May 27, 2010

Mayor Daley Backs Blackhawks With Wager Of Local Products On Stanley Cup Finals With City Of Philadelphia

Encourages Chicagoans to Wear Blackhawks Gear on Friday to Celebrate Start of the Stanley Cup
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Mayor Richard M. Daley today wagered a large assortment of local food, drink and other products with the Mayor of Philadelphia on the success of the Chicago Blackhawks in the upcoming Stanley Cup Final Series against the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Chicago has always been a Blackhawks town. And their success this season has been great for the city,” Daley said in a news conference at the United Center at which he was joined by Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz and other team officials.
“As a way to inspire them to victory, I encourage all families, school children and business people to wear their favorite Blackhawks gear tomorrow and celebrate the beginning of this historic Stanley Cup Finals,” Mayor Daley said.
To demonstrate his confidence in the Hawks, Daley made a friendly wager with Mayor Mike Nutter of Philadelphia on the Stanley Cup.
Chicago’s wager package parlays all of the goods from Chicago’s two previous wagers with the cities on San Jose and Vancouver, and adds products from even more Chicago companies and organizations.
The 2010 Stanley Cup wager includes products from these great Chicago companies and organizations:
·         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.
·         Ferrara Pan Candy Company: an assortment of candies.
·         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’s Gourmet 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 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
·         WindyCity Soda: five 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.
For his wager, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter will volunteer in a community garden with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in the event that the Philadelphia Flyers win or lose. If the Flyers win, Mayor Nutter will donate the food grown to Philabundance, the Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization. If the Blackhawks win, Mayor Nutter will donate the food grown to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

"While the Flyers fans and Blackhawks fans may not agree on much these days, everyone knows that eating good, fresh foods is key to staying healthy," said Mayor Nutter.  "I look forward not only to watching the Flyers win the Stanley Cup but to volunteering in a community garden and donating the produce to Philabundance."
Because the Blackhawks swept the San Jose Sharks to win the Western Conference Championship, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed will be sending Mayor Daley products from the following local businesses:

  • Chiaramonte’s Deli and Sausages
  • Eggo waffles (The Eggo waffle was invented in San Jose in the 1930s and is manufactured in North San Jose).
  • Eulipia Restaurant
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
  • Greenlee’s Bakery
  • J. Lohr Wines
  • Joseph George Wines
  • La Victoria Taqueria
  • San Pedro Square Urban Market
  • Schurra’s Candy
  • Shuei-Do Manju Shop
  • Downtown San Jose Farmer’s Market vendors, including: Calolea California Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar; Mayberry Workshop Custom Apparel; R&J Toffees; Small Bees Honey; and Teagré Tea.

After the Blackhawks defeated the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Semi-Final Series, Mayor Gregor Robertsonof Vancouver will be sending a variety of hometown goods, including:
  • Wild smoked salmon from British Columbia
  • Filipino shortbread cookies and tarts
  • Thai yellow curry with chicken and pad thai
  • Indian dishes such as saag, paneer and daal
  • Chinese apple dumplings
  • Greek baklava
  • Italian balsamic dressing
Anything edible Chicago wins in these wagers will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
“Good luck to the Blackhawks and the entire organization,” Mayor Daley said. “I hope we will soon be celebrating the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup.”