Fondue, the amazing meal where you get to cover everything in gooey cheese, is perfect for date nights and celebrations. But, believe it or not, there's a little more to it than just dunking stuff in melty goodness.
In this video from the ZAGAT YouTube channel, Hugo Souchet, the executive chef at Artisanal, shares some important fondue ettiquete tips. Here's what you should know before you head to a nice fondue restaurant:
- They will bring you all kinds of foods to dip in the big pot of melted cheese, but start the meal off with the bread. Not only is it tradition, but it makes for a great base in your stomach — especially if you plan on having some wine.
- Never scoop the cheese out of the pot, don't dip food with your hands, and never double dip items.
- Don't eat with the fondue fork. It's bad manners, but it's also dangerous since fondue forks are extremely sharp. Stick the food, dip it in the cheese, then use your normal fork to pull it off onto your plate.
- After you dip something into the cheese, rotate the fork over the pot until the cheese stops dripping. This is the best way to keep from making a mess.
- Keep your fondue fresh and creamy by making figure-eights when you dip. This keeps a weird crust of cheese from forming on the top of the fondue.
While it may seem like there are a lot of rules, fondue is a fun, playful meal. Perhaps the most interesting rule of all is "the pledge." If somebody loses a piece of food into the pot, the table gets to make them do one thing. This can be as simple as having them buy a round of drinks, or a cheeky way to steal a kiss from your date. Of course, if you make your own fondue at home you can eat it however you like.