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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