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Eli’s Wishes Mayor Daley A Happy Birthday

Eli’s baked and decorated a special birthday cake in honor of Former Mayor Daley’s birthday on April 23rd.

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Mayor Daley Dedicates Chicago Public Library Dunning Branch

From Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake:

As Mayor Daley has been in office since 1989, his term has been very close to covering the time since my dad, Eli, has been gone. The invitation to emcee and participate in his farewell tour at the dedication of the new Dunning Library on Friday, May 6th was very special for me. We had the opportunity to create one more special cake and to thank the Mayor for the support of our business and our people by helping us build our facility and by promoting our cake around the world.





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Eli’s Cheesecake Joins Dominick’s and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in a preview of the 2010 Taste of Chicago

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Eli’s President Marc Schulman joins Illinois Restaurant Association Chair Everett Rand, Dominick’s President and CEO Don Keprta, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Dominick’s Vice President  Jeff Norkiewicz in cutting a ribbon to celebrate a preview of the Taste of Chicago at Dominick’s.

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One week from today, on Saturday June 26th at 1pm, Eli’s Cheesecake will celebrate the 30th Birthday of Eli’s Cheesecake and the Taste of Chicago with a Birthday Party at Buckingham Fountain featuring members of the Band from TV singing Happy Birthday to the Taste and Eli’s. At the preview of Taste at Dominick’s, Eli’s President Marc Schulman presented a replica of the 2,000 lb. Eli’s Cheesecake to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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Chicago Mayor Richard M Daley with Eli’s Nate after the Press Preview at Dominick’s

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Go Blackhawks! Eli’s Cheesecake Delighted to be part of Mayor Daley’s “wager” with the Mayor of San Jose on the Hawks v. Sharks Series

It was a pleasure for all of us at Eli’s Cheesecake to be part of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s wager with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed over the Western Conference Finals for the National Hockey League. Eli’s was proud to be part of that prior round victory over the Vancouver Canucks and Eli’s look forward to delivering Eli’s Cheescake as a “conciliation prize” to the Mayor of Vancouver and soon the Mayor of San Jose. We look forward to the Blackhawks bringing the Stanley Cup back to Chicago!

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The wager was held in the Mayor’s Conference Room which was filled with a great display of Chicago specialty foods and flowers.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman supports the Mayor’s Wager with a commitment to send 500 slices of Eli’s Cheesecake to San Jose in the unlikely event that the Blackhawks win. Far more probable is that Eli’s will send 4 cakes to Mayor Reed–”why should he be deprived of great cheesecake from Chicago.”

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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is a huge supporter of Chicago Food Companies. The Blackhawk’s road to the Stanley Cup is a great way to highlight the uniqueness and quality of Chicago Food Companies.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman shares Eli’s Big Slice celebrating the Blackhawks with Team Chairman Rocky Wirtz.

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A Chicago Bet would never be complete without Dutchie Caray, the spirit of Harry Caray’s. Harry Caray’s is a great customer for Eli’s Cheesecake

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Eli’s Cheesecake Delighted to be part of Mayor Daley’s Wager with the Vancouver Mayor on the Blackhawks v. Canucks Series

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April 29, 2010

Mayor Daley Backs Blackhawks With Wager Of Local Products On Vancouver Semi-Final Series

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Mayor Richard M. Daley today wagered a package of local food, drink and other products with the Mayor of Vancouver on the Chicago Blackhawks upcoming Western Conference semi-final playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks.
The series begins Saturday in Chicago.

“It was just about a year ago that we were celebrating the Hawks’ first appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2002,” Daley said in a City Hall news conference at which he was joined by President John McDonough and other team officials.

“The excitement that returned to this franchise last season has grown this year,” said.

To demonstrate his confidence in the Hawks, Daley made a friendly wager with Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver on the outcome of the series.

The wager includes products from these Chicago Companies:

- Ferrara Pan Candy Company
- Connie’s Pizza
- Vienna Beef
- Azteca Products
- Garrett Popcorn Shops
- Golden Dragon Fortune Cookies
- Half Acre Brewery
- Robinson’s Ribs
- Illinois Specialty Cut Flowers
- BJ’s Market, and
- Eli’s Cheesecake

“There’s a huge amount of “buzz” about this team right now and that’s good for our City. We’re proud of the way they’re representing both the great tradition of the franchise and all the people of Chicago,” Daley said.

