By Tara Lyons
In addition to the dozens of weddings, parties and corporate events Frog Commissary seamlessly orchestrates throughout the year, we also collaborate with The Franklin Institute’s Development department to host spectacular opening galas for new exhibits.
One such event was held on Friday, September 18th when The Vatican Splendors Exhibit was previewed by the museum’s donors. Catering Sales Executive Connie Rhynes worked with TFI’s extraordinary team to transform Franklin Hall, Key Hall and the Atrium into a breathtaking extension of the exhibit hall. Furniture and woven rugs were brought in to create seating areas and tables were covered in rich gold and red linens; the rooms were amber-lit and filled with candles and red roses.
Guests were welcomed with an Aperol spritz and dined on an Italian menu designed by Executive Chef Christopher Greway and Founder Steve Poses. The feast began with many butlered hors d’oeuvres such as mushroom and fontina panini and artichoke fritters with sun-dried tomato mayonnaise. Cocktail stations showcased a bounty of antipasti, from farro and shaved Brussels sprouts to assorted salumi and roasted sweet and long hot peppers. Pasta, pizza and “secondi” stations formed the main event while the meal finished up with Italo-sweets such as poached peaches with mascarpone, fig jam tart, lemon ricotta cookies and biscotti to go. After noshing on goodies from the decadent stations and touring the exhibit, guests were welcomed back to the Atrium where they danced the night away to music supplied by Mole Street Productions.
The menu was so popular, it has since been requested for additional parties. You can see it here. The Pope may have left Philadelphia but his inspiration lives on.