Weekly Feature #20— Fondue Me

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Weekly Feature #20 Fondue Me

This week’s feature comes with some fun history facts. More than likely, the origins of fondue are rather homely. Probably melting cheese to dip bread in was a way for farmers and other humble folk to use up scraps of old cheese and stale bread. Way back in 1699 a book published in Zurich contained a recipe to “cook cheese with wine” that called for cut-up cheese to be melted with wine and bread dipped in it. However, the word Fondue itself, referred to a dish made with cheese and eggs, much like a souffle, until late in the nineteenth century. The first known recipe for Cheese Fondue under that name was published in Switzerland in 1875.

Fondue was made popular as a Swiss national dish by the Swiss Cheese Union in the 1930s in order to encourage cheese consumption. The 1964 New York World’s Fair saw fondue promoted to Americans at the Swiss Pavilion’s Alpine restaurant. It was in the sixties and the seventies that the popularity of fondue soared in this country, with Fondue Parties being quite trendy. The nature of these fondues and what was offered for dipping, altered over time. Beef was popularized in the late nineteen fifties by a Swiss Chef in New York City, and over the years, chocolate with fruit became wildly popular as a dessert. The chocolate fountains featured at many of today’s events most certainly are an offshoot of those fondues.   

Fondues, along with other nineteen sixties and seventies entertainments like charcuterie and the cocktail party are once again popular. I’ve gt a couple of items on O Deer Mercantile this weeks, and I am on the lookout for more…

Selandia “Ambience Collection” Dessert Fondue Set in Original Box: Vintage Fondue Set in Terracotta Color with Candle Burner ~ $18.00

Vintage Dessert Fondue Set from Selandia Designs of Santa Clarita, CA and marked made in Taiwan. Two part ceramic cooker, candle warmer bottom and pot on top, includes forks. Still in original packaging. The pot is an orange terracotta color as indicated above. Box calls it “Autumn Gold”. Assembled height is about 6 1/4 inches. Top diameter is 4 1/2 inches. Four 6 1/2 inch forks and tea candle still in original bags. Fun as a gift or for entertaining!

Five pieces (One missing) in original box. Rectangular flat wooden handles with colored dot near end

Vintage Wood Handle Stainless Steel Fondue Forks in Original Box: Five Piece Package of Fondue Forks~ $9.00

Five pieces (One missing) stainless steel fondue forks in original box. Rectangular flat wooden teak wood handles with colored dot near end. These forks were made in Japan for the Fred Roberts Co. in San Francisco. Green and yellow box. The box shows some wear and age, but the 9 3/4 inch forks are in quite good condition. The different colored dots were to help differentiate the forks for guests, although there are two with black dots in this box.

Six pieces in original box + 3 extra forks. Rounded wood handles with colored plastic rounded end.

Wood Handle Stainless Steel Fondue Forks in Original Box: Six Vintage Fondue Forks in Box + Three Extra Forks~ $15.00

Nine wood handle stainless steel fondue forks. Six are in the original packaging and there are three of the same style extra. Round hardwood handles with colored rounded plastic button at end to differentiate guest’s forks. Blue and white box shows some age and wear, but the 10 1/2 inch long forks are in very good condition.

That all for this week’s features. Hope you have a great weekend!!! 

Lets go melt some cheese  😎