In the entertainment plans, our friends the Allens, had scheduled the grilling of steaks for Thursday evening. In the early afternoon, we all made a run to their church where they gave us Sunday school material, and on the way back, the subject arose of fondue restaurants. Learning that we had never been to one, they immediately changed dinner plans, called The Melting Pot and made reservations for us to eat at 7:15.
The Allen’s two children grown children, Anthony and Melissa, were with us, and their presence added to this joyous occasion.
The meal was phenomenal, lasting well over two hours. My favorite parts were the cheese courses, and the dessert. Our tables were fitted with two embedded, flat surface electric burners, over which our waitress prepared the cheese fondues. When we moved on to the entree course, she brought pots of cooking mixtures and set them over the burners. One broth was coq au vin–not sure about the other. The meats we impaled on our fondue forks were salmon, shrimp, chicken, plain beef and teriyaki beef. Raw vegetables for us to cook were also brought to the table–mushrooms and potatoes were my favorites.
And then came dessert–two different kinds of chocolate pots. This presentation was of dark and white chocolate–appropriately called Yin and Yang. Platters of strawberries, pineapple, bananas, cake and other delicacies served as “dunkers” for the luscious chocolate. The other pot was called Turtle, I believe–had pecans and caramel included.
Somewhere during that time, we ordered coffee. We laughed, we relaxed, then we walked into the summer night, satiated–filled with outstanding food and with the delight of budding new friendships.