Chicago’s 46 year-old legendary fondue restaurant Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, will celebrate National Cheese Fondue Day this April. Geja’s will kick off the event on Sunday, April 10th by offering complimentary samples of their world renowned Swiss Gruyere Cheese fondue from 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on the restaurant’s patio (weather permitting). The celebration will continue on Monday, April 11th (official National Cheese Fondue Day) through Sunday, April 17th. Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to enjoy Geja’s cheese fondue paired with French, Onion and Pumpernickel breads, apples and red seedless grapes. Guests who mention National Cheese Fondue Week will receive a complimentary cheese fondue appetizer with their premier dinner. Cheese fondue samples will also be available at the bar for those opting for just drinks and a dip.
The history of cheese fondue dates back to the sheep and goat herders of the 1500’s. While moving their flocks across the mountain valleys of Switzerland, they would carry cheese, bread and wine. Over time the shepherds learned to melt the cheese into the wine and dipped their breads into the cheese; hence creating cheese fondue.
Known for romantic fondue dining – food one prepares and shares – and an extensive list of fine, moderately priced wines, Geja’s Café features over 20 different types of fondue entrees including cheese fondue and chocolate dessert fondue. An enchanting wine cellar atmosphere, private booths, and subdued lighting contribute to its intimate surroundings. Live flamenco and classical guitarists provide romantic accompaniment. Geja’s Café was recently voted the #1 audience winner for Best Romantic Dining in Chicago on www.CitySearch.com. The Chicago institution has been the site of 128,711 first dates and 15,588 engagements and diners have enjoyed over 301 tons of cheese fondue and over 949,899 bottles of wine in Geja’s over forty-five year history.
Hours for Geja’s Café are Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11:30; Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Valet parking is available. For information on the National Cheese Fondue celebration, please call 773.281.9101, or visit Geja’s on-line at www.gejascafe.com.
Added by boleary on April 4, 2011