Friday, January 8, 2010

Welcome Melting Pot

Everything retro’s back, right? Deviled eggs. Red velvet cake. Classic cocktails. And Kango must confess that the image of Betty Draper in a poodle skirt is enough to make this marsupial wish he’d been around in that pre-cell phone decade.

Speaking of melting, now, from Boston’s historic Park Plaza Hotel comes the newest addition to KangoGift - The Melting Pot – a rare fondue restaurant in this city. Fondue’s as retro as you can go in modern American cuisine, when back in the 50s, American skiers in Switzerland caught onto the melted cheese + food combo and the dipping craze took the U.S. by storm.

Thankfully, the Melting Pot doesn’t follow the original 18th Century recipe of using stale cheese, opting instead for fine aged cheeses and oil/broth sauces (like Coq au Vin, Bourguignonne, or Mojo, a mix of Caribbean and citrus flavors), and a full range of chocolate varieties, mix-ins, and liqueurs for their dessert fondues. And fondue’s no longer just about white bread and fruit. There’s a wide selection of meats, seafood, and vegetarian options.

It ain’t all PG-rated nostalgia either. Did we mention the 200 wines (This Melting Pot has a seal of approval from Wine Spectator), not to mention specialty cocktails and beers? The bar menu’s all gourmet nibbles, like Lobster Quesadillas, Savory Skate Skewers, and Kobe Beef Sliders – all with Happy Hour discounts.

The best steals, though might be their special events like:

    Wine down Wednesdays – For $25, try 2 different wines paired with savory bits like Ahi Tuna, Cajun Rubbed New York Strip Sate, Hefeweizen Shrimp, plus a different cheese and chocolate fondue

    Fondue & a Flick – Every Sunday through Friday, get a 3 course meal and ticket to an AMC Movie Theatre for $30. Seriously? Are they pulling Kango’s hind leg?

    Girls Night Out – 3 course meals that include a range of appetizers and drinks (Hammer and Sickle Vodka tastings on Jan 19th’s event). Kango’s heard a psychic has been known to make an appearance, so bring your girlfriends and see what might be in store for you in 2010.

But hey, this place is in the Theater District/Back Bay, so you can find your own post-dinner activities too. Just gather your friends and family for tabletop cooking and good fun communal eating.

Seriously, who told you not to play with your food? Kango says Dip into yum-yum fun. And with 145 locations throughout the U.S., who knows where Kango will hop to next?

P.S. - Throughout Jan, stop by or go to their website to win a trip to L.A.for the premiere of Valentine’s Day, a $100 gift certificate to Melting Pot, or even better, a year’s worth of dining.

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