli’s Executive Vice President, Jolene Worthington, and Jennie Doezie created a special breakfast buffet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nichols Farms of Marengo has developed a reputation for being one of the region’s best operated and most innovative specialty farm and orchard. We are very grateful for for the support of the Nichols Family and Chad Nichols (along with his associate, Carol) who is with us every Thursday and has developed a tremendous repertoire with our neighbors. The Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market was so successful this year that Chad has agreed to start an early market in mid-May with fresh flowers.

 

 From day one, Eli’s has partnered with Wright College to operate and promote the market. We are grateful to Victoria Cooper, the head of Environmental Technology at Wright, who has been our partner with the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences Food Entrepreneurship Summer Program as well as seeing the potential for a market in our community. Above, Marc Schulman thanks Alba Pezzarossi, the head of Continuing Education at Wright and Mary Lou, the market coordinator for Wright, for their support and initiatives during the summer. Each week, Wright provided entertainment and educational and family
programs using the resources of the continuing education department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One great addition to the Eli’s/Wright Farmers Market was the summer long participation by Drusilla Banks of the University of Illinois Extension. Housed at Wright, Drusilla brought Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers to the market on a weekly basis as well as working with students from CHSAS during the summer entrepreneurship institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of Eli’s greatest and most worthy partners is the New
Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled. New Horizon students come over
regularly to participate in the market as guest and also to sell their crafts.
Above Eli’s Chef Antonio Rivera and Eli’s Controller Helen Sullivan welcome
Carol Kilcoyne, Executive Director of New Horizon, to the closing farmers market
breakfast.

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“Where the Locals Eat” Names the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe Chicago’s Best Restaurant for Dessert

 

Best Dessert
Top 100 Restaurant, Chicago

“Enjoy lunch at Eli’s Cheesecake Café, the perfect destination to enjoy
homemade soup, freshly prepared artisan sandwich, gourmet salad, or cheesecake
shake. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a slice of the rich and famous
Eli’s Cheesecake! Dine in our vaulted ceiling coffeehouse atmosphere or on our
outdoor patio during pleasant weather. … Take time to shop in our amazing
store where the selection of cheesecakes and desserts are endless. We also have
a fresh bake shop with scratch recipe muffins, loaf cakes, crème puffs, big
cookies, holiday treats, macaroons, bagel chips, tarts, cakes and cheesecakes
for you to enjoy here in our café over a cup of coffee, cappuccino, or espresso
(or take-out!).

“Eli’s Cheesecake has become a symbol of Chicago. It was proclaimed
Chicago’s 150th Birthday Cake, was Mayor Richard M. Daley’s wager when the Bulls
won the NBA Championship, and was the dessert at Mayor Daley’s inaugural balls.
Eli’s most famous creation was America’s Inaugural Birthday Cake–the 2,000 pound
cheesecake served at [President Clinton's] inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Eli’s tradition of taking exceptional care of his customers is continued by
[wife] Esther Schulman and son Marc Schulman.”

– Eli’s Cheesecake Café website

“It’s probably the most decadent of all desserts.”

TimeOut Chicago magazine

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Eli’s Debuts Mail Order Catalog for 2008-2009 on line and in the mail

Each holiday season, Eli’s debuts a new mail order catalog that
can be accessed via our web site or by a print edition. This year, we are
introducing a number of new items and sampler cheesecakes, including two
samplers of our Eli’s Couture Collection and a number of new items including
Dark Chocolate Banana Cheesecake, Lime Coconut Passion Cheesecake and Blackberry
Creme Fraiche Cheesecake. In addition we have added our Moscata Berry Tira Mi Su
and a Dolce Caramel Tira Mi SU, perfect desserts for your holiday table or that
of your family, friends and business associates.

We congratulate Julie Hass of Warren, Michigan a reader of our
Blog and the winner of a drawing that we held on October 30th. We gave our Blog
readers three hours to enter a drawing for one of our new Couture
Cheesecake–Dark Chocolate Banana Cheesecake on the day that we debuted our new
mail order catalog. From now, watch for these quick contests–read our Blog and
win an Eli’s Cheesecake. Congratulations Julie.

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Idea posted on “The Skyline”-Blair Kamin’s Blog at the Tribune–for the Chicago Spire hole–use it as a holder to support a giant slice of Eli’s Cheesecake

My dear friend, Rory Packer, of Los Angeles and formerly of
Chicago, contacted me today with a message to check out Blair Kamin’s Blog on
Chicago architecture, at ChicagoTribune.com.

