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Eli’s Cheesecake & President Marc Schulman Profiled in the March 2013 issue of Today’s Chicago Woman

Marc Schulman


Sarah Levy


The Eli’s Cheesecake legacy thrives.

Marc Schulman is the ultimate Chicago food industry veteran. He’s perhaps the largest cream cheese buyer this side of the Mississippi (a must if you’re going to churn out 15,000 cheesecakes a day). And having a knack for mass production with a heart as big as the giant slice of cheesecake I couldn’t help but indulge in during our interview, Mr. Schulman is one of my all-time favorite foodies.

How did Eli’s Cheesecake begin?
It was the dream of my father, Eli Schulman, who started with Eli’s The Place For Steak, a steakhouse on Chicago Avenue. He was a great restaurateur/host, but he always dreamt of creating a signature dish that could be sold outside the restaurant. It was at the first Taste of Chicago where Eli’s Cheesecake made its debut. We then evolved into an independent company and, over time, grew as both our distributions and product offerings grew.

How many cheesecakes do you sell a day?
About 15,000. So we have about 200,000-300,000 servings daily. It adds up. And the distribution could go as far as Russia and Saudi Arabia; we do a lot of big business in London.

What’s the key to continued success?
Growing up in a family that was really passionate about quality and service, it’s about serving our customers – working with them and being creative. Also, growing up in the restaurant business you become very appreciative of the dishwasher and bus boy. We try to run a business where everyone is really important.

You’re very popular among local celebrities, too!
In 1985 when the Bears went to the Super Bowl, Harold Washington said, ‘We have Chicago hot hogs, deep dish pizza and Eli’s Cheesecake.’ And it was the first time we became national. So it’s been a lot of fun. We’ve also done the mayor’s birthday cake for him for the last three years.

Favorite part of your job?
Seeing customers, talking about my dad and his heritage. I wear the watch Frank Sinatra gave him. It’s a great legacy. My dad, a child of immigrants, was born in 1910. Here we are 103 years later telling his story, and I get to work with really smart, dedicated people.

Who inspires you?
My parents and the people I work with. And great people in my life like [former] Governor James Thompson and Tony Valukas, whom I worked for as a lawyer. I’ve been very fortunate. Chicago’s a great place; people cheer you on.

Best advice you’ve received?
A few things that had to deal with cash flow. I forgot what the saying is, something like, ‘Cash is more important than your mother.’ I don’t know that I’d put it at that level, but I think businesses work when you’re in it for the long-term. And, too often, we look at businesses very transactionally. You’re going to have good years and bad ones, but the question is ‘will you be long-term?’

Where do you dine most?
I’m attracted to hotel dining rooms, whether it’s at The Peninsula Chicago, NoMi Kitchen [at Park Hyatt Chicago] or the Ritz-Carlton Chicago dining room.

Favorite hidden gem?
Growing up, my dad worked six days a week. But then one night Richard J. Daley came in and he wasn’t here, so he then worked seven days. Whenever we did go out, we always went to Kow Kow Restaurant in Lincolnwood.

Craziest customer experience?
We’ve had people drive a day, overnight, to get cheesecake or come for our sales. We’ve had some incredible fans.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Crain’s Chicago Business just featured the 23rd anniversary of ‘40 under 40,’ and I was in the first group, which had Oprah Winfrey, David Axelrod, John Rogers, Linda Johnson Rice and me. I was doing the same thing I was doing 23 years ago. So I hope I’m doing the same thing I’m doing now.

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500 Pound Eli’s Cheesecake called the ‘Star of the Menu’ at President Obama’s Staff Inaugural Ball

Last night, January 22, Eli’s Cheesecake’s 500 lb. Celebration Cake was the ‘star of the menu’ at President Obama’s Staff Inaugural Ball according to Obama Foodorama. This Eli’s Cheesecake masterpiece was designed and brought to life by Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef, Laurel Boger, and her bakery team.  After being baked in Eli’s Bakery, Boger and the giant cake drove 700 miles to arrive at DC by Tuesday Monday, with just enough time for Boger to add the finishing touches. In the end, the magnificent Eli’s Cheesecake had hundreds of pictures taken of it before the President even arrived, and was served, along with other Eli’s Cheesecakes, to the 10,000-15,000 guests in attendance at the Ball. Eli’s is honored to have been part of such an historic event & thanks Boger and her bakery team for all their creativity, skill, dedication and hard work!


