Posts Tagged New Orleans

Wall Street Journal Honors Casamento’s for having one of New Orleans Greatest Po’boys: Eli’s Cheesecake Honored to a featured Dessert at Casamento’s

Wall Street Journal

The Crescent City’s Greatest Po’boys

Seventy-two hours of gravy-faced, napkin-thrashing, French bread-crunching taste-testing of New Orleans’ most beloved sandwich

casamentos history

casamento fried oyster loaf

The Shining Pearl

Casamento’s Restaurant

Unconventional hours haven’t kept this 89-year-old oyster mecca from drawing lines outside its tiled quarters. Accolades and food shows have followed, mainly for its blissful po’boy hybrid: the fried oyster loaf. Made with thick-cut white Bunny Bread, it is packed four inches high with lightly corn-floured oysters simmered in lard in cast iron pots. 4330 Magazine St.,

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Eli’s Cheesecake v. King Cakes from King King Cakes–the best of Chicago against the best from New Orleans over this Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Chicago

New Orleans has also been a favorite city for Eli’s.

When he acquired the New Orleans Saints, Tom Benson was introduced to Eli and Eli’s the Place for Steak by then General Manager, and Eli’s dear friend, Jim Finks, previously the General Manager of the Bears. Benson was a regular at Eli’s over the years and is one of the great owners in the NFL. We respect Mr. Benson’s commitment to keeping the Saints in New Orleans
and wish him the best of success as he seeks his first NFC Championship.

With Mardi Gras season about to begin, I fondly remember one of our family’s great experience; when Maureen and Elana were in the Zulu Court when, Desiree Glapion Rogers, New Orleans native and daughter of popular council
man, Roy Glapion, was the Zulu Queen in 2000. The hospitality of the Glapion Family and the Zulu Organization was just fantastic and we had so much fun participating in the parades and other special events.

For all those reasons, we were delighted to be contacted by, Dave Brennan, the owner of New Orleans Internet Foods, which
operates the King King Cakes at They are getting ready to ship their delicacies for the Mardi Gras Season and we are delighted to accept his wager of a a large King Cake of our choice versus a cheesecake of Dave’s Choice.

Yes, Dave, we do have the stomach for this bet, which will be a great game between two great cities and two great football


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Casamento’s in New Orleans Selected by Jane and Michael Stern as part of a national restauranteur road trip in Restaurant Business Magazine

All of us at Eli’s are very proud that our cheesecake is the featured dessert at Casamento’s, one of the most famous oyster bars in New Orleans.

Casamento’s was recognized as a top choice by noted food critics Jane and Michael Stern in Restaurant Business Magazine.

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Letter from Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans thanking us for sending him an Eli’s Cheesecake after the Bears Victory



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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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Beefing Up for the Holidays! Congratulations to Allen Brothers on their support of Illinois Agriculture and Chefs in New Orleans

Congratulations to Bobby, Todd and Trudy Hatoff of Allen Brothers Meats on their support of Illinois Agriculture and also the Chef in New Orleans that were devastated by Katrina.

The story started this summer when the Hatoff’s purchased the Grand Champion Steer at the Illinois State Fair. The Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Johnna Thompson of Lawrenceville, Illinois and was purchased for $40,000 by Allen Brothers. The proceeds of the bid go to help the exhibitors go to college and to help benefit Illinois youth in the Illinois FFA Foundation and the 4-H Foundation. As Eli’s is so involved with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and its FFA Chapter, we really appreciate the generosity of the Hatoff’s to help youth in agriculture in Illinois.

The Hatoff’s then decided that they should do further good for the community by creating a fundraising event for the New Orleans and Gulf Coast American Culinary Federation members for Katrina relief. The event fittingly called “Beefing Up for the Holidays” gave leading Chicago chefs and restaurants the opportunity to create outstanding dishes for a reception at the Union League Club.

Beefing Up for the Holidays

The Union League Club
Chicago, Illinois

November 14, 2005

Allen Brothers Inc. has purchased the Grand Champion Steer from the Illinois State Fair 2005 and will be serving it up to support the New Orleans and Gulf Coast ACF Relief Fund. Monies will be sent directly to John Folse and company to feed and support those in their area left devastated by the hurricane Katrina. The day after the tragedy Chef John converted his food company into a rescue kitchen. Currently his company with the support of area ACF Chefs is producing 27,000 meals per day.

This event will feature chefs from Chicago’s restaurants, private clubs, hotels, country clubs and caterers. Each will be creating dishes featuring super prime beef from the prize winning steer.

Food, plenty to drink, great company and a chance to help others in need and make a difference. Featuring live and silent auctions with spectacular items just in time for the holidays.

Every event needs dessert and Eli’s Pastry Chef, Kim Reynolds. served a variety of Eli’s Cheesecakes.


The Washburne Culinary Institute is part of the City Colleges of Chicago and has a wonderful newly created facility in the beautiful South Shore Cultural Center on Chicago’s lakefront. Washburne will also have an expanded facility in the new Kennedy King Community College that is now under construction.


Eli’s, Marc Schulman (left), congratulates Bobby and Trudy Hatoff on the success of “Beefing Up for the Holidays” and their generous support of FFA and the 4-H as well as the ACF Fund for Katrina Relief.

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