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A Ceremony for Cheese Fondue

June 24th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman


(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

We sat in Le 3 Sifflets Cafe Restaurant sipping our glasses of wine when suddenly marching music startled us.

A man wearing a small cap and holding a Swiss flag entered the dining room followed by a waitress holding a large pot of cheese fondue.

They walked to one of the tables and he presented the flag to the guest.   Then the waitress placed the fondue on a small burner and served it to their guests.

The man was Patrick del a Noar, the owner of Le 3 Sifflets Cafe, and this ceremony continues daily throughout their lunch and dinner hours.

Whenever anyone orders cheese fondue, Patrick repeats his theatrical Tribute to Cheese Fondue.  He proudly explained, “Cheese fondue is our traditional dish of Switzerland.

The people love his ceremony, some clap while others start singing.   Everyone gets in a party mood when the fondue is served.”

It all began as a joke for some American tourists and was so successful he continued by adding more and more to the ceremony.

Le 3 Sifflets Cafe Restaurant is over a hundred years old, opened in 1908, and owned by Patrick 10 years.

Patrick uses most of the original recipes of 40 years ago and the same family still makes the cheese to keep the traditions in the restaurant.

Patrick feels, “Because cheese must be perfect, we always buy the best quality fresh cheese from the valley.

Our fish is fresh from right here in the Lake Geneva region.”

Patrick’s outdoor terrace is a great place to sit and watch the people go by.

Parties are held in his wine cellar next to the restaurant.  (Continued)

Le 3 Sifflets Cafe-Vevey, Switzerland

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A Ceremony for Cheese Fondue (Continued)

When you walk in, a beautiful mural attracts your attention.   This is the place to hold parties and family get togethers!   
The entire village of Vevey celebrates their own Fete des Vignerons.   
The Winegrower's Festival for two weeks to honor their wine growing and culture held every 22 years since the 17th century.  They usually need two-three years of preparation.

Famous for their open air live shows, volunteer actors perform in a 16,000 seat amphitheater at their historic marketplace.  The public is invited to their next festival in 2019.

Vevey Tourism Information

Located in Vevey, in the Swiss Riviera Lake Geneva region, Le 3 Sifflets Cafe- Restaurant is just one of the exciting stops to see.  As the Montreux Riviera Tourism says,  "One region, many emotions.  You will find accommodations in all price ranges around the lake, mountains, villages, or towns.  Try a luxury resort, reasonable hotel, B&B, holiday flat or camping site.  I especially enjoyed the free Riviera Card allowing us to ride all of the buses free on the entire network, receive 50% discount off train tickets, 50% off cruises, 50% off on museum visits, 50% off theme park tickets, and a free welcome drink at the Montreux Vevey Tourisme Office.   www.lacave-vevey-montreux.ch    www.montreuxriviera.com    www.region-du-leman.ch

They make it Easy for You

Swiss International Airlines offers an online check-in between 23 hours and one hour before departure.  Avoid standing on the long lines, choose or change your seat yourself, edit bookings, use Swiss Business Class Upgrades, print the boarding pass, include your miles & more number, and even enter your travel partners.  Print the pass at home, office or just open your e-mail on the mobile and click on the link to receive your boarding pass.  This pass is available at baggage drop locations, document check points, tax free shops, and aircraft boarding. Swiss International Airlines has daily, non-stop flights from Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Boston, and Miami to Zurich, Switzerland and daily flights from New York to Geneva.  For information, call (877)-359-7947.    www.swiss.com

Keeping Healthy on a Trip

We all want to keep healthy but is it possible on a trip.  Try to find hotels which offer fitness rooms, wellness programs, a swimming pool, or explore the beautiful Swiss villages and towns by foot to see so much more.  The spas and clinics provide a place to relax and unwind.  Swiss Tourism advises, "Enjoy a wellness break, tailored to your own tastes.  Whether you choose to be pampered in a city spa or take time out in the seclusion of the mountains, you will find that every one of our wellness facilities deals and packages includes natural elements: fresh mountain air, tranquility, idyllic landscapes, and magnificent mountain scenery.  Forget about work.  Give your body a program to recharge your battery.  A quick session at a spa could work wonders.  It does not matter where you travel in Switzerland, there are places to provide a sanctuary from the world.    For information and advice about cooking classes, restaurants, accommodations, theme tours, unique settings for weddings and honeymoons, business travel, or anything Swiss, please see the Swiss Tourism's website.   www.myswitzerland.com