Below is the article posted by Obama Foodorama:



Giant cake at the President’s last inaugural party shares the spotlight with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett…

Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama’s Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration.  And the 500-pound cake created by Eli’s Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu:  The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips.  The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived minutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already abuzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake, which was topped with a replica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top.

“My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you,” President Obama told his guests, who numbered between 10-15,000. “All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America.”

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign’s anthems, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli’s executive pastry chef Laurel Boger needed a stepladder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

“We’re very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too,” company president Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

“It is very meaningful.  There are so many events, and we’re honored to play a small role.”

Baked at Eli’s Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and “original plain” cheesecake, Eli’s most popular flavors.

The behemoth used 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting.

The cake also featured a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words “Obama” and “Biden” to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli’s cheesecakes were also offered to the guests, who wereWhite House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff,and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff. Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a memorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman’s 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli’s has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schulman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli’s The Place for Steak, and has provided cakes for three other inaugurations, including for President Obama’s first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball (that honor this year went to Duff Goldman’s Charm City Cakes).  Both of President Bill Clinton’s inaugurations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli’s Cheesecakes.  (Above, Boger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After baking the cake in Eli’s Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the Convention Center.

President Obama was already an Eli’s fan:  He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli’s cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Springfield, Ill..  The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests.  Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincoln pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln’s humble childhood home.

The other Inaugural Balls…

On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls,  The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief’s Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time.  Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing.  (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly ClarksonAlicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd, singer Eric BenetJohn Legendand his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli’s ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US; the website is here.

*Photos courtesy of Eli’s Cheesecake Company 

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Eli’s Cheesecake Ready for the Staff Inaugural Ball

Tonight, a celebratory Eli’s Cheesecake will be served at President Obama’s Staff Inaugural Ball  honoring the White House staff and presidential campaign workers.  We are proud to be on display at this historical event and on the day our founder, Eli Schulman, would have celebrated his 103rd birthday.   Thank you to our friends, customers, and associates for this great achievement!

Here is an article from the Wall Street Journal about the food for the event:

Here is a Chicago Neighborhood News report from about Eli’s cake:

President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball Celebration Cake


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Obama Foodorama Profiles Eli’s Inaugural Cheesecake—”500 pound Eli’s Cheesecake Will Star at Final Inaugural Ball of President Obama’s Career–great honor as it comes on January 22nd–our Founder, Eli M. Schulman’s 103rd Birthday

Monday, January 21, 2013

500-Pound Eli’s Cheesecake Will Star At Final Inaugural Ball Of President Obama’s Career

Chicago culinary icon’s cake is topped with replica of the Capitol Dome, and will be centerpiece of the Staff Inaugural Ball, where Lady Gaga will headline…
The very last inaugural ball of President Barack Obama’s two terms in office will be on Tuesday evening, Jan. 22, when the tireless troops who helped win the White House will party at the Staff Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.  The President and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend to thank their base.  Appropriately, the impressive dessert comes from the President’s adopted hometown, ground-zero for his political career and his first and second campaigns.  Eli’s Cheesecake Company, a Chicago culinary icon, is creating a 500-pound cake for the party, which will be topped with a replica of the Capitol Dome. (Above, Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef at work on the masterpiece in Chicago)

President Obama is a fan of Eli’s:  One of their jumbo creations was served at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball at his first inauguration.  And the President proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli’s cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009.  President Obama keynoted the dinner in Springfield, Ill., and today America’s #1 Lincoln fan will be re-sworn-in with his hand atop Honest Abe’s 1861 Bible.

