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Sweet Tweet from Scott Simon of NPR’s Weekend Edition

We are so fortunate to have great Eli’s Cheesecake fans and people in Chicago who dine and enjoy Eli’s Cheesecake for dessert! This is a tweet we’d like to share with you. Please share your favorite Eli’s news bites!
30 Apr Scott Simon ‏ @nprscottsimon
Typical Chicago lunch: Chinese qinuoa bowl, Vietnamese sandwich , and coffee. And Eli’s cheesecake.

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Scott Simon of NPR “Weekend Edition Saturday” Names his Favorite Destinations in the World—including the Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park

Scott Simon of NPR “Weekend Edition Saturday” Names his Favorite Destinations in the World—including the Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park
The highlight of every Saturday morning is listening to Scott Simon on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday. I listen to the first part live on WBEZ Chicago and then go online to hear the second half on NPR affiliates on the west coast.

Scott, a Chicago native, is the son of Patricia Lyons Simon Newman Gilband. A graduate of Senn High School, Scott is the son of comedian Ernie Simon and step son of Lincoln Historian Ralph Newman.

During our stay in Washington for the inauguration of President Obama, Maureen, Elana and I had the pleasure to attend Scott’s broadcast of “Weekend Edition Saturday.” It was an awesome experience and we took the picture above in the studio.

On March 29th, Scott was interviewed in the Chicago Tribune for the “Celebrity Traveler” column. Scott talked about his travels around the world. Favorite vacation spots, favorite hotels and restaurants..and then his favorites when he travels with his wife Caroline and daughters, Elise and Lina.

“When I’m with my family, we seek out parks and zoos. The Luxembourg Gardens in Paris have pony rides and coffee and crepes under chestnut trees. Chicago’s Millennium Park is dazzling, but the Eli Schulman Playlot in Chicago’s Seneca Park is adorable. London’s Green Park has the best seesaws and the most personable swans. The Vancouver Aquarium manages to be both vast and charming, and as to zoos, our daughters can hail the Great Apes in Lincoln Park Zoo by their names.”

Thanks Scott for placing Eli’s Playground in the same paragraph with Chicago’s Millennium Park, London’s Green Park and Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.

With American Girl in Water Tower Place to the north and Prentice Woman’s Hospital and the new home of Chicago’s Children’s Hospital to the south, we certainly have one of the most special locations for children in the world and we want to always have a Playground in Eli’s name to that standard.


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NPR Weekend Edition Host Scott Simon Delivers “A Christmas Story for the Times” featuring Eli’s Cheesecake

A Chicago native and life long Cub fan, Scott Simon, the host of
Weekend Edition Saturday on NPR is an award winning author and commentator.
Scott is a proud graduate of Senn High School, a Chicago Public High

We were delighted that Scott wrote “A Christmas Story for the
Times” for the broadcasto on Saturday, December 27th featuring Oprah, Warren
Buffet and Eli’s Cheesecake. Thanks Scott!

Simon Says

by Scott Simon


A Christmas Story For The Times


Weekend Edition Saturday,December 27, 2008 ·

Joseph and Mary got off the bus in Detroit. He had worked as a
carpenter for 20
years, but lost his job. His pension was
invested with Bernard Madoff, and there was no federal bailout for

He and Mary had no place to live, and Mary was

She told Joseph that he would be the child’s father, but he
wasn’t the child’s father. She said that spark that began their child — well,
her story was just too embarrassing for Joseph to repeat. It sounded impossible
and ridiculous.

Friends told him he was being taken for a fool. But Joseph loved
Mary and knew that the past few months had been hard for her.

There was no room at a homeless shelter, but a man said they
could unroll their blankets on the floor of his garage. The garage was cold, but
it had a wireless Internet connection.

That night, Mary gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. He had a
nice, loud cry. Mary laid their baby down in the back of a prototype of an
electric car, swaddled in a recyclable grocery tote. A stray gray dog, still
grimy from the streets and whimpering with loneliness, crept into the garage and
kept watch over their baby, keeping him warm with his panting.

