Fondues may have been all the rage in suburbia in the 1980s (I know as my parents had one!) but in fact, their history is as rich as the cheese in them.
The fondue originated in Switzerland in the 18th century as a way to use aged cheeses and bread to feed families who had limited access to food during the cold Alpine winters. The local villagers found that, if they heated the cheese with wine, garlic and herbs, they could use their stale bread which would soften when dipped into the flavourful cheese mixture – and so the fondue was born.
Although Alpe d’Huez sits in the Isère region, the Savoie region is only a stone's throw away to the east from the top of the Pic Blanc, hence the popularity of the 'Fondue Savoyarde' here. A traditional Fondue Savoyarde is a combination of three main types of cheese – Comte, Emmenthal and Gruyere – normally accompanied with bread and a green salad. However, restaurants specialising in fondue will normally offer several variations on a standard Savoyarde with extras such as dried meats and potatoes. It’s worth bearing in mind that fondues are traditionally served for two and prices, whilst 'per person' will usually be subject to a 'minimum of two people' rule.
You are spoilt for choice when going for a cheesy night out in Alpe d'Huez. Here are just a few tips to whet your appetite.
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