Masterminded by Eli’s executive pastry chef Laurel Bolger, the three-tiered cake for the Staff Ball is being created at Eli’s Chicago headquarters, and will be covered with 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, decorated with dancing gold stars, a blue presidential eagle, and the inaugural seal.  The layers will alternate between two of Eli’s most popular flavors, plain and chocolate chip, company president Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

“We’re very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too,” Schulman said.  “It is very meaningful.  There are so many events, and we’re honored to play a small role.”

Or, er, a large role.  All told, the gargantuan cheesecake uses 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting.  (Above, a graphic of the finished cheesecake)

Chef Bolger and the giant cake layers will travel in a refrigerated truck from Chicago to DC, leaving on Monday afternoon around 3:00 PM, just as the President and Mrs. Obama are marching in the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House.

After an overnight drive of more than 700 miles, the cheesecake will be assembled at the Convention Center on Tuesday morning, where the finishing touches will be put on, Schulman said.  Along with “back up” cheesecakes of six to eight other flavors Eli’s will bring to the Staff Ball, the domed beauty will serve 6,000 people.

A spokesman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee declined to specify how many total guests have been invited to the Ball–or what else will be on the menu; organizers have released no details about the event.  Superstar Lady Gaga will reportedly headline, however, an “inaugural source” tipped both Hollywood Reporter and AP.

Eli’s cheesecakes also starred at two previous inaugural celebrations, served at President Bill Clinton’s inaugural balls in 1993 and 1997, Schulman said.

“We took a break during the Bush years,” Schulman said.

Clinton and his wife, now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, visited Eli’s bakery in 1992, and were wowed.  The Secretary has a silver palate, and goes down in history as the First Lady who brought contemporary American cuisine to the White House, after a focus on French cooking in the previous decades.  Eli’s has also created masterpieces for loads of other celebrations, including current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s inauguration (which followed his stint as President Obama’s first Chief of Staff); Chicago’s 150th and 175th Birthday cakes, and for the White Sox World Series Win.

Schulman has been in DC since last week, and will be very busy on Tuesday, making sure everything is ready for the President’s final inaugural party.  Getting invited to serve food at any presidential inaugural is a rare honor, and Schulman is suitably thrilled.

“Four times in twenty years is pretty spectacular,” Schulman said. “It’s been great.”

The six-tiered cake for President Obama’s Commander-in Chief’s Ball on Monday night is being created by Duff Goldman’s Charm City Bakery in Baltimore, Maryland.

The late Eli Schulman first started offering his cheesecake in 1980 as the signature dessert at the legendary Eli’s The Place for Steak in Chicago, and the company now ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the nation.  The website is here(Above, Bolger and staff with the cheesecake layers)

*Photos courtesy of Marc Schulman/Eli’s Cheesecake Company

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Eli’s Goes to Washington…Again!

Today Eli’s Cheesecake is sending a Giant Eli’s Cheesecake for the Presidential Inauguration 2013! Weighing in at 500 pounds, this Big Eli’s Cake  was made with 155 lb. of cream cheese, 45 lb. of sugar, 20 dozen eggs, 2 cups of pure vanilla, and 100 lb. buttercream frosting, along with substantial amount of other ingredients listed below. This will be the second cheesecake Eli’s has made for Barack Obama’s Inauguration; Eli’s also made Obama’s First Inaugural Cake. Eli’s Pastry Chef, Laurel Bogel, designed, bake, and hand-decorated the huge cheesecake. Eli’s is honored to be making such notable cake for a great event in U.S. History.

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Congratulations to Northwestern Law School Dean David Zandt for his 25 years of serving as Dean and for his new role as President of the New School in New York

Van Zandt farewell

Eli’s has had a long and special relationship with the Chicago Campus of Northwestern University and the Northwestern University Law School. Eli’s the Place for Steak was a favorite gathering spot for professors at the Law School: Fred Inba, David Ruder and others would walk the block from the Law School to Eli’s. When Eli’s Marc Schulman attended Northwestern Law School, Eli’s hosted many study groups and other student meetings and Eli’s Founder, Eli Schulman, had a very special relationship with the Northwestern Law Alumni who led the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois and had such an impact on the law and government in Illinois: Governor James R. Thompson, Judge Joel Flaum, Attorneys Tony Valukas and Gary Starkman, to name a few.

