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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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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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Mayor Richard M. Daley receives the Scott Award from Swarthmore College and gives the monetary award to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

Chicago is fortunate this week to be hosting the Annual Meeting for the American Association of Botanical Gardens & Arboretums. With great gardens like Cantigny, the Morton Arboreteum, the Chicago Botanical Garden, the Garfield Park Conservatory and the new Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park, Chicago is the perfect place to host this group.

Mayor Richard M. Daley gave the opening key note address to over 600 members of the group at the Mid-America Club on Thursday. At the conclusion of his speech, Claire Sawyers, the Director of the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College came forward to present the Scott Award to Mayor Daley. This is one of the most prestigious awards in gardening and horticulture and was given for the first time to a public official and for the first time at a location outside of Swartmore.

The Award includes a Medal and a monetary award of $10,000 which can spent at the complete discretion of the recipient. We were honored that Mayor Daley directed that the award be given directly to the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences and be spent on the organic garden and display at the 2006 Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

CHSAS Principal, David Gilligan, with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Claire Sawyers, Director of the Scott Arboretum, at the presentation of the Scott Medal to the Mayor

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Daley receives 2005 Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award from the Scott

Mayor Richard M. Daley was awarded the 2005 Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award on June 30 at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta held in Chicago, June 29 – July 2 by Claire Sawyers, Director of the Scott Arboretum. The over 500 horticultural professionals attending the meeting celebrated Mayor Daley’s accomplishments in “greening” the city of Chicago for the past sixteen years. Since he became mayor in 1989, the City has planted more than 500,000 trees, created 100 school campus parks, built 70 miles of landscaped street medians and spurred the construction of rooftop gardens on major buildings including City Hall.

“No matter which side of the political aisle one assumes, the mayor’s dedication to a greening agenda can never be questioned,” stated William Aldrich, president and publisher of Chicagoland Gardening magazine and supporter of Mayor Daley’s nomination for the award. These tireless efforts and forward thinking make Mayor Daley an ideal recipient of the 2005 Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award and, as the first politician to receive the award, a shining example for other politicians to follow.

The Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden and Horticultural Award, given by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, is considered one of the most prestigious in American horticulture. It was established in 1929 to recognize individuals who, in the opinion of the selection committee, have made outstanding, national contributions to the science and art of gardening. The 2005 award of a gold medal together with $10,000 is given as an acknowledgement of “achievement of great merit, a recognition of work in creating and developing a wider interest in gardening.” Mayor Daley requested that his cash award of $10,000 be given directly to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. The school’s principal, Mr. Dave Gilligan, who accepted the check at the award presentation, said they will devote the funds to their organic garden and horticulture programs. The school is the only public high school to participate in the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.
“Mayor Daley’s contribution to the world of urban horticulture reaches across many disciplines. His insistence on bringing the catch-word ‘green’ into almost every project the city undertakes has brought new enlightenment, a new way of doing business in his busy city. Visitors may ooh and ahh over the median planters along the city’s Michigan Avenue, but that is the tip of the veritable iceberg of planting/greening initiatives that drive Chicago,” explained Aldrich.

“Mayor Daley had the vision to dream big dreams and to marshal public foundations and private-sector resources to make the vision a reality. What began with beautification of areas in the heart of the city’s business and tourism districts quickly expanded to include innovative rooftop gardening, environmental education programs, and the crowning glory of Millenium Park, which features world-class architecture and beautiful public spaces such as the Lucie Garden,” as described by Barbara Whitney Carr, President and CEO of Chicago Botanic Garden, and another nomination supporter.

In addition to spurring the planting of 500,000 trees, the placement 70 miles of new median planters, and the renovation of 30 miles of boulevard, the mayor has established Chicago Center for Green Technology. This facility was awarded a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and houses the Greencorps Chicago whose mission is to improve the quality of life throughout Chicago by providing horticulture instruction, materials, and employment. When creating the green roof on top of City Hall, the mayor wanted to set an example to other businesses in the city by improving the city’s own building first.

A former state senator and county prosecutor,

Daley was elected Mayor in 1989 to complete the term of the late Harold Washington, and was re-elected in 1991, 1995, 1999, and 2003 by overwhelming margins. He has been awarded the J. Sterling Morton Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Keystone Award from the American Architectural Foundation, Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County magazine, Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine and many more.

“What Chicago has accomplished is a model for other cities, whether beautifying downtowns or working with residents and businesses to improve quality of life in neighborhoods,” stated Carr.

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Eli’s & Taste of Chicago have a great Saturday in the Park with Chicago and Mayor Richard M. Daley

With Chicago’s magnificent skyline and lakefront on either side, thousands of Chicagoans and visitors joined Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and the group, Chicago, to celebrate the 25th birthday of Eli’s Cheesecake and the Taste of Chicago. The celebration was a great success with complimentary Eli’s birthday cheesecake for all and was a great testament to how important the Taste of Chicago has been to Eli’s growth and the great affection for Eli’s Cheesecake in Chicago and around the world.


A cheesecake so big that we have to use a forklift to put into position. Over 125 Eli’s associates were involved in our activities on Saturday, June 25th, including the cutting and serving of the big cake, the operation of our Booth and our hospitality tent.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley joins Eli’s, Maureen and Marc Schulman, for the Big Cake Cutting

Mayor Daley helps cuts a second slice from the Big Cake with members of the group, Chicago, Ted Allen of Queer Eye for Straight Guy, Collen McShane, Executive Director of the Illinois Restaurant Association and Larry Deshon, Senior Vice President of United Airlines, which is a long term brand partner of Eli’s.

Second City Alumni and comedian, Tim Kazurinsky, was the emcee for the event and helped cut all the cake for the thousands that were served.

Celebrating the success of the Big Cake and Eli’s activities at Taste was Eli’s Taste General Manager, Mike Neuhaus, with daughter, Nicole and wife, Peg.

The creation of an Eli’s Giant Cheesecake and the coordination to assemble it and serve it is a monumental task. Several thousand people who enjoyed the complimentary cheesecake are very grateful for the exceptional work of Diana Moles and Laurel Boger.

All of us at Eli’s were honored to have Mayor Daley participate in the Celebration and he presented us with his Greetings as a momento of the event.

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Mayor Richard M. Daley Tours the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

In connection with his visit to Mt. Greenwood to dedicate the Miracle Field,
Mayor Richard M. Daley took a tour of the Chicago High School for Agricultural
Sciences with student leaders of the FFA, principal David Gilligan, myself,d Roy
Shalabi, one of my co-chairs on the Business Advisory Council, a parent LSC
member and Chicago Park District Commissioner, 19th Ward Alderman Ginger Rugai
and Chief Education to Careers Officer, Jill Wine Banks.

Mayor Daley is Chicago’s greatest booster of Chicago’s role as a leader in
the Green Movement. From recycling, to organics, Mayor Daley is seeking Chicago
to be a leader in the schools and the business community. For that reason, it
was a great thrill to showcase CHSAS and its achievements for the Mayor. From
its students awards in FFA, to achievements in sports and academics, CHSAS has
become one of the most successful schools in the City and a role model for urban
agricultural schools nationally.

The Mayor was able to see each of the five career paths at CHSAS; animal
science, agri-business and entrepreneurship, food science, ag-tech and
horticulture and to see the important contributions that the FFA can make to
education in an urban school district.

We appreciate Mayor’s Daley’s support of CHSAS and look forward to our third
annual Ecological Entrepreneurship Program this summer–a joint project of
CHSAS, Wright College and Eli’s.

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