The Melting Pot Deconstucts Classic Americana Recipes With New Limited-Time Summer Menu

TAMPA, FL - Jun 16th, 2016

Just in time for summer, The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world’s premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, is taking guests on a culinary road trip with its new limited-time menu that offers a taste tour across the country without leaving town. The menu features unique fondue takes on some of America’s quintessential dishes like Chicago deep-dish pizza.

“Our new Fondue Across America limited-time menu takes classic American recipes that we all know and love, and translates them into delicious fondue dishes that can only be experienced at The Melting Pot,” said Executive Chef of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., Jason Miller. “We are really focused on delivering on-trend, craveable and seasonal menu items that resonate with our guests and give them a true, authentic taste of American culture.”

From June 7 through August 15, guests can enjoy The Melting Pot’s new menu of fondue twists on classic Americana recipes, including:

  • Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (Fondue) – The flavors of Chicago’s iconic pizza are captured in this cheese fondue. Fresh garlic and beer are melted with Butterkäse, fontina and smoked mozzarella cheeses, layered with pizza rustica sauce and topped with fresh basil and Parmesan.
  • Lobster Roll Salad – Enjoy a visit to the New England coast with a twist on the classic Lobster Roll. This made-to-order salad incorporates lobster mixed with house-made creamy tarragon dressing and celery, and is served over a bed of spring salad greens, grape tomatoes, cucumber and croutons.
  • Deep South Comfort – Inspired by Southern home-style cooking, this main course will have you fryin’ honey-buttermilk chicken, coconut-cilantro-lime shrimp, filet mignon and thick-cut pickles at your table in cholesterol-free canola oil.
  • Louisiana Gumbo – Dip on down to Bourbon Street with The Melting Pot’s take on a New Orleans staple. Cook Cajun-seasoned shrimp, filet mignon and chicken breast, along with smoky andouille sausage, in a flavorful gumbo bouillon broth.
  • New York Cheesecake (Fondue) – The last stop on the trip is the Big Apple with The Melting Pot’s dippable take on New York’s famous dessert. White chocolate is melted with vanilla cheesecake batter and dusted with graham cracker crust. Change up your cheesecake flavor with each dipper, like tart strawberry or rich chocolate, for a delicious ending to your tour of American flavor!

The new menu also showcases a line of signature cocktails inspired by favorite flavors from cities from coast to coast, including the:

  • Cascade Cocktail –Fresh strawberries are muddled with orgeat syrup, then shaken with Bombay Gin, fresh lemon juice and a dash of bitters, strained over ice and finished with wheat beer.
  • Desert Heat – Sauza Gold Tequila is shaken with Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, mango syrup, fresh grapefruit and lime juice, strained over ice and rimmed with spice.
  • Freedom Martini – RumChata is shaken with creme de banana liqueur, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur and pineapple juice, strained and garnished with fresh patriotic berries. A portion of all RumChata Freedom Bottle proceeds go to the Lone Survivor Foundation.
  • Tiki Beach – Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is shaken with pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, orgeat syrup and a dash of nutmeg, strained over fresh ice and topped with ginger beer.
  • Kentucky Cooler – Jim Beam White Label Bourbon is shaken with Cointreau orange liqueur, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup, strained over ice and topped with Sprite.
  • Austin City Lemonade – Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka is shaken with Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and fresh raspberries, strained over ice and topped with club soda.

The Melting Pot was recently ranked No. 2 among 40 casual-dining restaurant chains in Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2016 Consumer Picks report. The Melting Pot ranked No. 1 in service and atmosphere and No. 2 in food quality, menu variety, reputation, craveability, and likelihood to recommend.

The Melting Pot operates 125 restaurants across 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, and has more than 10 locations in development internationally. The concept is known for offering an assortment of flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées served with signature dipping sauces. The menu features a variety of à la carte selections, highlighting customizable options that invite guests to enjoy one, two, three or more courses as they select any combination of individually-priced cheese fondues, salads, entrées and chocolate fondues.

To learn about fondue history and facts, check out The Melting Pot’s fondue infographic.