Post # 1
My SO and I are considering using the Melting Pot for our rehearsal dinner, but I wanted to get some advice from you lovely ladies (and gents) first.
We LOVE the Melting Pot, we go there for just about EVERY celebration we have.. Got a new job? The Melting Pot. Birthday? The Melting Pot. Anniversary? You get it..
We enjoy being able to take our time eating, cooking things at our own pace, and having a blast chatting. We wanted to share our love for good company and food with our guests; however, we also recognize that the Melting Pot does take a lot of time and wondering if guests will be frustrated that they have to cook their own food (but it will also give them a nice variety of meats slections and choices for vegetarians). Would you be excited to go to the Melting Pot for a rehearsal dinner, or wish that you would have just been given your food and had a quick in and out? 3/4 of our guest list is from out of town, so we will have around 40 people at the dinner, most of which dont even live in the same states, so it might be a good time for them to all catch up over dinner.
Post # 3
@Excited To Bee: FI and I LOOOOOOOOVE the melting pot! But I think you pointed out a good point, that you can’t go to melting pot and be there less than two hours. Also, it is pretty pricey, especially if you’re doing the 4 course meals. Other than that..I think its a great idea, and something very different!
Post # 4
i put yes but my answer is really a mixed bag.
I love melting pot and I love that it is something different and NOT your traditional boring/bad food rehearsal dinner.
I also feel like quick in and out after eating is SO not what a rehearsal dinner is about!
However, with a group of 40, and the fact that at least for the protein course it’s a little more time intensive, it may not allow for as much mix and mingling. People will be chained to their little pots and the group they’re sharing it with.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
Do I think it’s the best place for a rehearsal dinner? I’m not sure.
Would I enjoy going? Absolutely.
Post # 6
I think the melting pot is a REALLY fun experience, we’re actually taking the IL’s on Friday as a 60th b day dinner gift to the MIL.
If everyone is from out of town I don’t think they’ll be in a rush.. Where would they be going anyway? They are there to enjoy your company and most rehearsal dinners I have been to take awhile.
We reserved a section in a winery that does BBQ during the summer so our rehearsal dinner was a few hours long. We ate, we drank, we played with the kid toys they have outside. Everyone had a great time
Post # 7
@Excited To Bee: I would love to go there on a personal dinner experience but as a guest for a rehearsal dinner I think I would want to get in/out. With served dinners, I think it would be easier for people to leave as soon or as late as they wanted.
Post # 8
I think as long as you can get a private space, it would be fine! I love the Melting Pot, so I’d be really excited to see a rehearsal dinner there!
Post # 9
As long as I knew plenty of other people there, I would love to attend a Melting Pot RD!
Post # 10
@Andthepupmakes3: This is true
We did this for my 30th birthday and we thought we’d maybe be in a long table, but really we were in a room at 4 top tables and there wasn’t much for mingling at all. You are totally a slave to your pot lol
Post # 11
I have NEVER been to the meting pot and have always wanted to go!
I think it would be a fun and laid back experience and a great twist on your typical rehearsal dinner.
Post # 12
@Excited To Bee: I would because I love the desserts (although now being gluten free I would no longer be able to safely eat there in a large group). BUT I have to admit, I hate eating a meal there. The Melting Pot by me is dimmly lit, so it is hard to tell when your food is fully cooked. Not to mention it is unhygenic to use the same skewer to cook and eat with because of samonella and ecoli. The idea of everyone (and especially a large group) sharing really is off putting, even though the pots are split up amoungst small groups. That said, many people I know love it! And would be so excited.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I’ve only been to a few rehearsal dinners, but they weren’t quick meals. Ours was a great way for people to reconnect (the bridal party getting to see our families again, Mom meeting my new SIL, etc. And another a PP stated- if they’re mostly from OOT, where else are they going to go?
Post # 15
@SparkleBee11: Actually, I’m pretty sure the Melting Pot has a dedicated gluten-free menu and are trained on how to handle food allergies. Believe me, it was one of the first things I looked up when I found out FI and I couldn’t handle gluten, since I’ve always wanted to go. So in a large group, maybe it wouldn’t work, but for smaller things, I think they’re good for GF folks.
Post # 16
I say yes. Given that the average meal at the Melting Pot takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours I say it would be a perfect time line for a rehearsal dinner.
I had my 25th birthday there with 20 guests and they were able to accomodate no problem. The Melting Pot had a special party room though…something our local one does not. I would try to see if can get a private room other wise you might end up taking over the restaurant.