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In Honor of National Cheesecake Day–Dick Durbin on the floor of the U.S Senate

Illinois is very fortunate to have a dedicated senior US Senator in
Dick Durbin. He has been a great propoent for Chicago and Illinois in the Senate
and is we look forward to him becoming Senate Democratic Whip (the second
highest position in the party in the Senate) in January.

Senator Durbin has great passion for Eli’s Cheesecake as demonstrated
in the proclamation that he
offered on the Senate Floor for
National Cheesecake Day.

Senator Durbin also knows this State so well that he was the first to
tell us that the spot on the side of our Eli’s Cheesecake Cow that we created
for Cows on Parade was the outline of the State of Illinois


IN HONOR OF NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY

Mr. DURBIN: Mr. President, today is a very special day for all
Americans, but it is especially near and dear to the hearts of many residents of
my home State of Illinois, because today has been designated as National
Cheesecake Day.
Some may be tempted to dismiss National Cheesecake Day as another meaningless
holiday. To those unenlightened few, I extend my sympathies. For you have truly
missed out on one of life’s sweetest pleasures. You see, in Illinois, especially
in the greater Chicago area, National Cheesecake Day can only mean one thing,
Eli’s Cheesecake.

When long-time restaurateur and Chicagoan Eli Schulman founded Eli’s: The
Place for Steak Restaurant, one of his marquee offerings was a superb
cheesecake. It quickly became one of Chicago’s favorite desserts. So popular, in
fact, that Eli’s began producing it for other restaurants and retail outlets
across the country. Eli’s Cheesecake Company has now been a Chicago icon in its
own right for more than 20 years.

Since its 1980 debut at the first Taste of Chicago, Eli’s Cheesecake has
grown to become the largest specialty cheesecake company in the country. In both
1993 and 1997, Eli’s Cheesecake was selected to participate in the presidential
inaugural festivities, they have supplied desserts on Air Force One for
Presidents Reagan to Clinton, and Eli’s Cheesecake provided the cake for the
First Lady’s birthday bash in 1997.

How does a humble homemade Chicago dessert go from after-dinner obscurity to
gracing the plates of Presidents and First Ladies?

Actually, there are two answers. The first is the taste. If you’ve ever had a
bite of an Eli’s cheesecake, you’d know that there is nothing like it anywhere
in the world. Eli’s has taken great care to continue making each cheesecake by
hand–the same way the very first one was made. This ensures each bite will have
the rich, creamy Eli’s taste so many have come to love.

The second is the spirit of Eli Schulman himself.

In 1910, a young man named Eli Schulman was born on Chicago’s West Side.
Although Eli’s father owned a bakery on Roosevelt Road, times were hard for the
Schulmans.

Eli was forced to leave school and embark on a series of jobs to support his
family, doing everything from selling newspapers, to peddling seat cushions at
ballparks, to managing a shoe store and selling women’s dresses.

In 1940, Eli decided to open his own restaurant called the Ogden Huddle. Soon
after World War II breaks out, two signs appear in the restaurant’s window. The
first offers a 25 percent discount to men in uniform. The second simply
states

Eli was forced to leave school and embark on a series of jobs to support his
family, doing everything from selling newspapers, to peddling seat cushions at
ballparks, to managing a shoe store and selling women’s dresses.

In 1940, Eli decided to open his own restaurant called the Ogden Huddle. Soon
after World War II breaks out, two signs appear in the restaurant’s window. The
first offers a 25 percent discount to men in uniform. The second simply
states

Following the war, in the 1940s and 50s Eli’s business expands and his new
restaurants become “hot spots’ for both the Rush Street and Lake Shore Drive
set. When in town, entertainers such as Barbara Streisand, pianist Bobby Short
and comedian Sheky Green often can be found frequenting Eli’s.

In 1966, Eli and his Wife Esther realized their dream of opening a
white-tablecloth establishment, Eli’s The Place for Steak, in what was then the
luxury hotel The Carriage House. Eli’s soon became the spot for celebrities and
dignitaries to dine. Everyone from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. to Gayle
Sayers of the Chicago Bears and comedian Henny Youngman, all began to make Eli’s
their place for steak.

In the late 1970s, following up on a suggestion from a customer about his
dessert, Eli spent several weeks coming up with a recipe that pleases everyone.
Eli’s Cheesecake quickly became a marquee offering at Eli’s the Place for Steak.
In the next few years, this rich and creamy dessert became such a hit that Eli’s
began producing cheesecakes for other restaurants and retail outlets.

Although Eli Schulman passed away in 1988, a playground in Seneca Park,
located across the street from Eli’s the Place for Steak, has been dedicated to
his memory. And Eli Schulman’s spirit lives on in the company he started. His
son, Marc Schulman and Marc’s wife Maureen, are dedicated to providing their
customers with products and services that live up to the name “Chicago’s
Finest.’

Eli’s Cheesecake now employs more than 200 associates, the company’s growth
has been dramatic, and its headquarters, Eli’s Cheesecake World, is a 62,000
square-foot state-of-the-art bakery, visitor center, and cafe.

Today, the company makes more than 15,000 cheesecakes every day for sale to
restaurants, supermarkets, and airlines. Eli’s Cheesecakes are also available to
the public via the company’s thriving mail-order business and Web site.

In honor of this great day, I have brought a taste of Chicago to the U.S.
Senate. Earlier today, I delivered a sample of Eli’s Cheesecakes to both the
Democratic and Republican Cloakrooms for my colleagues to enjoy.

As we go about the Nation’s business today, I hope that each of my colleagues
will take a moment to enjoy the treats in the cloakrooms and ponder the words of
a respected American writer who once proclaimed that cheesecake was the truest
democratic dessert, it is a mix of different ingredients that did not care much
for the presence of an upper crust.

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Eli’s Celebrates National Cheesecake Day with our friend, Ted.

National Cheesecake Day, this year on Friday, July 30th, is a big holiday at
Eli’s. In fact, we celebrate it over two days, starting on July 30th.

This year we had some special help as our home town airline, Ted, part of
United Airlines, helped us get share more free Eli’s Cheesecake than ever by
calling in the Ted Brand Ambassadors. On Thursday and Friday, we were at key
locations in Chicago and the suburbs bringing joy to Elli’s and Ted fans with a
gift of a slice of Eli’s Cheesecake.

It was also a great way for us to say thank you to Chicago for making us the
number one food item and dessert at the 2004 Taste of Chicago–selling over
160,000 slices of Eli’s Cheesecake in the ten days.

We started the day with Ted in front of Eli’s the Place for Steak serving
Eli’s Cheesecake as a breakfast treat, went across the street from Eli’s to the
Eli Schulman Playground at Seneca Park and its next door neighbor, the historic
Engine Company 98, and then shared the treats on Michigan Avenue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Ted joined us with the Eli’s Team at Eli’s Cheesecake World for the
Farmer’s Market. It was a great day with the Department of Aviation bringing out
its Community Outreach program, lots of visitors to the Farmer’s Market and
Eli’s Cafe and lot of people coming for free Eli’s Cheesecake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We finished the day at the Jefferson Park CTA Station welcoming our neighbors
home with an afternoon Eli’s treat. On Friday, we continued with sampling in
Barrington, Hinsdale and Oak Brook. A great way to start the weekend.

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