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PERQS: Double Dipping at the Melting Pot -- A Fondue Night Out
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in Working@Duke.
For her 31st wedding anniversary, Rene Hamilton wanted more than just a meal. She wanted to treat her husband, Bryan, to a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
For a special night out, Hamilton made reservations at The Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant in Durham. The restaurant offers a 15 percent discount to Duke employees and families Sunday through Thursday, with a valid DukeCard ID, a timely discount with Valentine's Day this month.
Tucked away in an intimate booth, Hamilton and her husband passed a leisurely two hours, sampling a variety of sauces and dipping items, including filet mignon, barbecue pork tenderloin, chicken and lobster.
"It's a very interactive experience," said Hamilton, staff assistant in cardiology at Duke Hospital. "The waiter comes to your table and prepares the sauces in front of you, explaining all the while what he's doing. Then it's up to you to try different combinations."
In addition to a variety of cheese combinations, The Melting Pot offers seasoned vegetable broth, a burgundy wine sauce and Caribbean-seasoned bouillon for dipping delight. Vegetarian options are also available.
While Hamilton and her husband opted for the four-course meal, other patrons come in just for dessert. A favorite is the Cherries Jubilee Chocolate Fondue, flambÃ©ed tableside.
"I like to try new things, which is why The Melting Pot is so much fun," Hamilton said. She admits that she has a fondue pot at home but never uses it. "I'm not really comfortable with the raw meat preparation. I'd rather have someone else prepare those dips for me."
The Melting Pot
7011 Fayetteville Road
(919) 544-MELT (6358)
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