On a recent visit to The Melting Pot we enjoyed an event held every Monday called Girls Night Out. Besides enjoying displays of jewelry and handbags for sale, and a visit to a Tarot Card reader, we spent a lovely, slow paced and relaxed evening dipping tidbits of food into delicious fondue. Having heard that the Melting Pot in Littleton, CO, is very accomodating, I called my local franchise (Bedford, MA) to discover the same. The staff prepared for my visit by using cornstarch instead of flour and skipped the beer, both normally used in the cheese fondue. Also nice was the fact that the server made the fondue in front of us and made a point to explain each ingredient as it was added to the hot fondue pot. While my friends dipped crunchy hunks of bread and vegetables into their fondue pot, I was given an extra serving of veggies. I must admit that those crunchy vegetables were tasty, but it would have been nice to have a piece of gluten-free bread for dipping! Later for dessert we chose a heavenly chocolate fondue called the Flaming Turtle. It was made of milk chocolate, caramel and chopped pecans and was flambeed right at our table! The server, again, was very cautious about food allergies and kept the pecans in a separate container until everyone agreed they could eat the nuts. This dessert fondue came with fresh strawberries, ripe bananas and pineapple, as well as cheesecake, Oreo coated marshmallows and chocolate cake. But they were all on the same plate touching each other! So needless to say, I didn’t get to indulge in the fruit but I will admit to spooning some of the Turtle Fondue onto my plate to get a taste and it was divine.
It was still an overall enjoyable time. I didn’t get sick and I would definitely go again, but just better explain my needs. I did follow up with the manager who tells me that they are working on gluten-free bread and dessert options. Hopefully, in the near future, I will update this blog to report an even better experience.
Update The Melting Pot has implemented a gluten-free menu in conjunction with the Gluten Intolerance Group of America!