Blair had requested ideas on what to do with the deep hole that
has been dug for the Chcago Spire. We thank Brian, a visionary, for his
recommendation that hole become a holder to support a giant slice of Eli’s
Cheesecake on a Stick.

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Vote Early in Chicago and Cook County Through October 30th & Celebrate with a free slice of Eli’s Cheesecake

Voters in Chicago, Cook County and throughout Illinois have the great convenience through October 30th to participate in “early voting.” At 50 locations in Chicago (one in each ward, including Wright College, you can avoid the lines and cast your vote to avoid any election day problems.

As a thank you to early voters, just bring in your early voting ballot receipt to the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe at Eli’s Cheesecake World, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, before November 6th, and we will give you a complimentary slices of Eli’s Original Cheesecake.

Help our democracy and enjoy free Eli’s Cheesecake. Such a deal!

 

 

Early Voting continues at 51 sites for Chicago voters through Thurs.,October 30. All Chicago sites are open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.

In the Primary Election, Chicago led the state in Early Voting. So now,the Chicago Election Board says: Let’s do it again, and bring a friend!

With four days remaining, Chicago voters have already cast morethan 154,000 ballots in Early Voting, far exceeding the 81,690 castduring the entire 18-day Early Voting for the Primary.

If you are registered to vote, you don’t need a reason or excuseto use the convenience of Early Voting now through Oct. 30 –but you do need to present a current government photo ID.

All Chicago Early Voting sites are 100% accessible.

Chicago voters may vote at any Early Voting location in the City of Chicagoand avoid any kind of scheduling problem that may occur on Election Day,November 4, 2008.

Once you cast a ballot during Early Voting, you cannot return duringEarly Voting or on Election Day to change your ballot for any reason.

Locations:

Ward / Location / Address

1. Goldblatts Building 1615 W Chicago Ave

2. Mabel Manning Library 6 S. Hoyne Ave.

3. Chicago Bee Library 3647 S. State St.

4. M L King Community Ctr 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

5. Jackson Park 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

6. Whitney Young Library 7901 S ML. King Jr. Dr.

7. Jeffery Manor Library 2401 E. 100th St.

8. Olive Harvey College 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.

9. Palmer Park 201 E 111th St.

10. Vodak/East Side Library 3710 E. 106th St.

11. McKinley Park 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

12. Back of the Yards Library 4650 S. Damen Ave.

13. West Lawn Park 4233 W. 65 St.

14. Archer Heights Library 5055 S. Archer Ave.

15. Lindbloom Park 6054 S. Damen Ave.

16. Sherman Park Library 5440 S. Racine Ave.

17. Thurgood Marshall Library 7506 S. Racine Ave.

18. Wrightwood-Ashburn Library 8530 S. Kedzie Ave.

19. 22nd Police District 1900 W. Monterey Ave.

20. Coleman Library 731 E. 63rd St.

21. Woodson Regional Library 9525 S. Halsted St.

22. Piotrowski Park 4247 W. 31st St.

23. Clearing Library 6423 W. 63rd Pl.

24. Douglass Library 3353 W. 13th St.

25. Chinatown Library 2353 S. Wentworth Ave.

26. Humboldt Park Library 1605 N. Troy St.

27. Union Park 1501 W. Randolph St.

28. West Side Learning Ctr 4624 W. Madison St.

29. Amundsen Park 6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

30. Portage Cragin Library 5108 W. Belmont Ave.

31. Blackhawk Park 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.

32. Pulaski Park 1419 W. Blackhawk St.

33. Independence Library 3548 W. Irving Park Rd.

34. West Pullman Library 830 W. 119th St.

35. Logan Square Library 3030 W. Fullerton Ave.

36. Hiawatha Park 8029 W. Forest Preserve Dr.

37. West Chicago Library 4856 W. Chicago Ave.

38. Wright College – Science Bldg 4300 N. Narragansett Ave.

39. N. Park Village Admn Bldg 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

40. Budlong Woods Library 5630 N. Lincoln Ave.

41. Roden Library 6083 N. Northwest Hwy.

42. Access Living 115 W. Chicago Ave.

43. Lincoln Park Library 1150 W. Fullerton Ave.

44. Merlo Library 644 W. Belmont Ave.

45. Edgebrook Library 5331 W. Devon Ave.

46. Truman College 1145 W. Wilson Ave.

47. Welles Park 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

48. Edgewater Library 1210 W. Elmdale Ave.

49. Pottawattomie Park 7340 N. Rogers Ave.

50. Warren Park 6601 N. Western Ave., and,

The Board of Election Commissioners, 69 W. Washington St.

REMAINING DATES:
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