That night, a star appeared in the East. Three Wise
People — Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey and David Axelrod — came to see Joseph and
Mary’s baby, bearing gifts of Frontera Chipotle salsa, Eli’s cheesecake and
asparagus, for fiber. Joseph was glad they didn’t bring stock

The infant saw the gifts and smiled.

Mary saw the look of delight in her child’s face and said to
herself, “He’s happy to be here with us.”

But she saw Joseph sitting off by himself at the far end of the
garage. She knew he was worried about how he was going to make a life for their
child. When Joseph came back to the car, his eyes glimmered.

“I think I finally understand,” he said. “It doesn’t matter
where a child is born, or who their father is. Every child born cries for our
love and deserves our care: Every child who’s hungry in Darfur, Detroit or
Zimbabwe; every little girl who’s been abandoned by a roadside in China; every
little boy in Congo who has a gun taller than he is thrust into his arms; every
little boy and girl who are threatened by an empty stomach, a cruel tyrant or an
epidemic — I must love them as a father loves his child.”

Mary and Joseph sat with their arms around each other and around
their baby boy. The dog — they decided to adopt him on the spot — hopped up in
the seat beside them and put his head gently onto Joseph’s lap. The star that
had found them seemed to stay for a moment, while their child breathed softly,
safely, peacefully, as they looked out into a new year.

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Free Slices of Eli’s Cheesecake for Voting highlighted as one of the Best Election Day Promotions

Retail Industry Election Day Promo Bests

Thursday November 6, 2008
Obama swept the Electoral College, and election day promotions
swept through the retail industry yesterday. Which retailers won the popular
vote for their promotions? Here are some of the outstanding nominees.Most Unlikely and Unrelated Election Day Promo: Free tattoo
eradication session at New Look Laser Tattoo Removal, Dallas Texas

Which was higher? The number of old boyfriend and girlfriend names that
were removed from skin yesterday or the number of Republicans who were removed
from the House and Senate? The race was too close to call.

Best Patriotic Promo: Free red, white and blue dessert at Park 52
Restaurant, Chicago, IL

Red velvet cake with white cream cheese frosting and fresh blueberries
doesn’t really sound appetizing, but not everything related to politics is easy
to stomach.

Most Melodic Election Day Promo: Half price tickets to “Guys and
Dolls” at Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of musical theater – I get the

Best Tasting Election Day Promo: Free slice of cheesecake
at Eli’s Cheesecake, Chicago, IL

If you’ve ever eaten Eli’s cheesecake, then you

Most Erotic Election Day Promo: Free adult toys at Babeland, New York,
Los Angeles, Seattle

Different people deal with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat
in different ways. Viva la difference!

Most Healthy Election Day Promo: Free flu shots at 280 polling sites
in 42 states

There’s nothing like getting jabbed with a needle to punctuate an
historic moment!

Consumers were treated to free Starbucks coffee, free Chick-fil-A sandwiches, free Krispy Kreme donuts, free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream,
half-price haircuts, discount clothing, free yogurt, free pizza, free ribs, free
beer, free cupcakes, free car washes and free bus rides. The day was festive.
The energy was high. For a brief moment in time, the entire nation seemed to
feel the empowerment that comes just from participating.

There were many takeaways with these giveaways for retailers. It was easy to
see that people are looking for a reason to be happy and looking for an excuse
to celebrate. So, if consumers already have the idea in their head that
Christmas is going to be a bust, then retailers would do well to give people a
different reason to be merry and a different excuse to celebrate.

