We love our readers and want them to have a happy and sweet Christmas! So we’ve brought back our 12 Sweets of Christmas Giveaway series! We’ll be giving away 12 prizes guaranteed to sweeten up your holiday season from now until January 8th! Remember, each reader can enter each giveaway so you could win multiple prizes!
Today we are giving away a sumptuous meal from the Melting Pot in Reston, Va. We’re awarding one winner with a $100 gift letter from the Melting Pot. This prize is only good at the Reston, Va. location.
The Melting Pot is the premier fondue restaurant with 135 locations in North America. They aim to provide a romantic dining experience for dipping things in cheese (bread, apples, vegetables, meats, and even pickles and tiny peppers), chocolate (marshmallows, rice treats, bananas, and strawberries and more!), and cooking meat in pots of oil at your table.
Date nights are always fun and an evening spent at The Melting Pot in Reston are extra fun. I love the fun of having fondue without any of the prep work or clean up! Some of my favorite foods are cheese, beef and chocolate and I get to enjoy them all on a date night at The Melting Pot.
We’ve been to The Melting Pot before and enjoyed it, but this year we decided to really branch out and try things that we hadn’t had before. For our cheese course we had the bacon & jalapeno, which was smoky and spicy and tasted great with the bread and veggies. Cauliflower, apples and grapes taste even better when dipped in a pot of bacon, cheese and jalapenos For our salad course I had the Caprese salad. It was very fresh tasting and topped with a lovely balsamic glaze. For our entrees we tried several different meats. I always love the teriyaki-marinated sirloin and how it’s topped with sesame seeds for a little extra crunch. Tempura batter really goes great on the chicken and is yummy when eaten with plum sauce! We tried a Reston Melting Pot “signature item” in the Memphis-style BBQ Pork Medallion and I really liked them. It was nice to get the flavor dry BBQ rub cooked into the meat.
What is a fondue meal without chocolate? We sampled two flavors The Original (milk chocolate with crunchy peanut butter) and Dark & Dulce (dark chocolate and sea salt) and both were really good. The Original has a lot of fun texture due to crunchy peanut butter and goes great with milk chocolate, but my favorite was the Dark & Dulce. I loved the blending of dark chocolate with the dulce de leche and sea salt, it was the perfectly salty-sweet combination. The bitterness of the chocolate plays well with the sweet dulce and the crunchy sea salt adds texture. I love the strawberries, brownies and the marshmallow treats as dippers. I really enjoyed the enhanced dipper plate and highly recommend it for the cheesecake and cream puffs alone!
We had a great time and will definitely return to the Reston Melting Pot. After all aren’t chocolate and cheese two of the major food groups?
Kari Liked: I loved it all. The bacon & jalapeno cheese fondue and the Dark & Dulce chocolate fondue were the absolute standouts!
A night at the Melting Pot is always an adventure. First, you decide your strategy. Are you going to go for cheese and chocolate, or are you up for the full four-course experience. This year we went for the full four course experience.
We started with the bacon & jalapeno fondue, which was full of flavor explosions. The bacon pieces were smoky and just the right amount of chewiness to the pot. Not to be outdone, the jalapenos really bring the heat. The best part was the premium dippers. What better to dip into a smoky spicy cheese than Italian meats?
For my salad, I kept with the traditional Caesar salad. What makes this salad my go to salad? The answer is the Parmesan crusted pine nuts. They’re always amazing.
The entrée for the evening was a combo platter dubbed “The Classic,” consisting of Certified Angus Beef sirloin, BBQ pork medallions, herb-crusted all-natural breast of chicken, teriyaki-marinated sirloin, and we substituted out the Pacific white shrimp for Reston Favorite garlic marsala wild boar sausage. All of the meats were high quality. They definitely do a good job making sure you get the best pieces of meat for your money. Since we cooked ours in the Bourguignonne style, we also got two different batters we could fry different meats in, as well as the broccoli, mushrooms, and potatoes. Kari makes a great stuffed mushroom for me every time we eat at the Melting Pot.
For desert, we had the opportunity to try two different fondues, The Original, and Dark & Dulce. The Original is milk chocolate and crunchy peanut putter mixed together in what is one of the most classic marriages in the history of sweetness. The creamy milk chocolate compliments the peanut flavors wonderfully. Dark & Dulce is a luxurious blend of dark chocolate and deep dulce de leche topped off tableside with coarse ground sea salt. This is another pairing that I could just eat a bucket of. The velvety dulce de leche dances with the bitter dark chocolate in a way that will blow your mind. Add the enhanced dipper plate, and you won’t even know which to eat first there’s so much deliciousness. It was definitely a filling and entertaining night.
RJ Liked: The Italian meats in the bacony cheese was my favorite, followed closely by the Dark & Dulce fondue.
You can visit Shane Confectionery at their website here or at their restaurant in Reston, vA.
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