The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation on Aug. 25 dished out 1,000 samples of Philly cheesesteaks made entirely from ingredients grown and produced within the area's 100-mile foodshed. The event was part of GPTMC's Philly Homegrown campaign, a consumer education and tourism marketing program launched this summer to introduce the people, places and flavors of the area's foodshed -- from Amish Country to the Atlantic Ocean and from the region's rivers to the rich farmlands in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
Frog Commissary founder, chef and author Steve Poses prepared a farm-fresh take on the iconic Philly cheesesteak with ingredients from local farms and purveyors, showcasing the ease in which food lovers can create local meals at home. The featured cheesesteak, which will be sold for a limited time (August 26-29) at Ben's Bistro in The Franklin Institute Science Museum, includes Poses' own mix of sweet and hot roasted peppers. The restaurant is open to the public daily and does not require museum admission. Poses' Frog Commissary operates all dining institutions at the museum.
Steve Poses' locally sourced cheesesteak recipe will be available on visitphilly.com/food, where visitors can plan their Philly Homegrown experience -- farmers' markets, restaurants, pick-your-own options, Amish treats and Philadelphia faves -- from start to finish.
What does it take to make 1,000 locally sourced cheesesteak samples?
208 feet of bread from Sarcone's Bakery
150 pounds of chipped grass-fed organic beef from Landisdale Farm
50 pounds of organic colby cheese from Mountain Meadows Colby
25 pounds of organic onions from Landisdale Farm
25 pounds of sweet and hot peppers from McCann Farm
Poses is founder of Frog Commissary. A local restaurateur, caterer and author, Poses' goal is to increase the amount of home entertaining. Steve's latest book, At Home by Steve Poses: A Caters Guide to Cooking and Entertaining, was released in 2009. It's the inspiration for At Home Online, a Web site and blog designed to make home entertaining as easy as possible with tips, guides and recipes. Learn more at athomebysteveposes.wordpress.com or follow him on Twitter @SPoses.