November is National Peanut Butter Month, and November 14th is the official
birthday of the teddy bear. December 10th is Nobel Peace Prize Day, and December
15th is National Firefighters Day. There are plenty of offbeat promotion
possibilities to be found in the minor holidays that are usually ignored. Be
different, capture headlines, get noticed, and make sales. It’s a winning
formula that worked well for one president-elect we all

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Nov 2, 2008
NPR Weekend Edition
Saturday Hosted by Scott Simon Visits the Chicago High School for Agricultural
Weekend Edition Saturday

Chicago High School Raises Crops, Career

by Scott Simon

Bounty From The City

Butter pickles, fresh salsa and applesauce are just some of the
products grown, made and sold at the Chicago High School for Agricultural
Sciences. Students operate a farm stand.

Future Farmers of Chicago?

From left, students Corinna Gonzales,
Melissa Nelson, Dantrell Cotton and Ryan Shelton consider their experiences and
future careers.

Dantrell Cotton, studentDantrell Cotton, a junior,
says the school has changed the
way he sees the

Student Sara Schneider waters poinsettias.

Student Sara Schneider tends to hundreds of poinsettias, expected to
bloom in time for the holidays. They’ll be sold at the farm

Students grow different varieties of squash to sell.Different varieties of squash entice
at the school’s farm stand.

Weekend Edition Saturday, October 25,
2008 · On Chicago’s southwest side, the intersection of 111th Street and
Pulaski Boulevard is just about as urban as bus exhaust. There’s a pizza parlor
on one corner. Heavy trucks trundle past, carrying heavy things like cars, steel
and cement.

But if you listen carefully to the cacophony of car horns and
bus splats, you may hear Lucy, chomping on grass like a pig, which she is — a
Vietnamese pot-bellied pig of 350 pounds and then some. Lucy is also the
resident mascot at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, a public
school and a 72-acre working farm. Its 600 students grow corn, milk cows, farm
fish and run a stand where their own apples, pickles and cookies are for

First and last, it is a public high school, with students
clustering to gossip and teachers reminding them that they’re in class — even
when their class is in a barn. They sit on the rails of a corral and gossip
about a goat — a real goat — they’re worried looks too thin.

Dr. Joan White is the school’s teaching veterinarian. Her
patients include two horses: Dalia, who has arthritis, and Splash, “who has
Wobblers syndrome,” White says. “Both of them would have headed somewhere bad,
but we use them to teach husbandry, anatomy, teaching basic skills.”

Ag High, as it’s called, opened in 1985. It’s the second
agricultural high school in the country — and one of the first steps toward
Chicago’s long effort to rejuvenate its public schools with innovation and

Students must apply to attend, and some travel more than an hour
each way each day. They take the full academic load of English, history, science
and language classes. But they also spend part of the day in classes and
enterprises distinct to Ag High, such as tending the greenhouse, which right now
is planted with hundreds of poinsettias. These will bloom in time for the
holiday season and will be sold at the school’s farm stand.

Students also mind five tanks of tilapia. The fish will be sold
to restaurants, and the little flecks of waste that they swirl through their
tank is sprinkled on the soil of basil plants. The basil is harvested to make
pesto produced by the school and sold at the stand.

Remember when schools used to have bake sales? Junior Krystal
Anderson works the farm stand, selling pesto along with “applesauce, butter
pickles, salsa, zucchini bread, applesauce cakes and cookies.”

Anderson plans to become a food inspector. She says the high
school isn’t just about growing and baking, but about the business — big
business — of real agriculture. She has partnered with her friend, Heather, on
their own line of products.

“It’s called K&H Goods,” Anderson says, “and so … we
decide what are we going to be making, how much we are going to make and what
are we going to be selling the product for.”

A Working School, A Working Farm

In Richard Johnson’s Ag Finance class, students debate as
passionately over what to sell at the farm stand as some students argue about
rap versus hip-hop:

“Pumpkin pies are filthy. Sweet potato pie, just an idea,” says
one student.

