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“Experience America” Brings Ambassadors to Chicago/Eli’s Provides Dessert at the Closing Reception

Experience America is a initiative of the US State Department to annually  take Ambassadors to different cities to observe the local economy and culture. With the both the President and Secretary of State having deep Chicago roots, it made Chicago a natural for this first trip in the Obama Administration.

Eli’s provided an assortment of Couture Cheesecakes and Dipper as part of the Taste of Chicago Reception.

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At the Closing Reception held at Millennium Park, Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall thanked Mayor and Mrs. Daley and all the people of Chicago for their hospitality.

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Miodrag Vlahović, the Montenegrin Ambassador to the United States with Eli’s Melissa  Arnaoutovic and Marilyn Stewart.  Montenegrin is a country located in southeastern Europe bordered  by Croatia, Bosnia, Hezegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania.

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Doug Wertheimer with Meret Orazov, the Ambassador from Turkmenistan. The Republic of Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia. Until 1991, it was a constituent republic of the Soviet Union. It is bordered by Afghanistan,Iran,   Ubzekistan, Kzakhstan and the Caspian Sea.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman with Mahmoud Shalabi, a student at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, and his dad, Rouhy Shalabi, a co-chair of the CHSAS Advisory Board.

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Marc Schulman with Rudy Espinosa, who had graduated from Wright College the evening before.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Announcing “Experience America” Visit by Foreign Diplomats to Chicago by serving Eli’s Cheesecake at the State Department in Washington DC

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Foreign ambassadors invited to visit Chicago

Diplomats to meet with mayor, tour Obama’s hometown

By Katherine Skiba, Tribune reporter9:06 p.m. CDT, April 5, 2010

Chicago will play host to dozens of foreign diplomats for three days next month under a State Department program called “Experience America.”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday will unveil details of the trip to about 150 ambassadors, whetting their appetite with Eli’s Cheesecake, a State Department official said.

The official, Capricia Penavic Marshall, the nation’s chief of protocol, will lead the Chicago trip May 12-14.

“Experience America” began in 2008 under President George W. Bush, and the upcoming trip is the first since President Barack Obama took office, she said.

The program aims to introduce a distinguished group to “the best of America, and Chicago is the perfect city to do just that,” she said.

Chicago won the nod in part because so many ambassadors were curious to learn more about the president’s hometown, she said.

About 50 ambassadors, many of them with their spouses, have taken past trips through “Experience America,” which has hit New York City, Florida, California and Texas.

The ambassadors will be welcomed by Mayor Richard Daley and his wife, Maggie, at a reception in the new wing at the Art Institute of Chicago and will take in the Matisse exhibit.

Also on tap: Visits to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Wrigley Global Innovation Center, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Chicago and Field Museum, where the ambassadors will lunch with civic leaders.

They also will take an architectural tour by boat and attend a “Taste of Chicago“-style farewell party with the mayor at Millennium Park, Marshall said.

In a statement, Mayor Daley praised the program and said, “The well-being of cities like Chicago depends to a large degree on how we plan for and deal with global inter-connection.”

Ireland’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Collins, is among those planning to have his passport stamped “Chicago.” He came last for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. “A wonderful opportunity,” he said by phone Monday from Dublin.

Collins took in Florida, Texas and California on the previous trips and said they let diplomats “experience the wider America,” engage with local leaders and pursue issues such as energy efficiency.

He called Daley “a good friend of Ireland and a good friend of mine.”

kskiba@tribune.com

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