Did you know that April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day? A traditional Swedish meal, fondue is a communal way to enjoy a hot meal. Fondue dates back to the 1500’s in Switzerland, where it made a filling meal for hungry sheepherders. Traditional cheese fondue consists of Swiss or other types of cheeses, herbs, starch, and wine, which is melted slowly in a pot kept over low heat so that the cheese remains liquid but does not burn. Those sharing a fondue pot spear bits of food such as bread cubes, fruit, or veggies, and dip them into the pot of melted cheese. Cheese fondue with bread and vegetables is a unique, delicious, and filling way to eat meat-free.
Whether you are a fan of fondue, or have never tried it but perhaps love cheese of the prospect of sharing a communal pot of food for dinner with your friends, Chicago is gearing up for some fantastic National Cheese Fondue Day specials:
National Cheese Fondue Day Celebrations in Chicago:
Geja’s Café – Will be handing out complementary samples of their highly recommended Swiss Gruyere Cheese fondue on the outdoor patio from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Enjoy the Swiss fondue with pieces of fresh fruit, and an assortment of fresh breads. Stay for a full fondue dinner (or dessert) and be impressed with their gourmet food selection, intimate atmosphere and occasional live Flamenco guitar performance.
(Bonus: If you can’t make it to Geja’s on April 11, they will be offering samples through April 17.)
Phone: (773) 281-9101
Mon-Thurs - 5pm-10pm?
Friday - 5pm-11:00pm?
Saturday - 5pm-11:30pm?
Sunday - 4:30pm-9:30pm
The Melting Pot – This national fondue chain that so many people of fond of is honoring National Cheese Fondue Day by giving back with their “Cheese for Charity” campaign. On April 11 at all Melting Pot locations, the restaurant will be donating $10 from every cheese fondue purchase to local charities across the country. Visit their official National Cheese Fondue Day website in order to see a list of charities supported by this cause, and to also view their delicious menu.
Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar – This fun restaurant in West Lakeview will be celebrating National Cheese Fondue Day by offering a $9 pot of cheese fondue served with bread, apples, and sausage (for your carnivorous friends that may be joining you). Frasca’s cheese fondue features a mixture of Italian fontina and reggiano cheeses. Split a bottle of wine from Frasca’s excellent wine menu and your shred meal will be complete.
Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar
3358 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 248-5222
Restaurant: 4:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday
4:30-11 p.m. Friday
10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday