RORY: … We could go to the Swiss place for fondue for dinner …
Fondue is a Swiss dish of melted cheese served in a pot over a portable stove, from which two or more people eat by dipping bread using long forks. Variations of fondue have been known since the 17th century (originally it was more like scrambled eggs with cheese), but it only became the smooth modern creation in the early 20th century, once cornstarch was introduced to Switzerland. It began being heavily promoted as Switzerland’s national dish in the 1930s to encourage cheese consumption.
Fondue was introduced to the US in 1964 at the World’s Fair, and it became very fashionable in the 1970s. Since the 1950s, the word fondue has been applied to other communal dishes in North America, after Swiss chef Karl Egli introduced them at his Chalet Suisse Restaurant in New York, including the popular chocolate fondue.
We learn here that Stars Hollow has a Swiss restaurant – Stars Hollow seems to have several good restaurants, but everyone eats at Luke’s Diner and Al’s Pancake World.