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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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Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Wager by Mayor Richard M. Daley; Eli’s Cheesecake Part of the Wager at the United Center

April and May have been  very busy months for the Chicago Blackhawks.  It started all the way back on April 16th when the Blackhawks started the playoffs against the Nashville Predators. After that 4-2 series win, Eli’s was fortunate to be a participant in the wager by Mayor Daley with Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver. After the Blackhawks won the Vancouver series again 4-2, we joined Mayor Daley at City Hall as he wagered with Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose. After the Blackhawks won that series 4-0. we sent Mayor Reed a supply of Eli’s Cheesecake as a consolation gift.

For the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, we had the honor to join Mayor Daley, Blackhawks  Chairman, Rocky Wirtz, Team President John McDonough, Senior Vice President Jay Blunk and other Blackhawks Officials for the Stanley Cup Wager with Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia. It was a great turnout by Chicago Food Companies and Institutions as we helped the Mayor celebrate the Blackhawks reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1992 with a last win in 1961.

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Eli’s wager a Hat Trick of 500 slices of Eli’s Cheesecake–Original, Strawberry and Chocolate Chip.

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Eli’s President with Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz

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Eli’s Marc Schulman makes Eli’s Wager…..with Eli’s Chicago Cheesecake and Philadelphia Cheese Steak on the line…go with the Eli’s Cheesecake.

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Eli’s Maureen Schulman with Blackhawks Legend Bobby Hull

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Blackhawks President John McDonough with Eli’s Marc Schulman

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Eli’s Cheesecake over the Ice at the United Center.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman with long time supporter, friend and supporter, Bobby Hatoff, the Chairman of Allen Brothers Meats

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Eli’s Marc Schulman with Grant Deporter, President of Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group at the Mayor’s Wager at the United Center

Items Included in Chicago’s Bet:

Abundance Bakery: three dozen red velvet cupcakes.
Al’s #1 Italian Beef: 100 Italian Beef Sandwiches.
Allen Brothers: six boxes of 34 oz. USDA Prime Long Bone Ribeye steaks (The Blackhawk Chop) for Philadelphia and 5,000 burgers to Blackhawks Charities.
Azteca Foods Inc.: 10 cases each tortillas, tortilla chips, salad shells
Billy Goat Tavern: Three dozen double “cheezborgers.”
BJ’s Market: Barbecue Turkey Ribs, Mustard-Fried Catfish, Roasted Turkey Wings.
Bobak’s Sausage Company: 100 Italian Sausages and 100 Gourmet Chicken Burger “Pucks.”
C. J. Vitner Company: 10 cases of Chicago Style Potato Chips.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs: “Cowboy” by David Todd Trost.
Chicago Public Library: A collection of books by some of Chicago’s great authors, including Scott Turow, Innocent; Carl Smith, The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City; Gwendolyn Brooks, A Book of Poems; Saul Bellows, The Adventures of Augie March; Studs Terkel, Touch and Go; Sarah Paretsky, Body Work.
Connie’s Pizza: 50 Large Deep Dish Sausage Pizzas.
Eli’s Cheesecake: 500 slices of a “hat trick” of Eli’s Cheescakes – Original, Strawberry, and Chocolate Chip.
Garrett Popcorn Shops: 25 gallons of Mixed Popcorn.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse: Once Case of the “Chicago Cut” USDA Prime Bone-in Ribeye steaks.
Glunz Family Winery & Cellars: 12 bottles of Glunz’s de la Costa Sangria.
Goose Island Beer Company: 10 cases of Goose Island Honker’s Ale.
Great to Be Here Tees: Chicago/Philadelphia Sports Fan T-shirt package.
Half Acre Brewery: one case each of Gossamer Golden Ale, Daisy Cutter Pale Ale and The Invasion Helles Bock.
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse: 49 6-oz. Double-Cut Lamb Chops.
Illinois Specialty Cut Flowers: A sustainably grown Blackhawks bouquet.
Kim & Scott Pretzels: Round-trip airfare to Chicago for two, hotel room for one night, free dinner at Kim & Scott’s Cafe Twist at 2218 N. Lincoln Ave. and a case of Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Stuffed Pretzels.
King Wah: 200 egg rolls.
La Preferida: Assortment of over 50 Authentic Mexican food products including refried beans, Jalapeño Peppers, Organic Products, Salsas, Tortillas, and Seasonings.
Lyric Opera of Chicago: two tickets to Verdi’s “A Masked Ball”, two Lyric fleece pullovers and baseball caps.
Manny’s Cafeteria & Deli: A Deluxe Manny’s Care Package containing sliced corned beef & pastrami, potato pancakes, rye bread and a bottle of Manny’s Horseradish Mustard.
Margie’s Candies: five cases of Margie’s turtles
Mullen Foods: Chicago’s Finest Applesauce
Original Rainbow Cone Inc.: 25 quarts of Original Rainbow Cone ice cream
Reebok: 100 youth hockey sticks
Reggio’s Pizza: 10 Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizzas
Robinson’s Ribs: three cases of Robinson’s Barbecue Sauce –Original, Brown Sugar and Hot.
Stanley’s Kitchen & Tap – West Loop: 20lbs, 10oz. of toasted macaroni & cheese.
Stewarts Coffee: six cases of Stewarts Private Blend Coffee and two cases of “Red Eye” Blend.
Terry’s Toffee: 30 pounds of toffee.
Vienna Beef: 1961 Maxwell Street Polish Sausages and 2010 Chicago Style Hot Dogs
Windy City Soda: cases of Windy City Soda to the City of Philadelphia and 15 cases to the Chicago Greater Food Depository.
World’s Finest Chocolate: 50-lb. chocolate almond bar.