This holiday season, Northwestern Law School is celebrating the 25 year service of David Van Zandt as Dean of the Law School and honoring him as he moves to become President of the New School in New York. For us at Eli’s, it was a true honor to see that the poster highlighting the Dean’s 25 year service includes a photo of the 150th anniversary cheesecake that Eli’s created in 2009.

Northwestern Law School 150 years

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PrezRelease–the Blog of U of I President Mike Hogan Highlights meeting of Hogan, Chancellor Easter and Eli’s Marc Schulman

President Mike Hogan

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Suggests the Perfect Election Party—with Eli’s Cheesecake

Celebrate the vote with an election party

By The
Sunday, November 2, 2008


This year’s hotly contested presidential race has garnered lots of interest — from debated issues, outrageous comedy skits and fashion commentary.

Anytime the political parties come together for a night of passionate discourse, we’re inspired to throw a political party of our own.

Tuesday is the perfect night to celebrate all things election. Invite the gang over to follow the returns and have a little fun along the way.

We’ve pulled together appropriate snacks, drinks and activities to keep the evening humming along nicely.

Here’s the plan: Map it

Use a map to track the candidates’ state-by-state progress in accumulating electoral college votes. Mark the states in red or blue as they’re called or simply circle those that went for your preferred candidate. You can download an outline map of all 50 states on the Internet at and selecting the United States of America from the pulldown menu of locations.

What are the odds?

A little friendly betting heightens the excitement. Ask your guests for their predictions on the following questions. Award prizes to the winners.

• What color will the wives will be wearing while they wait for the results? Will the candidates opt for full-press business suits, shirts and ties or take off their ties and jackets and roll up their sleeves?

• What time will the losing candidate will make his concession speech?

• What will the “point spread” be for the electoral college count when the loser concedes?

• How long will it be from the end of the concession speech until the first pundit begins speculating on the 2012 election?

• Which state’s results will decide the race?

Party decor

• Wouldn’t it be great to have the candidates attend your election night party? You can at least pretend they’re there with life-sized Barack Obama and John McCain cardboard look-a-likes. One benefit over hosting the real candidates — you won’t have to listen to them argue about the issues all evening. Just stand them in opposite
corners of the room for effect, or put them together for photo ops for your guests. $24.99 at Papermart.

• The color scheme has to include red, white, and blue. These Old Glory-inspired plates ($3.49), cups
($3.49) and napkins ($3.69) from Giant Eagle set the scene nicely, along with a red, white and blue serving tray ($2.99) from Papermart.

• Other napkins are more pointed left or right with the Republican and Democratic signifiers. $4.99 a pack at Papermart.

• Dress your cheese plate and cocktails with patriotic flair with miniature pinwheels ($1.99 for a package of 10) — all the hot air should keep them spinning — and tiny flags toothpicks ($1.99 for pack of 40). Both from Giant Eagle.

• Traditional-looking skimmer hats made of Styrofoam rather than straw can be worn by revelers. These offer a political take with elephants or donkeys. $1.69 at Papermart.

• For the more flamboyant, recommend over-size felt Uncle Sam Hats with an elephant or donkey. $28.99 each at Halloween Express.

• For party favors, we love these plush elephant and donkey Pez dispensers. $2.99 each at Kmart.

Party menu

You’re likely to work up an appetite while following election coverage and rooting for your favorite
candidate. Sure, you could opt for the obvious by making available an evenly balanced menu of red foods and blue foods. Or you could opt for purple foods in anticipation of a post-election coming together.

But why not celebrate the candidate’s differences with a buffet of foods that celebrate the geographical
areas they have been representing as Senators.

Republican candidate Sen. John McCain lives in Phoenix, Ariz., so offer a selection of Southwestern

• A sampler of salsas in two or three levels of spiciness plus both bowls of blue and yellow corn

• Use your favorite recipe to make a batch of chili. Set out condiments for personalizing it –
grated cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, chopped green peppers, jalapeno peppers, onions, mashed or refried pinto beans, taco shells, corn tortillas, blue corn chips and plenty of salsa.

