Frog Commissary History

Since its inception in 1976, Frog Commissary has played a vital role in the life of Philadelphia and its events. Building on the success of the Frog and Commissary restaurants, the catering division was created to bring their distinctive food and bold flavors to special events. Over the years, Frog Commissary imagined, planned and executed more than 15,000 stunning bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, parties and galas, as well as dining experiences at some of the city’s major cultural institutions including The Franklin Institute where it served as the in-house caterer and managed the onsite dining services. In August 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting changes in the hospitality industry, Frog Commissary closed its catering and retail operations.

Steve Poses

Born in Yonkers, Steve Poses came to Philadelphia to study at University of Pennsylvania. In 1973, with a few cookbooks, a six-burner stove and a passionate belief in the potential for restaurants to enliven city life, he opened Frog, a groundbreaking restaurant at 16th and Spruce streets. Fusing Asian and European cuisines and offering a new kind of dining experience, Frog single-handedly reignited interest in Center City dining. Steve went on to open other eateries, including The Commissary, a trendsetting upscale cafeteria, which earned him a spot in the first 50 Who’s Who of Cooking in America, alphabetically nestled between Robert Mondavi and Paul Prudhomme. On the occasion of Philadelphia Magazine‘s 25th anniversary, Frog was named the best restaurant in Philadelphia of the past 25 years. On the heels of his restaurant successes, Steve started Frog Commissary Catering and continues to be actively involved in the business today. Steve is the author of the bestselling Frog Commissary Cookbook and At Home by Steve Poses: A Caterer’s Guide to Cooking and Home Entertaining. In 2016, Steve co-founded The PA Blue Victory Fund with Steve Springer in an effort to support Democratic candidates and get out the vote activities in Pennsylvania.