Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Jan 31 2004 - Melting Pot Fondue for Two (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Amy Pickwick
Participants:Amy Pickwick, Mark Zawodny, Donna McLaren, Matthew Sommer, Brian Loughery, Laura Riedmuller

Write Up:
At 8 PM, we all began to gather in the lobby of the Annapolis Melting Pot restaurant. Every 10 minutes for the next 45 minutes or so, we harassed the hostesses, for our tables - Apparently one of the two tables was being held up by a couple finishing up their chocolate fondue.

We then were seated, with our tummies growling. We started off ordering some wine, drinks, and water. And, had to reorder some of our wines since the one we wanted was really popular, and sold out.

After a few minutes we were quenching our thirst, filling in the newbees on how to order, about 'proper fondue management,' and catching up on each other's lives (including the 'just got done working out story'). Like we don't already see each other enough, and already know everything each other is doing!

We all had the 4-course Melting Pot 'Big Night Out' - which starts off with one of four choices of cheeses. I think the one table got Wisconsin and we got Cheddar. Cheddar came with a beer base, and we made sure to pry it out of our server what type of beer it was - She said 'domestic' and that intrigued us more. Finally, she sputtered out 'Coors Light' and we all chuckled. Anyhow, you get lots of bread, apples, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli to dip into your yummy warm cheese.

Next, we moved onto the Chef or Mushroom or California salads - yummy, yummy, yummy - Oh, and the Garlic & Wine topping makes a nice addition to anyone's kitchen - ;)

Okay, now we are starting to pant in anticipation of the main course -

When the food arrives, our melting pot is already boiling with our choice of cooking style. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. It takes two minutes to cook the chicken and beef products, and a minute and a half for anything seafood. We had our choice of 5 different delicacies on our plates. Not to mention the many different dipping sauces surrounding us. We also had a plate of veggies including potatoes, squash, broccoli, and the mushroom caps - which made for good stuffed mushrooms.

Mark wouldn't let us leave the meat plates empty - so he finished every last bite and got his money's worth!

Now, it was onto chocolate - and I think everyone choose the Bailey's combination out of the choice of about seven types. We got strawberries, bananas, pineapple, brownies, marshmallows, cheesecake, and pound cake to dip into our chocolate.

While you only get so much cheese, salad, meat, and chocolate, anything else is bottomless bowl (the things to dip).

Next came the real entertainment, as the boys decided to drizzle chocolate on their fingers for their ladies to um -

Obviously a little too much wine was flowing. The boys also started to sizzle water, food items, etc. on the hot plate. Uh, boys - yes, they will be boys -

After the meal was over, near 11:30 PM, we were all stuffed - so we went home to work out -

--Amy Pickwick

P.S. Donna, thank you for contributing some of your photos too!

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