• Purchase and heat up some pre-made tamales or enchiladas.

• Ice up a cooler full of Arizona Iced Tea

• The Joy Cone company has two U.S. plants, one in nearby Hermitage, Mercer County, and a second in
Flagstaff, Arizona. Fill the cones with scoops of Baskin-Robbins’s Straight Talk Crunch (white chocolate ice cream swirled with caramel ribbon, chocolate pieces, candy red states and crunchy mixed nuts)

Democratic candidate Sen. Barak Obama lives in Chicago, which also has an abundance of local food

• Cracker Jack, which the public first tasted at the first Chicago World’s Fair — also called the World
Columbia Exposition — in 1893.

• Chicago-style hot dogs. Cook up some all-beef hot dogs and assemble the items that make it an official
Chicago-style hot dog — poppyseed buns, dishes of chopped onion, pickle relish, yellow mustard, tomato wedges, pickle spears, celery salt and tiny spicy sport peppers.

• Purchase and heat up one or more pre-made Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas.

Eli’s Cheesecake is a Chicago favorite. You can order one online, buy a locally made stand-in or make your own.

• Baskin-Robbins also offers an ice cream flavor for Obama supporters — Whirl of Change (peanut-nougat ice cream whirled with chunks of chocolate-covered peanut brittle and a caramel ribbon).

Must-see TV

The first rule for an election party is to fill the room with lots of TV sets so you can guarantee
coverage on all networks.

But during those sluggish times, switch to one of these presidential flicks available on video and

“The Candidate”:
(1972 ) Robert Redford is a candidate run by his campaign rather than the other way around. The film pivots on his growing self-awareness of the cynical nature of the political process. Director Michael Ritchie and screenwriter Jeremy
Larner both worked in actual political campaigns and impart realism to the story.

“Dave”: (1993)
Kevin Klein plays a nobody who happens to be a dead ringer for the president, a chief executive who just happened to fall into a coma. The powers that be dragoon Klein into taking the president’s place. Of course, he’ll take orders
from a behind-the-scenes cabal, led by Frank Langella. Sigourney Weaver is the wife who can’t figure out why her husband has suddenly become attentive and considerate.

“Wag the Dog”:
(1997) When a sex scandal threatens the re-election chances of a sitting president, he turns to a Hollywood producer, played by Dustin Hoffman and a spin doctor, played by Robert De Niro. Their solution: launch a fake war to distract
the American public.

(1998): A financially ruined liberal senator, played by Warren Beatty, takes out a contract on his own life so his insurance will provide for his family. While he’s waiting for the inevitable, and with nothing to lose, he begins talking in
hip-hop riffs and profane urban vernacular that sparks an unlikely political comeback.

“Primary Colors”:
(1998) John Travolta is terrific as governor Jack Stanton, a barely fictionalized Bill Clinton. Based on the book by Joe Klein about Clinton’s 1992 campaign, the film captures both what’s inspiring and maddening about Clinton -
er – Stanton. A born politician, he’s also a philanderer. The all-star cast includes Emma Thompson in the “Hillary” role.

Pin the …

Get extra use out of your stand-up candidates by playing Pin the Flag Pin on the Candidate.

Affix tape to the little toothpick flags, blindfold the player, spin and send toward the

The person who tapes the flag closest to the lapel wins.

Drinking cues

You might try a variation on the classic drinking game called “Hi, Bob!” where friend gather to watch
re-runs of “The Bob Newhart Show.” Whenever a character on the sitcom says “Hi Bob,” the group takes a drink.

This time around,
however, your guests take a sip whenever a newscaster, pundit or other talking head utters one of these cues or cliches. Pick the ones you want to play with.

By the way, at the end of the night, conduct your own exit poll and make sure your guests are sober enough
to drive home to whatever new America awaits us all.

• “The only poll that matters is the one tonight”

• “The middle class”

• “Election cycle”

• “Early voting”

• “Spread the wealth around”

• “Bridge to nowhere”

• “Key precincts have not yet reported”

• “This race is too close to call.”

• “His message resonated with voters”

• “The voters have spoken”

• “They elected him, but they’re also sending him a message”

• “Key endorsement”

Ballot bennies

It’s a privilege and a right to vote, but sometimes there are benefits to casting a ballot.

• Eat ‘n Park restaurants continue a long-standing tradition of offering a free cup of coffee to every
customer who shows up Tuesday with a voting stub or “I Voted” sticker. The offer is good at all Eat ‘n Park locations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

• For something sweet with that coffee, Krispy Kreme will give out one star-shaped donut with red,
white and blue sprinkles to patrons wearing “I Voted” stickers on Election Day. Krispy Kreme has stores in Cranberry and Washington.

• And, if the election has you tied up in knots, Pratique Yoga in Lawrenceville has the solution: Bring in a
valid the election week of the election for a free yoga class. Practique Yoga is located at 4027 Butler St. Details: 412-728-2625, .

Specialty cocktails

McCormick & Schmick’s
Seafood Restaurants — Downtown at Piatt Place and at the SouthSide Works — is celebrating the end of election season with these speciality cocktails throughTuesday. Shake them up for your party.

Love on the Ba-racks

• 3/4 ounce lemon juice

• 1/4 ounce orange juice

• 3/4 ounce simple syrup

• 1/2 ounce Blue Curacao

• 1/4 ounce peach schnapps

• 1/4 ounce Malibu Rum

• Sprite

• Cherry, for garnish

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice. Shake it several times. Strain the drink into glass filled with fresh ice. Top the drink with a splash of Sprite. Garnish with a cherry.

McCain Maverick-tini

• 3/4 ounce raspberry puree

• 3/4 ounce lemon juice

• 1/4 ounce simple syrup

• 3/4 ounce Stoli Raspberry Vodka

• 3/4 ounce Chambord

• Long lemon twist, for garnish

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice. Shake it several times. Strain the drink into
martini glass and garnish with a long lemon twist.

Election Day sweets

In the early days of this country, polling places were sparsely located. Colonists would need to travel
far and wide to cast ballots in local and national elections. To keep up voters’ strength, women of hosting towns would serve Election Day Cakes to those going to the polls.

“The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink” reports that Election Day Cake is a yeast-raised
fruitcake of New England, first mentioned by Amelia Simmons in her “American Cookery” book as early as 1796. Other records showed such cakes being baked to celebrate Election Day as early as 1771 in Connecticut, and the tradition spread
throughout the Midwest and West in the 19th century.

The original version is something of a cross between bread and a cake, more like a less-dense English
fruitcake or plum cake.

Chef-Instructor Alison McLoughlin of The Culinary Institute of America charged her students to create
their own delicious version of this classic recipe just in time for the 2008 election. It features dried blueberries, cranberries, and golden raisins.

Election Day Cake

• 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided

• 1/2 cup water

• 1 1/2 cups dried fruit, including cranberries, golden raisins, and blueberries

• 1/2 cup American whisky

• 1/2 cup warm water

• 1/2 cup milk

• 1 package (3/4 ounce) rapid-rise yeast

• 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour, sifted

• Vegetable cooking spray, for coating the pan

• All-purpose flour, for coating the pan

• 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

• 1/2 teaspoon ground clove

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes and softened

• 3 eggs

• 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Combine 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar with the water in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium-high
heat until the sugar is dissolved completely. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Place the dried fruit in a large bowl. Add the sugar mixture and whisky; stir and set aside.

In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine the warm water and milk.

Mix the yeast into 1 cup of whole-wheat flour and combine it with the milk mixture. Sprinkle the
remaining whole-wheat flour on top. Set aside to allow the yeast to ferment until the yeast breaks through the surface of the flour, for about 30 minutes.

Lightly spray and flour an 8-inch tube pan.

Sift together the remaining dry ingredients and set aside.

Drain the fruit mixture; reserve the syrup for later use on the cake and in a glaze.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and the remaining 1 cup of
granulated sugar until it’s light in texture. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition.

Turn the mixer to low speed and add the sponge (flour and yeast mixture); mix until fully combined.
Add the remaining sifted dry ingredients. The batter will be stiff. Stir in the drained fruit.

