A Reminder of What is Most Important

Posted on: September 4th, 2018 by Frog Commissary

A reminder of what is most important came via an email a guest sent to The Franklin Institute Guest Services recently: ___________________________________________________________ From: Maria M Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:30 PM To: guestservices <guestservices@fi.edu> Subject: Excellent customer service Hi my name is Maria, I am a mom to an 11 year old son with […]

Fresh From the Oven

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by Frog Commissary

As summer winds down to warm but briskly scheduled fall days, I can’t help but reflect on the change of pace. There’s something so enjoyable about the slower tick of summer, especially in the city . Yet once you’re caught in the whirl of workdays, the new season buoys you along, ready or not. Of course, […]

Party in Focus

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by Frog Commissary

When the Democratic National Convention came to town this summer, The Franklin Institute became party central, hosting nine events over a whirlwind four days. Each event spanned anywhere from 200-1200 guests, and included receptions for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Michigan Democratic Party, the DNC Philadelphia Host Committee […]

At Home by Steve Poses (The Pacific Northwest Edition)

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by Frog Commissary

Sea and Smoke — The Willows Inn, Lummi Island, Washington It started with a beguiling book, discovered by chance by Christina at Joseph Fox Books on Sansom Street. Sea and Smoke: Flavors from the Untamed Pacific Northwest by Blaine Wetzel, chef-founder of a restaurant at the Willows Inn, on tiny Lummi Island. Sea and Smoke became […]

By The Glass by Elisa Ludwig

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by Frog Commissary

This is the tricky moment when it’s officially Calendar Fall but short sleeves are far more appropriate than sweaters. And spiked hot apple cider, mulled wine and glögg are still at least a month away from the stovetop. What to drink, then, for those who are jazzed about the new season but don’t feel that […]

Seasonal Musings by Elisa Ludwig

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by Frog Commissary

The official flavors of Rosh Hashanah, apples and honey set the stage for a sweet new year and perhaps make the atonement to follow a bit more palatable. Nowhere, however, does it say in any of the official literature that Jews must stick to that supermarket stalwart of clover honey. In fact, with over 300 […]

By the Glass

Posted on: December 7th, 2015 by Frog Commissary

By Larry Sterner The holiday period is, for many, a time of celebration, special moments and toasts to mark them. More often than not, toasts call for sparkling wine. I use the broader term here because, in fact, in the U.S. we drink far more sparkling wine than Champagne. True Champagne is only made in […]

Coming Soon to the Franklin Institute

Posted on: December 7th, 2015 by Frog Commissary

The Franklin Institute has had a wonderful 2015, welcoming the most visitors since 2007 and introducing new educational experiences, including the reimagined SportsZone. Next year will bring a slate of exciting traveling exhibits, including Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science running from January 30, 2016 through September 2 there includes today pi1The New England Journal […]

Franklin Foodworks Du Jour

Posted on: December 7th, 2015 by Frog Commissary

A large portion of Franklin foodworks’ customers are the kids of all ages who visit the The Franklin Institute—thus our hand-breaded chicken fingers, fresh made pizza and all-beef hot dogs are big sellers. But we know that the parents accompanying these young visitors are looking for quality and freshness as well as more sophisticated fare […]

At Home

Posted on: December 7th, 2015 by Frog Commissary

By Steve Poses Whether you’re a guest or host during this season of parties, you want to be gracious and flexible, easygoing and accommodating. Here’s my best holiday season advice for hosts and guests. For Hosts: Find One Relaxed Hour Careful planning that spreads tasks over time and good organization are key to successful and […]