Kyle Hepp and I, along with our husbands, were invited to dine in Geja’s Cafe, otherwise known as “the most romantic restaurant in Chicago.” At the last minute our mutual friend Jennifer and Kyle’s Mother decided to join us as well. The more the merrier is certainly true when it comes to sharing food, especially when it is fondue!
My husband and I arrived a few minutes before everyone else and decided to celebrate our earlier photo shoot (you can see the photos here and here) with some prosecco.
Once everyone arrived, we were escorted to our table, which was conventiently next to the Spanish guitarist playing flamenco music. Him combined with the exotic candlelit decor definitely created a romantic ambiance.
Fondue dining — which consists of cooking your own food at the table — is truly an intimate experience no matter who you are dining with. It was difficult to continue our conversations once the rich, creamy Swiss Gruyere cheese that had been melted over an open flame was placed in front of us with fresh breads and fruits for dipping. It was so delicious that Kyle, who normally dislikes cheese, could not stop eating it. We were also served a crisp green salad that was dressed with a tangy Dijon vinaigrette. Then we were presented for our mail meal with plates of lobster tails, jumbo shrimps, beef tenderloin, sea scallops, chicken breasts, and an array of colorful vegetables to cook in our pots of sizzling oils.
As if the meal could get not any better, it did, because for dessert we were given marshmallows for roasting along with moist pound cake and fresh fruits for dipping into the velvety Belgian chocolate fondue.
This is a meal I will never forget, since I could not ask for better food or company. If you are looking for a special dining experience in Chicago, Illinois look no further than Geja’s Cafe.
Haven’t been to Geja’s in years! Really should go next time in Chicago. I particularly remember the chocolate fondue. It really is quite a romantic place, too.
I will definitely return next time I’m in Chicago! 🙂
Definitely will keep in mind on my next trip there! Love fondue! (although not vegan)
Nope, not vegan at all, but you could skip the cheese and just stick to veggies in the veggie oil?
Ah fondue, my favorite “dish” in the whole world 🙂
Really? I had forgotten how amazing it was!!!
I took my youngest niece to a fondue place in Houston this summer and she’s still talking about it. It looks like a beautiful restaurant. Cheers!
I love that she’s still talking about it! Lucas and I are still talking about it too. We’d totally go once a week, if it wasn’t so $. It was SUCH a beautiful restaurant!!!
I haven’t had fondue in SO long – you’re making me crave some!
I hadn’t had it in years before this experience — I think the last time was in HS! I’m totally craving it again haha.
Wow… I’ve heard great things about fondue but sadly I have yet to experience it! Everything sounds sooo yummy! This is my first time visiting your blog and after reading your About page, I think I may be hooked! You seem like a wonderful person- excited to start following your adventures 🙂
Awww thank you so much for your awesome comment, welcome darling! So glad you liked my site — I liked yours too!!! You should try fondue it’s delish!
One side of my family is all in Illinois… I’ll have to bookmark this for next time I’m in Chicago! I love that photo of you and the hubs. Something about it is so… nostalgic!
I want to go back with you! Thanks dear!!!
What a fun night, you’re bringing back memories!!!! It was delicious food and better yet, the best company!
It was such a fun night darling!!! Miss you like craaaaazy!
Do you know that I have not eaten at a fondue restaurant before? We were going to go in Tucson, and never did. I always get nervous of the raw meat, LOL…it is the food safety in me, I am weird:-) But this looks wonderful! I would love the fruit part, YUM:-) Hugs, Terra
We have to go then!!!!!!!!!!!! That will be our next date. 🙂
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Omg looks amazingly delish!
wow! looks awesome… all the food pics have made me hungry.
glad to have found you:)
Glad you found me too! The food was definitely awesome!!!
Fondue and wine is the perfect combination! I always eat soooo much when I go to a fondue restaurant.
Me too! But I guess that’s the norm?
Mmmm looks delish! I love the little hearts on the counter top 🙂
I loved those tiles too!
I love that you’re hanging out with Kyle and your men! So jealous!! I haven’t had fondue in ages… How fun!
It was sooo much fun! Wish you could have been there!!!
Oh, how this brings back memories! The food was absolutely amazing. I still think about it! I need to go back there soon, but it won’t be the same without you guys! It was so unbelievably perfect that you and Kyle were in Chicago at the same time and I got to spend time with you both! Unforgettable!
You need to take your soon-to-be hubby there!!! Totally unforgettable evening. Kyle and I adore the ground you walk on. XO
It was so amazing!
The fondue looks amazing!!!! I want chocolate!! Did u take a pic w Kyle? I want to see it!! 🙂
No! Can you believe we didn’t get one pic ahhhhhhhh!!!
This looks like a great restaurant! Your pictures are wonderful. We hope to make it to Chicago this year and I just added this to my list. Thank you!
It was SUCH an awesome restaurant! I hope you visit Geja’s Cafe, I can promise you won’t be disappointed. 🙂
I love Swiss fondue! Would love to try that again some time soon.
I miss it soooo much!!!
That looks delicious! I love fondue! Chicago definitely has some great places to eat…I lived there for a year for university, and it’s one of my favourite cities in North America!
It is probably the best food destination I’ve EVER been to. I had one extraordinary meal after another. How awesome you lived there!
Mmmm – I adore fondue! We’re going to have to go to this place next time we visit Chicago
I miss you sooo much! Let me know if you end up going there.
There’s a fondue restaurant in Philadelphia called The Melting Pot with a very similar menu. What’s not to love about gobs of melted cheese and chocolate?!
We have one in Charlotte too! Last time I ate there was Prom night hahaha. And yes cheese + chocolate = yummmmmmm!
LOVE your pics Andi!
thanks for share these gorgeous pics!
You’re welcome! 🙂
It really was!!!
Oooh, it looks wonderful. I’ve never tried any type of fondue before,
Try it!!! You will LOVE it!