The Melting Pot

You likely have many reasons to celebrate: birthdays, anniversaries, a promotion at work, buying a new home; or maybe you’re the type that enjoys celebrating the simple things in life: your friends, family, a special guest in town, or the fact you got a baby-sitter for the evening. Whatever your reason, The Melting Pot restaurant is uniquely designed to ensure you have the perfect night out!

The Melting Pot fondue restaurant provides an unforgettable, interactive dining experience that turns moments into memories. You’ll have time to discover new things about people you thought you knew, or connect with those you’re just getting to know. This gourmet fondue restaurant is the place to be social and that makes you and your guests as essential to the meal as the food. You’ll create pairings as unique as you are. Cooktops are built directly into the tables to accommodate the fondue pots (caquelon), and guests get a communal, interactive dining adventure as they cook and eat their food with special colored forks with long handles.

During the 18th century, the origin of fondue began as a way to use aged cheeses and breads to feed families who had limited access to fresh foods during the winter. As the cheese would age and the breads became stale it became more difficult to eat. The local villagers found that if they heated the cheese with wines, garlic, and herbs they could eat their stale bread which would soften when dipped into the flavorful cheese mixture. This style of cooking together around one pot and eating by a warm cozy fire became a Swiss tradition known as fondue. The word fondue comes from the French word, fonder, which means to melt. It’s not surprising that fondue was considered a national dish of Switzerland, it’s the quintessential meal for a cold winter evening.

At The Melting Pot it’s all about fresh, crafted creations. You may customize your menu however you like. Pair artisan cheeses and breads with the perfect glass of wine. High-quality cheese is the first step toward achieving delicious cheese fondue. All of the cheeses consumed at The Melting Pot come from the gold medal-winning Emmi Roth USA creamery in Wisconsin- with a motto – “A hug without a squeeze is like a day without cheese.”

In addition to award-winning crafted cheeses, the extensive menu features gourmet salads, entrees and chocolate fondues. Entrees with a selection of lemon basil chicken, cold water lobster, shrimp, filet mignon and wild mushroom sachetti are served with specialty dipping sauces, which enhance the flavor of every bite. You cook the meat right at your table before dipping it into flavorful sauces.

Chocolate fondue is an American invention born in the mid-20th century.  At The Melting Pot, guests can choose between melted dark, milk, or white chocolate, chocolate with peanut butter or caramel. Indulge in a signature fondue including the Flaming Turtle, Chocolate S’mores and the artfully balanced Yin & Yang featuring both dark and white chocolates. Desserts dippers are strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, pound cake, pineapple and brownies. Yum!!!

Of course, with all this delicious food comes a great selection of wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails. The Melting Pot can accommodate any dietary restrictions, with gluten-free options available.

The Melting Pot offers special occasion packages for anniversaries, birthdays, and, of course, Valentine’s Day (for couples who like to serve each other strawberries dipped in chocolate.) The intimate atmosphere and leisurely – paced fondue courses provide couples with plenty of time to ignite romance and make lasting impressions.

Make any occasion special by meeting up at The Melting Pot! Be sure to also check out the themed retail packages available and surprise that special someone with flower petals on the table or a festive balloon bouquet.

Located in Old Town Fort Collins at  334 E. Mountain Ave, Fort Collins.  970-207-0100. Reservations encouraged. Locally owned & passionately operated.