|Wisconsin Cheese Trio, in other words, yum.|
Some days being a blogger is a darn fine hobby. Because of my blog, I (along with several other bloggers) was invited by the good folks at The Melting Pot to give them a try. I must say, I was impressed.
I had never been to a Melting Pot before, because I always thought it was some secret restaurant that only allowed couples and the fondue was server in mustard yellow or lime green containers. Crazy, I know, so I was very excited to try them out.
The Melting Pot pulled no punches by sitting us in a great room and the first course of a Wisconsin Cheese Trio, Spinach and Artichoke and Swiss cheese. The Swiss fondue was not as tasty as we would have liked (I ignored it completely) and they brought out a Fiesta Cheddar Cheese. The cheeses were accompanied by tortilla chips, granny smith apples, artisan breads and fresh veggies. If I could have, I would have injected the Fiesta Cheddar Cheese into my veins. It was *that* good. So if you had to pick one, that is it kids.
If you go, tell your server you want the flash and dazzle. They will go over everything with you and make recommendations along the way.
The second course was a salad, which while tasty (I went with the California salad), it was salad and I would have rather had more cheese. I should point out that they offered us wine or beer pairings with each course. I went with the beer, and I must add, I ordered a Vanilla Porter by Breckenridge on my own and it was incredibly delicious. Not too heavy, a perfect addition to the meal.
I'm not a foodie (although I love to watch the food network and *think* I know how to cook squash blossoms), so I go by what tastes good.
|Amazingly amazing main course.|
And friends, the main course tasted good. They brought out a plate for two people to share that included shrimp (oh my), angus steak, lobster, bbq pork tenderloin and buffalo chicken. There were also bowls of fresh veggies and potatoes to drop in the pots of oil. The best part about this course was you couldn't ruin anything. Everyone had their own color coded fondue forks and we chatted as our selections cooked. This would be great for a girls night or any other occasion. I particularly enjoyed the steak, lobster and shrimp. Not a super fan of the chicken, but the shrimp made up for it.
During our evening, I asked the manager what about single people that want to have a tasty meal. You can order smaller portions during happy hour (at happy hour prices) of cheese or chocolate. That made me happy.
The final course was the chocolate course and while I'm not a huge chocolate fan, this certainly swayed me. There were three, yes, three chocolate options - the Ying Yang with white and dark chocolate, Snickers with milk chocolate and caramel and peanut butter and Cookies and Cream Marshmallow Dream which was dark chocolate with marshmallows, topped with cookie crumbs and flambeed at the table. I was a huge fan of the Snickers and all of the tasty things to dunk in it. Choices were strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, poundcake, graham cracker coated marshmallows, oreo coated marshmallows and rice krispie treats. If you try nothing else, go for the oreo coated marshmallows.
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All in all, I was impressed. Our server was amazing and the food (with the exception of the Swiss fondue) was terrific. I would certainly go again, especially on another spa night. On Spa Night, Aveda brings in their students to give out massages and such. Sure they want to hawk their products, but I'm an Aveda fan, so it was well worth it. The Melting Pot was not what I thought, and that is a good thing.
The Melting Pot provided us with gift bags and a $25 gift certificate to the Melting Pot. I want to give my gift certificate away to a lucky Pierogi reader!
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Disclosure: The Melting Pot provided me with the meal for free and gift certificate in hopes I would comment on it. My thoughts and opinions are my own, so I thank them for taking the risk.