You can see I was having a good time! That is steam coming off the pots and my mom is next to me.
Four fondue pots were spread along the long granite tables. For the first course, they were filled with cheese -- Swiss cheese, spinach, artichokes and cheese, and a Mexican seasoned cheese with jalapeno peppers to add for the brave. Bread cubes and vegetables were dipped in these.
For the next course, pots of oil and seasoned broth were brought out with shrimp, salmon, chicken, and steak to cook. There was batter to coat them with before cooking and sauces to add after. This is my sister and brother-in-law deciding what to cook.
Dessert was quite exciting, involving pots of chocolate and flames, with sweets and fruit for dipping.
The meal took three hours to cook and eat, and there was much laughing, storytelling, and talk.
The best part of the evening was having family and friends together to celebrate with.
I won't really feel retired until everyone is back in school in a few weeks and I am not!