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Chicago Public School Principal for a Day Honors Eli’s Cheesecake with a 2008 Outstanding School Partnership Award








Mayor Richard M. Daley created Principal for a Day in 1998 as a way to involve Chicago’s civic and business community in individual schools throughout Chicago. This year over 1,600 Chicagoans served as Principals for a Day. Above, Mayor Daley congratulates Eli’s Marc Schulman on Eli’s long term partnership with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and being recognized with a
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The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences has over 100 Award Winning Partnerships. The recognition for Eli’s Cheesecake Partnership with CHSAS was just example of the commitment of the faculty, staff and students to being great community partners. Above, Principal William Hook, Assistant Principal Dolphin Harris, Master Ag Teacher and Advisory Board Liaison Lucille Shaw, special guest Adam C. Powell IV, Marc Schulman and David Gilligan, Chief High School Officer celebrate the recognition for CHSAS–the only high school
receiving a partnership award.









Marc Schulman thanks David Gilligan, former principal at CHSAS, and now head of all Chicago High Schools, for his continued support of the students and programs at CHSAS. Since many of Marc’s conversations at home involve CHSAS and agriculture, Maureen Schulman congratulates Marc on being recognized for his long term commitment to the school.








The CHSAS Advisory Board has over 50 members who work with the
school throughout the year. Advisory Board Co-chair Rouhy Shalabi, is also a
CHSAS parent and a Chicago Park District Commissioner and works with Marc and
Lucille Shaw and William Hook to expand partnerships and opportunities for the
students. On the right, Marc was honored to meet Adam C. Powell IV, the grandson
of noted New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, who is the namesake of a
Chicago Public School. This was the first time that Adam C. Powell IV had
visited the school and attended Principal for a Day.










