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DineUnited You never know what to expect when you answer the phone at the United Way. A few weeks ago I had a phone call from Jennifer Yates of The Melting Pot restaurant. She had heard me earlier that day on Joe Thomas’s morning radio show on WCHV 1260 AM and 94.1 FM. She called to say that The Melting Pot would like to hold a fundraiser for the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area. Long story short, Caroline Emerson and I met with Jennifer and restaurant manager Derek Bond, and next week on December 8 – 11, there will be a prix fixe United Way special, which includes a fun cheese fondue appetizer, salad, entrée and delicious chocolate dessert, for $35, with $10 of that going to our organization.

Joe Thomas immediately threw his support behind this idea and has volunteered to be guest host and server for all four nights – quite the commitment considering his early morning wake-up call to be on the air at 5 am each day!

Of course, Caroline & I had to sample the special menu, and we had what I can only characterize as an amazing dining experience. If you have never been to The Melting Pot, then you have to try it – if you have eaten there before, then you understand. Be prepared to spend about 3 hours in an interactive, FUN and delicious meal. Your server is almost like a tour guide. This is NOT a cook-in-oil fondue of years past. You have choices of broth bases and ingredients which are prepared at the table.
Our office is full of chocoholics – I think it is a job requirement - so the amazing, incredible (insert  adjective here) chocolate concoctions available for dessert, and the cornucopia of treats (cheesecake, strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, pound cake and so on) to dip is our idea of heaven and reason enough to eat there. Caroline and I are purists, so we skipped the “Flaming Turtle”, “Bananas Foster” and other chocolate concoctions with amaretto or crunchy peanut butter (are you hungry yet?) and went straight for the dark chocolate. Mmmmm…..

Joe Thomas and his family dined there as well, and you can hear Joe waxing rhapsodic about their meal on a daily basis. His kids were also delighted with their experience. There may be a fondue pot under their Christmas tree this year!

We are having our staff holiday lunch at The Melting Pot next week as well. The restaurant is not normally open for lunch, but if you have a party of 10 or more, they will open up for you.

We hope you will join us and DINE UNITED Dec. 8 – 11. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call The Melting Pot at 244-3463 option 4 to make a reservation.

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