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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

10 Reasons to Visit The Melting Pot

So last week, some 'social media' friends of mine gathered for a brainstorm/networking session at The Melting Pot in White Plains.   It was a Monday, which offers a Ladies Night Out package for $19.95 a person.    This package includes cheese fondue (appetizer), a choice of salads and dessert.   We chose The Melting Pot for its central location, variety of food choices and were happy to learn about all that The Melting Pot has to offer.  

Here we are, tweeting, status updating, doing our social media "thing" from our table.    We were lucky enough to land the waterfall room.     The photo might be unclear, but the back wall is a glass wall that appears to be a waterfall-- and the chandelier provided a perfect amount of light to see our food choices.   There are two burners on a table our size so we chose two appetizer cheeses to start, followed by excellent salad choices, followed by AMAZING desserts.    

Our two cheese appetizers:   a spicy cheese with jalapeños and a spinach artichoke dip.     We were given unlimited amounts of bread for dipping as well as veggies.    Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and apples too.   

We had a choice of salads.   Mine was the traditional iceberg with tomato, cheese, croutons and hard boiled egg.    Other choices included a Ceasar Salad and something like a Waldorf Salad, with cranberries, blue cheese, etc.     I went for the plain choice.    

Last but not least......Dessert:  My favorite part of any meal.      Ying/Yang (dark chocolate and white chocolate)   or S'Mores (chocolate w marshmallow and I think some graham crackers too)    The items to dip into these chocolates were amazing enough.    Rice Krispie Treats, pound cake, cheesecake, brownies and fruit items such as bananas and strawberries.   

Look at this platter!      I admit, I sampled everything!!!    When we ran out, they brought another platter of dipping items.   Heaven!   

After our amazing dinner and dessert, we were taken on a tour of the restaurant and I was amazed at all that it had to offer.  

10 Things I Learned on my visit and tour of The Melting Pot:

1.   Ladies Night is every Monday.   For the above pictured meal, the cost was $19.95 a person.     Scheduling Monday nights out with friends so I can enjoy this experience once again.  

2.   The Melting Pot does birthday parties for kids!!!   When your kids are too old for the usual parties at the gym/sports type places, what a nice culinary experience this can be for them.   I did not get info on pricing but I did see the room where a party would be held-- and I was impressed with their movie screen that pulls down, for parents who want to show a movie while their kids have their party.   Brilliant.    

For moms like me, who want to have a theme for a party, it's as simple as bringing a movie, serving the meal and of course finding a favor that goes with the film or the fondue.   The possibilities are endless.    I am envisioning a "Sam and Cat" (New Nickelodeon Show) 30 minute episode as the theme for my 7 year old.   How about a MINECRAFT party.....with free wifi, the kids can bring their ipads and play against each other!   Or for those who want to go old school, maybe something different like Little House on the Prairie.....the Jetsons....Not every girl likes princesses and not every boy wants a sports party.      Besides birthday parties they even do Sweet Sixteens!   The party room holds up to 56 people.     Many party packages available.   

3.    Kids with stellar report cards eat for free!     This is a year round event.     Straight from the website.    This was one tidbit I felt the need to share:    

Straight "A's" Club

Hey kids! Did you get good grades this semester? If you did, we want to reward* all elementary and secondary school students with a free meal! Simply bring in your all "A's" report card, and we'll serve you a three-course dinner, including our famous chocolate fondue!  (Each free child's meal must be accompanied by the purchase of an adult four-course dinner.)

4.       Eating in a restaurant is not easy for those who are dieting, as we all know.   We diet for a 

wedding, a vacation or after our precious babies are born and we give up all the things we probably 

overindulged in before the diet began.    (Things like cheese and chocolate!)   

 The Melting Pot is going to introduce a Weight Watchers Menu!  Of course, the target date is 

January2014....because really, diets naturally begin after the new year, right??   

 Here is a sample of what it will look like.  

 “Skinny Dipping” three-course menu   
 The points value ranges – from 14 to 18 points.
Weight Watchers members have a daily points target of 26-32 points 
plus given 49 discretionary points per week. 

Salad (Choose One)  
California Salad and Black Raspberry Vinaigrette - - 6 points
House Salad and House Dressing – 3 points

Entree (Choose One)
Petite Seafood Trio – 4 points (pair with seasoned court bouillon – most vegetable broths have 0 points)

Shrimp and Sirloin – 5 points (pair with seasoned court bouillon – most vegetable broths have 0 points)

Filet and Chicken Duo – 4 points (pair with seasoned court bouillon – most vegetable broths have 0 points)

Dessert (One Option)
Dark Chocolate Fondue and Dessert Dipper Plate – 7 points

This menu looks too good to be true-- limited carbs, rich in protein and fiber.   

5.   The Melting Pot offers packages for Girl Scout Groups!     Some are offered as fundraisers, called Fondue-Raisers.    Some are cooking classes, where the girls can earn a cooking badge, learning to cook something different than they usually cook.    And other events incorporate a tour and/or power point presentation all about fondue.    Very informative, regardless of which option you would choose.    

6.   Lover's Lane.   There was a small section of cute, private 

"nook" tables for 2.    Tucked away from the larger tables,

this section offers quiet and private dining as well as  special 

romantic packages for special occasions.    

Here is a link to all of them.  

Lover's Lane Packages at The Melting Pot

There is one that starts at just under $50 per couple but of course, 

this one is right up my alley-- I had to share.    

Evening Under the Stars Package ($199/couple)

Let us help make your special evening for two even more romantic by purchasing our “Just For Lovers” dining package. Your evening will begin with a bottle of either Moet or Veuve Champagne waiting at your private table in "Lover’s Lane." This intimate dining area for two comes equipped with a view of the “stars” above and plenty of privacy. Our chef will then prepare a special four-course fondue meal for the two of you (of your choice - a custom menu will be at your table). A single long stem rose in a bud vase, two champagne flutes and commemorative photo in a silver picture frame will be presented upon your departure.

7.    Family Fondue Sundays (every Sunday from 12-4 p.m.) 

 Parents can enjoy a three-course meal (salad, entrée and 

chocolate) for $28 and kids under 14 can eat for just $16 (entrée 

and chocolate).

**Celebrate Your Kids Return from Camp (now through August 31, 2013)**

And.....The last 3 "reasons to visit The Melting Pot" are special 
events that are not being made totally public until today.

8.     Special Princess Luncheon – Sunday, October 27, 2013
Enjoy “Royal” Entertainment at The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot is hosting a special princess luncheon on Sunday, October 27 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Participants will be able to enjoy a delicious fondue lunch, join in a parade as well as take part in numerous craft activities.  This popular affair draws many children, their families and the young at heart. In previous princess events, many guests got into the spirit of things by wearing the attire of the time period.

To help guests remember the special day, photographs will be taken at each table with the princess and will be given to the participants.     

9.    Flappers, Fellas & Fondue* – September 29-October 3, 2013 AND October 6-10, 2013
Step back in time and celebrate the Roaring 20s with a special three-course fondue dinner, specially crafted cocktails, trivia, prizes and more! Join us for Flappers, Fellas & Fondue September 16-19 only at The Melting Pot of White Plains!
*Dress in your 1920s finest!

10.   Best Fondue Friends Forever – September 16 – 19, 2013
Love bonding with your besties over fondue? The Melting Pot of White Plains presents Best Fondue Friends Forever from September 16-19, 2013. It’s a weeklong event of fondue and drink specials! Because cheese ‘n’ chocolate besties are the best kind of besties. 

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