Fondue is a Swiss, Italian and French-origin melted cheese dish served in a dish called a caquelon. It is kept warm by a Sterno type of heat source called a rechaud. Fondue can be broth for meat and vegetables, oil for meat, melted chocolate fondue for fruit and cheese fondue for bread and fruit, which we are discussing here.
Fondue groups have their etiquette. Differing “fun penalties” get levied against a fonduer who loses his bread off of his special, slender fondue fork. Double-dipping the same piece of bread is another taboo. Continue reading →
Popularized in the 1930s, fondue was a Swiss and French dish of melted cheese served in a communal pot over low heat. Diners used long-stemmed forks to dip chunks of bread into the cheese. Fondue became popular in North America in the 1960s. Since then, it has grown to include heated pots of oil or broth for dipping meats and seafood and warm pots of chocolate for fruits and sweets.
Fondue is more of an entertainment meal, one to plan when you have six to eight people. It can be easy to assemble if you delegate. It can go something like:
Who will cube the bread?
Who will clean and cut fresh veggies into bite sizes?
Who will cube the meats?
Who will prepare and carefully store fruits for dessert.
You can easily raise participant interest by asking each person to bring with them their favorite, personally-concocted, dipping sauce along with a name for it and copies of the recipe. Maybe offer a prize?
This leaves you to round up three fondue pots: one for cheese, an oil pot for meat and fish/seafood and another for the chocolate fondue. Each person will need a long-handled fork and a plate to spread sauces and rest bitefuls retrieved from the pot.