“I’m tired of eatin’ everything zucchini,” says

Amid these debates about the farm stand and livestock, the voice
of principal William Hook over the P.A. system reminds that Ag High is, of
course, a working school. Most of his daily announcements — about the homecoming
dance, football scores and detention — blaring through the hallways could be
transmitted in more traditional schools.

“There will be detention on Saturday starting this week,” he
says. “You must meet at the barn at 8 a.m. and work for the duration of your
detention. Thank you, and have a good day.”

Hook thinks the mix — of city and country, academics and
enterprise, classroom and street cred (or, in this case, field cred) — strikes a
balance in learning. Instead of having students choose between a college track
or a vocational track, “We show that you can do both,” he says. “You’ll have
students out sixth period in pre-calculus class, and then in seventh period
they’re out laying sod. I think that they learn just as much from doing either
one of those things. And I think that’s one of the things we do really well
here: We prepare them for college and we prepare them for the world of

‘Ag Is The Future’

A group of students who are city kids confessed it had not been
their life’s ambition to attend an agricultural high school. Several said their
parents were eager for them to apply, because the school is academically
distinguished. And, it’s notably safe: The metal detector at the school entrance
didn’t seem to be in use

Ryan Shelton, who hopes to go on to college in New York and
become an actor, is one of those students who needed to be won over. He says the
school has made him a “more well-rounded person. And when you’re in that field
of entertainment, one of the things people look at is whether you have that
quality, that ‘it’ factor, diverse.”

Dantrell Cotton, a junior, says the school has changed the way
he sees the world. “Ag is all around us. It branches off to thousands of
occupations,” he says. “No matter what happens economically, that’s one of the
industries that remain the same. And ag is the future. Agriculture is the

Some students confide that friends in their urban neighborhoods
mock them as “farmers.” Those friends don’t understand farming as a modern,
scientific and cosmopolitan enterprise that teaches improvisation and

“A lot of people don’t understand what we get at this school
that nobody else does,” says Melissa Nelson, another junior. “Because what other
school can you be like, ‘Oh, yeah, we were out in the field and then the tractor
broke down so we had to walk back’?”

The farm stand has many students with special needs working the
shelves and helping customers. The teacher who runs the stand, Richard Johnson,
used to have a family lawn mower business. But he was intrigued by education,
and when the Chicago Public Schools began to open the door for teachers with
professional backgrounds in business, arts or the military, Johnson signed on.
He now holds forth in what may be the only Chicago high school with bales of
hay. Last week, when a customer wanted to rent some for a Halloween party, a
couple of Ag students saw an opportunity.

“So, after they made the deal, the kids called me and said,
‘Hey, Mr. Johnson, we got $45. And they’ll bring [the bales] back on Wednesday.’
Entrepreneurship at its best. Not like working at White Castle,” the teacher
says. “You have to make decisions. I think the skills we teach, the
entrepreneurial skills, they transcend … agriculture.”

By the way, one especially posh local restaurant buys tilapia
from Ag High. But the school won’t disclose the name. It seems the chef doesn’t
want customers to know that the fish in their tilapia with smoked mushroom aioli
and ginger-flavored vegetables isn’t plucked fresh from the Nile but is trucked
in — all the way from exotic 111th Street.

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Scott Simon, of NPR and author of Pretty Birds, at Eli’s the Place for Steak

The women are strong in Garrison Keillor movie

May 17, 2005



SEEN ON SCENE: Chicago native and National Public Radio host Scott Simon joined his wife, Caroline, at Eli’s the Place for Steak to celebrate the success of his first novel, Pretty Birds, scoring high on

One of Eli’s and the Cubs biggest fans is Scott Simon, host of NPR Weekend Saturday. A graduate of Senn High School, Scott is a Peabody Award winner and one of the most popular hosts on the radio today. Scott, wife Caroline, and daughter, celebrated being at Eli’s and the publication of his first novel on Sunday night at Eli’s the Place for Steak.

Look for “Pretty Birds” his first novel published by Random House in your local book store

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