The Mayor thanked the following representatives, who were in attendance at the news conference, from the companies donating the products:

- Vince DiVencenzo, General Manager, Connie’s Pizza
- Keith Smith, Director of Marketing, Vienna Beef
- Art Velasquez, Owner, Azteca Products
- April Alvarez, Account Executive, Garrett Popcorn Shops
- Tom Leung, Owner, Golden Dragon Fortune Cookies
- Gabriel Magliaro, President, Half Acre Brewery
- Cordell Robinson, Vice President, Robinson’s Ribs
- Troy Ong, Owner, Illinois Specialty Cut Flowers
- Chef John Meyer, Owner, BJ’s Market
- Marc Schulman, President, Eli’s Cheesecake

Anything edible Chicago wins in this wager will be donated to the Chicago Food Depository.

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Mayor Daley Hails the Chiefs–”Presidents, Past and Present” in the February issue of Michigan Avenue Magazine

Mayor Daley Hails the Chiefs–”Presidents, Past and Present” in the February issue of Michigan Avenue Magazine–”the most important President’s Day in our city’s history”

In the February issue of Michigan Avenue Magazine, Mayor Daley shares his thoughts on “Presidents, Past and Present.”

This is most fitting in a week when we at Eli’s prepare for our trip on Thursday to Springfield to present the Birthday Cakes that we have created for the two birthday celebrations for Lincoln; the 1860’s Period Ball at the Abraham Lincoln Museum and the Gala that will feature the attendance of our 44th President.

In Mayor Daley’s piece, he notes that this is the “most important President’s Day in our city’s history” because of Obama being the first Chicagoan to serve as President.

Mayor Daley continues that Lincoln said “a man should be proud of the city in which he lives, and that he should so live that his city will be proud that he lives in it.”

How wonderful that Eli’s Cheesecake, a family business of Chicagoans, can bring these Great Cakes to Springfield to honor our 16th President in the presence of our fellow Chicagoan, and 44th President, Barack Obama.

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Bears Lose….Chicago Wins!

January can be a very long and cold month in Chicago. This year, from Sunday, January 12th until last night, Sunday, February 4th, our hearts and minds were warmed by the success of the Chicago Bears. Although the result of
the Super Bowl were not what we hoped for, we had a great time along the way.

Yesterday when Maureen and I were were outside in the -30 degree wind chill weather, there were many other people outside doing the same thing—taking pictures of Chicago landmarks decorated with Bears colors. Not only were they taking pictures, but people were talking to each other bringing back memories of the best Chicago public art program, Cows on Parade, and summer events like our Farmer’s Markets.

We want to thank all our friends who helped make our celebrations on the Road to the Super Bowl complete. Our pep rallies were so much fun thanks to the Ridgewood High School Cheerleaders, Fran of Dancemates,org, singer Justin Butler and Robin Childress of Spelling Bee. Our Eli’s Decorators were great dancers and singers and we thank Len and Mike for
helping us lead in the singing.

We thank all our customers who had Eli’s Cheesecake and our other treats on their table for the Super Bowl. More than any other special event in our history, we had a lot of fun with the Bears two play-off wins and the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. We also had fans across the country celebrating with Eli’s last night.

We had the honor to participate in two bets by Mayor Daley–one with Mayor Nagin of New Orleans and the second with Mayor Peterson of Indianapolis. For the wager with Mayor Nagin, we sent him cakes in respect to the great City of New Orleans. For the bet with Indianapolis, we already gave 4,100 slices of Eli’s Cheesecake to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Mercy Home so we feel like winners. This week we will be sending Eli’s Cheesecakes to Mayor Peterson. He will be having one great feast.

We will also be sending cheesecakes to Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana this week.Thank you Governor Blagojevich for including Eli’s in such a important wager.

Today we will be busy “paying” off on a few debts to Indianapolis. And the start of Spring Training is just 10 days away.

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Mayor Daley Bets Eli’s Cheesecake and other famous Chicago foods for the Super Bowl

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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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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