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Planning a Fondue Party
Fondue can be an intimate dinner for two or a fun interactive party for a group of friends. When planning a fondue party you should plan for either a sit down dinner or a fondue buffet. When choosing a sit down dinner style there are a few rules to follow that will keep all the quests happy and having fun. First: Include no more that 6 people in the dinner.
The logistics of more than 6 becomes apparent when all the quests try to reach the fondue pot. Second: Put a table cloth on the table so that any drippings do not damage the table. Third: Place the fondue pot in the center of the table. All the quests should be able to reach the fondue pot from their seats.
Fourth: Prepare two trays of each item for dipping. This way your guests who are at each end of the table will easily be able to reach their desired dipper. Fifth: Serve each course of fondue separately. Begin with cheese, then the broth or oil and finish with dessert. A fondue buffet allows for more flexibility in serving. The tables can be set up in a buffet style with the cheese fondue pot at one end and the broth or oil at the other end.
A separate dessert table can be set up along side of the cheese and broth table. If you are serving a larger group accommodate the needs by having more than one pot of each course on the buffet. This way guests can mill around and visit while having easy access to the meal.
For both types of fondue party it is a good idea to serve the same wine for drinking as was used for cooking. A high quality dry white wine in the cheese fondue and a red wine in the beef fondue. To accompany the dessert table offer cordials of Kirsch (cherry brandy). Kirsch is commonly an ingredient in both the cheese and chocolate fondues. .