12th Principal for a Day event brings thousands
into Chicago Public Schools

The goal of Principal for a Day is to encourage community and business leaders, celebrities and other individuals to form partnerships with Chicago public schools. Many Principals for a Day have formed long-term relationships with their schools and helped many students along the way. At the Principal for a Day luncheon at Hilton Chicago & Towers, 720 S. Michigan Ave., event sponsor Merrill Lynch announced the 2008 0Outstanding School Partnership Award Winners, recognizing real CPS principals and their guest “principals,” who best symbolize the
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  • Partner: EXPRESS Stores – Michael Weis, CEO
    School: Bateman Elementary School – Carl Dasko, Principal
  • Partner: Eli’s Cheesecake Company – Marc Schulman, CEO
    School: Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences – William Hook, Principal
  • Partner: Chicago Board Options Exchange – William Brodsky, Chairman & CEO
    School: Drake Elementary School – Yvonne Jones, Principal
  • Partner: Alcan Packaging, Chicago Office – Nicole Harris, Communications Coordinator
    School: Fuller Elementary School – Dr. Patricia Kennedy, Principal
  • Partner: Ensemble Español – Dame Libby Komaiko, Founder & Artistic Director
    School: Kilmer Elementary School – Miguel Trujillo, Principal



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Mayor Richard M. Daley joined by Eli’s President Marc Schulman in announcing an expanded partnership between the Department of Business Affairs and Licenseing and the City Colleges of Chicago to promote entrepreneurship

On March 17th, I had the pleasure to join Mayor Richard M. Daley at Westside Tech, a campus of Richard J. Daley College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, when he announced an expanded partnership between the Department of Business Affairs and Licensing and the City Colleges of Chicago.

Following are the remarks I was delivered after being introduced by Mayor Daley:

Thank you Mayor Daley.

Last Summer I received a call from the Department of Business Affairs and Licensing asking me to be the keynote speaker at the Business Works Seminar to be held at North side Prep High School near our bakery.

At the time I was not familiar with this program but I was invited to speak to small business owners/entrepreneurs about how my dad started in the restaurant business in
1940, how his cheesecake made its debut on the menu at Eli’s the Place for Steak
how the cheesecake made its debut outside Eli’s at the first Taste of Chicago in
1980 and then how the business has grown to become one of the country’s largest
specialty cheesecake bakers.

It was a rainy day and traffic was really bad… When I arrived, I found myself in a room with about a 100 people, over 20 government agencies providing resources to businesses and great sessions … offering business marketing, financing and technology workshops. There were three Alderman in attendance—Schulter, O’Connor and Laurino, which showed the strong City support for the program.

After my remarks I walked around and gathered information essential to any business owner. I immediately realized that this was the type of event we needed to be hosting at
the City Colleges…which need to be all about entrepreneurial success.

As an advisor and Chairman of the Business Advisory Board for Wright College, I am always interested in enhancing the opportunities to the students at the City Colleges
and this was a great opportunity for that.

Shortly after, I arranged a meeting with Mary Lou Eisenhauer of DBA. At the time, she informed me that the City wanted to grow this program and had intentions of working with the City Colleges.

It is a perfect fit. Not only will this partnership help City College students build upon their
educational experience; it will also provide the surrounding community an opportunity to access important resources and to build a relationship with a City College right in their community.

One of the benefits of this partnership is that participating colleges will have an opportunity to engage their business programs and honor a student entrepreneur. Doing so will bring attention to the business educational opportunities that exist right in the city college system.

As a business owner, I know new and existing business owners will benefit from this

We look forward to being part of the first Business Works Seminar at Wright College on Wednesday, April 9th.













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Chicago Celebrates its 171st Birthday with Eli’s Cheesecake at the Chicago History Museum

It was a great honor for all of us at Eli’s Cheesecake to create
the 171st birthday cake for the City of Chicago.

It was on March 4th, 1837 that Chicago was incorporated as a
City at that time with a population of several thousand. Later that Spring, 700
votes were cast as William Ogden was elected the first Mayor of Chicago
defeating John Kinzie.

We were delighted to join Mayor Richard M. Daley at the Chicago
History Museum for the Birthday Party celebrating Chicagoans with the birthday
of March 4th.