Place the batter in the pan, cover, and set in a warm area to allow the cake to rise, approximately 1
1/2 to 2 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare the glaze: In a medium-size bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons
of the syrup reserved from the drained fruit. Stir until smooth, and set aside.

After the batter has risen, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the cake for 45 to 60 minutes, or
until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and transfer it to a wire rack
to cool. When cool, lightly brush the cake with the reserved syrup, and top with the glaze.

Makes: one 10-inch cake.

Presidential trivia

• 1. Who was the first president to be born in a hospital?

• 2. What president was a schoolteacher before entering politics?

• 3 .Who was the only president to receive an Emmy Award?

• 4. What president’s Secret Service nickname was “Rawhide”?

• 5. Which president harbored an ambition to conduct a symphony orchestra?

• 6. Which president was elected by the margin of one electoral vote?

• 7. Which president received every electoral college vote but one?

• 8. Who was the only president sworn into office by his father?

• 9. Which president regularly took morning swims in the nude in the Potomac River?

• 10. Who was the first president born as a U.S. citizen?

• 11. How many presidents survived assassination attempts while in office?

• 12. The first president to see a baseball game was …


1. Jimmy Carter

2. Lyndon B. Johnson

3 .Dwight D. Eisenhower (in 1956, the Governor’s Award, for his use and encouragement of television)

4. Ronald Reagan

5. Richard Nixon

6. Rutherford B. Hayes, 1876

7. James Monroe, 1820

8. Calvin Coolidge, 1923

9. John Quincy Adams

10. Martin Van Buren, born in 1782

11. Six — Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan

12. Benjamin Harrison, 1892

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Tribute to George W. Dunne, President of the Cook County Board and dear friend of Eli’s


From the first week that Eli’s the Place for Steak opened on Chicago Avenue in 1966, there was a standing date for table 31 at 8pm on Monday nights. The picture above from the early days shows the special guests that made
Eli’s their dinner destination after office hours at the 42nd Ward Office; it was Cook County Board President and Ward Committeeman, George W. Dunne, pictured on the left, Ward Organization President and and bon vivant, Ira Colitz (in the center), and Eli Schulman on the right.

This standing dinner date that extended over 20 years was one of the highlights of Eli’s week. Other guests joining the group included Secretary of State, Jesse White, Alderman Burt Natarus of the 42nd Ward and Walter
Burnett, Alderman of the 27th Ward.

This past week, Chicago mourned the passing of George Dunne, who died at his farm in McHenry County on Sunday, May 27th. His service and wake at Holy Name Cathedral attracted the leaders in the business and political
community, all of whom shared respect for George and his passion for helping people. In an era when many politicians thrive on the perks of power, George walked to work each day from his 42nd residence without body guards or escorts.

In his Eulogy at Holy Name, attorney and long time friend, Ray Simon, remarked how George’s life revolved around the 42nd Ward, which includes the Magnificent Mile and Holy Name Cathedral. George was born in the Ward in
1913, seven years before the completion of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, which marked the beginning of the development of Michigan Avenue. He served as Ward Committeeman from 1961 to 2004, a term of 43 years in which the entire profile of the Michigan Avenue neighborhood changed with the development of Streeterville for residential and Northwestern Memorial uses and the decline of the low income housing projects in Cabrini Green to the west as new housing for mixed incomes was developed in its place.

George Dunne was instrumental in the creation of the Eli’ M. Schulman Playground in Seneca Park after Eli’s passing in 1988. It was very fitting as George started his career in politics as the Lake Shore Park Manager,
which is the person responsible for watching over the smaller Seneca Park to its west. In his eulogy, Ray Simon, mentioned George’s affection for Eli and for his sense of humor that was demonstrated at the ceremony naming the Playground for Eli in the Fall of 1988. As Simon recounted, George was a speaker at the dedication ceremony and told of Eli’s love of parks–Arlington Park, Maywood Park and Hawthorn–all race tracks. When George told that story and when Ray recounted it, the audience enjoyed a great laugh, knowing of Eli’s interest in the races.

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