Mayor Daley celebrates the 171st Birthday of the City of Chicago










Marc Schulman of Eli’s Cheesecake joins Mayor Daley and honored guests in singing Happy Birthday to the City of Chicago. Afterwards all the guests enjoyed Eli’s Cheesecake and hot dogs from Vienna Beef.










Eli’s Marc and Maureen Schulman with the City’s Birthday Cake







Gary Johnson, the President of the Chicago History Museum greets Eli’s Marc Schulman and Larry Ryan of the LaSalle Bank.

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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley Visits Eli’s Cheesecake at the National Restaurant Association Show

My Dad, Eli Schulman, had several core values that he reinforced over the years.

On our menu at Eli’s the Place for Steak, the menu read “we shall serve good food, at a profit if we can, at a loss, if we must, but always good food.” This was a real testament to his life long commitment to quality.

Next, “charity will never bust you,” which we have continued by giving our time, cheesecake and money to support so many worthwhile causes.

The third, “Chicago, we are glad you are here,” was part of his life long devotion to serving guests and to making sure that diners at Eli’s the Place for Steak. It was for that reason that it was so great to have Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley visit the Eli’s Cheesecake Booth during the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. Mayor Daley is Chicago’s Number On Booster and was the person responsible for keeping the NRA Show in Chicago for many years to come.

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Preview of Taste of Chicago 2007

Summer in Chicago! The Blues Fest, Gospel Fest, Farmers Markets and Baseball. At Eli’s, we always look forward to our biggest event of the Summer-Taste of Chicago.

It was at that very first Taste of Chicago held on Michigan Avenue on July 4, 1980 that my dad, Eli M. Schulman, took his cheesecake outside of Eli’s the Place for Steak for the first time. As it is now our tradition, we look forward to celebrating the 27th Birthday of the Taste of Chicago and Eli’s Cheesecake on Saturday, June 30th at Buckingham Fountain when legendary singer Kenny Rogers, performing that evening at the Country Music Festival at Butler Field, will help us cut and serve a giant Eli’s Cheesecake Birthday Cake.



Mayor Richard M. Daley joined the Eli’s Team at the Preview Party for the 2007 Taste of Chicago. Eli’s sampled its offering for Taste and brought a small version of the giant Eli’s Cheesecake that will be cut by Kenny Rogers at the 27th birthday party for the Taste.

To kick off Eli’s Eco Initiative and to promote sustainable practices, Eli’s will be dishing out our cheesecake in an alternative way at the 2007 Taste of Chicago. These pratices developed by Eli’s Kori Schulman in connection with the Eli’s Purchasing Team were highlighted in the Chicago Tribune’s coverage of the Taste preview.


A recipe to add dash of health to Taste

Festival to feature a focus on green

By Kristen Kridel
Tribune staff reporter
Published June 13, 2007

This year, Eli’s Cheesecake Co. expects to serve an estimated 150,000 slices of cheesecake on biodegradable plates and bowls made from a sugar cane byproduct, President Marc Schulman said.

And the employees handing out slices, ranging from plain to chocolate dipped, will don T-shirts made with 100 percent organic cotton, Schulman added.

“Finally, you can enjoy the No. 1 dessert with a little less guilt, just don’t eat the plate!” he wrote in an e-mail.

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April 14, 2007–A Great Day for Chicago; Chicago named as U.S. entry in bid to host 2016 Olympics

Congratulations to Mayor Richard M. Daley and the members of Chicago Olympic Bid Committee. Today in Washington D.C., the eleven member of the U.S. Olympic Committee picked Chicago over Los Angeles to be the United States entry in the competition to host the 2016 Olympics.


The final decision will be made in will be held in October 2009, when the International Olympic Committee will meet in Copenhagen to choose from five cities, which are expected to include Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Tokyo.


This is a great day for Chicago which has never hosted an Olympics. We are very proud of our record in being a great host for conventions and for hosting the Century of Progress in 1933 and 1934 and the Columbian Exposition in 1893.

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Eli’s Goes to Washington D.C. for a Taste of Chicago Hosted by Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Illinois Congressional Delegation

One of our great honors is to accompany Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley when he brings a “Taste of Chicago” to Washington D.C. This year, the Mayor invited Members of Congress and other dignitaries to the Great Hall of the
Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress which opened to the public in November of 1897.







The Great Hall is one of the most magnificent public spaces in the country. The ceiling is 75 feet above the marble floor and is decorated with stained glass skylights supported by elaborately paneled beams finished in aluminum leaf. In the center of the marble floor is a large brass inlay shaped like a sun, on which are inscribed the four cardinal points of the compass. Bordering the sun on four sides are round medallions with 12 brass inlays
representing the signs of the zodiac..


On the east side is the Commemorative Arch leading back to the Main Reading Room . Inscribed into the frieze above are the words Library of Congress. Above that, flanked by eagles, is a tablet with the names of the
engineers and architects who were responsible for the design and construction of the Jefferson Building.




Eli’s brought an assortment of cheesecakes–Original, Cookies & Cream and Mud Pie that were a hit of the party.



Chicago has a very dedicated hospitality community which is delighted to support events promoting the City around the country.


Eli’s Marc Schulman celebrates the success of the Taste of Chicago in DC with Tom Grey and Tim Thomas of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, who produce the Taste of Chicago and this special event in Washington.


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Eli’s Cheesecake Proud to be part of History: Mayor Daley’s Wager with the Mayor White of Houston over the White Sox and Astros in the World Series

Mayor Richard M. Daley has a been lifelong Chicago White Sox fan growing up just blocks from the old Comiskey Park and the new U.S. Cellular Field. Today at a morning press conference outside the Field, he recounted his memories of attending the World Series in 1959 and his great joy with the American League Champion Chicago White Sox.

In honor of this great occasion in Chicago, Mayor Daley invited a distinguished list of Chicago food companies, restaurants and institutions to join him for a very special wager with Mayor Bill White of Houston. Eli’s was delighted to be a part of this wager, but knowing that our White Sox will win the World Series, we started today baking our Giant Eli’s Cheesecake for the Victory Celebration.

Eli’s Big Slice was proud to be featured with great Chicago brands including Vienna Beef, Stewart’s Coffee, Tootsie Roll, Connie’s Pizza and Original Rainbow Cone.

Eli’s is White Sox crazy this weekend! Go White Sox!

Eli’s, Marc Schulman, at the podium, sharing Eli’s pride in being Chicago made,its support of the wager, and its delight to create a White Sox World Series Victory Cheesecake.

Chicago is very fortunate to have the LaSalle Bank as the leading local bank and its Chairman and CEO, Norm Bobbins. Just two weeks after one million people celebrated the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, Bobbins was celebrating the Sox American League Championship and the strong corporate support that LaSalle provides the Sox and all of Chicago.

Mayor Richard M. Daley presents Chicago White Sox Chairman and CEO, Jerry Reinsdorf with a smaller version of the banners saluting the Sox that are display around the City.

Mayor Bill White of Houston has urged his residents to discard their socks for a “No Socks Weekend.” Mayor Daley, being concerned that the people of Houston could get cold, particularly if they are attending the games in Chicago this weekend, brought white socks as a gift for the people of Houston.

Eli’s Maureen, Elana and Marc Schulman with Chicago Mayor, Richard M. Daley. Daley is a great supporter of Chicago family businesses and is delighted to see companies like Eli’s support Chicago public educational institutions like Wright College and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

The Home of the White Sox has always been in the 11th Ward on Chicago’s southside near what was the location of the Chicago Stockyards. Here, Eli’s, Marc Schulman, and Eli’s special friend, Doug Wertheimer of Wertheimer Box, congratulate Alderman James Balcer on the success of the Sox.

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